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Old 05-15-2015, 10:54 AM   #1
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Move tongue jack back?

Anyone ever move your tongue jack back? I have an XLR 27HFS and the power jack is located in the ball mount triangle making my truck box useless (cant open tailgate). Was thinking of welding a 1/4" x 4.5" behind the propane tanks...any thoughts or ideas? We haul our bicycles in the bed of the truck and cannot access them without unhooking (have a topper).

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Old 05-15-2015, 11:05 AM   #2
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Investigate if rotating the power head might give you the clearance you need.
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Old 05-15-2015, 11:46 AM   #3
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Look into an extended hitch bar. I've seen them b4. Not sure I'd move jack
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Old 05-15-2015, 02:59 PM   #4
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OldCoot, the tailgate needs to pretty much cover the whole jack hole when down so turning it would not work.
Not sure I would want to extend the hitch any, enough leverage on the backend of the truck, the tongue weight is over 900lbs.
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Old 05-15-2015, 03:30 PM   #5
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What is your TV? Most A-Frames are standard from ball CL to jack hole.What Hitch Head are you using? Pics! Youroo!!
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Old 05-15-2015, 04:02 PM   #6
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Move tongue jack back?

Probably a Tundra. Moving the hitch closer to the axle allows them to rate the hitch for more weight, but you can't open the tailgate with any kind of trailer that has a jack.
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Old 05-15-2015, 04:08 PM   #7
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OldCoot, the tailgate needs to pretty much cover the whole jack hole when down so turning it would not work.
Not sure I would want to extend the hitch any, enough leverage on the backend of the truck, the tongue weight is over 900lbs.
I'd weld a plate back far enough and across both tubes to move it then.
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Old 05-15-2015, 10:18 PM   #8
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My tow vehicle is a 2013 F150 FX4 Crew Cab, the hitch is a Eaz Lift Trekker.
I would think just about every trailer with the jack located in the A frame coupler triangle would have this issue. My utility trailers all have the jacks located about 18" back (from coupler tip) in a cross member to eliminate tailgate issues.
Sorry I just tried to take pics with truck backed up with hitch on and it is too dark...but here it is:



Just the tongue front:



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Old 05-17-2015, 10:35 AM   #9
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Sticks, take the plastic cover off and see if the hitch head has a square bolt pattern. If so, you can support the frame, remove the top piece with the motor, and rotate it 90°. Mine isn't square so I can't do that. As you've undoubtedly noticed, you can't rotate the whole jack 120° either.
It's frustrating. I need 1 inch more clearance. Since my motor is aft of the jack post, I'm thinking of cutting that inch from the plastic cover and losing the feeble LED hitch-'em-up light.
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From the pictures I see moving the jack is just about the only option.
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