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Old 08-08-2016, 11:47 AM   #1
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Rotate nose jack so tailgate will open

The tailgate on my Tundra hits the front barrel of my two-barrelled Rockwood 8310 nose jack. If I can rotate the jack so that the front barrel of the jack is to the side, then my tailgate will open. The three mounting bolts on the jack and threadded bolt holes in the tongue frame "appeared" to be 120 degrees apart, which would make a 120 degree re-mounting of the jack easy---but it turns out that front threaded bolt hole is off from 120 degrees by ~ a couple of degrees---I'm guessing the reason is to be sure that some minimum wage installer would be forced to mount the double-barrel jack with the two barrels lined up fore and aft, so as to look pretty. I want to drill a hole in the jack plate at the 120 degree position for the third bolt to hit the threaded bolt hole in the tongue frame. i don't need the jack to look pretty---I just want it to be functional and not interfer with my tailgate. Any thoughts or advice?
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Old 08-08-2016, 09:05 PM   #2
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I want to be able to do the same on my mini lite with my Tundra's tailgate as well. I put my 4 wheeler in the box.
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Old 08-09-2016, 12:46 PM   #3
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I bought one of these. It allows me to completely remove the jack assembly in a matter of seconds. Easy to install and works great.

http://jack-e-up.com/
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Old 08-09-2016, 01:02 PM   #4
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I added a power tongue jack on my previous trailer. I had to turn it 1/4 turn to get it to fit in front of the propane tanks. 2 holes still lined up, one didn't. I just drilled a new hole for it. Worked fine.
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Old 08-09-2016, 01:29 PM   #5
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I bought one of these. It allows me to completely remove the jack assembly in a matter of seconds. Easy to install and works great.

http://jack-e-up.com/
x2 their new video shows that now they have a holder for your jack when you remove it, ..... I lay mine in the bed of the truck, its only there while traveling, ....... anyway, two thumbs up for Jack-E-Up
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Old 08-10-2016, 05:47 AM   #6
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I bought one of these. It allows me to completely remove the jack assembly in a matter of seconds. Easy to install and works great.

http://jack-e-up.com/
The one problem I foresee, what do you do if you have something like a 4 wheeler in your bed, that you can't take out while the camper is attached, then you have to use the jack to unhook the camper. Can you use your stabilizing jacks to hold the front up?
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Old 08-10-2016, 06:22 AM   #7
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Re-drilling the 3rd hole and using appropriate hardware should not be a problem. Wonder about theft with that jack-e-up thing but it's a neat
idea in certain circumstances.
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Old 08-10-2016, 06:36 AM   #8
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nal13, It is a definite "NO-NO" IMO to use your stabilizer jacks to hold up the front of ones RV. They are to "Stabilize Only".
As to OP's post, I would just drill the one hole out on the jack enough to get the bolt in and use a little larger washer on that bolt'
Best of luck on your jack mod!
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I agree, don't have your stabilizing jacks lift or support your trailer. The correct approach is to enlarge the 3rd hole in the jack plate as described above, use a large washer and reinstall the jack in the position that works for you.
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The one problem I foresee, what do you do if you have something like a 4 wheeler in your bed, that you can't take out while the camper is attached, then you have to use the jack to unhook the camper. Can you use your stabilizing jacks to hold the front up?
your going to have to get the coupling off the ball, no matter what jack you have,......with an attached jack you start cranking,....... with a Jack-E-Up, you grab it, stick it in, and start cranking,...... no more than 5 sec. longer, plus you'll NEVER bend your jack because you left it down too low, with the attached jack you can not say that, ....... many folks discredit things they've never tried, I would venture to believe most folks who have ever bent their tongue jack and knew about J-E-U, wishes they had changed to the Jack-E-Up before that day ................ just my opinion.............. I'm not a salesman for Jack-E-Up, I just know the advantages of using it,...... and I "don't leave home without it"
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