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Old 01-30-2017, 08:47 PM   #1
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Hello, when towing a fifth wheel, can I leave my tailgate on and just lower it before hooking the fifth wheel up and then raise it once it is on. Thank you
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Old 01-30-2017, 08:51 PM   #2
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Leave it on.
Make SURE you raise it back up before moving and turning!!!
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It depends. If we back up square on to our fifth wheel, we have about 2" clearance between the down tail gate and front of trailer. If we are not square on, we stop and raise the gate after we are clear of the pin, before we engage the pin in the hitch. Try it and be very cautious.
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It depends. If we back up square on to our fifth wheel, we have about 2" clearance between the down tail gate and front of trailer. If we are not square on, we stop and raise the gate after we are clear of the pin, before we engage the pin in the hitch. Try it and be very cautious.
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Hello, when towing a fifth wheel, can I leave my tailgate on and just lower it before hooking the fifth wheel up and then raise it once it is on. Thank you
Yep, that's what I have done for 15 years.
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Yep. It's never been a problem for me. Just be careful, take your time, and know what your clearances are.
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Yep. It's never been a problem for me. Just be careful, take your time, and know what your clearances are.
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As an alternative you could replace the existing tailgate with one of the aftermarket units that have a deep V in them. No need to lower it when hitching and you can easily watch as you line up the truck and 5th wheel.


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Only thing there is I am trying to keep the stock gate and back up camera if possible,and if doing the way I described works I would rather do it like that. Just polling to see if is possible to do it the way I described. Thanks for the help
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Hello, when towing a fifth wheel, can I leave my tailgate on and just lower it before hooking the fifth wheel up and then raise it once it is on. Thank you
Been doing it this way for 35+ years.
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I have a routine to make sure everything gets hooked up, latched, and plugged in and then I double check. I've seen plenty of banged up tailgates because people forget a step.
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I drop tailgate and back up until I latch up still have about 4" to tailgate.
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We have had many fifth wheels. Never had one that didn't have enough room to drop the tailgate while hitched. If you dont have enough room you might look at an extended pin box and have one less thing to worry about.
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I drop tailgate and back up until I latch up still have about 4" to tailgate.
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We have had many fifth wheels. Never had one that didn't have enough room to drop the tailgate while hitched. If you dont have enough room you might look at an extended pin box and have one less thing to worry about.
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We have had many fifth wheels. Never had one that didn't have enough room to drop the tailgate while hitched. If you dont have enough room you might look at an extended pin box and have one less thing to worry about.
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Like others, do the all the time. Just don't forget to lower tailgate BEFORE backing up and raising once connected.
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