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Old 03-23-2020, 01:02 PM   #1
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Use a Hitch Extender?

I tow a Rockwood Mini Lite 2104S with a 2018 F-150 4x4 and I have no complaints with the truck or TT. My only complaint is that I can't open the tailgate all the way with the trailer hooked up due to the power jack. I looked and repositioning the jack and that is not an option. The only solution I can see is to use a hitch extender. Has anyone else had this problem? Does using an extender affect the towing ? Any info would be appreciated.
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Old 03-23-2020, 01:17 PM   #2
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I would not use an extension.

Do you have a WD hitch on there? They make shanks of varying lengths and drops. I have a big one for my truck. Opening the tailgate is not a problem
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Old 03-23-2020, 02:21 PM   #3
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Here is a long hitch.. https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hit...RoCq70QAvD_BwE

This is an example of a longer shank as well (if you have a WD hitch).

https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...RoCSCMQAvD_BwE

I really need to know what you have there in order to help.
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Old 03-23-2020, 02:30 PM   #4
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Personally I would not recommend using a hitch extender to tow much with.....

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Old 03-23-2020, 02:37 PM   #5
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Use hitch Extender?

Yes I have a WD, rated at 10,000 lbs. and 1000 lb. tong weight.
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Old 03-23-2020, 02:40 PM   #6
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Jack-E-Up makes an easy removable mount for a jack. Www.jack-e-up.com. Strongly considering one myself.
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Old 03-23-2020, 02:53 PM   #7
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Are you sure you can't just rotate the jack? Works for me. Others have rotated the Jack 90 degrees by drilling another hole in the frame.
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Old 03-23-2020, 03:14 PM   #8
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This is should a simple issue that FR could fix overnight w/ putting the jacks back 1 1/2" or turn jack 25 degrees when installing. I have a V-front , unable to rotate due to the unequal bolt pattern on jack. I found a 2' extension, solved the problem rated to 10K. This has been this way for a long time. Sore spot as shows FR lack of effort. They could have MFGs change bolt pattern so we had a choice of rotating in new trailers.
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Old 03-23-2020, 04:29 PM   #9
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Yes I have a WD, rated at 10,000 lbs. and 1000 lb. tong weight.
Then get a longer shank. That's the best way to go. Do you need any more drop? If so, you can take care of that too.. Curt has a nice selection of shanks that have various amounts of length and drop. If you go to their website it's pretty clear. I bought one for my Esky that had a 12" drop (the hitch is in the middle of the bumper) and a 12" extension.

When I bought my F350 I didn't need quite as much drop so I went to a machine shop and had them cut about 3" off the bottom. I don't need the extension but it really doesn't hurt anything there way that it is (watch.. someone will disagree). I've been running this way for two seasons.. hasn't been an issue.
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I was going to just buy a 2 1/2" Equal-I-Zer shank for my F-350 truck. When I found that it was going to close to $180 and was not available as an extended version, my set-up didn't look as bad. I am using a Reese 2 1/2" to 2" conversion adapter that extends it back about 2"-about $65. OK for short trips, but I would readjust the WDH if I used this set-up more or was closer to weight limit-8K TT.
It was a pain to line up line up all the adapters and put the WDH in. I was going to weld together but makes a heavy chunk.

PS-Ford no-longer includes the 3' to 21/2' adapter when you buy a new truck-starting w/ 19's ******.Cheap
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I tow a Rockwood Mini Lite 2104S with a 2018 F-150 4x4 and I have no complaints with the truck or TT. My only complaint is that I can't open the tailgate all the way with the trailer hooked up due to the power jack. I looked and repositioning the jack and that is not an option. The only solution I can see is to use a hitch extender. Has anyone else had this problem? Does using an extender affect the towing ? Any info would be appreciated.
I have the same problem with my new trailer. It came standard equipped with a power jack, which interferes with the tailgate. I plan to replace the power jack on mine with a Lippert manual tongue jack - https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Jack/Lippert-Components/LC733926.html -
It costs the same as a hitch extender and wonít effect the weight distribution of your rig.
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Old 03-23-2020, 10:18 PM   #12
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Our jack is so close to clearing that if the front wheels of the truck are down a slight hill it will open and just miss it, otherwise it hits when it's like 75% open, enough for grabbing something but I certainly wouldn't want to step on it. It clears the post, it's just the motor housing so I will likely rotate it like others have said or weld up a new bracket if i'm feeling extra ambitious. There is plenty of room to move it back probably another 6" if I wanted to.
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I was very close with my blueox bit it would not open all the way. I upgraded to a propride P3. Expensive but no sway and I can open the tailgate without any other mods to boot!

I think the rotation should work for you.
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Jack-E-Up makes an easy removable mount for a jack. Www.jack-e-up.com. Strongly considering one myself.


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Old 03-24-2020, 08:28 AM   #15
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Rotating the jack worked for me.
Leverage and physics is the reason why hitch extenders are not recommended.
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Personally I would not recommend using a hitch extender to tow much with.....

X2......NO WAY.
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x3! NEVER use a hitch extender with a WDH.
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Equalizer (tm) has a couple of shank lengths available. The longer shank is NOT an extension but an engineered unit. They recommend using the shortest when possible.

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I was very close with my blueox bit it would not open all the way. I upgraded to a propride P3. Expensive but no sway and I can open the tailgate without any other mods to boot!

I think the rotation should work for you.

X2. No concerns dropping the tailgate. Probably >6" of clearance.
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What I am using on my F-350 is Reese Part #38735LB. It is a 3" to 2" adapter and also sets the WDH back about 2.5" so I can open tailgate. The effect to towing my 8K TT is very small. It eliminated all other adapters and the issue of lining them all up. Understanding I have more truck than TT, not possible LOL.
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