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Posted: 04/15/21 04:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Trying to figure out if we can hitch our trailer (on order) to our '14 RAM 3500 with the tailgate down, using an extended shank.

Our tailgate will need to be completely down when hitching - we carry a side by side in the bed.

Looks like the ball will be just at the end of the tailgate, but not 100% sure. Just looking for someone who has done this and can give some insight.

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Posted: 04/15/21 04:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Even if it will hitch, will you be able to turn?

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Posted: 04/15/21 04:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

nickthehunter wrote:

Even if it will hitch, will you be able to turn?


Good question. Not sure. The other part of this is possibly getting the Jack-E-Up, which lets you easily remove and reattach the tongue jack.

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Posted: 04/15/21 04:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If the wheels are completely in the bed, remove the tailgate. Most take about 30 seconds.


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Posted: 04/15/21 06:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does the proposed extended shank have sufficient rating for the weight of your TT?


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joshuajim wrote:

If the wheels are completely in the bed, remove the tailgate. Most take about 30 seconds.


Not anymore if you have locks and cameras in them. You'd have to install your own disconnect and then you could!

Here's how you know for certain - hook up with the tailgate closed. Now open the tailgate - I'd venture to guess that turning will not be possible unless the jack is below the gate or you remove it.


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I would think that ya could just aim the truck where ya wanta go and plan on no turns , what could go wrong . I did see a 4 wheeler in the bed with tailgate off and the owner had put 2x8s under the rear wheels that stuck out only about 6 inches . Worked for him !

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wanderingbob wrote:

I would think that ya could just aim the truck where ya wanta go and plan on no turns , what could go wrong . I did see a 4 wheeler in the bed with tailgate off and the owner had put 2x8s under the rear wheels that stuck out only about 6 inches . Worked for him !
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I have the Jack-E-Up tongue jack removable base.
Since I flipped my TT axle, I had to flip my WDH shank, I.e., raising it.
Now, even with the Jack-E-Up, I have to pad the jack base or the tailgate will rest directly on the base when open. Still better than only being able to open the tailgate 20-30 degrees when connected to the TT.
Problem of my own making ;(
Point being, while the Jack-E-Up is a great product, It may not solve this problem depending on the WDH height.
If you blow up my signature pic, you can see how it will still interfere.


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Posted: 04/16/21 11:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Boomerweps wrote:

I have the Jack-E-Up tongue jack removable base.
Since I flipped my TT axle, I had to flip my WDH shank, I.e., raising it.
Now, even with the Jack-E-Up, I have to pad the jack base or the tailgate will rest directly on the base when open. Still better than only being able to open the tailgate 20-30 degrees when connected to the TT.
Problem of my own making ;(
Point being, while the Jack-E-Up is a great product, It may not solve this problem depending on the WDH height.
If you blow up my signature pic, you can see how it will still interfere.


Thanks! I was hoping the 18" shank would stick out past the tailgate, but I don't think it will.

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