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Old 10-08-2015, 01:11 PM   #1
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Will chrysler 2016 minivan rear hatch swing up and open with trailer attached

Wondering if I will be able to open the rear hatch on my new Chrysler minivan when it is hitched to a Casita 17 trailer since it swings upward. The wind up tongue pole that sticks up looks like it might get in the way. Anyone know for sure????
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Old 10-08-2015, 01:40 PM   #2
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Not sure about your Chrysler Denny but we had clearance with our Nissan Quest and Airstream. Note the ball on the Quest was high and close to the rear bumper of the van. Hope the pic below can give you a reference.
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Old 10-08-2015, 01:48 PM   #3
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If you find you can't open it, there are several tongue jacks that are designed to be easily removed from their mounts once the trailer is hitched.


I remove mine every time, so it doesn't drag on dips and curves, by taking off the 3 nuts. Takes all of a few minutes.
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Old 10-08-2015, 01:51 PM   #4
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My receiver sticks out more than the one in the pic. I have no problem with mine a 2006. Also I have a WDH that adds about another foot of clearance.
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It may depend on whether it's a manual or an electric jack.

I'll be surprised if too many people are towing Casita 17's with minivans, though, due to the high tongue weight. Deluxe versions (with front bathroom) average about 425 pounds on the hitch. The standard version looks like about 50-60 pounds less, but that's still 365-375 pounds on the hitch.

Have you looked into the hitch weight limit in your owner's manual?

There are solutions to deal with tongue jack/tailgate interference, including side-mounted folding jacks and removable center-mount jacks.
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Chrysler mini vans have a total trailer weight capacity of 3600lbs. Add a WDH and it can do it but one need to keep in mind the added weight of all you gear and passengers in the van. They also can be got with a tow package that helps, or it can be added.
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We don't have a Chrysler Mini van but we do have an Odyssey. I just took my tape measure and checked the height of the ball with the trailer nose and jack with the trailer level and when to a dealer ship and put my tape measure on the ground tape up to the right height and opened the van's hatch. It was not even close. Easy test to perform.

Our Odyssey easily clears our trailer.
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Chrysler mini vans have a total trailer weight capacity of 3600lbs. Add a WDH and it can do it but one need to keep in mind the added weight of all you gear and passengers in the van. They also can be got with a tow package that helps, or it can be added.
Most Mini Vans have a 1,300 to 3/4 ton payload rating. That is as much or more than many 1/2 ton trucks.
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Hi,
Our Dodge Grand Caravan rear door does not open when we're hitched to our "new" 1973 amerigo FG-16 with an electric jack. We find this surprisingly inconvenient, and will have to figure out something else soon. A crank jack, a side-mounted jack, a removable jack (possibly best idea), a longer receiver (?) a weight-distribution hitch or some portion thereof, and my uncle suggested we get a tongue extension of some kind (is this possible?).
The electric jack came with the trailer...as did an electric water pump at the sink. Does every little thing have to be power-aided? How much harder is it to have a manual jack? My husband says he's not sure if he's strong enough to crank one, though he used to crank the jack for our old Aloha in the 80's. But that was a long time ago.
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Here's one of the solutions I alluded to earlier:
Jack-E-Up Removable Jack Bracket, Black - Jack-e-up Llc 5048 - Tongue Jacks - Camping World


and here's the other
Ultimate Adjustable Trailer Hitch Jack


The Amerigo's tongue weight won't be that great, and a well lubricated hand crank jack should be fairly easy to turn
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Will chrysler 2016 minivan rear hatch swing up and open with trailer attached

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Hi,
Our Dodge Grand Caravan rear door does not open when we're hitched to our "new" 1973 amerigo FG-16 with an electric jack. We find this surprisingly inconvenient, and will have to figure out something else soon. A crank jack, a side-mounted jack, a removable jack (possibly best idea), a longer receiver (?) a weight-distribution hitch or some portion thereof, and my uncle suggested we get a tongue extension of some kind (is this possible?).
The electric jack came with the trailer...as did an electric water pump at the sink. Does every little thing have to be power-aided? How much harder is it to have a manual jack? My husband says he's not sure if he's strong enough to crank one, though he used to crank the jack for our old Aloha in the 80's. But that was a long time ago.
I agree that it's a big inconvenience. When I first bought our Scamp, a bent tongue jack prevented our minivan's hatch from opening. It was the first thing I fixed.

But not a hitch extender, for sure. Use of a hitch extender reduces your hitch capacity by half because of the lever effect. It's in the fine print on every one I've seen. In addition, it adds more places for hitch rattle to originate and moves the ball further from the vehicle, which is bad for towing stability.

On a trailer the size of your Amerigo there should be no need for an electric jack. Some people just like gizmos, or perhaps they had a disability that made a manual crank difficult to use. If that's your situation, the product description for the quick-remove bracket in Bob's first link sounds like it might work with some electric jacks.
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Old 10-10-2015, 07:33 PM   #12
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I can open my back of my 2007 Caravan with my Boler attached.

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Old 10-10-2015, 07:52 PM   #13
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I can open my back of my 2007 Caravan with my Boler attached.

Linda

I cannot open the back of my Toyota Sienna Van with a Scamp 16.

Of course neither Linda nor I have the van and trailer combo you asked about, so I don't know if that information helps or not.
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Old 10-10-2015, 11:33 PM   #14
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I love my Ultimate Jack. I have a Scamp 16 and a Rav4 tow vehicle. I always remove the jack when towing.
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