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Old 05-31-2014, 01:25 PM   #15
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When standing, usually yes. Most trailers have about 3' from the front of the A frame to the body. The rest depends on how much you have on the tongue.

On edit, I get what Steve is saying. One might have a problem using the bumper hitch vs a receiver hitch.
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When standing, usually yes. Most trailers have about 3' from the front of the A frame to the body. The rest depends on how much you have on the tongue.

On edit, I get what Steve is saying. One might have a problem using the bumper hitch vs a receiver hitch.
I can not open my tailgate using a bumper mounted ball hitch or by using my receiver hitch without an extender. My WD hitch extends back just far enough so I can drop the tailgate and miss hitting the front trailer jack
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Old 05-31-2014, 01:53 PM   #17
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Not to knock this thread off it's tracks but I have a very newby question. Can you drop the tailgate on a pickup with the trailer attached without some kind of hitch extender. or a swivel jack? If not it seems like a mid-sized SUV might be more useful.
I can't imaging making the decision on a tow vehicle based on if one could or could not open the tailgate when hitched. Especially if you are looking at the difference between a pick-up and any other vehicle.

As it turned out, I could with my GMC Sonoma + Hunter/Scamp/Bigfoot combinations but I seldom did, if only because there was to much stuff in the bed.

I "think" that my 2dr Blazer is called a Mid-Size SUV and it has a tailgate as big as the one on the Sonoma.

Part Two: Hitch extenders almost always create problems and seldom solve them.....
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Old 05-31-2014, 03:35 PM   #18
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The rest depends on how much you have on the tongue.
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I can not open my tailgate using a bumper mounted ball hitch or by using my receiver hitch without an extender. My WD hitch extends back just far enough so I can drop the tailgate and miss hitting the front trailer jack
I think we are saying the same thing.
The OP does not have a trailer yet, so it might be something to consider when looking at both trailers and tugs. Newer P/U's and 4x4's seem to be higher. Some trailers have a fixed jack at the apex of the A frame.
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As an added idea, if this is a critical issue, one can do as I do with the Hunter to prevent the jack from scraping. I remove the jack every time I hook up the trailer, 3 nuts and about 1 minute time.

I threaded cap screws through the jack pad from the bottom and they stick up like studs. Then I just remove the 3 nuts with a 9/16" box wrench and lift off the jack.
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Badger, whether you can drop the tailgate depends on the tow vehicle, the hitch, and the trailer. I had an '09 Tundra with an Andersen WD hitch and a '97 Airstream 25' Excella and could not drop the tailgate without hitting the electric jack. This was a problem because I store my Honda generator in the back of the truck, and it was difficult to lift out of the truck with the tailgate up. The answer was to contact Andersen and get a new 3" longer stinger for the Andersen hitch. Cost about $60, but it worked perfect.

I sold the Tundra and the Airstream, and now have an '06 Tundra, a Husky WD hitch, and a 21' Bigfoot with a manual jack. With this setup, the stock stinger works perfect. No problems letting the tailgate down.
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Old 06-01-2014, 03:34 PM   #21
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Back on the factory built in brake controller: I just bought a 2012 Chevy 1500 which my Buick/Chrysler dealer did not have in stock. They can get whatever vehicle I want through the GM dealer auction. I gave them a list of what I wanted in a truck. Included in that was a towing package which included a factory brake controller. I talked to them the day after Memorial Day (Tuesday). By Wednesday they had acquired the truck. Thursday they sent employees to New Bethlehem, PA to bring it back and I took delivery on Friday. This is a small town dealer where I have bought 10-11 cars since 1981 so they know me personally. I suppose you could get that kind of service from a large dealer. At least, I'd hope so. My new truck came with only 22000 miles and had everything on it that I wanted.
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To be fair, the vast majority of campers should not be pulled by a 1/2 ton pickup, our campers are in a niche category. I shudder when I see a 1/2 ton pulling a 30' camper down the road.
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