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appydeb
Reg. Sep 2004
Posted 2019-11-03 5:54 PM (#172819)
Subject: Trailer hitch extenders safe?


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I can't lower my tailgate on my 2014 F-150 when its hooked to my horse trailer. I just found out there are hitch extenders to add about 12" - are these safe pulling a 2 horse steel trailer?
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horsey1
Reg. Dec 2004
Posted 2019-11-04 5:53 AM (#172820 - in reply to #172819)
Subject: RE: Trailer hitch extenders safe?


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There are also varying lengths of ball mounts available. I believe I'd look for one that is long enough to let my tailgate open, without adding an entire foot. Surely you don't need a whole foot do you? 
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Kay
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2019-11-04 8:19 AM (#172822 - in reply to #172819)
Subject: RE: Trailer hitch extenders safe?


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Be aware the most hitch extenders are downrated to a lower capacity than you might need for a two horse trailer, the longer the extension, the lower the rating.

You could replace the tongue jack with a jack that sits further back in the tongue, or more easily, replace it with a flip up jack. The down side to setting the jack further back is that it likely would require some welding, etc. The down side to the flip up jack is that they tend to be a bit wobbley on the heavier trailers.
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appydeb
Reg. Sep 2004
Posted 2019-11-05 5:08 PM (#172825 - in reply to #172820)
Subject: RE: Trailer hitch extenders safe?


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No, more like 4-5". Thanks for the suggestion!
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appydeb
Reg. Sep 2004
Posted 2019-11-05 5:09 PM (#172826 - in reply to #172822)
Subject: RE: Trailer hitch extenders safe?


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Thanks! Will look into this.
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T-raylr
Reg. Jul 2019
Posted 2019-11-06 8:09 PM (#172828 - in reply to #172819)
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Will look into that too. By the way, do you guys have a drawtite hitch? Would like to get your insights on that one because I was browsing for a new hitch.
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RTSmith
Reg. Nov 2003
Posted 2019-11-12 6:21 AM (#172829 - in reply to #172828)
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T-raylr - 2019-11-06 8:09 PM Will look into that too. By the way, do you guys have a drawtite hitch? Would like to get your insights on that one because I was browsing for a new hitch.

To the best of my knowledge, Drawtite is a hitch manufacturer. A good one at that. But they make many products. What exactly are you asking for or about? 
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hosspuller
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2019-11-12 7:36 AM (#172830 - in reply to #172820)
Subject: RE: Trailer hitch extenders safe?


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As Kay said, an extension de-rates the hitch. It also gives the trailer a longer arm (more leverage) to sway your tow vehicle.



Better to move what ever is interfering with your tailgate
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