Pickup tailgate and tongue jack

I have a 2016 Toyota Tacoma. What is the best mod that will allow me to lower the tailgate to get into the truck bed when our 2016 Tab Outback Max S is attached?

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  • DurangoTaBDurangoTaB Posts: 677Member
    We have a 2012 Tacoma and a 2014/15 Maxx S T@B.  With the stock tongue jack cranked down, the tailgate just misses the jack handle. But with the truck turned even slightly, the jack handle gets in the way.  When I discovered the stock jack didn’t retract enough up to clear some deep dips I replaced the jack with a top mounted model from eTrailer...works great!  Some folks have installed a removable jack, but that was too much hassle and another thing to store for me.

    J.D. & Sue

    Durango, CO    2014/15 S M@xx :  "Dory's HabiT@B"  Keep on swimming...

  • SAMSAM Posts: 1,404Member
    We have the removable jack plate from the Teardrop Shop and it is easy and works well.  
    Sharon and John - Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Blue and Silver 2017 CSS towed by a 2015 Salsa Red Toyota Sienna
  • easttntabeasttntab Posts: 17Member
    I bought a Reese 10 inch extension for my 2017 Tacoma. Works great and does not affect handling at all.
  • JimEngelJimEngel Posts: 34Member
    We find the Fulton folding wheel very effective. It is robust and the larger wheel is helpful on gravel or other rough surfaces.
  • DalehelmanDalehelman Posts: 1,135Member
    One of the members of the forum makes an excellent tongue jack mod. It is sold through the 
    1. Hash  T@B Fun
  • DalehelmanDalehelman Posts: 1,135Member
    easttntab said:
    I bought a Reese 10 inch extension for my 2017 Tacoma. Works great and does not affect handling at all.
    Have you checked to see how much your tongue weight capacity has been reduced?
    1. Hash  T@B Fun
  • blackoaktreeblackoaktree Posts: 18Member
    I have a Tacoma and got this from the teardrop shop.
    https://teardropshop.com/collections/trailer-parts/products/jack-e-up?variant=17483137221
    Its easy to install and you can leave the tailgate down and do full turns without the tailgate getting smashed.
  • BertBert Posts: 78Member
    DurangoTab--which etrailer top mounted jack did you install?

  • DurangoTaBDurangoTaB Posts: 677Member
    Got this one fbecause it raises up almost all the way to the top...
    https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer_Jack/Bulldog/BD155033.html

    etrailer has a BUNCH of different models to choose from, so you have to read the spec details carefully.  BTW we have our spare mounted on the tongue...limiting our options a little.

    J.D. & Sue

    Durango, CO    2014/15 S M@xx :  "Dory's HabiT@B"  Keep on swimming...

  • BertBert Posts: 78Member
    Thanks, DurangoTab. My options for a side mount are also limited. I don't completely understand why the top-wind jack helps resolve the problem of the tailgate hitting the trailer hitch. Is the distance from the trailer's A-frame to the top of the top wind jack several inches shorter than from the A-frame to the top of the standard jack?
  • RollingBnBRollingBnB Posts: 181Member
    edited December 2017
    I bought an extended stinger with a 6" drop for my truck so I can open the tailgate. Those hitch extenders cut your tow capacity in half.
    2017 T@B S Max White C@stle
    2015 Chevy Silverado & 2017 GMC Acadia
    Alan & Patty
    Southern Az
  • RatkityRatkity Posts: 3,072Member
    I bought an extra long hitch (from etrailer) that was 16" long from top of the ball to the hitch pin. It dropped the towing capacity by 1000 lbs. Well, my truck can tow 7000# and I have yet to find a 2" ball that has over a 6000# capacity, so I was ok. The jack handle had to be move up and down a tad to clear the tailgate, but other people have moved the handle to the other side of the jack! I didn't bother. Worked great. 

    Any extender will cause extra bounce and cut your tow weight in half. Try looking into the extra long hitch. If you can't find one, I have one sitting on floor with a bunch of other hitches I've collected over the years. I can send it to you for shipping.
    2017 820R Retro Toy Hauler from 2015 Tabitha T@B from 2009 Reverse LG Teardrop (but a T@Bluver at heart)
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