Many RVers with towables find it almost impossible to avoid truck tailgate damage. That’s because at some point, every trailering RVer will forget to detach the rig before putting their tailgate down.
“Wham!” goes the tailgate as it hits the trailer jack.
Good thing one Oregon couple had a lightbulb moment and invented “The Jack-E-Up.”
RVers Kent and Laura Madison of Oregon have been hitting the RV show circuit this year, helping RVers avoid truck tailgate damage. They’re showing off this simple, genius invention. Whenever you tow your RV, their easy trailer mod helps you avoid truck tailgate damage.
One idea, thousands of truck tailgates saved!
Is Your Trailer Jack Bent?
As RVers know, trailer jacks aren’t the most ergonomic invention. Many tricky road conditions get in the way of the jack, causing it to bend and break.
Then there’s the tailgate issue. Kent Madison know all about these problems: he’s an inventor by nature and writes on Jack-E-Up.com that, “The inspiration for Jack-E-Up came from when I bent my trailer jack while crossing a railroad track with my bumper-hitch trailer. It was such a frustrating experience that I swore I would never bend another jack again.”
Less than one turn and off the jack goes.
“I wanted to invent a device that would allow me to take the jack off of the trailer with just 1/6 of a turn with no pins or other devices that you had to lose or get in the way,” says Kent. Here’s what he came up with:
How the Jack-E-Up Helps Avoid Truck Tailgate Damage
- This is a removable, two-piece device for A-Frame jacks.
- One piece mounts onto the trailer hitch, right over your existing jack.
- There’s no need to buy a new jack. Just unbolt your existing jack from your trailer mounting jack and replace with the Jack-E-Up base with existing bolts.
- The Jack-E-Up works with top-wind jacks, side-wind jacks, electric jacks and jacks with round base plates.
Any RVer who tows a bumper-mounted trailer can use Kent’s device. Not only does it save truck bumpers but it has other bonuses like:
- You no longer have to continue winding your jack up after hitching to your truck.
- Without a jack sticking up between your pickup and your trailer, it’s much easier and safer to step over the trailer tongue.
- Hookup is faster, safer and easier because with just a few turns of the jack handle, your trailer jack can be removed and safely stowed away.
“By setting the jack 7” higher, you don’t have to crank the jack up so hooking up is much faster,” explains Kent. “It solves all those problems with jack interference on the ground and tailgate interference with your pickup.”
Spend $75 or buy a new truck tailgate? Hmm…
Dinged up tailgates are practically inevitable when you tow a trailer. For around $75, you’ve got the cheapest way to avoid truck tailgate damage and keep your pickup looking brand new.