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Will B&W Patriot 18k Slider Cause Tailgate Interference

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I have a 2017 Chevy 2500 with a 6’7” bed, currently use a Reese 15k that has 10” of slide. I like this hitch, but with the 12” of slide I’m concerned it may hit the tailgate when slid back in the maneuvering position and don’t want a modified tailgate. Will the additional 2” of slide make a difference. Anyone in the etrailer community have a similar set up that they have shared their experiences.

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The clearance issue you mentioned is basically unheard of. The 12 inches of sliding clearance that the B and W Patriot Slider part # BWRVK3270 provides is a very standard amount of clearance and does not have reputation of causing tailgate interference at all. Especially on a longer short bed truck like yours that is 6-1/2 feet long. This works well on short bed trucks that are also 6 feet long too.

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