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Rack'em Double Barrel Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist w/ Chain - 200 lbs

Rack'em Double Barrel Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist w/ Chain - 200 lbs

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This chain-driven tailgate lift assist makes it easy to raise and lower the tailgate on your open utility trailer. Compact unit mounts on just one side of your trailer, leaving more rail space available for racks, accessories, and trailer loading. Lowest Prices for the best tailgate from Rackem. Rack'em Double Barrel Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist w/ Chain - 200 lbs part number RA-27C can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Rackem Tailgate - RA-27C

  • Tailgate Assist
  • Trailer Tailgate
  • Rackem
  • Steel
  • 200 lbs

This chain-driven tailgate lift assist makes it easy to raise and lower the tailgate on your open utility trailer. Compact unit mounts on just one side of your trailer, leaving more rail space available for racks, accessories, and trailer loading.


  • Lift assist allows you to easily lift and lower the tailgate on your utility trailer
    • Internal springs compensate for weight of tailgate to make it seem lighter
  • Compact unit mounts on 1 side of trailer, saving space for other side-rail-mounted accessories
  • Double-barrel design with 2 built-in springs allows for extra lifting and lowering power, if needed
    • Second spring automatically engages if load on first spring is too great
  • Internal steel sprocket chain and chrome-plated external chain are durable
    • No chance of broken or frayed cables
  • Sturdy solid steel construction
  • Adjustable mounting plate lets you position chain depending on height of tailgate
    • Ensures proper operation on trailers with differently sized tailgates
  • Fast, easy installation with included hardware
    • Drilling required


  • Application: open utility trailers with square-tube, round-tube, or angle-iron side walls
    • Trailer side rail height: 10" to 15" from trailer bed
    • Trailer tailgate height: at least 44" from trailer bed
  • Weight capacity: 200 lbs
  • Length: 54"
    • 52-1/2" From center of bolt hole to center of bolt hole
  • Endcap dimensions: 4-3/4" long x 2-3/16" tall
  • Mounting bracket length: 12"
    • 8-1/2" From mounting hole to mounting hole
    • 10" From leftmost adjustment hole to rightmost adjustment hole
    • 2-1/2" From adjustment hole to adjustment hole
  • Spring lengths:
    • Upper spring: 10-1/2"
    • Lower spring: 18-1/2"
  • 1-Year warranty
    • Chain has a lifetime warranty

ra27c spec

With the Rack'Em tailgate lift assist, you can raise and lower your utility trailer's tailgate with a single finger. The double-barrel assist will make a 134-lb gate feel like it weighs only 5 lbs, making it easy for practically anybody to lift or lower.


Tailgate Assist

The double-barrel unit mounts on one of the side rails of your trailer using 2 of the included bolts. The adjustable mounting bracket then mounts onto the side of your tailgate with the other 2 bolts. Once both pieces are mounted, just choose the adjustment hole you would like to use based the size of your tailgate and clip the chain onto it. The top 3 holes are designed for taller, heavier tailgates, while the bottom 3 holes are for shorter, lighter tailgates. This adjustable design makes the Rack'Em Double Barrel lift assist perfect for any application.

How It Works

The chain that attaches to your tailgate connects to an internal sprocket chain that is in turn hooked to a spring inside the unit. This chain-and-spring combination is what takes on the weight of your tailgate. The first spring connects to a second spring inside the other barrel of the assist using an additional sprocket chain. If extra lifting power is needed, this second spring will automatically engage to help with the load.


Because this chain-and-spring setup only activates when under load, the system will never be too rigid to manage. As a result, you will always have smooth, consistent, and jerk-free motion regardless of your application.

RA-27C Rack Em Double Barrel Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist w/ Chain

Installation Details RA-27C Installation instructions

Customer Reviews

Rack'em Double Barrel Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist w/ Chain - 200 lbs - RA-27C

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (162 Customer Reviews)

This chain-driven tailgate lift assist makes it easy to raise and lower the tailgate on your open utility trailer. Compact unit mounts on just one side of your trailer, leaving more rail space available for racks, accessories, and trailer loading.

- RA-27C

I just finished installing the system on my trailer. And I love it. I would like to give a shout out to carol in customer service. I did have a minor problem with shipping. I called customer service and talked to Carol and she had it fixed in a few minutes. Due to the design of my trailer and the 6 foot gate. The trailer is of my design and I built it. The gate weighs more than the average gate so I opted to install two lift supports. At 54 with two bad shoulders the gat was extremely heavy to lift at just over 250 lbs. I highly recommend etrailer.

- RA-27C

I am very pleased with this product. I have installed this on my split tailgate and it works flawlessly. I have another trailer with the gorilla tailgate assists on both sides. I would pick the RA-27C double barrel over the gorilla springs, hands down. I have included some pics to help anyone else with a split tailgate. This is what I came up with and it works great!

I have had this product for a year now and it still is working very well. I am very pleased and would still recommend this to anyone.
Randy W - 08/09/2018

- RA-27C

This is a very good product. I choose this product because of ease of installation and cost. I had read other reviews and liked what I saw. I thought about the gorilla lift but didn’t want to go thru the hassle of installation. The Double Barrel system works flawless. Installation only took about 45 mins at the most. This really helped me out a lot because, my trailer gate is very heavy and a pain to pick up. I run a small Lawncare company so I’m always letting the gate up and down. So this was a must in my eyes. I decided to do what I saw another person did and that was u a eye bolt instead of the plate and it worked great. I’m very happy with my purchase and know it is going to last along time.

Great no problems
Jonathan S - 10/23/2018

- RA-27C

Received the product. Thanks for the speedy shipping. I have installed the product and am very pleased with it's operation. It was very easy to install . Since it was placed on my trailer's side gate, I only had to make one small change. I drilled two mounting holes into the gate bracket and mounted it with the adjustment holes on the outside in order to keep the lift chain straight on it's sprockets. (shown in picture). I had to purchase nothing extra for the double barrel lifter and it works great. Friends are already commenting on it and getting the order info from me. More will come when the snow and ice clears.

Very quick delivery, with 1 modification, I had it installed and it works GREAT. Recommend it highly..
-- comment by: Bob F - 06/28/2014

Product works great as advertised.. Still happy that I purchased it!
Art C - 12/09/2014

- RA-27C

This was ordered for my dad. he & stepmom they were having a hard time lifting the rear gate. after installing it they said it was the best thing. Dad is 87 and he loves it. Thanks again

- RA-27C

I got my Rack'em double barrel gate assist a few days ago and installed it. My trailer has 16 inch side rails which I was told is too high for it to work properly so I ended up welding a piece of angle iron to the outside of my trailer rails at 13 inches high to solve that problem. This actually worked out better anyway as it puts the doublebarrel down out of harms way and left my top rail unobstructed for my hedge trimmer mount. I had a garage door spring mounted in this location and it worked well for 20 years but the double barrel works much better. It can be adjusted so that the gate requires zero effort to lift and it also does not slam the gate closed if I don't hold onto it past the halfway point or let the gate slam to the ground if I let go of it below the halfway point...it just works perfect! It makes no annoying noises like the competing trailer gate assist units on the market do and is quite a bit shorter overall...Surprisingly, it's actually among the cheaper options in this category too. Build quality seems good...The only concern I have is with the size of roller chain they used, I'm sure they've tested it extensively and determined that what they used is strong enough but I would feel more comfortable with a little larger size roller chain. Just a suggestion to the manufacturer if they happen to see this. Can't say how it will hold up long term but initial impressions are great.

- RA-27C

The Rack-em lift is excellent. Really like this tailgate lift assist. Prefer the roller chain system over cables Easy install on round tube trailer rails. Much simpler than the two side lift setup. Took a little try & see to adjust for tension. Price, ordering & shipping was good. Will recommend this item to friends

- RA-27C

Vanessa, You were very professional– knowledgeable, easy to understand, and polite. The product was at a good price with free shipping, and I received it in 4 days. All a plus. The etrailer video showed a simple installation with one finger lifting, and also the gate staying in a holding position between all the way up and all the way down. My installation was simple, but I have an angle-iron constructed gate and it was easier to use an eye-bolt in place of the provided bracket to better line-up the chain. To take up the chain slack and preload the springs I moved the chain clip to a different link, but the lifting takes more than a finger and it will fall. The Rack’em Double Barrel Trailer Tailgate Assist does help to lift the gate but doesn’t do it with the ease of one finger as shown in the video. If you have any suggestions they are welcome. Thanks.

- RA-27C

Perfect addition to my trailer. I don't care how many times I have to put the ramp up and down now. Nice paint finish, well built and easily installed. Prompt shipping and follow-up e-mails. Will continue to buy from E-Trailer.

- RA-27C

I purchased the Double Barrel for our landscape trailer. The tailgate has a two foot extension welded onto it making it 6" long. One guy could lift it but it was an accident waiting to happen. I made a phone call to Customer Service and Katie helped me out. She put me in touch with the manufacturing facility. After they confirmed that it would "help" with the weight I decided to purchase one with the thought that I might need two. The installation is simple but I did have to add two half inch spacers to align the chain on the sprocket but every trailer is different. Although the tailgate is not one finger light, it is more than acceptable and can now easily be lifted by one man. Great product and great customer service.

- RA-27C

Great product, makes lifting tail gate easy.

- RA-27C

Solid Product that works well. Installation instructions are very poor, but it is a simple install if you look at the video so it is okay. I like the profile and ease of which it works. I replaced the bolts that hold the bracket on the gate as in my opinion they are much too long and too small (5/16 x 2 1/2) and replaced with 3/8 by 1 1/2 Only issue is that it keeps the left corner of gate lifted, but only by an inch or so. It does not prevent me from driving the UTV on the trailer at all. One thing to watch for is where the bolt holes will line up on side rail. I wasn't paying attention and the front one came out on top of angle iron vertical support. Shifted unit back and all worked well.

After a year of heavy use this unit is still working great and gets lots of comments from other riders we meet on ATV trail head. I like how quickly i can detach if i need to remove tail gate. I would definitely buy this again and recommend to others. Btw this lifts an extra large gate that is over 4 feet high so impressed with how it works and can be adjusted for the weight of different gates.
Ted - 12/02/2018

- RA-27C

I ordered this item based on reviews and I did not like the idea of having a cable to deal with. Unit came in a poorly packaged box that really had me wondering if it was all there based on the condition of the box, but luckily all items made it safely. Installation was fairly straightforward and easy with the exception on one sort of important directive. It stated to mount the attachment plate to the tailgate at 44", but there was no indication of top or bottom of the bracket. In my case it didn't matter anyway as I could not go that high from the bottom of the bracket to the floor. So I just mounted it close to the top of the gate, and so far it all seems to work out just fine. Makes lifting the gate a very easy chore, not quite one finger as some folks say, but at least one hand. Overall I am very pleased with the item, and I really like the chain and sprocket over the cable.

After 1 year, I am happy to say that it still works as good as the day it was installed. No issues the chain is still where it should be and it makes it so easy to lift the heavy tailgate with just one hand. Plus, I liked only having one unit to install rather than two.
Tony H - 06/04/2018

- RA-27C

Pictures of the Rackem trailer gate assist (RA-27). I was told to take pictures and send them to this e-mail after install

- RA-27C

My gate/ramp on my utility trailer was very heavy and difficult to lift. The Rackem Tailgate Assist works very well and makes it easy to lift and let down. Installation was not too difficult. Drilled a few holes and bolted it in postion. Bought the necessary bolts & nuts. I would recommend this product.

The Rackem tailgate lift assist has performed well. No problems.
Ron C - 10/23/2017

- RA-27C

Fairly easy install. eTrailer videos were very helpful. Decided to use 3/8" Eye Bolt for gate instead of the gate bracket. Worked much better on angle iron built trailer.

- RA-27C

Simple to install. Works like a charm!! Company is a dream to work with: eg. Ordered Sunday night, realized delivery would be during vacation, called Monday explain situation, shipped Monday, received Wednesday , installed Thursday, used Friday. Free shipping also. Could'nt be treated any better by a company!!!!

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- RA-27C

Great product and great response from support. Glen thanks. Trailer has 3" dove tail ,mounted rail 15" above tailgate hinge point eye at 46" took up 3 links, lift with two fingers.

- RA-27C

Has been working great

- RA-27C

The double barrel tailgate lift is a life saver. It has made lifting my tailgate much easier and also helps when lowering it because it slows it down. My gate was a beast to lift but not anymore. It is definitely a great item that is well worth the price.

- RA-27C

Got the product 2 days ago & just got done mounting it on my trailer today. Pretty simple installation went on good. It does make the trailer tailgate Much lighter then what it was! My only problem during the mounting of the product was I had to make some shims on the bracket that goes on the tailgate itself. With out doing this the bolts didn't have enough threads to completely tighten the bracket. And with out doing this the tailgate bracket would have not been in a straight enough line to match up with the sprocket Assy on the trailer itself. Like I said just got done with it today. So far I am very happy with this product & I would recommend it for someone else! Thanks!!

- RA-27C

Purchased this product over the Gorilla assist because they had a video on how to install, looked easy so I ordered it. I have a landscape trailer with 2" square tube and not angel iron as the one in the video. The hardware supplied was to short since the were 2" long bolts, had to buy 3" bolts and a eye bolt for the tailgate since my trailer has handles on the side where the tailgate plate was supposed to go. Call the company for and idea of how high to mount the eye bolt but the person was of little help and was kind of gruff about the whole thing. This company needs to include bigger hardware since most of the trailers I looked at had 2" square tubing frames. It's installed and works OK.

- RA-27C

This product is everything it was advertised to be. The mounting was easy and when done the gate went down with no effort and went without slamming. On raising it there was hardly any effort compared to lifting the same gate with out it. My trailer back vertical post on the rail is a couple inches higher than the horizontal mounting side rail and the chain slid over it with no problem. I did treat the chain with some spray on chain wax which is used on any chain driven motorcycle just to lube the chain instead of using it dry. This is the best investment for us older guys.

- RA-27C

Simple installation. The gate handle was in the way to mount the attachment plate as specified in the instructions, but I just flipped it and mounted it another way. It actually made the attachment points more in line with the sprocket. Works as advertised and looks good too!

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