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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  • 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. 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 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Rackem Tailgate - RA-27C

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.


Features:

  • 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


Specs:

  • 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.


Installation

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.


Springs

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



RA-27C Installation InstructionsInstallation Details RA-27C Installation instructions



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


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Rackem Double Barrel Trailer Tailgate Assist Installation

Today on our utility trailer, we'll be installing the Rackem Double Barrel trailer gate assist, part number RA-27C. To begin with, we will need to go ahead and mark the four holes that we'll need to drill in our trailer, two in the gate where our chain will hook to the support bracket for lifting the gate up and down, and two on the actual side rail of the trailer. Once we have all four holes marked, we'll go ahead and begin drilling. The two gate holes will be a little bit smaller, and we can go ahead and just drill them straight through. Now for the section that has the springs in it that will mount to the side of our trailer, we're going to go ahead and start with the smaller drill bit first, and then go ahead and step up to the actual size. With all the holes drilled, we'll go ahead and mount the double spring mechanism on the side of the trailer.

We'll put the bolt through the top and put the nylon lock nut underneath, tightening it down. With this tightened down, we can go ahead and put our side clamp or our lifting bracket on the trailer gate. Now on this particular trailer, the owner wants to fold the gate all the way forward, so we're going to use a couple spacer blocks to scoot the bracket out from the trailer gate just a little bit. We'll feed our bolt through the bracket, followed by the nylon lock nut. We'll go ahead and tighten everything down then.

Finally, we'll use our quick links and go ahead and connect to the end that has the springs on it, or the end where the chain comes out of it, to that loop. With that hole connected, we'll go ahead and connect to the top hole on the bracket on the trailer gate. This particular trailer gate's a little heavy, so we'll go ahead and use the top hole to begin with. With both of the clips secured, we're ready to go ahead and test our gate. As you can see, it lowers down with ease.

With the gate pulled down and the double barrel hooked up, it takes very little pressure to raise the gate. And with that, that will complete the installation of the Rackem Double Barrel trailer gate assist, part number RA-27C, on our utility trailer. .


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   (151 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
by:

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. 394890



- RA-27C
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The RA-27C gate lift assist arrived on time. After installation, our customer was satisfied with the lift assist. We extended the tail gate ramp on his trailer so he could ride his Honda Goldwing Motor Trike up the ramp which is slightly over 5 feet long and 5 feet wide and is constructed of steel. It and weighs about 350 pounds holds a 1500 pound trike without any problems . We installed 2 of the RA-27C lift assists and it is very easy to handle this very heavy tail gate. This should give him many years of trouble free service and ease of operation. 485138



- RA-27C
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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. 161267



- RA-27C
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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. 444606


Comments

Great no problems

Jonathan S - 10/23/2018

44975

- RA-27C
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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!! 498024



- RA-27C
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Hitch assist is a great product, but needs a slight alteration. When mounted as shown in the video, with tailgate bracket mounted as shown, I discovered 2 problems. On my trailer, with bracket mounted flush, it left no room to attach hook, plus the alignment with sprocket was not good...I eliminated both problems by: Invert bracket so narrow side mounts to tailgate with wide side (with holes) facing trailer and positioned so it is lined up with pulley wheels. This alignment well allow for longer life of wheels, since the pull is direct, instead of off-set. This modification, if narrow side has predrilled holes in it, would allow user to mount either method, depending on the individual trailer. Installation is still just 4 bolts, and very simple. My installation only required 11/2 inch bolts, instead of the 3 inch ones sent. I never knew how easy it could be to raise and lower my tailgate! I would recommend this product, with my modifications, to everyone. Thanks. 101611



- RA-27C
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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. 175260



- RA-27C
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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! 418307


Comments

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

42096

- RA-27C
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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. 541695



- RA-27C
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Product came on time and packaged very well! 671667



- RA-27C
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Would not work on my trailer. After installation and making no marks on the product I was not able to return it. So I wasted that money. I went back to the gorilla lift. 669573



- RA-27C
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This product is absolutely necessary! I have had other products like it and in no way does it work as well as this lift! It saves such hard effort on my back and is ultra efficient! I would recommend this to anyone who has a trailer and needs a super smooth and effective lift! It is the best by far in the the field of landscaping! 635794



- RA-27C
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Excellent product 623147



- RA-27C
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Had this product one year.i have a fairly heavy gate. Works great still works as good as the day I bought it. Would buy again 621795



- RA-27C
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I have this product on both of my landscaping trailers and they perform great! Use both daily for work, they get a lot of use. No springs, rollers, or cables to wear or break like the other company that I used in the past. Thanks Rack ‘Em!!! 616819



- RA-27C
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It worked great all year and sat for 6 months while I was in Antarctica. Came back it and it works fine! Love it! 616781



- RA-27C
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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 614192



- RA-27C
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Nice product and easy to install, and that's good. The instructions are a little lacking. 600702



- RA-27C
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This tail gate assist on my trailer really makes raising and lowering the tail gate/ramp very easy to raise and lower. I have had surgery on both shoulders and before I installed the assist it was almost imposable to raise the ramp. Now I can raise with one hand almost one finger. I purchased 2 assist and gave one to a friend and he is just as pleased as I am. Great tail gate assist. DJ 572848



- RA-27C
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Product delivered quickly. Installation very easy. Would be nice if they included shorted bolts, or bolts that were threaded all the way. If your attaching power plate to angle iron the provided bolts don't work. Otherwise lift works great. 566873



- RA-27C
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Probably not for use in cold climates. Worked well in spring, summer, early fall however at lower temps (sub freezing) becomes to stiff to operate. Had to remove the clip that attaches one end to the tailgate for operation in the winter. 563506



- RA-27C
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We Love it can lift our heavy trailer tailgate with 1 finger. Easy to install 563500



- RA-27C
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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. 551126



- RA-27C
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Tailgate assist works very well. However, as in other reviews, the box it was shipped in was in very bad condition and the bag of accessories was missing. To their credit they were replaced very quickly. As to quality, the main unit works great but was disappointed to find that both the roller chain and the link chain started to rust immediately. I hope that is not a problem in the future. All in all, I would still recommend it to friends. 524902



- RA-27C
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I have purchased this product before and the company stands behind their product. They redesigned the product and sent me the upgrade no charge. 512207



- RA-27C
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just installed today, very easy install, hope to have long, trouble free use 493341



- RA-27C
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Pictures of the Rackem trailer gate assist (RA-27). I was told to take pictures and send them to this e-mail after install 488899



- RA-27C
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Works great. Very easy install. 4 bolts...I have a square tube rail on my trailer. Had go out and purchase longer bolts. Should have an option for bolt length when ordering on the online website. 488279



- RA-27C
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The rackem lift assist is just what I needed. It works as advertised. My heavy ramp now raises and lowers with 1 finger. It was easy to install and only uses one side of trailer. Wished I had it years ago 484094



- RA-27C
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packaged well for shipping , arrived on time. drilled four holes ,painted area of trailer where lift fits, put in the bolts and done. tested and for this 70 year old , what a great help . no more pulled muscles, yeah! 479344



- RA-27C
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Working fine helps a retiree lift a heavy trailer tailgate. 478977



- RA-27C
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Good product a very fast shipping 477652



- RA-27C
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No complaints, all is working fine. 474927



- RA-27C
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Installation was simple, took about an hour. This product really makes a difference in both lifting and lowering my extra heavy trailer gate. Only wish I would have ordered it sooner. Another benefit is its only located on one side of the trailer. 466949



- RA-27C
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Still working fine very good product glad I purchased it 464021



- RA-27C
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I installed it in 28 minutes, works great, I would recommend this lift assist to anyone who can't or does not want to lift a heavy gate 461022


Comments

Works great, one for each side is even better

John - 12/19/2018

46880

- RA-27C
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Works great... Best investment... Saves our backs every time we use it... Highly recommend to others!! 460330



- RA-27C
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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. 456589


Comments

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

46304

- RA-27C
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Great piece of gear, installed in 15 minutes and works awesome. No instructions needed although they were included. Really like the fact that the chain is easily removed in case you need to use the trailer without the gate. Installed on a big tex round railed trailer with the exhaust clamps as suggested. 4 stars since its fairly new and not able to give long term review. 456488



- RA-27C
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Easily installed works great! 452481



- RA-27C
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great product and service 449359



- RA-27C
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Great product 447813



- RA-27C
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Installed easy, works great. Was some dings on the tubes but doesn't affect it working 442252



- RA-27C
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We have one double barrel tail gate assists and needed another for the same tail gate. As for etrailer, they were fast, friendly in all aspects. 437993



- RA-27C
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Just installed last night and seems to be working great. Install was very simple. Toughest part was navigating the bolt install near the fender area on the railing. Only way to improve in my opinion would be to include a few washers with the nuts and bolts. Other than that, great so far! 434700



- RA-27C
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The Rackem gate lift seems to be a well built product, however it didn't work on my trailer as well as I hoped it would. If I had to do over I would try something else. 430075


Comments

Kendale,This tailgate assist is designed to be used on trailers that have rails between 10-15 inches. Also if your tailgate is very lightweight the manufacturer suggests you can add a piece of steel to it to weight it down a bit. If you are having trouble with the gate lining up or not going down all of the way you can use spacer blocks with the adjustment brackets that come with the tailgate assist to help line things up.

-- Heather A - 09/22/2017

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- RA-27C
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Works great easy to put on, fast delive ry 427889



- RA-27C
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I never ever leave feedbacks. This is my first. Had rotor cuff surgery 4 weeks ago. Was able to install lift with one hand. After installing lift I was able to drop the gate down with one hand lifted back up with 2 fingers. Just as they said. I wish I would had bought this years ago. 426750



- RA-27C
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Received the Rack'Em Double Barrel Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist w/ Chain - RA-27C 2 days after I ordered it.Works exactly as I expexted. Installed in less than 30 minutes.Thank You!!! 419910



- RA-27C
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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! 417190


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  • For a trailer gate that weighs more than 300 lbs, I recommend using two of the Rack'Em Double Barrel Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist w/ Chain - 200 lbs # RA-27C. If it is right at 300 lbs, I recommend the Gorilla-Lift Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist w/ Cable - 300 lbs # GL1 as a more economical alternative for your custom made gate/ramp.
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  • Between the Rack'Em Double Barrel Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist # RA-27C and the Gorilla-Lift Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist # GL1, we do in fact sell more of the Double Barrel # RA-27C. As far as quality of the product, the Double Barrel # RA-27C and the Gorilla-Lift # GL1 are both good quality. As you mentioned, when it comes to installation the Double Barrel # RA-27C will require about half of the Gorilla-Lift # GL1 since there is only 1 lift rather than 2. The Gorilla-Lift...
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  • Does Rackem Double Barrel Trailer Tailgate Assist, # RA-27C Use a Chain or Cable
  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled a Rackem Double Barrel Trailer Tailgate Assist, # RA-27C, to examine it. It does use a chain, like shown in the video linked below, and not a cable. I have also included a link to the installation details below.
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  • Recommendation For Trailer Lift Gate Assist
  • Yes. We have two products that meet your description. I recommend the Gorilla-Lift Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist w/ Cable - 300 lbs # GL1 which is most similar to what you currently have. This has a cable on each side to help with lifting and lowering the tailgate. The other option is also a good one and can be used on one side or two. It is the Rack'Em Double Barrel Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist w/ Chain - 200 lbs # RA-27C. This system uses a springs and chain instead...
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  • Mounting Hole Dimensions of Rack Em Double Barrel Trailer Tailgate Assist # RA-27C
  • The center-to-center mounting bolt hole dimension of the Lift Assist unit itself is 52-1/2 inches. The bracket that attaches to the tailgate has two mounting holes that are 8-1/2 inches apart, center to center and the tailgate bracket has a series of six holes for the lift assist to attach that are 2-1/2 inches apart with 10 inches separating the first and last holes. I have edited a photo showing these dimensions for you.
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  • Troubleshooting Installation of Rack'Em Double Barrel Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist RA27C
  • First you'll want to make sure your tailgate's weight is within the 200-lb maximum capacity of the Rack'Em Double Barrel Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist # RA-27C. Using the top hole on the tailgate bracket will provide the most leverage but note this bracket's top edge must be 44-inches above the trailer deck. Also, note that this unit is intended for use on trailers whose top rail is between 10- and 15-inches above the trailer deck height. If all of the above conditions were met...
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  • Will Trailer Tailgate Lift-Assist Work With 4 Ft Folding Tailgate
  • The Gorilla-Lift Tailgate Lift Assist # GL1 is designed for trailers with side rail height from 12 to 24 inches from the trailer bed and a tailgate height from 4 ft to 6 ft from the trailer bed. We also have the Rack'Em Double Barrel # RA-27C that requires a side rail height from 10 to 15 inches form the trailer bed and a tailgate height at least 44 inches form the trailer bed. If your trailer and tailgate fit this criteria, either of these lift-assist systems will work for you....
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  • Measurements for Installing the Rack'em Double Barrel Trailer Tailgate Assist
  • The length of the spring or internal mechanism does not really matter. What matters is the measurement from the floor of the trailer up to the top of the mounting bracket for tailgate assist # RA-27C. The top of the bracket that attaches to the tailgate needs to be 44 inches from the trailer floor. The main unit needs to be mounted so that the end with the chain that attaches to the tailgate is right at the end of the side rail.
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  • Can a Rackem Double Barrel Trailer Tailgate Assist Mount on a Fender Instead of Trailer Rails
  • The Rack'em Double Barrel Trailer Tailgate Assist # RA-27C you referenced has to be installed on a side rail. It will work on trailer side rails that are 10 to 15 inches tall, and the tailgate has to be at least 44 inches tall in the upright position. When installing on your trailer, ensure the tailgate assist is a close as possible to the end of the rails (as close to the ramp as possible) without interfering with the latches or pins that secure the ramp in the upright position. It...
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  • What is the Torque Specifications for Heavy Duty Trailer Ramp Spring # RS16933RH
  • Ramp spring # RS16933RH is designed for heavy duty equipment trailers and it is rated for 2K torque rating. The matching left side is # RS16933LH. For light duty trailers these springs would be way too strong. We do have other options such as # ERS120D81 designed for enclosed trailers. These springs come in a few different lengths from 66 inches wide to 96 inches wide and can be trimmed a little on the ends to fit in between sizes. For open utility trailers I recommend the Rack'em...
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  • Gap At End Of Gate After Installing Tailgate Assist On 2011 5x10 Trailer
  • There are a couple of things you will want to check with the installation of the Double Barrel Trailer Tailgate Assist, part # RA-27C. The first thing you will want to check is to make certain the trailer gate does go all the way to the floor with the tailgate assist unhooked. If it still has the gap with the tailgate assist unhooked, the hinges or the frame of the trailer or gate may be the reason the gap exists. If it does go to the floor with no gap, then the next thing to check would...
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  • Will the Rack Em Double Barrel Trailer Tailgate Assist Hold the Tailgate at a Specific Angle
  • The Rack em Double Barrel Trailer Tailgate Assist, # RA-27C is not designed to hold the tailgate. It is meant to take some of the weight of the tailgate to make lowering it easier, and to use the tension stored when the tailgate was lowered to make raising the gate easier. You might be able to use a length of chain on both sides of the tailgate to hold it at a specific angle. To see a video showing the tailgate assist being installed, click on the provided link.
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  • Installing A Tailgate Lift Assist With Chain To Folding Tailgate
  • The Rack'Em Double Barrel Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist w/ Chain - 200 lbs # RA-27C is a great option for your 2 section tail gate. Without knowing exactly how the two sections are attached to each other, I can only give you some general thoughts. The chain is adjustable in length and repairable using # DB-CRK and the height issue may require modifications for this to work properly. You can attach the bracket to the top section and then add a second bracket and a bar to secure...
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  • What Size Tailgate Can Be Used with the Rackem Double Barrel Trailer Tailgate Assist
  • In order to determine if the Rack'em Double Barrel Trailer Tailgate Assist, # RA-27C, will work with your trailer, you will need to measure the height and length of the side rails. This unit will work on trailer side rails that are 10 to 15 inches tall. It will require a rail that is at least 53 inches long since the center to center mounting hole length is 52-1/2 inches and the unit is 54 inches long overall.
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  • How Close to Trailer Ramp Does Rack'em Double Barrel Trailer Tailgate Assist # RA-27C Need to Be
  • When installing the Rack'em Double Barrel Trailer Tailgate Assist # RA-27C on a trailer you want the unit to be as close to the end of the rail as possible meaning that you want to be as close to the ramp as possible on the side rails as it can be without interfering with the latches or pins that secure the ramp in the upright position. For more info check out the install video I attached as well.
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  • Max Lifting Capacity of the Double Barrel Trailer Tailgate Assist
  • The Double Barrel tailgate assist # RA-27C will help with approximately 130 pounds. Anything beyond that is the amount of weight you would be lifting, give or take a few pounds. The problem with mounting it higher than the 10 to 15 inch rail height is that you would have to have the connection to the tailgate so low that it would not help at all. You might be able to weld on a support to the trailer frame sides that is 10 to 15 inches up from the deck and use it that way.
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  • Length of Upper # RA-DB3 and Lower # RA-DB4 Spring Replacements for Rack Em Tailgate Assist # RA-27C
  • After speaking with my contact at Rack Em, I was informed the length of the Upper Spring Replacement # RA-DB3 for the Double Barrel Trailer Tailgate Assist # RA-27C is 10-1/2 inches from the end of each eyelet. The length of the Lower Spring Replacement # RA-DB4 is 18-1/2 inches from the end of each eyelet. We also offer the Gorilla Left Utility Trailer Tailgate Lift Assist # GL1.
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