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Old 09-24-2015, 09:10 AM   #1
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Need Advice! Best Hitch for Short Bed Ram 3500

I was just about to order the Pullrite 2900 18k hitch so that I don't have to worry about turning radius, but am concerned about the need to be aligned within the 15 degree of straight to hook up. I assume the same is required to unhook? How would that work if you had to jackknife to get into final spot? Does that mean you can't unhook and drive away?

Any opinions on autoslide hitches?
What's the best, lightest, easiest to use 18k hitch for short box?

I need to make a decision right away. I get my 2015 Ram 3500 short box truck Monday and pick up the Fifth wheel Wednesday.

As always, I appreciate the opinions of those that know! Thanks in advance for your input.
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Good morning. I am not sure about the degree you mentioned but I have the Pullrite 4400 with a trail air triglide. I had to install a three inch lift kit to get mine to line up. Now it's perfect. I will tell you though, the hitch weighs a lot. I could not believe the weight of the unit. Some just install a sidewinder pin box that allows you to use a standard hitch. I love the pull rite though. I installed the under her rail kit, not sure why because the hitch is too dang heavy to remove....
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I'm on my 2nd B&W Rvk3600 hitch on my 2nd Ram shortbed, and it works great. I've never even come close to needing a slider hitch, and believe me I have tested the angles a bunch of times. No dents.
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Friend of mine has a mega cab dually and it is bent on both corners of cab. He does not have a sliding hitch and was told he didn't need one with his heatland toy hauler. jfyi
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I'm on my 2nd B&W Rvk3600 hitch on my 2nd Ram shortbed, and it works great. I've never even come close to needing a slider hitch, and believe me I have tested the angles a bunch of times. No dents.
Here it is, IMHO the BEST non air ride hitch on the market! B&W RVK3600

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I have the same truck(mines gas though) and hitch you are considering. I bought it for the same reason you are considering it. This was my first fiver so I had no previous experience. I really like my pull rite. Solid smooth ride and no worries backing. I have no regrets. You do need to be lined up with it when hooking up. I have read that you can unhook at a steeper angle by pulling the two pins that hold the hitch plate and lifting the hitch plate off the hitch. You would then have to back the truck to almost the same location to rehitch, something I've not done.

I routinely take the hitch plate off to reduce the weight of hitch when removing it. Unless they've changed the design, you will need a picture frame adaptor to mount the hitch in the ram pucks. I have the pull rite though Reese makes them as well. Hope this helps you.
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I'm on my 2nd B&W Rvk3600 hitch on my 2nd Ram shortbed, and it works great. I've never even come close to needing a slider hitch, and believe me I have tested the angles a bunch of times. No dents.
Remember, yours and others, are a long box. Mines a shorty! That's why the autoslide to compensate for how close the RV is to the cab. You don't need a slider with a long box.
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Remember, yours and others, are a long box. Mines a shorty! That's why the autoslide to compensate for how close the RV is to the cab. You don't need a slider with a long box.
You don't need a slider with the B&W placed in the rear position with a modern 5er.

Your money but you are going to spend more on the PulRite including the picture frame adapter and will never need it.
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Remember, yours and others, are a long box. Mines a shorty! That's why the autoslide to compensate for how close the RV is to the cab. You don't need a slider with a long box.
His truck is NOT a long bed. It's a DRW MegaCab. MegaCab only comes with a short bed.

He knows what he is talking about!

Like I said your money!

B&W RVK3600 $1,159

Pullrite 18k $1,089 picture frame std rail adapter $422 $1,511 combined
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You don't need a slider with the B&W placed in the rear position with a modern 5er.



Your money but you are going to spend more on the PulRite including the picture frame adapter and will never need it.

That's why I ask the questions. Admittedly, I don't know anything. LOL

What do you mean by in the "Rear Position" does this mean it's behind the axel?
Also, does a 2010 constitute a "Modern 5er"?
Does my 5er have enough curve on the front not to be an issue?

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Beautiful 5er Dogpatch. Yes yours is the newer design, with the hitch pin forward of the front cap, and the rather blunt front cap, with corners that are designed for a short bed pickup. The older 5ers had the hitch pin behind the front cap, and they would definitely require a slider. Up to you of course. The B&W Companion 3600 can be adjusted forward of the axle, center axle, and behind the axle. I have mine over the center.
Last week I tested the theory of cab contact with the trailer in a very intense backing maneuver. I missed a turn, and went down the wrong road right off a very busy 2 lane highway. There was no getting out. I had to back and maneuver with trees on both sides, and a pretty steep berm on the right side of the truck. Many many, many extreme tight turns to get out, and back onto the higjway. At one point the trucks right side was high up on the berm, and almost 90 at the pin, and I was backing up. I asked the wife how close I was from the cap to the cab, and she showed me that I still had a foot of clearance. Plenty of room. If it was going to make contact it would have been during this exercise.
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Forward or back has little to do with cab clearance. Example at 90 degrees it is totally void. Width of camper, 96 or 105" and the angle corner make a big difference. Take a tape, measure from pin on camper to outer edge and that is the clearance you need from hitch pin to cab. Have to allow some for movement also.
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The overall exterior width of my Cardinal is 98" that would mean 49" to center, but I'll have to measure outside corner to center of pin to have it correct for swing.
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Measure from center line of camper pin to outside edge. That is your clearance. Makes no difference how far that pin is out in front of camper. All that is void in turns. As far as hitches goes, you don't have any air cushion between your camper and truck. I personally would want that also. I will not have a camper without air bags on unit or hitch. I now have a solid pin with an air ride hitch. Very smooth.
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