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Old 06-01-2016, 10:45 PM   #15
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I've got a Ram 3500 DW, diesel, long bed, crew cab. Bed has a ball-over setup. I got a B&W for the ball-over setup. Works great! Our 5er is 14,000 lbs with about 2,100 lbs pin weight. Pulls the 5er like it's not there. Dually is exceptional in the crosswinds. Steady as can be, no swaying. Bonus with the ball-over hitch: 5 bolts loosened and I can pull the hitch out and have full 8 ft bed use. Also, no permanent mounting holes in my truck bed. Happy Camper!!
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Old 06-01-2016, 11:02 PM   #16
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Rookie F'ver needs 5th wheel hitch recommendations

I'd recommend going with the long bed. Since it has the built in puck system then I'd get the B&W Companion shown in an earlier post. It can be remove fairly quickly and leave a clean bed if you need it. As far as the material in the bed of the truck with the Anderson hitch I think that is a bedrug - https://www.realtruck.com/bedrug-mol...ck-bed-liners/
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Old 06-02-2016, 06:24 AM   #17
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^^^^^^^^ FYI not ALL longed RAM's have the puck system. It has to be ordered that way. Some of the upper trim levels may include the pucks I don't remember. If a truck is minus the pucks it's easy to install them.
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The carpeting in my bed is indeed a BEDRUG. Unless towing it stays out of the sun (trifold tonneau cover) so I don't know how it does resisting fade. The padded floor sure is nice on the old knees!

As far as connecting the Anderson to the GN ball... check out the video HBILLSMITH posted in this thread. its a little long but he does a great job explaining the system.

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Our truck is a RAM Mega Cab with factory hitch prep. We use the Andersen and love it!

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^^^^^^^^ FYI not ALL longed RAM's have the puck system. It has to be ordered that way. Some of the upper trim levels may include the pucks I don't remember. If a truck is minus the pucks it's easy to install them.
Yea, I couldn't find the truck with the trim level I wanted with the factory hitch prep already installed. I ordered the OEM parts and installed it myself. Took about 3-4 hours total to install, including the in bed wiring harness. Helps to have a partner to help with the install, but not required.

The dealership offered to install the hitch prep for me, for a measly $3,000. I laughed at him and said it is a $200 factory option, how in the world could they charge $3 grand for it. Sales guy said that they have to remove the bed, which is not even remotely true.

I was really nervous to do it myself, but it ended up being really easy.

As far as hitches go, I got the Pullrite Superglide 16K hitch. It works great with my short bed setup. But if I had a long bed, i would absolutely go with the B&W hitch pictured above by another poster.
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Yea, I couldn't find the truck with the trim level I wanted with the factory hitch prep already installed. I ordered the OEM parts and installed it myself. Took about 3-4 hours total to install, including the in bed wiring harness. Helps to have a partner to help with the install, but not required.

The dealership offered to install the hitch prep for me, for a measly $3,000. I laughed at him and said it is a $200 factory option, how in the world could they charge $3 grand for it. Sales guy said that they have to remove the bed, which is not even remotely true.

I was really nervous to do it myself, but it ended up being really easy.

As far as hitches go, I got the Pullrite Superglide 16K hitch. It works great with my short bed setup. But if I had a long bed, i would absolutely go with the B&W hitch pictured above by another poster.
Nice to see some people can actually do things them selves!!! Good job.
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I have a 1-ton 3500 Ram DW long bed and use the Anderson hitch. It's a very simple do-it-yourself installation. My trailer is ~16k GVW, I weighed my complete setup last week and I was at a total of 26K GVW fully loaded including passengers and dog. I have a Moryde pin box.

I'd chose the Anderson due to it's performance capabilities, light weight and no grease setup.

The long bed TV gives you some options at the expense of turning radius. In mine, I have a large over-the-rail toolbox and I also have rail handles. So far, no problems noticed with tight turning or tilting.
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"In mine, I have a large over-the-rail toolbox and I also have rail handles. So far, no problems noticed with tight turning or tilting."

You are on borrowed time.
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If you don't get a long bed dodge, I went with Pullrite.

I have a few months with a pullrite superglide in my SRW 2500 Dodge shortbed. Very happy so far. I had to adjust it once so far and it takes about 5 minutes.
Video of that below. I am towing a 38 foot Puma Unleashed with no issues. 1700# pin weight, 10800# tow.


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We have the Curt Q20 for the Ram pucks. We like it very much and find it smooth towing and very easy to hitch and unhitch.
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I would second the B&W Companion. I have only pulled my 34' Alpha once but it was easy to hitch and unhitch even on uneven ground. The one thing I have to get used to is it does not "click" when hitched like my old hitch or the one on the semis I drive.

Going to test it again at the end of the month and go to the south rim of the GC, last month it went to the north rim.
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I would second the B&W Companion. I have only pulled my 34' Alpha once but it was easy to hitch and unhitch even on uneven ground. The one thing I have to get used to is it does not "click" when hitched like my old hitch or the one on the semis I drive.

Going to test it again at the end of the month and go to the south rim of the GC, last month it went to the north rim.
Very nice! "PERSONALLY" I don't do a pull test with my B&W. I do a "visual test". Hitch and kingpin plates touching handle is closed and LOCKED then I verify the 1" thick jaws are closed around the kingpin. That's it.

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Very nice! "PERSONALLY" I don't do a pull test with my B&W. I do a "visual test". Hitch and kingpin plates touching handle is closed and LOCKED then I verify the 1" thick jaws are closed around the kingpin. That's it.
I don't do the tug test when I latch on the fifth wheel but do check the jaws before I close the tailgate. When I first start to pull out of a spot I hold the brake gain and pull against it to make sure they work. Have had a bad wire and no brakes.

The thing about not clicking I was trying to hook up this last trip in the forest and did not hear it click so let it idle back a bit to make sure and it slid the trailer back a foot. Of course I had not removed the wheel chocks, I use the BAL X-type.

And thanks I think you recommitted the B&W also have the ball.
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