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Old 04-22-2005, 04:18 PM   #1
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I have a '04 F250 PS Ford, Crew, short bed. I already have the B & W turnover ball in the bed. I am buying my first 5th wheel camper soon.
I have looked at (on internet only) B & W's 5th wheel hitch. Looks good, uses the mounts already there, has a long 2" shaft that connects it to the existing mounts. When removed, bed is clean again (almost). Price is right.

Anyone use this set-up?? The negetives?? Will I need a "slider" hitch because I ahve a short bed??
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Old 04-22-2005, 04:18 PM   #2
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I have a '04 F250 PS Ford, Crew, short bed. I already have the B & W turnover ball in the bed. I am buying my first 5th wheel camper soon.
I have looked at (on internet only) B & W's 5th wheel hitch. Looks good, uses the mounts already there, has a long 2" shaft that connects it to the existing mounts. When removed, bed is clean again (almost). Price is right.

Anyone use this set-up?? The negetives?? Will I need a "slider" hitch because I ahve a short bed??
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Old 04-22-2005, 08:10 PM   #3
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You may be in for a major shock. Most SB pickups need the slider unless you plan on buying a TITANIUM 5VR.
Some will say they have never used theres however you will here many stores where they forgot to slide the hitch and $5K they had there truck and 5VR repaired
B&W does make a great hitch setup but it may be all for NOT.
Oh, yeah don't believe all the hipe about the Pin Box extenders because most manufactures will VOID the warranty if you use one
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Old 04-24-2005, 07:53 PM   #4
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The B & W is an excellent hitch but they do not offer a slider option. If you decide to go with it anyway, check ebay. There used to be a guy selling them there very cheap. Installing it takes just a few minutes each time. I really like mine, but with a shortbed, I think I'd want a slider. With my last truck, I had the slider and a shortbed and never used it. However, I'm sure the time would have come eventually and I like the idea it was there.
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Old 04-24-2005, 08:14 PM   #5
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The B&W is a great hitch and I have been using it in my shortbed Ram for over a year with no problems. True it won't turn to 90 degrees(it will do about 85) but I have never had to turn that short. I am just very carful when making tight turns and take it slow and steady. If you decide to go with it you will not be dissappointed. By the way, buy a 5ver with an extended pin box.
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Old 04-25-2005, 08:52 AM   #6
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I am in a similar situation and was thinking about posting the exact same question. I have a 2001 shortbed RAM 2500 and we are currently shopping for a new fiver. All of the models we are looking at have the extended king pin on them.

My truck also had the B&W turnover ball gooseneck already installed in the bed when I purchased it. The 5th wheel companion sure would be nice if it would work with my shortbox. I use my truck bed to move a lot of computer equipment when I'm not towing, so I have a custom carpet kit and tonneau cover. It's like a huge car trunk. I really want a clean install for my hitch.

Would love to hear more opinions on whether this is doable or not.
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The hitch does have a few inches of adjustment front to back depending on how you mount the side pices, I really like having a clean bed when it is out myself
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