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Old 07-27-2016, 10:31 AM   #1
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Factory 5th Wheel Prep

Another quick question, is the factory 5th wheel prep on a new Ram 3500 worth the $400? I'm not really sure what this option entails. Will it be compatible with any aftermarket 5th wheel hitch or only the factory hitch?

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Absolutely worth it!! Many aftermarket hitches will fit the prep. I would not buy the RAM hitch (factory). Go outside the dealer, the RAM is a Curt hitch. My B&W fit perfectly and I recommend it.
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Old 07-27-2016, 01:16 PM   #3
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Worth every penny! No need for any special rails or picture frame adapters. Get this hitch and don't look back. You will thank me.

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Worth every penny! No need for any special rails or picture frame adapters. Get this hitch and don't look back. You will thank me.

This is exactly what I did for my Ram 3500. It works great an is easy to install and remove.
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Old 07-27-2016, 01:43 PM   #5
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Factory 5th Wheel Prep

I'd say it's worth it as an after market under bed mounting system would probably be more.

I'd also agree on skipping the Ram factory hitch and get the one shown in Cummin12V89's picture. The B&W is a great hitch.
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Old 07-27-2016, 04:23 PM   #6
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I appreciate everyone's replies. I am considering a used 3500 but it doesn't have the prep package. I found one truck in my area that does have the factory prep but it's a short bed. I'll probably have to order a new truck to get it but I was hoping to save a few bucks.
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Order the prep package...well worth it
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I think the 5th wheel prep package also includes the plug in the side of the bed for the trailer wire.

The B&W hitch is the way to go.
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Old 07-31-2016, 10:44 AM   #9
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Adding the prep is not a big deal. Factory parts.
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I appreciate everyone's replies. I am considering a used 3500 but it doesn't have the prep package. I found one truck in my area that does have the factory prep but it's a short bed. I'll probably have to order a new truck to get it but I was hoping to save a few bucks.
If you go with a short bed as I did, yes you'll no doubt need a slider hitch. I choose the Demco Hijacker 21K Autoslide. To mount the hitch I used the Demco picture frame setup. I like the set up and it has operated flawlessly.
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My 3500 Ram came without the factory prep.. not a big deal... just added the rails and the B&W patriot. The prep package can be added later too if you so desire.

I can see if you already have a rail mount hitch you like, just getting one without the prep kit and add the rails like any other truck
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I'll add my .02
- If you order a new truck, for sure check that box for the 5er prep. I will (should?) include the 7 pin plug and integrated brake system and MAY include some suspension upgrades (I say may but that seems to be really a maybe depending on the date of manufacturer. My Ford in 2011 did). Use a B&W hitch. They work well.

- If you buy used, again, the B&W Turn Over System may cost a little more but is well worth the added bucks. Even their rail system is well worth the money.

If you order new, a long bed will most likely have a bigger gas/diesel tank plus you can order any desired options plus the suspension and hitch prep you need/want.

Sorry about the caveats. Vehicle manufacturer's seem to have a 'need' to change their minds for whatever reasons, usually tied to the company bottom finance line.
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