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Old 08-01-2015, 11:15 PM   #1
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Mega Cab

Lots of these seem to be on the market... Mega Cabs. Can you tow a fifth wheel with a Mega cab? Looks like it has a 6 foot bed on it.

Does anyone have a mega cab towing a fifth wheel that they want to share their hitch setup with us?
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Old 08-02-2015, 09:03 AM   #2
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Lots of these seem to be on the market... Mega Cabs. Can you tow a fifth wheel with a Mega cab? Looks like it has a 6 foot bed on it.

Does anyone have a mega cab towing a fifth wheel that they want to share their hitch setup with us?
I am on my third 5er towing with my Ram 2008 Mega Cab. I have towed a 2006 F270RKS Summit Ridge Ameri Camp, a 2010 318SAB Cougar and we just bought a 2016 Cedar Creek 34RL. The truck has the 6.7L Cummins with the 68RFE 6 speed auto and 3:73 gears set 4X4. Tire size is LT285/70R 17- 126R Nitto Dura Grappler 10 ply tires and Mickey Thompson SideBitter II wheels. The transmission has a Mag-Hytec deep dish oil pan; the differentials each have Mag-Hytec Differential extra capacity oil AL covers on them. The fuel system has two fuel filters a 5um primary and a 2um secondary filter. I do have gages Boost, EGT and Transmission.

My hitch set up has been the Reese manual slider with a TrailAir king pin box on the last two 5ers for a smoother ride. I do have Air Bags on the truck for load leveling and this does help.

That is my truck set-up for towing my 5er’s.

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In preparation for our full-time adventure we came across an absolutely stunning mega-cab longhorn dually. I bought the truck and happily had it for about three days. We also ordered a Pullrite Superglide automatic slide for pulling with a short bed.

We knew that we were getting a DRV Mobile Suites, and I was perusing the SOITC forum the weekend after we bought the truck. I didn't see anyone that had mega-cabs under their fifths, and did a search for megacab. A few threads popped up, but the conclusion was the same-Don't try to pull a 2012 and up DRV with a shortbed. The walk-in closet sticks out past the end of the king-pin, making it dangerously close to the cab while driving. The following Monday I let the dealership know I might need to give them their truck back and then we drove to our nearest DRV dealer to take our own measurements. Based on my wife's calibrated eye-ball, it was about two feet from the king pin to the front of the trailer, which would have only left us with 6-8" to the cab.

I returned the truck without an issue and we found a long bed (with even better options) in California. I'm very happy with our current setup and have no worries when making tight turns.

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IMHO the need or want for a MEGA cab is not as relevant as it was on the pre 2010 RAM's because since 2010 RAM has a BIG CrewCab now that has a huge back seat.

JBurg did it right! Sliders are a PITA compared to a good solid standard hitch. This is what I have in my 15 RAM Longhorn Dually.

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The thought of doing a longbed conversion did come to mind. The people that are doing those conversions sure know what they want for them though. And that would be one long pickup.


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I haven't even come close to needing one in 12,000 miles , and I don't restrict myself to flat paved resorts either. Click image for larger version

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I haven't even come close to needing one in 12,000 miles , and I don't restrict myself to flat paved resorts either. Attachment 101886
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The thought of doing a longbed conversion did come to mind. The people that are doing those conversions sure know what they want for them though. And that would be one long pickup.


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They are pretty cool, but I watched a show on the process. As soon as they cut the frame and welded in extensions, I knew it was mostly for show. I wouldn't load a 5er on there.
However, the Mega cabs are a bit shorter wheelbase than crew longbeds, so the extension process doesn't add as much as you think over a CCLB.

I wouldn't trade the Mega cab for any other in terms of space, storage and reclining rear seats. When the seats are folded flat you can fit an unbelievable amount to of stuff inside. When they are up, you can still fit two suitcases (or whatever) back there.
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For the few days that I had the MegaCab I really, really liked it.


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I have 2015 3500 MegaCab. We tow a 37' 5th wheel (Keystone Carbon) with it. I replicated the setup from a friend and knew I would need a slider hitch. I bought an auto-slider and haven't had an issue. You can get away with a manual slider, but it's one more thing to remember and my buddy didn't always remember, which is an expensive mistake.

If I recall right, the manufacturer of the auto slider (I think only two types for the megacab 3500) - we have the PullRite 4400 - has measurements you can take from the RV to confirm it will work.


And I agree with the above, the difference between the crew cab and the megacab isn't nearly as much as it used to be.....

Be aware that the option that you need to consider with the 3500 is the optional (Aisin) transmission and gear ratio. Between the two, it can make a 10k difference in what they're rated to tow, so don't overlook those options.
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They are pretty cool, but I watched a show on the process. As soon as they cut the frame and welded in extensions, I knew it was mostly for show. I wouldn't load a 5er on there.
However, the Mega cabs are a bit shorter wheelbase than crew longbeds, so the extension process doesn't add as much as you think over a CCLB.

I wouldn't trade the Mega cab for any other in terms of space, storage and reclining rear seats. When the seats are folded flat you can fit an unbelievable amount to of stuff inside. When they are up, you can still fit two suitcases (or whatever) back there.
I thought the MC, and the CC had the same wheelbase. Hmmmmm!
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I thought the MC, and the CC had the same wheelbase. Hmmmmm!
No, I think MC is a couple inches shorter. At least in 2012.
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No, I think MC is a couple inches shorter. At least in 2012.
According to the 2015 Ram guide, the Mega Can has a 9" shorter wheelbase, than the crewcab Lb.
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According to the 2015 Ram guide, the Mega Can has a 9" shorter wheelbase, than the crewcab Lb.
Wow, that's more than I thought. Maybe I was thinking if the old, small crew cab. I know the new ones are bigger.
Anyway, that can be an advantage or disadvantage... however you like.

On my 2012 MC, I think the wheelbase is 167 inches vs 169 on the CCLB.
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