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Unread 06-16-2010, 07:46 AM   #1
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Towing w/ a short bed

Hey guys I just bought an '05 Ram 2500 Cummins, Quad Cab, SB, 4x4. I'm planning on pulling a 28'-34' 5th wheel. My problem is that I REALLY don't want a 5th wheel hitch in my bed all the time so I was thinking about having a gooseneck installed and putting a 5th-gooseneck adapter on the trailer; not to mention the added versatility of a gooseneck over a 5th wheel. I called a hitch company and they told me the B&W hitch places the ball a few inches in front of the axle and recommended I purchase a ball extension that moves the ball 4" to the rear. I realize that I'm not in the ideal situation here but I just don't want a slider hitch in my bed. Do any of you guys run this sort of setup, and have you had any problems if so?

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Unread 06-16-2010, 07:58 AM   #2
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Buy the B&W and the adaptor for your camper and run it that way. Just watch your cab corners on sharp turns. I sell ALOT of B&W hitchs, they are a very nice product! I also sell a ton of them that guys use in short beds and I would say less than 1% use an extension to move the ball back in the bed. If you just pay attention you will have no problems. Heck, I have guys that put them in 1500 crew cab Chevy trucks (I know, they are nuts!)and those only have 5'8" bed!
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Unread 06-29-2010, 02:34 PM   #3
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The B and W are nice hitches. The adapter for the 5th wheel is like 500 bucks I think. It's worth it to be able to take everything out and the ball flips and your bed has a flat floor.
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Unread 06-29-2010, 02:54 PM   #4
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if you buy a new fifth wheel, the manufacturer will void the warranty if you use a FW to Goose adapter....the additional stress put on the frame (think leverage) will scare the crap outta them! used problem!
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