I have a 2012, Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab, S T package, Tradesman edition. The box is short, around 5,7. Is this bracket set all I need to buy to be able to use my gooseneck trailer, or is there another pat I need to buy. Ive had someone tell me I need something called a Sidewinder or something, made by Reese. Is that true?
asked by: Alan
The brackets that you have referenced, # RP58186, are only part of a 5th wheel hitch installation kit. If you have a gooseneck trailer, you are going to need a gooseneck trailer hitch, not a 5th wheel hitch. For a crew cab, the only option is Curt gooseneck hitch # C600-657. The installation kit is included.
With a short bed truck you will most likely also need the offset ball, # C602, which will provide 4 inches more clearance. I have included a link to the hitch installation details for you to view.
A Sidewinder is for a 5th wheel trailer, not a gooseneck trailer. It replaces the pin box on a 5th wheel trailer and moves the pivot point back 22 inches for greater clearance needed to make tight turns. It is required on truck beds that are less than 6 feet long.
If you have a 5th wheel trailer then there are different parts and hitches you will need.
expert reply by: Michael H
Products Referenced in This Question
Below the Bed
Double Lock Gooseneck
6000 lbs TW
30000 lbs GTW
2-5/16 Hitch Ball
Double Lock Ball
20000 lbs GTW
4 Inch Offset
2-5/16 Inch Diameter Ball
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Fifth Wheel Installation Kit
Below the Bed