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Best Way to Tow Fifth Wheel Trailer With 2014 Dodge Ram 2500 With Factory Tow Prep Package

Question:

I am purchasing a 2014 Dodge Ram 2500 with this towing prep. I have a fifth wheel trailer. What would I use as a hitch set up that will be easily removed from the truck showing a flat bed. No rails left in the bed I also noted you offer a conversion package to bolt to my trailer that will allow me to use the gooseneck set up. which would you recommend?

asked by: Michael D


Expert Reply:

Of your two choices to carry your fifth wheel trailer with your 2014 Dodge Ram 2500 with the towing prep package, the less expensive option is the 5th wheel to gooseneck adapter.

For a converting adapter I recommend the Convert-A-Ball # CAB-C5G. This adapter has a towing capacity of 20,000 lbs and a pin weight capacity of 4,000 lbs. This adapter has height adjust-ability of 12 to 16 inches and requires a 2-5/16 inch gooseneck hitch ball.

If you determine you need an adapter with an offset for additional clearance then the Convert-A-Ball # CAB-C5GX1216 has the same technical qualities as the # CAB-C5G from above but also has the 7-1/2-inch offset. The purpose of an offset is to move the trailer further away from the bed of the truck.

Both of the Convert-A-Ball adapters bolt onto your trailers king pin.

If you need the gooseneck ball, the Reese Elite Series Pop-In Ball # RP30140 is designed for the 2014 Dodge Ram with the under bed gooseneck hitch. This set comes with 2 safety-chain hookups, a rubber cover to keep the ball hole free from dirt and debris, as well as a storage bag.

When you are done towing, the adapter will remain bolted to your pin box so you simply remove the gooseneck ball and your truck bed will be totally empty.

With the Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30083 and the Reese 5th Wheel Rail Adapter # RP30154 that you referenced, you are right on target that this system will work for you, providing your Dodge 2500 has a 6 foot bed.

Two important installation notes with the Reese # RP30083 are:
1: A minimum 13 inch extended trailer pin box is recommended. (If you determine you will need the pin box, please let me know what pin box number that is on your trailer and I will get you the extended pin box that mates. Extended pin boxes are make/model specific matches.)
* You will want to check with the manufacturer of your trailer because some trailer manufacturers do not recommend installing an extended pin box if the trailer did not already come with one.
2: If you are using the sliding function then the hitch will not adjust to the lowest height setting.

With this system you will be able to easily remove the fifth wheel hitch and also the adapter that will provide you a full empty bed. The installation instructions are attached. On page 4 of the instructions it details the removal process.

In the picture attached I have noted the mounting orientation of Reese adapter # RP30154. The Reese sticker must be facing the tailgate. If the Reese sticker is facing the cab of the truck, then the adapter will not fit into the pucks in the truck bed. About 1/2 the way down the Sidewinder FAQ article is a calculation formula that can help you determine which towing system would work better for you.

I have attached several FAQ articles on 5th wheels that can give useful reference information. These articles include details on adapters, goosenecks vs. fifth wheels, and Sidewinders for short-bed pick-ups.

One important factor when deciding which way to tow is your ability to make a 90 degree turn safely. If clearance is going to be an issue, and the Reese system will allow you to make the 90 degree turn then that is the way to go.

Towing a fifth wheel trailer with a fifth wheel hitch is always the best option. It is the safest option and gooseneck adapters put a lot more stress on trailer frames. They are also not recommended by most fifth wheel manufacturers, even though many people use them.

expert reply by: Lori W




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Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter - 12" to 16" Tall - 20,000 lbs


Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter - 12" to 16" Tall - 20,000 lbs

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CAB-C5G

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Adapts Trailer
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No Offset
20000 lbs GTW

Product Specs:

Adjustable Height
Bolts Over King Pin
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Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter w/ Offset - 12" to 16" Tall


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CAB-C5GX1216

Retail: $674.85

Price:  $549.95

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Adapts Trailer
Fifth Wheel Trailer to Gooseneck Hitch
Offset
20000 lbs GTW

Product Specs:

Adjustable Height
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Reese Elite Series Pop-In Ball Kit for 2013 and 2014 Ram Under-Bed Gooseneck Hitch


Reese Elite Series Pop-In Ball Kit for 2013 and 2014 Ram Under-Bed Gooseneck Hitch

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RP30140

Retail: $283.11

Price:  $229.95

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Product Specs:

In Bed Release
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Reese 5th Wheel Rail Adapter for Ram OEM 5th Wheel Towing Prep Package - 25,000 lbs


Reese 5th Wheel Rail Adapter for Ram OEM 5th Wheel Towing Prep Package - 25,000 lbs

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Price:  $369.95

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Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Round Tube Slider - Single Jaw - 20,000 lbs


Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Round Tube Slider - Single Jaw - 20,000 lbs

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Sliding Fifth Wheel
Hitch Only
12 Inch Fore/Aft Travel
5000 lbs TW
20000 lbs GTW

Product Specs:

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Double Pivot
14 - 18 Inch Tall


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