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Curt 5th Wheel Wiring Harness Installation - 2013 Ram 2500

Today I have a 2013 Dodge Ram 2500. We're going to be installing the Curt 5th wheel gooseneck custom wiring on this 7 hole connector, part number C56070. This is what it's going to look like when installed. This is going to come in handy, because you're not going to have to take your gooseneck or 5th wheel trailer wiring and run across your tailgate to plug it into the back of your truck, and possibly come unhooked. It's going to be inside the bed and secure. Now let's go ahead with our install. First thing we're going to want to do is take our 7-way connector out of the box, and figure out where we would like to place it. Now on our vehicle, we determined that this location right here is going to be perfect.





2013 Ram 2500 Questions and Answers


  • Recommended Sliding 5th Wheel Hitch for 2013 Ram 2500 Short Bed
  • Either the Curt # C16536 Q20 Fifth Wheel Hitch w/ Slider with its 20K capacity or the 20K Capacity B&W BWRVK3270 Patriot Sliding Fifth wheel hitch would be a great choice. Both hitches are high quality, and would offer you a secure, relatively smooth ride. For the Curt hitch, use the # C16426-204 rail kit or for the B&W Patriot, use # BWRVK2601. My only issue with bed rail mounted hitches is the fact that the rails remain in the bed when you're not using the hitch. If you don't use...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch and Rail Kit Recommendation for a 2013 Ram 2500 Mega Cab
  • Since the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter # CAB-C5GX1216 that you referenced does not move the pivot point further back you really do not gain much clearance for tight turns with a short bed truck. Also, if you use an offset adapter like this you can not use an additional offset adapter like the B and W extender you referenced. This would cause too much leverage on the trailer. Do you have a hitch in the bed of your truck? If not I would recommend you install...
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  • Ladder Rack and Tonneau Cover Recommendation for a 2013 Ram 2500 Short Bed
  • I have a ladder rack and tonneau cover combination that will work for your 2013 Ram 2500, however, TracRac discontinued tonneau cover option for the TracRac ladder racks. Instead, I recommend looking at the Adarac Ladder Rack by Access, # A70480. This ladder was designed to fit the short bed models of the 2013 Ram 2500 and it is compatible with inside-the-rail tonneau covers. For an inside-the-rail tonneau covers, I recommend looking at either the Access Vanish Soft, Roll-Up Tonneau...
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  • Comparison Between Draw-Tite and Curt Front Hitch for 2013 Dodge Ram 2500 4WD
  • The Draw-Tite Front Mount Hitch you referenced, part # 65063, does indeed protrude through the bumper. Based on your email stating the use of a winch, and ground clearance concerns, my recommendation would be this hitch. I spoke with my source at Draw-Tite and found that when installed, the end of the receiver protruding through the bumper is 6-3/4 inches from the face of the mounting plate. I have included an illustration showing this information. As per the included installation instructions,...
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  • Gooseneck Hitch Recommendation for a 2013 Ram 2500
  • Both the Draw Tite Hitch # 9464-57 and the B and W hitch # BWGNRK1313 that are confirmed for your 2013 Ram 2500 would be an excellent choice. The U-bolt install of the # 9464-57 would make the install simpler than having to fishwire installation bolts like the B and W. The U-bolts will be very secure as well. Since you mentioned twice that you did not like the idea of cutting a bigger hole in the bed I believe the # 9464-57 would be the better choice for you as well.
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  • Does Draw-Tite Gooseneck # 8339-4457 Include Installation Rails
  • The Draw-Tite Fold-Down Gooseneck Hitch you referenced, part # 8339-4457 does indeed include the mounting rails. I have confirmed that the hitch and install rails are a fit for your truck. To provide a trailer connector in your truck bed, you might also be interested in part # 41157. I have linked you to an installation video for the trailer connector.
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch Installation Kit Recommendation for a 2013 Ram 2500 Short Bed
  • I do have a solution for your 2013 Ram 2500 short bed, however the Husky Fifth Wheel Install Kit, # HT31415-686, that you referenced was designed to fit GM trucks. Instead, I recommend looking at the Reese Quick-Install Kit, # RP56011-53. This kit includes the frame brackets and the base rails and is compatible with any fifth wheel hitch that uses the industry standard above bed base rails. If you do not have a hitch, I have attached a link to all of our fifth wheel hitches that...
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  • Compatibility of B&W Tow & Stow Pintle Hook # BWTS10055 with Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock # SHP2040-XL
  • If you are using a hitch reducer sleeve such as Reese # 58102 in your Ram 2500's 2-1/2-inch hitch to allow it to work with 2-inch hitch accessories then yes you can use the B&W Tow & Stow Pintle Hook # BWTS10055 along with extra-long hitch lock # SHP2040-XL. The B&W has a hollow shank which is required to use this anti-rattle lock.
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  • Can the Firestone Heavy Duty Air Compressor Fill a Flat Tire
  • The heavy duty Firestone compressor can inflate tires but you would also need a tank. Firestone does make a remote filling station, # F2239, that has the tank, compressor, gauges, lines and other accessories. The Level Command kit # F2097 is not set up for tire inflation as it comes.
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  • What Would Cause the Top of a Trailer Hitch Ball to Wear Excessively After 300 Miles
  • If the ball is smaller than what the coupler requires then the coupler would be able to move around quite a bit and wear down the ball. If the ball is the right size then excessive tongue weight could be a factor. The trailer tongue weight is typically 10 to 15 percent of he gross trailer weight. The ball you use will need to be rated higher than the gross trailer weight. You can also lubricate the ball so that there is less friction. Some ball lube such as # 58117 would work well...
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation Kit for a 2013 Ram 2500 Short Bed and Husky Slider Hitch
  • For your 2013 Ram 2500 and Husky 5th wheel trailer hitch you will need to use installation kit # HT32084-686. This is a custom installation kit that requires only minimal drilling for installation. Custom installation kits require less installation time compared to universal kits because of the custom fit brackets and less drilling involved.
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  • 5th Wheel Rail Installation Kit Recommendation for a 2013 Ram 2500 with 6 foot Bed
  • The recommended 5th wheel rail installation kit for a 2013 Ram 2500 with a 6 foot bed is the Curt Fifth Wheel Installation kit part # C16426-204, this would be the kit you would want. If your PullRite SuperGlide is the ISR Series then yes it would be compatible with the # C16426-204, if it is the traditional series then no it would not. The Curt Rail kit part # C16427-104 that you referenced is designed for the 2014 Rams so it would not work for you.
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  • Can Firestone Ride-Rite Air Bags be Installed on 2013 Ram 2500 with B and W Gooseneck Trailer Hitch
  • It looks like the brackets on the B and W gooseneck trailer hitch # BWGNRK1313 fit on the outboard side of the frame rails on your 2013 Ram 2500. The brackets for the Firestone air bags, # F2299, install on the bottoms and inboard sides of the frame rails. This means there should be no interference and you can use both products. You will want to take a look at the installation video and instructions I have linked for the Firestone system and compare them to the available are on your...
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  • Adjustable Ball Mount that Can be Used with Friction Sway Control
  • You can use sway control only with an adjustable ball mount in one of two ways. First, you could use sway control bracket # RP26003 which will fit a ball mount platform up to 2.610 inches wide. It also has a 1 inch diameter hitch ball hole. The other option is to weld on a sway control bracket # 3442. Welding should be performed by a qualified professional welder. For an adjustable ball mount that already has a sway control portion on it we have # 7390. It is rated for 6,000 pounds...
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  • Can the Thule Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar # TH997 Have 66 inch Crossbars Installed In It
  • First thing you will need to start with on your 2013 Ram 2500 is a front hitch if you don't have one already. For that you would want the # 65063. I attached an install video. The Thule Goalpost Hitch Mounted Load Bar # TH997 only comes with a 58 inch cross bar, but you can easily swap out the bar for a 65 inch crossbar, part # THLB65. You will need to check the owners manual of your truck to determine the roof weight capacity and be sure not to exceed this figure with the weight...
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch and Install Kit for a 2013 Ram 2500 Diesel Short Bed
  • I measured some Curt rails, the same as those used in installation kit # C16426-204 and they are 1-1/4 inches tall if you measure from the top of the bed corrugations. The bolts do go through the outer parts of the rails so the bolt head height would not be an issue. I have linked a video showing installation of this kit on a 2013 Ram. The Reese options for your truck are the new taller rails that would not work for you. On short bed trucks it is recommended to use a slider hitch...
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  • Will the Reese R16 Slider 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Fit a 2013 Ram 2500 Short Bed
  • Yes, you can use the Reese R16 5th wheel trailer hitch, # RP30869, on your 2013 Ram 2500 short bed. For an installation kit the best option to fit the hitch and for ease of installation use # RP56011-53. You can also use installation kit # C16426-204. These are both custom installation kits that require less drilling and install time compared to universal installation kits. The hitch has 11 inches of travel. To make sure this is enough for you to safely make 90 degree turns without hitting...
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  • Trailer Jack Just Clicks and Will Not Raise Trailer
  • The first thing I recommend checking on the jack is the power source. If the battery that runs the jack is low on power then it will be hard for the jack to lift the trailer (lowering it tends not to be a problem because gravity is helping) and it may just refuse to do anything. If the voltage on the battery is good and the wiring is all intact then it is possible that the jack had been over extended at some point and the screw and/or nit inside is damaged. This would mean that a replacement...
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  • What Tire Pressure Should the Provider ST235/85R16 Radial Trailer Tire TTWPRG235R16 Be Inflated to
  • For trailer tires you basically just need to inflate them to their max when they are cold so that you get the full capacity as well as the best wear and ride quality. Aside from that you really don't have worry about air pressures at various temperatures. Just inflate them to their max when cold and you will be good to go. If you go with less tire pressure the capacity will be reduced, but it would be to an unknown amount so I can't tell you exactly what the capacity of the # TTWPRG235R16...
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  • Dimensions of the MaxxTow Heavy Duty Headache Rack
  • I went out to the warehouse and took some measurements of the MaxxTow Heavy Duty Headache Rack, part # MT70234, for you. The total height is 28-1/2". I used the digital calipers and found the thickness of the metal to be 0.35". Check out the image I made showing the overall height of the headache rack.
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  • Timbren Springs and Firestone Ride-Rite Comparison for a 2013 Ram 2500 Towing a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • There are a few things to consider when purchasing suspension enhancement for towing a fifth wheel trailer. The Bilstein shocks will certainly help, but it also does not hurt to add suspension enhancement like Timbren springs or Firestone air bags either. They will reduce sag, improve stability and prolong the life of your stock suspension. Timbren and Firestone make excellent products. We use Timbren springs on our Ram 2500 when towing our fifth wheel trailer and they do an excellent...
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  • Will the Curt Hitch # 13703 Fit a 2016 Heartland Elkridge E22
  • The Curt hitch part # 13703 that you referenced will fit trailer frames that are between 22 and 72 inches apart and are box frame, C-channel frame, or I-beam frame. We don't have specific fit info for this hitch but we have found that it is very versatile and fits quite a few different trailers.
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  • Will a B and W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Fit a Draw-Tite Hide-A-Goose in a 2013 Ram 2500
  • No, the B and W Companion hitch # BWRVK3400-5W and the Hide-A-Goose hitch # 9464-57 do not use the same installation kit. They are specific to their respective hitches. For the B and W hitch you will want to get installation kit and gooseneck hitch # BWGNRK1313-5W for your 2013 Ram 2500 diesel. Once the installation kit is installed the Companion hitch does fit into the gooseneck ball hole and locks into place the same way the gooseneck ball does. I have included links to the installation...
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  • Reese Extension/Reducer # RP45292 Compatibility with Class V Factory Hitch on 2013 Ram 2500
  • The Reese Titan Extension/Reducer you referenced, part # RP45292 would work great with the 2-1/2 inch Class V hitch on your Ram. As you mentioned, the extension has a 8K capacity when cut down to the 24 inch length, that will provide a 2 inch receiver on the other end you can attach a ball mount or weight distribution system to.
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  • Tailgate Lock Recommendation for a 2013 Ram 2500 that Works with Power Locks
  • If you are looking for a way to lock your tailgate with the key FOB of your 2013 Ram 2500 you would want the part # PAL8350. The Husky Liners Premium 5th Wheel Louvered Tailgate # HL15340-48 is lockable, but it would not work with your key FOB.
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch for 2013 Ram 2500 with 6-Foot Bed Towing
  • In your Ram 2500 with 6-foot bed you'll be well served by a sliding 5th wheel hitch like the B&W Companion # BWRVK3400-5W which has 12-inches of travel and that installs using their under-bed kit # BWGNRK1313-5W The beauty of this system is that it is BOTH a 5th wheel hitch and a gooseneck hitch in one. Need to pull a gooseneck trailer? Just pull out the hitch and install the included gooseneck ball. Need to pull the 5th wheel? Drop the hitch back in. And when you need to have the bed clear...
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  • Hide-A-Gooseneck Recommendation for a 2013 Ram 2500 with a 6 ft Bed
  • Yes, the Draw-Tite Hide-A-Goose Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch # 9464-57 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit your 2013 Ram 2500 with a 6 foot 4 inch bed and is made here in the USA. For a fifth wheel wiring adapter to add a 7-way to the bed of your truck I would recommend the Hopkins Fifth Wheel/Gooseneck Wiring Harness # 41157.
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  • Installation Recommendation For Hopkins Wiring Harness # 41157 In 2013 Dodge Ram 2500
  • The Hopkins Endurance 90-Degree Wiring Harness, part # 41157, is designed to plug into the existing wiring on your 2013 Dodge Ram 2500, and still retain the use of the 7-pole connector at the bumper. Normal installation would be accomplished by drilling through the bed liner, and mounting the connector through the bed liner in a convenient place that has enough clearance, usually behind the wheel well on the driver side of the truck bed. I have attached a link to a video that shows the...
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  • Gooseneck Trailer Hitch for a 2013 Ram 2500 Short Bed Mega Cab
  • Yes, the Hide-A-Goose gooseneck trailer hitch # 9464-57 is a fit for your 2013 Ram 2500 Mega Cab short bed. Draw-Tite lists this hitch as a fit for all styles of the 2013 Ram 2500. I have linked a video showing an example installation for you. Since you have a short bed truck I also recommend adding offset ball # 19308 which will provide 5 more inches of clearance.
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  • Is the Curt X5 Adaptor Compatible with the Demco Hijacker Hitch
  • The Curt X5 Adapter part # 16310 that you referenced will fit the B and W Companion hitch you have installed in your truck and will provide you with fifth wheel rails to allow installation of the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # DM8550034 that you are interested in. I attached review videos for both products for you to check out as well.
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