Ram Trailer Tow Prep Package

Fifth-wheel hitch mounted on part RP30154 on Ram Tow Prep
Package

Ram offers an underbed mounting system for fifth-wheel hitches as an option on new trucks starting in 2013. This system is designed for maximum convenience and versatility. The entire mounting system is located underneath your truck bed - no parts extend above it. The system will let you hook up a fifth-wheel hitch or a gooseneck ball.


The underbed mounts give you full access to your truck bed when you're not towing. When you want to tow, you install a hitch that fits into the pucks in the bed, or you can get an adapter that fits into the pucks and has slots to fit any standard fifth-wheel hitch.



Fifth-Wheel Adapters and Hitches


RP30154 adapter for mounting industry standard fifth-wheel hitches on Ram Tow Prep Package B&W hitch for Ram Tow Prep Package

To install most industry standard fifth-wheel hitches available at etrailer.com on your Ram truck with factory tow prep package, you'll need to install part number RP30154 (rails), pictured above left. This part removes easily so you can still have a clutter-free bed when you're not towing. Hitches that fit directly to the factory mounts without the need for a separate adapter are available (pictured above right). Refer to the following table to find out more about these hitches.


Fifth-Wheel Hitches That Fit Ram Factory Tow Package Directly
Curt E16 with Slide Bar Jaw - 16,000lbs - C16515-16021
Curt Q16 with Dual Jaw - 16,000lbs - C16520-16021
Curt Q24 with Dual Jaw - 24,000lbs - C16545-16021
B&W Companion with Dual Jaw - 25,000lbs - BWRVK3600


Gooseneck Ball

RP30140 gooseneck ball for Ram OEM fifth-wheel hitches and 
gooseneck Tow Prep Package

A gooseneck ball that fits the Ram underbed mounting system is available. See part number RP30140, pictured above, for a gooseneck ball that comes with 2 safety chain hookups, a plug for the gooseneck ball hole, and a carry bag.





Questions and Comments about this Article

Kraigf

I recently purchased 2020Ram 3500.I just found out from the dealer all the 2500-3500 Rams come prepped on the frame to install a puck system or 5th wheel , so all you have to do measure and drill holes in box floor and install parts under floor. The Ram Puck part number is 82215837AC. It is complete with trim rings and plugs when not using. Same as if you ordered the truck that way.

Mike N.

I have a 2015 Ram 2500 Laramie 6’4” box (diesel) - I would like to install an underbed support system so that I can use a puck rail system above and a demco autoslide hitch - what parts do I need to do the install?

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Reply from Jon G.

The only way that you'll be able to install something like the puck system for use with an autosliding hitch is if you are able to find the OEM puck system for your Ram and have it installed. This would then allow you to use the adapter # DM6099 for the autoslide. Aside from this you can install the base rails # DM8552025-71 for use with the autoslide. The only underbed kit that is available for your setup (aside from an OEM package) is the B&W gooseneck with their Companion hitch but that isn't compatible with an autoslider.

Rino

Hello I have a 2021 ram 2500 Laramie diesel short bed. I want to put a 5th wheel hitch for my camper but I do not have a 5th wheel prep pick system on my truck... what should I do, do you have any options?

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Reply from Jon G.

I personally like the B&W setup with the Gooseneck Hitch # BWGNRK1320-5W and Companion 5th Wheel # BWRVK3400-5W because it gives you a clear bed when you aren't 5th wheel towing. If you'd like to explore what else is available then I've attached a link to our fitguide for you to check out.

Reply from Rino

@JonG one more thing is this an auto slide of manual slide?

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Reply from Jon G.

@Rino The Companion is a manual slide. If you want to go with an autoslide then you'll need the Demco Hijacker autoslide, part # DM8550034 or # DM8550035 , and a base rail kit like part # C16427-204 .

Thomas R.

Will any of these puck adapters work with a curt q20 slider? Most people are out of the 16022 or weeks before I can get it. Were supposed to be camping next weekend end. wouldnt be a problem but traded truck in last night for a new one with the puck

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Reply from Jon G.

The Reese # RP30154 will work great!

Jeff

Recently, I purchased a 2021 Ram Laramie 2500. I am looking to tow a 5th wheel but do not have a payload capacity of 2092lbs. The pin weight of the trailer is 1234lbs. With the weight of the 5th wheel hitch weighing 400 to 500 lbs installed I am pushing the limit of the payload capacity. My question is would having this gooseneck box work for me to save weight? Or do you have any other suggestions other than purchasing a new truck? Thank you for your time.

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Reply from Jon G.

If you check in your owner's manual you should see that the max tongue (or pin) weight of a 5th wheel trailer for your pickup is actually higher than the payload rating. This is because a payload will sit on the truck bed while the 5th wheel pin weight is transferred directly to the truck frame.

Reply from Jeff

@JonG, okay, thank you for the information!

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Reply from Jon G.

@Jeff You're welcome!

Aaron L.

I have a 2017 Ram 3500 dually with a 3 hole gooseneck puck system from the factory. Is there an adapter that will convert to a fifth wheel hitch without adding rails? It has the 3 hole gooseneck not 4 or 5 hole pacakage.

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Reply from Jon G.

The only kind of adapter we have for a 3-hole OEM package is for the Nissan pickups. Aside from that it sounds like you will either need to remove your current system and install something else, or you can use an adapter like the part # CAB-C5GX1216 or # DM8550045-5W . This allows you to utilize a gooseneck hitch ball to tow your 5th wheel trailer.

Reply from Nic

Going through that now. Just buy the other kit and install it. Now you’ll have BOTH FACTORY set ups.

Thomas L.

I currently have a 2019 Ram 3500 2WD Tradesman without puck system. I have the Blue Ox Fifth Wheel Hitch on rails. Looking at trading in for a 2015 Ram 3500 Laramie 4WD with puck system and factory air suspension. What do you suggest for me to do to be able to put the Blue Ox in the 2015. Is the adapter a good option and never had air suspension so don’t know if it comes into play at all. Thanks for your response.

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Reply from Jon G.

Yes if you use the adapter # RP30154 then you can still use the same 5th wheel hitch. The air suspension shouldn't keep you from installing or using this as the brackets for the puck system would be what would interfere but they are both OEM so you're good to go!

Reply from Thomas L.

@JonG Just to confirm this will work with the Blue OX rail system hitch

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Reply from Jon G.

@ThomasL As long as it installs in the industry standard base rail locations it will work. If you check out the specs photo on the product page you can compare this with your Blue Ox 5th wheel hitch to make sure that the tabs will line up.

Clintonh

Do you have a custom kit to fit 2019 ram 2500 8ft bed w/o factory prep kit?

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Reply from Jon G.

The closest thing we have to the OEM prep kit is the B&W Gooseneck Hitch # BWGNRK1320 which can then be paired with the Companion # BWRVK3500 . This means that you can remove the 5th wheel hitch when you aren't towing and you'll have a clear bed for hauling similar to what you'd have with an OEM prep kit.

Jeff W.

Do they make an aftermarket prep kit for a 2020 ram?

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Reply from Jon G.

The closest thing that we have to that is the B&W Gooseneck Hitch # BWGNRK1320 . This is a gooseneck trailer hitch but it allows you to use a 5th wheel hitch with it as well. You can either use the B&W Companion, part # BWRVK3500 or # BWRVK3400 , or the B&W Adapter # DM6140 so that it will work with other 5th wheel hitches.

Jason K.

I have a 2015 RAM 2500 with RamBox - Can you tell me if I can add the OEM Puck Prep System and use the 5th Wheel Hitch that fits into the 4 puck holes? If so, please let me know what parts I should use. Thanks!

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Reply from Kef G.

To install an OEM prep package, you would have to speak with your dealer. However, we do have what's needed to install a 5th wheel on your 2015 Ram 2500 without the prep package. Which one you choose will depend on the size of your bed. I've linked to lists for both the 6-1/2' bed and the 8' bed.

Reply from Jason K.

@KefG every one of these state that it is not recommended for rambox. That is what has me confused. I have the short bed.

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Reply from Kef G.

@JasonK Oh, sorry for not seeing that part. You are correct that we don't have anything for the RamBoxes. Your best bet is to speak with your dealer and see what can be done about adding the prep package. They may be able to do something with the RamBox since aftermarket solutions are very rare for them.

Gary T.

Just bought a 2021..3500 ram dually .. I need to install my 5th wheel hitch!! What mounting brackets are recommended seeing a puck systen we not installed for this truck

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Reply from Kef G.

It sounds like you don't have the pucks installed. If that's the case, then you will need to speak with your dealer as the only 5th wheel hitches available for the 2021 Ram 3500 require the pucks.

Ed D.

I’m purchasing a 2021 Ram 2500. Can the puck system be installed for my 5th wheel change over from my 2014 Ram?

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Reply from Jon G.

It looks like the same kits fit a 2014 Ram 2500 and a 2021 Ram 2500 so if it's aftermarket then it should work, you'll just need new hardware since it isn't supposed to be torqued down twice. If you have the OEM puck system then I would like to think that it would work but I'm not sure what that looks like so you might need to reach out to a dealer for that info.

El C.

I have a '21 2500 payload 3500 with the 5th wheel/goose tow prep already installed; considering a goosebox instead of king pin. What opinions do you have about using only a ball in the bed vs those pullrite "tower" systems? Suggestions on best products thanks

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Reply from Jon G.

The Reese Goosebox is a really neat alternative to a standard pin box. Really the only thing that you want to make sure of is that you have enough turning clearance. A lot of people really like using the gooseneck setup simply because it can be easier to hook up plus you don't have to deal with moving around and storing a hefty 5th wheel hitch.

Reply from El C.

@JonG thanks I will be full timing also so dependability is important and yes gooseneck is more storage savvy

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Reply from Jon G.

@ElC The Goosebox is definitely reliable. The argument for a 5th wheel hitch is that it has more cushioning to help with any chucking or jarring, but I've also heard other people say they prefer the ride quality of a gooseneck hitch setup over 5th wheel. It all depends on the user experience but from what I've heard about the Goosebox people really like it.

Andres O.

Hi I need Ram trailer tow prep package for my ram 2021, do you have? Thank you

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Reply from Jon G.

We don't have an OEM puck system available for your 2021 Ram pickup but we do have the B&W Turnoverball gooseneck hitch that you can use in conjunction with the B&W Companion 5th wheel hitch. If you let me know what model you have I can let you know what the correct gooseneck hitch is.

John D.

i am buying a 2021 ram 1500 quad 4x4 with 6 ft 4 inch bed and 392 rear axle . have a bumper pull now but thinking of going to 5th wheel due to 11500 lb towing cap , what do you recommend

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Reply from Jon G.

(Update - see below comment) As long as your truck doesn't have the factory air suspension system then I recommend going with the B&W Gooseneck Hitch # BWGNRK1319-5W along with the Companion # BWRVK3400-5W 5th wheel hitch. This gives you plenty of weight capacity to work with, plus it means that you will have a completely free truck bed when you aren't towing.

Reply from Tim

What if the factory air suspension system was installed? How does that Make a difference?

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Reply from Jon G.

Looks like there has been an update since my last comment and this gooseneck hitch is now confirmed to fit with the factory air suspension - so this would be the route to go either way!

Scott R.

Is there an adapter available to mount a Hijacker Model FWH24 SL16 double pivot on Dodge Factory Pucks.

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Reply from Jon G.

What year and model Dodge Ram are you looking at and what type of rails does your Hijacker fit? If your SL16 number means that it is the vertical rails (that run front to back of the truck bed) then there unfortunately isn't anything that will make it compatible. If it's the standard horizontal mounting then there is potential for an adapter if you can provide the above info.

Reply from Scott R.

@JonG Its slider rails. North - South. Guess I am out of luck. Thanks for the reply.

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Reply from Jon G.

@ScottR Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. If you let me know the year of your pickup I'd be more than happy to help you find an alternative!

Mike

Can the https://www.etrailer.com/p-BWRVK3400-5W.html be used with factory gooseneck prep kit?

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Reply from Jon G.

The head unit of the Companion # BWRVK3400-5W can be used with a base that fits the puck system for your specific truck, yes. If you can let me know the year/make/model of your pickup I can let you know what base matches. This hitch alone will note fit as-is.

Reply from Mike

@JonG I have a 2020 Ram 2500 CCSB with Ramboxes. I have the factory gooseneck prep kit, not the 5th wheel prep.

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Reply from Jon G.

@Mike From what I'm seeing it looks like that has the 4 anchor points as well as the center point for the gooseneck ball, is this true or do you only have 2 anchor points and the center point?

Reply from Mike

@JonG That’s correct, I only have the rear two pucks and the center. I am also inquiring about the Anderson Ultimate Hitch. Using the factory gooseneck ball with that may be an option? Also do you know if that is compatible with the LCI RhinoBox pin box?

Reply from Mike

@JonG Yes, I only have the two anchors in the rear and the center for the gooseneck ball. Does the Anderson Ultimate hitch work with Ramboxes?

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Reply from Jon G.

@Mike The only way that we know of there you can pull a 5th wheel trailer on a Ram pickup with the RamBox setup is if your pin box is the Sidewinder pin box. Reason being that the box part of the pin box stays stationary so it won't hit the RamBox. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I think you're going to need to either look for a gooseneck trailer that has been converter to a camper, or you'll need to use a truck with the 4 point system (whether that means a new truck or getting that installed on your current truck). The Anderson hitch doesn't move the pivot point high enough and so your pin box would still come into contact with the RamBox setup on your truck when turning. There may be a few exceptions out there with some different pin box configurations but from all of the research we have done it won't work unfortunately.

Reply from Mike

@JonG Thank you!

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Reply from Jon G.

@Mike Anytime!

Bob L.

Do you have a puck system available for a 2018 Ram 2500 Tradesman ????

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Reply from Jon G.

We don't have a puck system available, but the closest thing we have to that is the B&W Gooseneck Hitch # BWGNRK1384-5W . This allows you to tow a gooseneck hitch and then use the Companion # BWRVK3500-5W for 5th wheel towing.

Jim D.

I just purchased a 2021 Ram Tradesman with the puck system in a 6ft4inch bed. I have a Reese 16K part #30047 in a Ram 1500 5ft bed. Can I use this with an adapter to fit the puck system and my hitch? If so what number or model would I use?

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Reply from Jon G.

I'm guessing your Tradesman is a 2500/3500? If that's the case then yes, you can use the Adapter # RP30154 to connect your 5th wheel hitch to the puck system on your truck. If you have the 1500 model then we currently don't have anything that would fit a puck system (if it's available for that model).

Ray L.

I have a Demco DM6076SL-16K that was on my chevy half ton. I just bought a 2020 Ram 2500 with the OEM puck system. How can I adapt my hitch to work on my new truck?

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Reply from Jon G.

You can reuse the head of your Demco 5th wheel hitch but you will need to swap out the saddle and side plates to parts # DM6023 and # DM6060 . This will then allow you to use the Rail Adapter # DM6099 to fit your puck system. In all honesty by the time you're done swapping out parts you'll be spending about the same amount as you would for a new hitch so in that case I recommend selling yours and getting the Reese 20K # RP30918 instead.

Charles J.

I am purchasing a 2020 Ram 3500 dually. Unfortunately this specific truck did not have the Puck prep package installed. Can I buy a Puck system and have it installed or install myself? Is there a link to video doing the install?

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Reply from Jon G.

We do have an underbed system but right now none of the aftermarket manufacturers have a puck prep package available for your 2020 Ram 3500. For your application you can use the B&W Gooseneck Hitch # BWGNRK1320-5W and then use the Companion 5th wheel hitch. Use the slider # BWRVK3400-5W if you have a short bed or the stationary # BWRVK3500-5W if you have a long bed.

Chris C.

I have a 2020 power wagon and would like to have the oem pucks installed is this possible? I am being told yes and no from multiple sources. I would like to have the ease of no rails and a simple factory setup for a/m fifth wheel.

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Reply from Jon G.

At this time the closest thing to the OEM pucks that would come on a 2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon is the B&W Gooseneck Hitch # BWGNRK1320 . This would give you the opportunity to use the Companion # BWRVK3400 for a short bed or # BWRVK3500 for a long bed.

Frank E.

Is there a puck install kit for 2021 1500 Ram with a 6ft4in box.

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Reply from Jon G.

The closest thing to a puck system available aftermarket for your 2021 Ram 1500 is the B&W Gooseneck # BWGNRK1319-5W which you can pair with the Companion # BWRVK3400-5W . Aside from this you'll need to look into any OEM puck system at this point in time although I'm sure some more aftermarket options will be available in the near future.

David S.

I have a 2028 Ram 3500 Dually and was wondering if anybody made non-plastic puck covers for when the hitch is not installed? Hoping for an aluminum billet type puck cover. Thank you in advance.

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Reply from Jon G.

I believe you mean 2018 Ram 3500? The Puck Plug Covers # 58199 have been reported to fit the actual openings for the pucks, but not necessarily the entire holes. Aside from this we don't have anything else.

Bryan P.

Will this kit work with 2017 power wagon?

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Reply from Jon G.

The puck system on your Power Wagon will have the same dimensions as the regular pickup so you can use any of these kits just fine.

Ken D.

I bought the Demco 6099 adapter for my 2020 Ram. Poor engineering. I wish I would have spent the extra on the Reese. If I ever get the Demco to fit my Ram I sure hope the hitch fits.

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Reply from Jon G.

You have a 2500 or 3500 correct? If you're having trouble fitting the adapter to your truck then you might need to remove the shims like the instructions state at the very end.

Reply from Ken D.

@JonG My instructions do not say that but I saw that online and will try that next time. Do I remove all of them?

Reply from Ken D.

@JonG It is a 2500 and I was wrong about the instructions. It is on there about the shims. I will try that tonight. The problem seems to be the width. I should mention too that one bolt hole has a burr and will not accept a bolt so I'll have to tap that out.

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Reply from Jon G.

@KenD Thank you for the info. Let me know what happens either way. If you aren't able to get it to work that is probably a warranty thing but I can check with my contact at Demco should that be the case.

Reply from Ken D.

@JonG what I have determined is either the pucks on my Ram are off a tad or the hitch is. I'm not sure which yet. It was no help removing the shims. Thebfront fits good but the rear is off by about 1/8 inch.

Reply from Ken D.

@JonG It's the hitch. The front pegs are 39" center to center same as the pucks. Rear pegs are 38 7/8

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Reply from Jon G.

@KenD I'm glad you were able to figure out why it wasn't fitting properly. That sounds like something that falls under the warranty so I'd pursue that. If you purchased this through us you can either reach out to customer service or let me know your order number and I can have them reach out to you.

David M.

I have a RBW xtreme slider lil rocker 5th wheel that I am trying to install in a 2015 Ram 2500 that is 6 1/2 ft bed with OEM pre package set up. Which installation kit will work with this hitch?

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Reply from Jon G.

We have the Demco Adapter # DM6099 which might work but you'll need to confirm on your end that your RBW Lil' Rocker has mounting points that are either 20-1/2" or 29" apart from each other (side-to-side). I know some of the RBW 5th wheel hitches used unique mounting methods but I'm not sure which models.

Danny H.

I have a 2019 Ram 3500 , Cummins powered, 74 inches when i measure the inside of the box. No under bed rails are on the truck, i need this to keep the box free and clear. Is a option available out there to accomplish this ? I quite simply do not want anything obstructive in the box when not towing via the 5th wheel. Thanks to all for your help

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Reply from Jon G.

To keep the bed clear on your 2019 Ram 3500 you want to go with the B&W Gooseneck Hitch # BWGNRK1320-5W and then use the sliding B&W Companion # BWRVK3400-5W . This is actually considered one of the best towing setups on the market and the sliding hitch will allow you to have enough clearance when you make some tight turns with your rig.

Kurt D.

Great article, Jason-thank you. With that, we’re considering moving up from a 2006 Dodge Cummins 3500 SRW Laramie longbed to a 2018-2019 version of the same with the 5th wheel Tow Package for the XLR Nitro 321 we have on order. The ‘06 has a Reese Elite 18-will that mount in the ‘18 without extensive motifications? Thank you, Jason, for sharing your knowledge and expertise with us!

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Reply from Jon G.

The Reese Elite 18K # RP30142 that you currently have is designed to fit the Elite Underbed kit or a Ford OEM puck system. As of right now there isn't an Elite Underbed kit from Reese for the 2018-2019 Ram 3500 but you can swap that out with their 20K Reese M5 # RP30918 which fits the OEM puck system on either of those model years with the 8' bed.

Tim P.

I have a pro series 15k hitch looking for mounting rails for this hitch to fit a 2020 ram 2500 with 6 1/2 bed and puck set up already in bed from factory

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Reply from Chris R.

To use your Pro Series 15K hitch in your new 2020 Ram 2500 all you need is the Rail Adapter # RP30154 . This will drop into those factory pucks and provide industry-standard rails to which the Pro Series will mount.

John H.

Can you keep the standard lockable Ram tailgate while towing a 5th wheel trailer with these hitches?

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Reply from Chris R.

As long as you have the recommended 5 to 6" of clearance between the bed rails and trailer you shouldn't have any issues with the factory Ram tailgate when towing a 5th wheel.

Jason S.

How much height does the adapter add compared to above bed rails ?For Example a Curt A16 Item # C16120 mounted with Curt Custom Brackets Item # C16427-204Reese Adapter Item # RP30154 Factory PucksDemco Rail Adapter Item # DM6099 Factory PucksI assume the direct fit Curt A16 hitch Item # C16520-16021 the listed height range is accurate at 14-18?

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Reply from Jason S.

The Demco 5th Wheel Rail Adapter # DM6099 will add 1-3/8" to height of hitch. So if you put the Curt A16 # C16120 on that adapter it will give you a total height adjustable from 14-3/8" to 18-3/8". The Reese Adapter # RP30154 will add 2 inches so you'd be looking at 16" to 20" total height. The direct puck hitch # C16520-16021 you mentioned is accurate at 14"- 18" directly.



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