Does Truck with 6-1/2 ft bed Have to Use Slider Hitch for Turning Clearance with Fifth Wheel Hitch

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Will a fixed position fifth wheel hitch work in a 6.5 ft bed and not cause turning problems when pulling a 8ft. wide fifth wheel trailer.

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Helpful Expert Reply:

You will have to go with a sliding hitch to allow the trailer to make tight turns. For a trailer 8 feet wide the only bed length that's going to allow 90 degree turns without a slider is a stationary hitch.

That being said you have two options. If you really want to use a stationary hitch like the part # RP30033 you can replace the pin box on your trailer with a Sidewinder and that will allow the clearance.

Sidewinders are pin box specific so you will first need to know what pin box you have now in order to pick out the correct one.

There should be a sticker or a stamping on the OEM pin box of the trailer that will list the pin box number that is on the trailer.

Once you figure out which pin box you have you can check the FAQ I attached that has a chart that shows the correct Sidewinder to get based on which pin box you have.

The other option is an automatic slider hitch like the Demco Hijacker part # DM8550034. This will automatically slide back as you make tight turns allowing you the clearance you'd need.

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Cody G.

I have a 2012 Ram Mega Cab DRW 3500 with 6'3" bed. I tow an 8.5' Toyhauler. I currently use a Pullrite Superglide hitch. I am considering a Reese Goosebox and installing the underbed turn-over ball. Is this a viable idea or a non-starter? If it is viable, would I be able to achieve a 90deg turn, or how close to it? Would it require the use of an off-set ball adapter? 80444

Reply from Chris R.

You would definitely lose a lot of cab clearance when making this switch, but I definitely understand the desire to have a clean bed when you're not towing. It's hard to know exactly how tight of a turn you can make, but I doubt you'll be able to do a full 90 degree maneuver, even when using an offset ball like # BWGNXA4085 . This setup is possible, but you'll just have to be a lot more careful when making sharp turns. If you decide to go this route, I would take the Ram and trailer up to a nearby empty parking lot just to test out your new limitations before heading out on your first trip. 66298

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