Sliding Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2017 Ram 2500 With Factory Rails/Puck System

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I have a 2017 Ram 2500 short bed that is already equipped for 5th wheel ready with puck in bed. This came from factory as 5th wheel ready complete. So purchased Grand Design Solitude 320x 34ft total. Will the Anderson work for me and what all would need to order with it? I am reading info online that states can still handle 90 degree and should not be issue with bed sides or cab.

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The Andersen Ultimate Connection 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch System with Adapter # AM3200 can be used in your short bed 2017 Ram 2500 with factory pucks but you would need to use the Reese 5th Wheel Rail Adapter for Ram # RP30154. The Andersen does have 9 inches of offset but does not move the actual pivot point rearward for your trailer so there is no certainty in regards to whether or not you can make a 90 degree turn.

The 9 inch offset may not be enough, and because most sliding hitches give you more travel than that I recommend checking out the Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider # RP30083. This hitch would also require adapter # RP30154 but this hitch has 11 inches of front-to-back travel to give you more clearance. It has a 20,000 lb capacity, a single-piece jaw for optimal contact with your king pin, a large 9 inch funnel and 4-way pivoting head to make hooking up your trailer easier and height adjustment so you can tow your trailer level.

A standard sliding fifth wheel hitch is the way I would go because of the strong connection of the king pin inside a jaw system like on the Reese # RP30083 as opposed to what amounts to an adapter system with the Andersen. I have added links to video reviews of the Reese hitch and adapter system for you to take a look at.

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Thanks for the response and have follow up question as I seem to get different answers depending on question. Why choose the Reese you described as opposed to the Curt Q20 slider and RAM adapter? I understand the reluctancy on Andersen hitch and still looking into that, but why pick the Reese setup versus the Curt Q20 one?? Thanks

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The Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Slider # C16536 and Adapter Rails for Curt 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider - Ram Towing Prep Package # C16022 is a good option as well for your '17 Ram 2500 but there are a couple things I like more about the Reese # RP30083 and Adapter # RP30154.

One is the single-piece jaw of the Reese for complete contact with your king pin as opposed to the two-piece jaw of the Q20. The large 9 inch funnel for ease of hook-up is another aspect of the Reese that makes it stand out, which is something the Q20 does not have.

I do understand that some people like to stick with certain brands so if you prefer Curt, I strongly recommend going with the Curt A20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ R20 Slider # C16541 over the Q20; you would also need Adapter Rails # C16022 with the A20 hitch.

The A20 also has dual jaws, but its jaws are interlocking so there is 360 degree contact with the king pin, which the Q20 does not have. The A20 also has a 1-pin head removal over the 2-pin removal of the Q20 which makes it a bit easier to remove, and the A20 comes with a lifetime warranty as opposed to the 10-year warranty of the Q20 (the Reese has a 5-year warranty).

With all that said, for a combination of quality and value I think the best option for your 2017 Ram 2500 with the factory pucks is as follows:

1) Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Round Tube Slider # RP30083 with the Reese 5th Wheel Rail Adapter for Ram # RP30154.

2) Curt A20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ R20 Slider # C16541 with the Adapter Rails for Curt 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider - Ram # C16022.

3) Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ R20 Slider # C16536 with the Adapter Rails for Curt 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider - Ram # C16022.

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