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Lightweight 5th Wheel Hitch Option for a 2018 Ram 3500 Short Bed with the Factory Prep Package

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I do have the factory prep. The 5th wheel I will be getting is an Elkridge 31RLK loaded is a little over 13000 pounds and hitch 2340. I would like the lightest weight so I can remove easily. 1 option -Reese Goose Box. # 2 option Demco Recon and Reese sidewinder. Do you think either would work and other recommendations also? Thanks

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I do have a really good option for you but the two you listed cannot be done safely. The Reese Goose Box 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Air Ride Coupler Adapter part # RP94720 cannot be used on your 2018 Ram 3500 because it has a short bed. If you were to use the Reese Goose Box the loft of your trailer would likely come into contact with the cab of your vehicle causing thousands in damage. The Demco Recon Gooseneck-to-5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter part # DM8550045 cannot be used with a rotating pin box like the Sidewinder 5th Wheel King Pin with Rotating Turret part # RP61420 due to the increased stress on the connection point.

The best option for you with ease of use in mind would be to still use the Sidewinder 5th Wheel King Pin with Rotating Turret part # RP34FR but instead of the Demco Recon Gooseneck-to-5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter part # DM8550045 you would want to use the Curt A16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for Ram Towing Prep Package part # C16520-16021. The Curt A16 may look like a bulky 5th wheel hitch at first glance but it features a one pin head removal system which will allow you to remove the 5th wheel hitch in two pieces, the head which weighs around 90 lbs and the base which weighs around 90 lbs as well. It may not be the lightest option out there but I really feel you need to place a stronger emphasis on quality and the Curt A16 has it. The Curt A16 has 1" thick dual interlocking jaws which are going to do a phenomenal job of reducing chucking. This may not be as much of a concern starting out but once you pull the truck and trailer together you will soon see how important these dual interlocking jaws are.

Please note that the Sidewinder 5th Wheel King Pin with Rotating Turret part # RP34FR is designed to replace the following:

Lippert 0719, 1621 and 1621HD
Fabex 663 and 665
M&M 663 and 665

If you have a different pin box other than what is listed please just let me know. The Sidewinder Wedge for Curt A Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches part # C16992 will also be required for this setup.

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