5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation Kit for a 2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Short Bed Quad Cab


This is a big, complicated purchase, so I dont want to mess it up. I have a 2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Quad-cab 4x4 short bed pick-up. My 5th-wheel trailer is manufactured with a radiused nose, so does not require a sliding hitch. I am looking at the Reese 30866 R16, but have read in various places that owners have had trouble unhitching, and unable to use the lube pads recommended by Reese. Anything on that? Also, Im confused as to which custom base rail kit to order Ive come up with three...RP50082-58, RP50140-58, and RP56011-53. While costing a bit more than the the other two, the RP56011-53 appears to be by far the easiest to install. Im guessing, too, that the install video for RP50140-58 on a 06 Dodge would be pretty close to what I would be faced with. Thanks, a lot, for your help!

Helpful Expert Reply:

The R-Series hitches, # RP30869 for 16K slider or # RP30870 for 20K slider, used to have an issue hitching up when using a lube plate but that issue has been resolved. There is actually a special lube plate specially designed to fit the unique head on the R-Series hitches, # 83003.

As far as the installation kit goes, # RP50082-58 is for Fords so that is not going to fit your 2009 Ram. Between # RP50140-58 and # RP56011-53 you are correct, # RP56011-53 is going to be easier to install because of the longer rails and brackets that mount to the outside of the frame. Both kits will install with very little drilling compared to a universal kit.

The video for the 2006 will be similar to your truck as will the other video I have linked on a 2012. If you go with the R-Series hitch then I recommend the RP56011-53 because the rails on it and the legs on the R-Series hitches work really well together not to mention the longer rails and brackets will save you some installation time.

Since this is a major investment I will be happy to answer any questions you have on these parts or 5th wheel towing in general. If you are also looking at in-bed trailer wiring to make connecting the 5th wheel trailer easier, you can use # 41157. It will just plug in line with your existing 7-Way connector and puts a 7-Way in the bed.

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