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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.





Adam C.

1/16/2024

I have a Ram 1500 classic with 6’4 bed, which sliding hitch will fit the best? I’m looking into Reese 30075 and 30051. I also looked into the Curts, A16 and E16.. it’s really confusing to know which one is more suitable for my car as far as easy installation and compatibility. Also which one is easier to maintain. Thank you

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Mike L.

1/16/2024

@AdamC In an okay/better/best scenario, the Curt E-Series would be the 'okay' solution. Will it work? Sure, but the rudimentary slide-bar jaw system allows the king pin to move around quite a bit. You'd likely get a lot of crashing and banging when you accelerate or brake. The Reese # RP30051 would be the 'better' choice. The dual jaws of the hitch will provide for better ride quality, but the jaws aren't very thick, so there will still be some movement allowed. The Curt A-Series, like # C16521 has interlocking jaws that hold the king pin very tightly which greatly reduces bouncing and chucking for great ride quality. The hitches all require similar maintenance, you'll need to keep them lubricated according to the install instructions. Let us know if you have further questions!

Adam C.

1/17/2024

@MikeL thanks for that. https://www.etrailer.com/question-285362.html On this link, one of the other experts said that the 30075 is actually has a very tight grip on the king pin (assuming the 30051 has the same locking jaws as the 30075). So which one really has a better grip? Thank you
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Mike L.

1/17/2024

@AdamC Definitely the Curt. The jaws fully enclose the king pin which helps keep the king pin motionless in the hitch jaws. It'll do a better job than the Reese hitch.
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Glenn S.

10/23/2023

Have a 2019 dodge ram 5th puck set up. Replace the bed with a flat bed and the receiver pucks will not reach the receiver hole underneath. Do they make longer receiver pucks to replace the ones they send with it. Thanks

Etrailer Expert

Mike L.

11/10/2023

@GlennS Unfortunately they don't. At this point, it's going to be a 100% fabrication job.

Zach E.

5/3/2023

Similar question to William K. I just bought a 2012 ram 2500 Power Wagon. It too has aftermarket factory puck style prep kit installed. I tow goosenecks and shopping to see if there is an adaptor or converter that utilizes the puck style locks. My truck does not have gooseneck ball installed and I have not verified if it has the mounting brackets for the ball under the bed. I believe it only has the fifth wheel puck locks.

William K.

9/21/2022

I have a 2012 ram 3500 it has holes in the bed for a fifth wheel hitch and 2012 did dodge install holes and this as a kit what was this done afterwards

David B.

9/22/2022

It is probably aftermarket. The OEM prep kits for 5th wheels(puck system) didn't start rolling out until 2013.

John H.

10/5/2022

@WilliamK What is the distance between the holes on center?

Stan K.

9/14/2022

I traded my 2017 Ram Laramie with factory puck system for a 2020 Ram Longhorn with puck system. Will the B&W hitch fit?

David B.

9/14/2022

Is your Ram a 1500, 2500 or 3500 and what is the bed length? What version of the B&W do you have?

John H.

10/5/2022

@StanK Dodge never changed the design or shape of their puck system. If you used the B&W hitch in your 2017 Ram, then it will fit in a 2020 Ram.


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