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Recommended Sliding Fifth Wheel Hitch For 2014 Ram 2500 Short Bed With Factory Pucks In The Bed

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I AM GOING FOR A NEW 5TH WHEEL HITCH FOR MY 2014 DODGE RAM 2500 SHORT BED WITH FACTORY PUCKS IN BED. I AM LOOKING AT THE CURT Q16 WITH SLIDER AND FACTORY RAIL MOUNT. THE TRAILER I ORDERED IS A FOREST RIVER 29UDQL5,16205 GVRW,2029 HITCH WEIGHT, MY MAX TOWING ON MY RAM IS 17,000 BUT IM ASKING IS SHOULD I GO TO THE Q20 TO HAVE EXTRA STRENGTH OR IS THE Q16 ENOUGH FOR THIS TOW. OR IN OTHER WORDS IF TRAILER AND HITCH ARE CLOSE TO LIMITS SHOULD I GO UP A CLASS TO 20K TO PROVIDE THE RIGHT FACTORS. THANKS

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It would not be a bad idea to use a 20,000 hitch like the Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch, part # C16536 with an adapter that fits in the pucks of your truck bed. The adapter I recommend to use with the Curt slider is part # C16022. This fits in the pucks and provides a base that the Q20 will work well with the Q20.

The slider has a travel of 12 inches front to back and you want to make sure you have enough clearance when towing your fifth wheel. You can use the following formula to make sure you have the clearance for making turns with the fifth wheel.
(A + B) - C = Clearance

A = Distance from center of fifth wheel hitch jaw to truck cab
B = Length of Q20 travel = 12 inches.
C = Width of trailer divided by 2 (to get half)

For example: With the Q20, if the distance from the center of the hitch to the cab is 36 inches, 36 inches + 12 inches = 48 inches. If your fifth wheel trailer is 80 inches wide, take half (40), then plug in: 48 - 40 = 8 inches of clearance.

NOTE: At least 4 inches of clearance is recommended to safely execute a 90 degree turn.

If you use this formula and find you do not have enough clearance you may want to consider a stationary fifth wheel hitch like part # C16130 with the adapter and then replace the king pin on your fifth wheel trailer with a Sidewinder. Using a Sidewinder will move the pivot point 22 inches behind the king pin. If you replace the 12 inches with 22 inches in the formula above that would show you what clearance you would have with a Sidewinder versus a sliding fifth wheel hitch.

The maximum towing capacity for a Sidewinder is 19,000 lbs. If you decide you want to go with a Sidewinder let me know what pin box you have on the trailer and I can see if we have a Sidewinder available.

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