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Can a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 5-1/2 ft Bed Tow a Fifth Wheel Trailer

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I have a 32 ft. hitchhiker 5th wheel travel trailer, can I pull it with a 2009 Ram 1500 crew cab, 5.7 hemi, short bed.truick

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You are going to first need to determine the weight of the trailer you plan to tow as it is ready to tow and then compare that to the towing capacities for your truck that are listed in it's owners manual.

Since you have a 5-1/2 foot bed 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 you are going to have to replace the pin box of the trailer with a Sidewinder to give you the needed clearance to make tight turns.

Sidewinders are pin box specific so you will first need to know what pin box you have now in order to pick out the correct one.

There should be a sticker or a stamping on the OEM pin box of the trailer that will list the pin box number that is on the trailer.

Once you figure out which pin box you have you can check the FAQ I attached that has a chart that shows the correct Sidewinder to get based on which pin box you have.

For a fifth wheel hitch you would then need a stationary one like the Reese # RP30047 which would work well for you. For rails you would want to go with the semi-custom fit rail kit part # RP30035-386.

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