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Gooseneck or 5th Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2016 Ram and Grand Design 5th Wheel Trailer


Hello, I am purchasing a Grand Designs 388M Momentum 5th wheel. It is 42foot long, the UVW is 14,300lbs and GVWR is 18,000lbs. I have a 2016 Ram Mega Cab SRW, Cummins, 6-3/4foot bed with a 6inch BDS lift, with 37inch tires. What hitch set up would you recommend? I would like to go Gooseneck for convenience and use of bed. I have a disability where I can only use one arm/hand so taking a conventional 5th wheel slide hitch in/out would be very difficult. The dealer Im purchasing from is going to be installing whatever I need. Im just looking for your opinion. Thank you very much.


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I looked up the BDS lift kit and it is a suspension lift which is good because that means the truck bed and frame are still the same distance apart from each other so you can install a hitch in the bed.

If towing a 5th wheel trailer you will want a 5th wheel hitch but given your situation I do have a recommendation that will work as long as the 5th wheel trailer has the tapered front end for short bed trucks and as long as it has a pin box that is compatible with a Reese Goose Box.

The Goose Boxes fit in place of the stock pin box. If the pin box is a Lippert 1621 or 1621HD then you can use Goose Box # RP94720. If the stock pin box is a Lippert 0115, 1116 or 1716 then you can use # RP94716-61301 but you are limited to 16,000 pounds with this model.

For a gooseneck hitch you can install # 9467. Your 2016 Ram already has the proper mounts under the bed so installation of this hitch is easy.

If the trailer does not have the tapered front end or a different pin box than what's listed above then the only option is to use a traditional 5th wheel hitch. You can install an underbed mount using # BWGNRK1384-5W if the truck has rear coil springs. Then you could use the Companion slider # BWRVK3400-5W.

Or, you could use a hitch that slides automatically, # DM8550034, by installing an above the bed rail kit, # DM8552025-71. Whichever way you go I also recommend adding an in-bed 7-Way trailer connector, # 41157, to making hooking up the trailer easier.

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