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Fixed 5th Wheel Hitch for 2016 Ram 3500 Mega Cab with Factory 5th Wheel Prep

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I am ready to purchase a new truck. I like the built in 5th wheel attachment that the RAM comes with but Im not a big fan of the long bed. I read another QandA here and I wanted to clarify. Is there a 5th wheel hitch available that will work in this short bed that is non-slider? If so, is it confined to the RAM brand of trucks or can I achieve this with a Denali or the new 2017 F250-350? Sincere Thank you!

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5th wheel towing is easier with a long bed truck. Long beds avoid the need for slider hitches (and the need to get out of the truck to release the slider every time you need to make low-speed sharp turns). A 1-ton long bed like the Ram 3500 or the F-350 is an ideal choice for 5th wheel towing, both for pulling power and trailer-to-truck clearance.

The linked diagram shows you the recommended minimum clearances for 5th wheel towing. Some combinations of short bed truck and trailer will provide adequate clearance. Some trailers' overhang designs will not provide enough turning clearance with a fixed hitch in a 6-foot bed and for those applications a replacement Sidewinder pin box is used to move the trailer pivot point rearward by a full 22-inches (more than almost all slider hitches).

The main advantage of the factory 5th wheel prep packages is that you can have full access to the truck bed when you need it for cargo. Release the 4 levers, and an OEM-prep compatible hitch like the 25K B&W Companion # BWRVK3600 simply pops out of the bed, leaving nothing in the way of your cargo. This outstanding B&W fixed-type hitch also fits the 6-foot bed Ram models with the factory prep. Please refer to the linked article on the Ram prep package.

For a wiring harness for a 2016 Ram 3500 you can use part # PK11893-11932.

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