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Options for Towing 5th Wheel Trailer with 2016 Ram 1500 Longhorn with Factory Air Suspension

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I am looking for a hidden hitch system for my new 2016 ram longhorn with air suspension 6 foot 4 inch box and I already have a 15000 Reese hitch what do I need

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Because your 2016 Ram 1500 Longhorn has factory air suspension, your best option to tow a 5th wheel trailer is to install a gooseneck hitch and use an adapter to tow your 5th wheel. At this time (May 2016), we do not have any 5th wheel base rails and installation kits that are compatible with the factory air suspension. Unfortunately, this means we have no solution for you to use your existing Reese 5th wheel hitch.

The B&W Turnoverball Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch with Custom Installation Kit # BWGNRK1309 is a great option for a gooseneck hitch. I really like this hitch because the gooseneck ball can be removed when not in use, leaving full access to your truck bed when you aren't towing.

For the hitch adapter, you have a couple of options. One option is the use the B&W hitch # BWGNRK1309-5W that includes the parts needed to use the B&W Companion Gooseneck-to-5th-Wheel Adapter # BWRVK3500-5W. This Companion is a fixed hitch that will act very much like a traditional 5th wheel hitch, but will install in the B&W Turnoverball rather than base rails. Because only the fixed Companion is compatible with the hitch for your truck, you will have limited turning clearance with this hitch.

I wish we had a solution for you that would provide you with more than sufficient clearance while turning, but unfortunately the factory air suspension limits the available hitch options.

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