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Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch for 2017 Ram 2500 with Factory 5th Wheel Prep Kit

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Good morning! We just purchased a 2017 RAM 2500. It came with a 5th wheel prep kit already installed. We are in the process of purchasing a Forest River Rockwood Ultra Lite 2650WS RV. The RV has a Reese Revolution Pin Box Hitch. We would like a sliding hitch with a locking jaw. Can you recommend the best hitch for this set-up?

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You actually will not need a sliding hitch with a Reese Revolution pin box, since these pin boxes allow for tight turns without interference. A fixed hitch would be ideal, but if you decide to use a sliding hitch, the hitch must be kept in the tow position at all times (never the turning position). Using the Revolution with a sliding hitch in the turning position can cause clearance issues with your tailgate.

I recommend going with the Curt A25 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for Ram Towing Prep Package - Dual Jaw - 25,000 lbs, # C16046. This fixed hitch provides an interlocking 2-jaw system for 360-degree jaw-to-king-pin contact. It is specifically designed for newer Ram trucks with factory-installed towing prep packages.

You will also need a wedge, # C16992, to use this hitch with your Revolution.

The recommended 5th wheel harness for 2017 Ram 2500s with a factory 7-way is # 50-97-410.

I'm attaching an article on fifth wheel hitch installation and maintenance as well as an article on sidewinders (the Revolution is the OEM version of the Sidewinder) for you to check out.

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