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Recommended Sliding 5th Wheel Hitch for Use on a 2017 Ram 2500 Pulling a 14,500-lb GVWR Trailer

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Hello Tech support department. Could you tell me the 2017 Ram 2500 diesel is good enough to tow 5er gvrw 14500 lbs and hicth weight 2220 lbs or I need 3500? And what tow kits with slide for short bed? Thanks in advance.

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According to the online version of the owner's manual for your 2017 Ram 2500 it states that the towing weight limits for a 5th wheel trailer are 25,000 lbs Trailer Weight and 5,000 lbs Tongue Weight. You will be able to safely pull your trailer with the 2500 model.

The best option that we have when it comes to a sliding 5th wheel hitch is to use the Hijacker Autosliding 5th wheel hitch. The Demco Hijacker that I recommend is the 18K # DM8550034 along with the base rails # DM8552025-71 as it will have more than enough strength for the 14,500-lb GVWR of your trailer. The best part about the autosliding hitch is just that; the autosliding feature. It will enable you to stay inside the cab of your truck in those tight turning situations which will make your trip a lot quicker. The Hijacker also features cushioning polyurethane dampeners, a wraparound, single-piece jaw, and a double-pivoting hitch head for a smooth ride with minimal chucking and jarring.

If you would rather go with a traditional slider then I recommend going with the Reese 20K # RP30083 and Base Rails # RP50054-58. The 20K is one of the best 5th wheel hitches available due to the heavy-duty vibration dampeners, cast single-jaw system, and a 4-Way pivoting head to help create a very comparable ride to the Hijacker.

If you do not already have a 7-Way connection in your truck bed then I also recommend installing the Draw-Tite 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Wiring Harness 7-Pole # 20110 to help make connecting and disconnecting your 5th wheel much easier.

I have attached some installation and review videos for you to check out as well.

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So between Demco single jaw and Titan double jaw which one are you recommending the best and what is double and single jaw? I need one easy use and less drama.

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The single-jaw design of the Demco Hijacker # DM8550034 is what I recommend going with over the single-jaw system of the Reese 20K # RP30083. I honestly have no problem recommending either one as they are both top-of-the-line 5th wheel hitches, but the single-jaw design means that the king pin is coming in contact with only 1 moving part as opposed to 2. The 3/4" steel locking bar on the Hijacker is also another great feature which adds a little more security and peace of mind. I have attached some pictures to help demonstrate the difference between the two jaw systems.

An autosliding hitch is much easier to use than a manual sliding one because you do not have to keep getting in and out of your truck just to make a sharper turn. For ease of use I definitely recommend the Hijacker.

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