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Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch for 2015 Ram 2500 with Short Bed

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I am looking for a 5th wheel hitch for a Dodge 2015 2500 shortbed. What would you suggest?

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For your 2015 Ram 2500 short bed, if it does not have the factory rail kit, I recommend looking at the Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ R20 Slider # C16536. This is an excellent sliding hitch that features a 2-Jaw locking system for 360-degree jaw-to-king-pin contact and a nice, 3-point indicator system that will tell you with color codes if the hitch is ready to uncouple, couple or tow. The hitch has a 4 inch height adjustment (17-1/2 inches to 21-1/2 inches) and a gross towing weight capacity of 20,000 pounds. The non-binding slider provides 12 inches of front to back travel for the needed clearance during tight turns.

For the 5th-wheel rails and hardware, I recommend the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit # C16427-204. These rails include a vehicle-specific bracket kit that will allow for a no-drill installation and cuts down on installation time.

I have attached a short video demonstration on this system that you can also check out.

If you do not have one already, I also recommend adding a 5th-wheel wiring harness like the Curt # C56000. Once installed, this will provide a 7-Way connector in the bed of your truck for easy hookup with your trailer.

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