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Sidewinder 5th Wheel Hitch Setup Recommendation for Clearance on a 2010 Dodge Ram Short Bed

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I have a 2010 Dodge 2500 Mega cab with 6 3 bed. I would like to put in the the hitch that would give me the most clearence.I have had BandW hide a ball in the past with the companion, not sure if this will work with this truck. I will be pulling a 33 ceder creek 5th wheel

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The setup that would give you the most clearance would be if you were to use a fifth wheel hitch and install a Sidewinder pin box. For a fifth wheel hitch I would recommend a Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - 20,000 lbs and a Reese Quick-Install Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches # RP30928, # RP50140-58.

A Sidewinder setup will give you the most clearance of all of the fifth wheel hitch setups. You will gain 22 inches of clearance by using a Sidewinder.

In order to pick out a Sidewinder you will need to know the pin box model that is on your trailer. I attached a page that shows all of the different Sidewinder models we carry. I also attached an FAQ article that has a chart that shows all of the different Sidewinders that are available for the different pin box models.

The Convert-A-Ball Trailer Coupler # CAB-C5GX1216 that you referenced would provide 7-1/2 inches of clearance and is designed to work on vehicles with gooseneck hitches installed. If the 33 foot Cedar Creek fifth wheel trailer will be your primary trailer this would not be the ideal setup for you.

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