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5th Wheel Base Rail Kit and Hitch for 2002 Dodge Ram 1500

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5th wheel. I have a 2002 Ram 1500, 4.7L 4x4 8ft bed 160,000 mi. What kind of 5th wheel and tow package can I get and how much weight can they both carry?

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Your 2002 Ram 1500 long bed with 4.7L engine and 4x4 is not rated for towing a 5th wheel and the towing capacity at your bumper will be between 4,450 and 7,450 lbs depending on your axle ratio. Normally the 5th wheel towing capacities will be slightly higher, but I can't find any information to give you the range. Based on the payload of your truck for hitch weight the towing capacity will most likely be maxed at the 7,450 lbs for a 5th wheel trailer.

For your 5th wheel base rails, I recommend the Reese Quick-Install Custom Installation Kit w/ Base Rails for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches # RP50040-58. Then for the hitch, I recommend the Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Dual Jaw - 16,000 lbs # RP30047 which will be a great hitch at a capacity capable of anything your truck can tow.

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