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Compatibility of Gooseneck Trailer Hitch on Lifted 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4

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I have a 2000dr dodge 2500 4x4 with short bed and lift kit. I have a bumper pull horse trailer. I found a gooseneck trailer with living quarters for great price but people say I.will need a truck with long bed and the lift package will make the bn connection so high the front tires of the trailer will not touch the road. But some people say I can adjust bn and have no prob. Will I? Thanks

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You would need to first contact the manufacturer of the lift on your truck to make sure that it is acceptable to tow a gooseneck trailer. Many times lift kits and/or larger tires dramatically reduce the towing capacities of a vehicle.

Depending on how high your truck is sitting and the weight capacity of the lift kit, you may be limited in the towing of a goosneck trailer.

You will want to take some measurements to determine how the trailer will sit, before buying the trailer and ordering a gooseneck hitch. You will want to have the trailer on level ground and measure from the ground to the coupler on the trailer.

Then, with the truck on level ground, you will want to measure from the ground to the top of the truck bed floor. This measurement will tell you how high the trailer coupler will need to be off the ground to connect to your truck. If the measurement of the truck bed height is greater than the coupler height, the difference is how much higher the coupler will need to sit up to hookup to the truck.

If you find that you have the capacity and have measured to see if you can pull a gooseneck trailer, the Draw-Tite Gooseneck, part # 9460-39, would be a good option for your 2000 Dodge Ram Shortbed.

I have linked instructions and a video installation of the Draw-Tite Gooseneck, part # 9460-39. Also linked is an FAQ on gooseneck hitches.

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