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Can I Tow a 5th Wheel Trailer While Using a Gooseneck Adapter with a Short Bed Ram 2500


Hello, I’m in the market for a Ram 2500 with a 6’4 bed. I’d be buying a gooseneck attachment for my trailer - but need to know if the trailer will clear the cab of the truck on right turns. Is there any info out there to figure this out? Thank you!


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In order to tow a 5th wheel trailer using a Ram 2500 with the 6-1/2' bed you will need to use either a sliding 5th wheel hitch or a rotating pin box. The 5th wheel to gooseneck adapters that you are referring to will not work on a short bed truck because you will not have turning clearance between the cab of the vehicle and loft of the trailer. There are options out there such as the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter part # CAB-C5GX1216 or the Ranch Hitch Universal 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter part # AM3139 but these will only provide 7-1/2" to 8" of offset and ideally, you will need around 20" or so in order to execute a full 90 degree turn.

If you wanted to be absolutely certain then there is a formula you can use that I have attached for you however, odds are you won't have enough turning clearance with a short bed truck to use a 5th wheel to gooseneck adapter.

(A + B) - C = Clearance

A = Distance from center of fifth wheel hitch jaw or center of hitch ball opening to truck cab
B = Length of kingpin past edge of trailer loft
C = Width of trailer divided by 2 (to get half)

Please note that at least 4 inches of clearance is recommended to safely execute a 90 degree turn.

The best option you have for say a 2016 Ram 2500 would be to use the B&W Turnoverball Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch part # BWGNRK1384 along with the B&W Companion Slider Gooseneck-to-5th-Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter part # BWRVK3400 as this will allow for both 5th wheel and gooseneck trailer connection points.

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