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5th Wheel Towing Capacity and 5th Wheel Hitch and Rails for 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT 4WD Short Bed


2004 dodge 2500 slt 5.9 turbo Cummings 5th wheel towing capacity The GVWR IS 9000 lbs the gawr front is 5200 and the gawr rear is 6000 lbs how can I figure the towing capacity


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The towing capacity for your 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT is determined by a number of factors: axle ratio, engine, cab size, bed length, transmission, and if it is 2WD or 4WD. You gave me enough information that I could look up the capacity and determine your towing capacity is either 12,850 lbs (manual transmission) or 13,050 lbs (automatic transmission).

With a short bed you'll need a sliding hitch and I recommend the Curt E16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with R16 Roller # 16516 for a budget-friendly option for occasional towing or the Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Square Tube Slider # RP30051 if you plan on towing more regularly. The difference is the jaw system on the hitches, the E16 having a basic slide-bar jaw that will have a bit of a looser connection than the dual-jaw system of the Reese.

Either option will be able to mount in standard base rails, and I recommend the Curt Semi-Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Dodge Ram 2500/3500 # C16301-200.

You will also need a wiring kit and if your 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 has the factory 7-way I recommend the 5th Wheel/Gooseneck 90-Degree Wiring Harness # 51-97-411.

I have added links to video reviews of the base rails, wiring harness and both hitches, the Curt E16 # 16516 and Reese # RP30051.

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Kyle S

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