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How To Get Additional Turning Clearance On 2011 Ram Short Bed Towing 5th Wheel Trailer

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I have the Anderson ultimate offset fifth wheel hitch but would like more clearance. Would the reese goose box with a 5in offset ball. be more clearance for my ram 11 6.4 short bed truck

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It sounds like you currently have the Andersen Ultimate Connection 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch System with Adapter - 20,000 lbs # AM3200 in your 2011 Ram short bed, which gives about 3-4" of offset. If this is the case then going with the Reese Goose Box with a 5" offset ball will only give you 1-2" of clearance. This is a pretty negligible difference in cab to trailer clearance.

To get additional turning clearance your best bet will be going with a sliding 5th wheel hitch like the B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider - Dual Jaw - 18,000 lbs # BWRVK3270. This hitch will fit the same rails as the # AM3200 but will give you 12" of clearance when turning.

Typically on a short bed truck like yours a slider hitch is recommended for the additional cab to trailer clearance.

I included a video of the # BWRVK3270 for you to take a look at.

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