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Which 5th Wheel Hitch For my 2022 Ram 2500 Short Bed W/ OEM Puck System Has The Lowest Height?

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Which 5th wheel hitch has the lowest overall height an can be installed in my 2022 Ram 2500 shortbed with the OEM prep package?

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Out of all of the sliding trailer hitches available for your 2022 Ram 2500 with the short bed and OEM prep package the one that has the lowest overall height is the B&W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider for Ram Towing Prep Package # BWRVK3670.

This hitch has an overall height of 17" - 19", has 1" thick dual jaws for superior king pin contact leading to a very smooth and safe ride, and its 20000lb towing capacity is great for most trailers on the road. Along with all of this, this hitch fits directly into your OEM pucks so you do not need worry about using an adapter.

With that said the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch 18000lb # DM8550034, and the 21000lb version # DM8550035 have a height adjustment range of 15-1/4" - 18" tall, but since you will need a rail adapter # DM6099 to fit the OEM pucks in your truck that will be increased by two inches to 17-1/4" - 20" tall making them a very close second.

These Demco hitches had built in auto slide so you do not have to get out and manually lock/unlock the hitch each time you need to make a sharp turn so the extra 1/4" of height may be worth it to you.

Keep in mind it is recommended to have 5-6" clearance between the top of your bed rails and the bottom of your trailer overhang so while this hitch goes pretty low, you may not have enough clearance to actually use it there.

I included videos of the products mentioned for you to take a look at.

Recommended Truck Bed Rail To Trailer Clearance
Recommended Truck Bed Rail To Trailer Clearance
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