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Fit and Installation of Reese OEM 5th Wheel Hitch for Ram Towing Prep Package # RP30918

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Not sure by the description if this has a slider. I have a 2013 3500 Ram and am converting to a fifth wheel from a gooseneck. I live in the mountains, so tight turns are frequent. Also, what is the installation for this? The dodge dealer wants to oder a hitch in 3 parts, put them together then install. It looks like most of yours are one pice. I already have the under bed rails installed. Thanks.

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The Reese OEM 5th Wheel Hitch for the Ram Towing Prep Package, part # RP30918, is a fixed (non-sliding) 5th wheel hitch rated for 20,000-lbs. This hitch is intended for Ram trucks with the factory-installed 4-puck system in the bed. It is suitable for use in trucks with an 8-foot bed. If your bed is shorter than 8-feet then a Sidewinder pin box is recommended on your trailer. This hitch will not fit trucks with a flare-side or step-side bed.

This hitch consists of several elements: the head unit, center section, base arches, and anchor assemblies. For reference I have linked you to the written installation instructions.

Applications like yours where tight turns are a regular requirement often benefit from a Sidewinder pin box. A Sidewinder is a complete replacement pin box that moves the pivot point between the truck and trailer back by 22-inches. This gives you far better turning clearance.

Sidewinders are explained in the linked article, which also lists the original pin box brands/part numbers for which Sidewinder replacements are available. If your existing pin box is listed in the included table you will be able to see a directly-compatible bolt-on replacement Sidewinder pin box that will make tight turns much easier by providing more clearance between the trailer and cab.

For example, if your current pin box is a Lippert 0719, 1621 or 1621HD, a Fabex 663 or 665, or either a M&M 663 or 665, you can use Reese Sidewinder # RP34FR which is rated to 20K.

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