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Reese 5th Wheel Rail Adapter Review

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Review of the Reese 5th Wheel Rail Adapter


Today we're going to be taking a look at the Reese 5th Wheel Adapter for the Ram OEM 5th Wheel Towing Prep Package. With a 25,000 pound capacity its part number is RP30154. Now here's what our adapter looks like installed. As you can see, this is going to be the perfect solution for using our standard 5th wheel with our Ram prep package. This is designed to fit into all four of our puck locations. We've got the rotating arms that are going to get it locked in position.

It's nice and sturdy. There's not a lot of movement with it. It is fully adjustable for your puck location mounting locations, and also for the height, so you can get this to where it's not going to move around, where it won't make noise; it's pretty nice. Now, it's going to work with the of course the Reese, the BMW, the Curt, the Draw-Tite, the Valet any standard 5th wheel out there really is going to be able to work. This has a 25,000 pound capacity so we can go up to there with it. Now, as far as the mounting holes on center for our inners here it's going to be about 20 1/2, and then for our outers we're out closer to that 29 area.

The wider or the narrower 5th wheel should work in here for you. Once you get over a 20,000 pound capacity with your 5th wheel you're going to replace the pins that come with your 5th wheel to hold it in place here on the rails with these bolts. It's a nylon lock nut, and we just tighten it down so that the head of our bolt and the base of our nut there just make contact with the rail. That's going to give us that additional support we'll need for those heavier loads. Now, this adapter kit also works great with sliders. There are several good options out there from Reese that'll drop right in here and you'll have the effect.

Of course, this being a short bed truck that's going to be something we'll need. Other standard sliders are going to work with this as well. Looking over the reviews that we find on our adapter, it seems to be a very highly rated product. Not a lot of complaints about it or anything like that. Of course, this with your 5th wheel attached, it's going to be heavy getting it in and out of the truck.

A second set of hands never hurts. There was one review that said maybe there's a little movement in it forward and back. Now, they supplied a wrench with that that'll go in here on this large nut, and you can actually adjust the anchor points further away from each other just slightly so that when it does fit down in here, you're not going to have that movement. It seems like most of them come from the factory set just right. You know, they've got a jig where they're going to try to set those just as perfectly as they can, but if you need adjustment, in the instructions it's going to tell you exactly how to do that. Now, when putting your 5th wheel on top of this you are going to be adding 2 inches to that height, so you want to adjust your 5th wheel head down those 2 inches to accommodate for that difference. It's constructed of a heavy-duty steel of course, giving us plenty of strength right up to that 25,000 pounds. It's going to have a black powder coat finish so it'll stay corrosion resistant for a long time to come. Also, since it's working with that OEM puck system, there's no drilling or welding required. This is going to drop right in for us. Now, to begin our installation we're going to be removing the four center sections from our pucks. They go all the way around, and we'll turn these counterclockwise. You'll feel a little stop there. Sometimes we'll come up, if not, you may need to get a little screwdriver in there, kind of pop them out. That's going to expose our anchor points here that our quick connects are goin to fit right down into when we latch them over. Now we'll be able to slide our adapter down in the puck locations and test fit it to make sure it's nice and secure. To position this appropriately we need the larger locking lugs to be in the rear, and the smaller ones we'll want towards the front of the vehicle. Now, we'll move our arms so they're in the unlocked position, which would mean that our arms are not lined up here, but towards the middle of the vehicle. Now, with those positioned appropriately we're going to slide our lugs right down and in, and then we'll pull our arms to the center here. When we do that, we'd like to feel a little bit of resistance. You see these are pretty free moving so there's probably going to be some movement here. With that kind of movement on each side that's just going to be noisy heading down the road, so we can make our adjustments internally here. We'll show you how to do that now. Now, we need to adjust the relationship of our locking lug here to our handle. You'll see, actually this goes right through this bushing and threads into here. It's held in place with this cotter pin. We just need to bend that cotter pin back, get it pulled out of there. Once we have that out it's just going to be a matter of rotating our lug, and that just draws those two closer together. Once our adjustment's made then we just need to slide our cotter pin back in. We'll do that at our remaining locations. Just want to make sure that cotter pin's bent enough so it doesn't interfere with anything. Do that for our other four locations, test it again, and proceed as much as we need to to get a nice, secure fit. Now, with everything properly adjusted you'll want a little bit of resistance on your levers as you bring them around, but it shouldn't be that difficult. If it's difficult to latch you want to loosen them up some. You want to get it to a point where it's like this, where you're not going to have any up and down movement, you're not going to have any play both in the front and in the rear there. Once that adjustments are made we can cap this off. Now, our pins can be a bit tough to get in there because there's not much room underneath there for our clip. What we'll do is drop that down through. I like to push the bale over to it, and then just lift up on the actual pin itself. Get that down through, get my bale down there, and then just kind of lift up on the pin. That'll get us aligned there where that'll be nice and secure. Now, to release it we'll kind of do the same thing. We're going to lift up on the pin and then slide out on that bale. Now, we can get our 5th wheel put down in position on our adapter. In our case, we haven't fully assembled our slider yet so we'll just be using the arm. You'll see these are going to come up, you're going to slide down into position, and then you're going to use whatever securement method came with your 5th wheel. Now, just like we talked about before, if you're going to be doing over 20,000 pounds, instead of using these pins you will want to use the bolts provided with the adapter. Now, once we've got all four pins installed, if your 5th wheel's preassembled of course you're ready to hook up to your trailer and head down the road. In our case, we've got a little more work to do. That's going to complete our look at the Reese 5th Wheel Adapter for the Ram OEM 5th Wheel Towing Prep Package, part number RP30154.


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Wayne W.
Do you make this for fords puck system
Etrailer Expert
Reply from Rachael H.

Yes, we have a couple of options and they are available as part # RP30156 . I have linked them below for your reference.

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