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Posted: 02/09/19 03:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looking at buying a 3500 Ram Mega Cab with short box and wondering if this may be problem towing a fifth wheel trailer. Is a special hitch required so the cab does not hit the trailer? Also about how much would it cost to set up the truck with hitch, wiring, etc? I would install myself but what is an approximate cost for hitch and related parts? The truck does not have the goose neck hitch set up option, only the class 4 hitch and wiring.
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It's going to depend entirely on what trailer you choose.


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Sadly with the mega cab configuration you end up with a short short bed. Once you get past the weight issues trying to find a hitch that might work could be a choir. The 3500 mega realisticslly has the load capacity of a quad 2500. Picking carefully a mega can be a good tow vehicle.





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I can't speak to all hitch brands but last Spring when I bought mine, I wanted the Andersen hitch and the dealer was quoting me about $1,800 for the in bed ball and hitch. When it came to signing on the dotted line I said that throwing in the hitch would get the deal done. They initially said no way so I left. I didn't even get home before the phone rang to come back.


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Get the pucks, get a B&W slider and carry on!


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My SIL uses the Andersen Ultimate with his Magacab short bed. He is towing a Heartland Sundance with no problems.


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wvcampers wrote:

My SIL uses the Andersen Ultimate with his Magacab short bed. He is towing a Heartland Sundance with no problems.


Thanks for the information so far, I researched the Anderson Ultimate and really like it. Cost is about $700 for the hitch, chains if needed are another $90. Also found the B&W ball mount at about $500 so $1200-$1300 is about the cost plus installation which I can handle, probably take a half day or so.

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I have the 3500 mega, I have a curt 25k hitch, never had to slide it.


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Don't forget the wiring harness for inside the bed. etrailer.com

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garyp4951 wrote:

Don't forget the wiring harness for inside the bed. etrailer.com

I've always used the bumper plug for mine.

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