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Yeah, buy the wedge kit and put the plug inside the bed, save your tail gate from the wire rub rash.


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Super_Dave wrote:

garyp4951 wrote:

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

I've always used the bumper plug for mine.


HA, I used to do that also. Then one day coming off a long offramp I had NO brakes. My cable had pulled out somehow. NOT a good feeling.


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good point on inside box wiring and receptacle. We have a shop truck that we pull a gooseneck trailer but we always have the tailgate off so no big deal plugging in. With tailgate the cord would have to be long

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Al H wrote:

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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Buying New or used?
If buying new get 5th wheel prep, you have pucks and wiring in bed already. Mega cab only has a 6' bed, as a Park Host have seen several with dented cabs, and broken rear windows.
If buying used you may find one with those options. If used how new, Ram changed most of their GVWR numbers big time in 2013, something to think of. The link below will help with the hunt new or used, it will provide the build sheet with GVWR, axle ratio, and transmission besides other information.

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donn0128 wrote:

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.


Donn, since 2013 the Mega cab 3500 DRW has a GVWR of 14,000#, I know before 2013 the GVWR was like 10,500!!


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MudChucker wrote:

Yeah, buy the wedge kit and put the plug inside the bed, save your tail gate from the wire rub rash.


Or from having the cord slip over the corner of the bed and rip out the 7-way from the bumper. Had this happen TWICE with my GN trailer. After the 2nd time, I had my truck in the hitch shop the next week for the in-bed plug.

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Btw I have the mega cab... I've never had to slide my hitch. If you buy the ram box you will need the sidewinder hitch that pivots at the pin box and not in the truck.

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MudChucker wrote:

Btw I have the mega cab... I've never had to slide my hitch. If you buy the ram box you will need the sidewinder hitch that pivots at the pin box and not in the truck.


I have seen a couple of Mega cabs with dented cabs.

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rhagfo wrote:

MudChucker wrote:

Btw I have the mega cab... I've never had to slide my hitch. If you buy the ram box you will need the sidewinder hitch that pivots at the pin box and not in the truck.


I have seen a couple of Mega cabs with dented cabs.



I too have the Mega cab, towed with both a slider, and the Andersen. No issues with either, and no dented cab. A reminder to you, the Ram shortbed length is the same in a crew cab as it is in the mega cab. 2500's or 3500's , no difference. I too have never had to slide my hitch back. I have seen dented cabs in other brands of trucks, granted the Rams are the shortest of the three short beds

So if you are seeing dented mega cabs ,you could very well see the same on the crew cab Ram short beds .

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Al H wrote:

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.


I'm a B&W fanboy, so will always recommend them, in any form. As the RAMs are really short, you'd likely be best served with a slider of some sort. If you get an auto-slider, be aware that B&W does not support the use of them and will void their warranty if you do use one.

Also, if you do go with the AUH, spend the money for the chains. There are states that consider it a ball hitch, no different than a bumper pull, and =require= chains. AZ is one of them. Now, actual enforcement is a different story...

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rhagfo wrote:

MudChucker wrote:

Btw I have the mega cab... I've never had to slide my hitch. If you buy the ram box you will need the sidewinder hitch that pivots at the pin box and not in the truck.


I have seen a couple of Mega cabs with dented cabs.


And I've seen a full size f350 dually with a dented cab and crushed fender.

To slide or not will really depend on the trailer design... How ever to my point, I've never had to slide my hitch and I get into some tight spaces. Only caveat here is that I can tell that if my trailer tires should any more than a foot higher then the tow vehicle on a tight cut, I may have to slide or straighten out a bit.

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