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Posted: 02/10/19 09:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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.

Ram VIN decoder

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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