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I know from searches and skimming there are about a million different options as far as hitches, sliders, non sliders, etc. But I am still confused as we have been in a travel trailer for the last 16 years. I have a 2018 Ram 2500 4x4 short bed and am looking at a Grand Design 311bhs. What hitch do I need? I dont want to have cab to trailer contact on accident and want something fool proof. I've seen sliders but also something that hooks to the kingpin on the RV instead? I'm sure it's been asked before but help me please. I am also worried about bed clearance to the rv because my driveway is kind of steep getting in. What if anything do I need to be looking at there?


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Long bed or short bed truck? On a long bed you just get a b/w or pullrite hitch non-sliders. If you truck has bed prep get a hitch that uses that.

You may need a slider on a short bed truck, opinion seems to be divided but a lot of folks seem to think that with a modern fiver with a rounded nose cap on the fiver you do not need one. I have a long bed so I don't know and we went to opposite way, fiver to TT. Non slider is a lot less complicated.


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It's a short bed. What made you go back to travel trailer? I'm not convinced either way. I'd like to hear your thoughts.

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HERE is a very recent and interesting thread which should answer many of your questions.

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6.7 tow rig wrote:

I know from searches and skimming there are about a million different options as far as hitches, sliders, non sliders, etc. But I am still confused as we have been in a travel trailer for the last 16 years. I have a 2018 Ram 2500 4x4 short bed and am looking at a Grand Design 311bhs. What hitch do I need? I dont want to have cab to trailer contact on accident and want something fool proof. I've seen sliders but also something that hooks to the kingpin on the RV instead? I'm sure it's been asked before but help me please. I am also worried about bed clearance to the rv because my driveway is kind of steep getting in. What if anything do I need to be looking at there?


First off, I'm a B&W fan and wouldn't have any other hitch. Second, even the virtually foolproof B&W hitches aren't foolproof if you're STUPID, as I proved in spectacular fashion just a couple hours ago. If you forget to f'n LATCH the hitch after you back into the pin, it WILL fall off onto the truck bed. So, new tailgate and new bed sides instead of just new paint. FW is in better shape than the truck, except for some paint transfer and scratches.

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laknox wrote:

6.7 tow rig wrote:

I know from searches and skimming there are about a million different options as far as hitches, sliders, non sliders, etc. But I am still confused as we have been in a travel trailer for the last 16 years. I have a 2018 Ram 2500 4x4 short bed and am looking at a Grand Design 311bhs. What hitch do I need? I dont want to have cab to trailer contact on accident and want something fool proof. I've seen sliders but also something that hooks to the kingpin on the RV instead? I'm sure it's been asked before but help me please. I am also worried about bed clearance to the rv because my driveway is kind of steep getting in. What if anything do I need to be looking at there?


First off, I'm a B&W fan and wouldn't have any other hitch. Second, even the virtually foolproof B&W hitches aren't foolproof if you're STUPID, as I proved in spectacular fashion just a couple hours ago. If you forget to f'n LATCH the hitch after you back into the pin, it WILL fall off onto the truck bed. So, new tailgate and new bed sides instead of just new paint. FW is in better shape than the truck, except for some paint transfer and scratches.

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So if you back all the way into the king pin, the spring loaded arm should have swung to the closed position, waiting for the safety pin. Do to the design, I believe the hitch would have a 95% chance of staying latched. So there has to be more to the story? Like the king pin lower ridge was to high holding jams open? Or you did not back in all the way! Or you pinned the latch arm open!

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Sorry to hear this happened Lyle!! I also thought jaws would stay closed, even if safety pin was forgotten, due to the cam action design. I'd be interested to hear more, if you feel like sharing.

Maybe time to upgrade the truck. [emoticon]

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What a bummer Lyle, this stuff happens to all of us so don't feel alone.

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6.7 tow rig wrote:

It's a short bed. What made you go back to travel trailer? I'm not convinced either way. I'd like to hear your thoughts.


Well first our fiver had reached that age where it was one problem after another. Some of them major trouble too. Secondly the kids are grown and out of the house so we need less room in our RV. And I decided that a TT is easier to maneuver in some cg, and that we wanted to do more boondocking which would be better with a TT.

Lastly we were just looking around a used RV lot when I spotted the Arctic Fox which as as rare, down here in Florida, as a real Arctic Fox. The nearest dealer was up in the Carolinas. I've wanted one for years and that sealed the deal. The dealer had no idea what a gem he had on the lot and we got a very good deal. The AF are designed to be taken off on back roads too.

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So is it safe to say that a travel trailer is easier to maneuver and less to worry about on uneven terrain? It seems like bed clearance could be an issue pulling into gas stations, up my driveway, etc.

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