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Posted: 09/09/19 08:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well I ended up putting the gooseball in.

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Also put air bags on.

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Only thing I haven't figured out yet is if I am going with Goosebox or Anderson.

I go back and forth. I think I should be ok with the Goosebox, but I didn't realize how much bed space is not usable with the hitch swinging around.

I can't use an auto slider or sidewinder with the gooseball so those are out of the question currently.

Everyone says the Anderson ultimate will destroy your frame, however I haven't found much evidence supporting this.

And for the offset ball, I did the calculation on another forum and it comes out to roughly 80 lbs off the front axle with 4" offset. That's not much.

I would get a new truck, but I am not going to buy a first year Ram. I have at least another year with my current truck.

4 more weeks to decide what to do...

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LIKE2BUILD wrote:

You don't have to get the air bag pin box. If your truck is set up well it should tow well without that.

You can install the MOPAR 5th Wheel Prep package. I installed it in my '14 Ram 2500 and it was pretty straight forward. I also got the in-bed 5th wheel wiring harness.

Next, get the B&W sliding Companion hitch.

$232 -- Ram 5th Wheel Prep
$80 -- In-Bed wiring harness
$1625 - B&W Companion
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$1,935

This will be a nice clean setup for little less than your Goosebox option.

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"Everyone says the Anderson ultimate will destroy your frame, however I haven't found much evidence supporting this."

Not true, what the ANDERSEN can damage is your bed with it's fore and aft movement. Base is supported by the top ribs of the thin bed sheet metal.

On your air bags and rear tires be sure to NOT overinflate!! Bags air to 30psi loaded to start, you want the truck to set level not AZZ high!!!

Rear tires add 5psi to that your load dictates on the weight/inflation chart for your tires.

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RoyBell wrote:

Well I ended up putting the gooseball in.

[image]

Also put air bags on.

[image]

Only thing I haven't figured out yet is if I am going with Goosebox or Anderson.

I go back and forth. I think I should be ok with the Goosebox, but I didn't realize how much bed space is not usable with the hitch swinging around.

I can't use an auto slider or sidewinder with the gooseball so those are out of the question currently.

Everyone says the Anderson ultimate will destroy your frame, however I haven't found much evidence supporting this.

And for the offset ball, I did the calculation on another forum and it comes out to roughly 80 lbs off the front axle with 4" offset. That's not much.

I would get a new truck, but I am not going to buy a first year Ram. I have at least another year with my current truck.

4 more weeks to decide what to do...



As some have suggested , the fifth wheel prep , picture frame adapter ,and then go instead of that heavy noisy B&W slider ,go the Andersen hitch , the steel version that mounts to the bed rails. You would be money ahead as well. And with a new truck with the fifth wheel prep you would be good to go .

The steel version of the Andersen can be mounted either direction you want, although with your Ram short bed same truck as mine, I mounted it in the rear position, it tows great, no difference then the Reese 18K slider that I also have with this same truck ,and fifth wheel.

Andersen Ultimate aluminum is also a great hitch , many of them being used. Its unfortunate ,and its usually just the one individual that bashes the Andersen on here . Its rare, but shimming the valleys of the bed will prevent any bending of the sheet metal, which as said is rare. B&W has had the same problem, and shims were added at four points to prevent any flexing of the bed sheet metal from fore ,and aft movement .

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