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RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

Greg... no worries. I'm new to all of this so, of course, trying to do due diligence to learn as much as I can about all of the options. There is a lot to consider, if one is to fully understand the pros and cons of each option. Thus,I'm taking my time to learn as much as I can and I haven't ruled anything out yet. :) Still considering Andersen, BW, going to look more into Blue Ox's offering. Does Reese have a good slider option? And does anyone know if the PullRite slider fits the RAM OEM factory pucks?
DesertDogs 12/19/19 05:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

If I was getting a 5th wheel hitch again today it would be the B&W RVK3670(direct puck installation for RAM). I use a HF hoist to put my hitch in and out of the truck. Removing this base by a single adult would be a chore. However you would have one of the best hitches available. The 304 lb hitch will make the RAM ride better when not towing. Chris Chris... that sounds like a great hitch. But jeez, over 300 lbs. You'd think they could lighten that base a bit? Does the base break down into lighter weight parts that one person could handle? My only issue is that there is no one who could help me remove and replace the hitch in the truck. I see a $99 hoist on Harbor Freight - I guess I could just use that. My only concern with the Andersen is the possibility of ball failure - there is a lot of weight and force on just a single ball. I'm sure that ball failure is not very likely, but it does happen.
DesertDogs 12/19/19 04:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

DesertDog you have a great truck why do you want a complicated setup? The ANDERSEN/adapter setup does NOT allow you to move the hitch back. I would NEVER mount the hitch so the pin is behind the center of the rear axle. Get the puck mount B&W Slider and never have an issue. Manual or auto slider? Can I install and remove by myself? No complications in use? (Operating the slider feature?)
DesertDogs 12/19/19 10:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

Thanks to all... very much appreciate all the help you've given me. Hitch choices for 5th wheels and short beds can be a bit complicated to one who is unfamiliar with all the possible options. To summarize what I think I have gathered, from all of your help here, for use with my Ram 3500 Mega Cab Dually Shortbed: -Picture frame to fit Ram pucks -Anderson Steel hitch -Reversible adaptor to the pin box -MorRyde pin box And with this set-up, I can achieve: - one-man install and removal, - likely no problems with hitting the cab/rear window, the truck bed sides, or the tailgate, - greater ability to hitch and unhitch with truck and camper at varying angles to each other Does that sound about right?
DesertDogs 12/18/19 07:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

I have the MorRyde pin box. Yes I have the reversible pin box adaptor. I have it in the rearward position, more clearance with the cab. No clearance issues with the bed . If you got a pin box that’s not going to clear the sides of the bed , then it’s not going to make any difference what hitch , it’s going to hit. Now the tailgate is another story , the further back you go there is a chance hitting the tailgate, it all depends on the style of pin box. MorRyde is not an issue. As said before some pin boxes have had to have the back corners cut off at an angle to clear. OK.. thanks for that clarification. Sounds like I should just make sure I get a MorRyde pin box.
DesertDogs 12/18/19 07:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

So, the steel Andersen is a top choice with the RAM 3500 short bed? And, that's attached with rails to the factory pucks? No worries about clearance in very tight turns? I’m pretty sure I went over this with you . I don’t know if it’s the top choice , it’s a good choice . Yes picture frame adapter attached to the pucks with the steel Andersen mounted to that. It’s the setup that I have , and I have no clearance issues in a tight turn . With that being said, there is a limit to how tight you can go , as with many setups. c2014... what pinbox on your 5th wheel? And do you have the pin adaptor which is reversible to give more or less rear-ward placement on the hitch? Lastly, any clearance issues between the pinbox with the sides of the bed?
DesertDogs 12/18/19 05:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

So, the steel Andersen is a top choice with the RAM 3500 short bed? And, that's attached with rails to the factory pucks? No worries about clearance in very tight turns?
DesertDogs 12/18/19 04:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

Man... it does get a bit complex, doesn't it. I am going to have to re-read much of this a few times to get my head wrapped around the possibilities. I most certainly appreciate everyone's efforts to help me figure this all out!
DesertDogs 12/14/19 01:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

Pictures If you use this link to post pictures they will come out to correct size. http://photoposting.is-great.net/ Sorry about the photo size. I'm used to forums which automatically size them down for regular forum viewing and then allow them to be enlarged by clicking on the picture.
DesertDogs 12/13/19 08:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

End cap on the Solitude https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49210779988_9818d98e83_o.png width=640 Likely pin box that will be on the 2020 https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49210780478_5c5f988144_o.png width=640 Does either the front cap or the pin box look likely to present a problem to either the rear window, or to the side rails of the truck in tight turns? Moderator edit to re-size pictures to forum recommended limit of 640px maximum width.
DesertDogs 12/12/19 07:16pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

Question about the Anderson - all the tongue weight & lateral forces are on the Anderson ball vs. other hitches, where the weight and lateral forces are shared by the large large plate and lower hook(s) . Is there any concern with such a small item as the ball handling all the weight and lateral forces of the 5th wheel? (Obviously, Gooseneck ball hitches have been extensively used and engineers have likely given the green light to just the ball mount, so the ball is likely more than adequate for the job?) I like the light weight of the Anderson, but I guess to use RAM factory pucks, two rails must also be employed. Are the Anderson rails fully compatible with the RAM factorypucks? And, can the Anderson rails be used with the Anderson hitch that can mount either 180º direction (giving an 8" difference between each direction chosen)? Is there any question that the Anderson is not more than capable of safely doing the job? What about the Anderson aluminum hitch vs. their steel - does it make good sense to go with the steel over the aluminum? I'm thinking that the steel one is likely quite light enough for a one-man installation? IMO ,the steel rail mount Andersen is the way to go . As said in a previous post ,I don't like the one point attachment ,don't care what brand, just not as solid as a four point attachment. There are three different adapters you can buy to fit the Ram puck system, they ALL do the same thing. They attach at four points ,and enable you to attach ANY standard rail hitch to the adapter. That is the only way you will be able to use the steel rail mount Andersen , unless you install bed rails, and that would not make any sense when you have the factory puck system already in place. The adapter brands that I know of, is Reese ,the one I have for my Megacab Ram. The other two are Demco, and Pullrite . Does it make sense to go with the Steel Andersen ,absolutely , without a doubt. Not sure what you are referring to as far as the Andersen rails, not aware they sell any rails. You need one of the three adapters mentioned to attach to the pucks , ,and the steel mount Andersen ,and you will be set . Yes there is an eight inch difference in which way you mount the Andersen adapter to the kingpin, and I0 inch difference in which position you mount the hitch, giving you four different combinations of positioning the hitch. And no there is no question that the Andersen steel mount can not get the job done safely. Plus light enough for one man removal, easily. OK... I think I’ve got a good understanding of it all now. What appeals to me is the adapter rails and the Anderson steel hitch.
DesertDogs 12/12/19 12:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bent Kingpin?

Please keep us posted.
DesertDogs 12/11/19 10:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

Question about the Anderson - all the tongue weight & lateral forces are on the Anderson ball vs. other hitches, where the weight and lateral forces are shared by the large large plate and lower hook(s) . Is there any concern with such a small item as the ball handling all the weight and lateral forces of the 5th wheel? (Obviously, Gooseneck ball hitches have been extensively used and engineers have likely given the green light to just the ball mount, so the ball is likely more than adequate for the job?) I like the light weight of the Anderson, but I guess to use RAM factory pucks, two rails must also be employed. Are the Anderson rails fully compatible with the RAM factorypucks? And, can the Anderson rails be used with the Anderson hitch that can mount either 180º direction (giving an 8" difference between each direction chosen)? Is there any question that the Anderson is not more than capable of safely doing the job? What about the Anderson aluminum hitch vs. their steel - does it make good sense to go with the steel over the aluminum? I'm thinking that the steel one is likely quite light enough for a one-man installation?
DesertDogs 12/11/19 09:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

OK.. so, conclusion is that the best attachment to the bed of the truck is using the 4 pucks and NOT the center gooseneck ball?
DesertDogs 12/11/19 11:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Buying 2019 RAM 3500 DRW - discount expectations?

Thank you, folks!
DesertDogs 12/11/19 10:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

SO, with the Anderson rail mount, you can set the mount to some determined (but adjustable) distance back from the truck rear window, which pretty much ensures that the front cap won't hit the rear window in tight turns? Is it light weight enough that someone who isn't "superman" can remove it from the truck, and re-install without requiring help?
DesertDogs 12/10/19 02:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

Sounds to me like the Anderson is far from the best choices out there? For your use, no not the best choice. Also, Andersen does not make a direct fit to the puck system. The best Andersen hitch uses the rail mount system, with 4-point attachment. Jerry I agree, but the facts still need to be said ,instead of just bashing the hitch. The rail mount IMO is the better of the two. With his Megacab the rail mount Andersen is the best choice going that route, thats what I tow with, and not an issue with clearance, chucking ,and all the other nonsense some would like you believe. Most likely with his choice of fifth wheel the front corners are probably more rounded then my older fifth wheel, although the corners are rounded. They are building more that way because of the high number of people preferring short bed 1 ton crew cab trucks for towing fifth wheels. Getting more popular as time goes on. The OP is going with a short bed. Yes the rail mount Andersen would be an EXCELLENT choice. SO, if I'm reading this right, the rail-mount Anderson would be a good choice, only if the 5th wheel front cap is rounded enough to not impact the truck rear window? Is the rail-mount a manual slider? But, if the front cap is rounded enough to prevent impact in tight turns, a slider wouldn't be needed anyway, right?
DesertDogs 12/10/19 01:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

Sounds to me like the Anderson is far from the best choices out there?
DesertDogs 12/10/19 12:21pm Fifth-Wheels
5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

Can anyone advise what hitch options would work well with the following setup? Truck is a 2019 MegaCab Dually with 6'4" bed, and factory prep for 5th wheel/Gooseneck. 5th wheel being considered is a GD Solitude 310GK. My knowledge in this area is very minimal! I only know that some hitches can work with my truck 5th wheel prep and some can't. I also know that the king pin/box on the 5th wheel may be changed to aid turning with the short box of the truck. Lastly, I understand that some setups don't have the ability to deal very well with lateral movement between truck and 5th wheel - creating a lot of stress on the hitch interface? Whatever knowledge and recommendation you can offer would be much appreciated.
DesertDogs 12/08/19 11:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Buying 2019 RAM 3500 DRW - discount expectations?

Question was raised about the MaxCare warranty. We don't usually keep vehicles beyond the factory warranty period, but is the MaxCare policy something we should get anyway? Can it be purchased later? What's the most one should spend for it?
DesertDogs 12/08/19 11:02am Tow Vehicles
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