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RE: Towing with Dodge short bed

"I am now looking at a new Dodge with a short box." No such thing, Officially RAM since 2013. :). Sorry. My bad!
dieseldan723 03/22/21 01:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing with Dodge short bed

I had never heard about the Anderson hitch until reading the responses to this thread. I looked it up and it looks very SLICK! Has anyone had any issues with this hitch in a short bed? I'm eager to hear your experiences!!
dieseldan723 03/20/21 02:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing with Dodge short bed

I'll confess. :) I have actually had to turn 90 degrees on multiple occasions. Once the GPS routed us down a forest service road along side a lake. We would have been fine, except for the tree that had come down. We had to back up about 1000 ft to a wide spot in the road. I backed the trailer into the hillside at a 90 degree (had to dig about 3 feet of dirt out of the way to back trailer up as far as I could). I unhitched and turned the truck around, then drove to the other side of the trailer and hooked up at a 90 degree angle going back out the road. It was an ordeal for sure. I wasn't sure I would get the trailer out! Do I expect to to this on a regular basis - NO! But it was nice to be able to do it.
dieseldan723 03/20/21 09:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing with Dodge short bed

Once you look at loaded pin wt, you're probably in dually territory SPECIFICATIONS Hitch Weight:2220 lb. GVWR:18000 lb. UVW 13064 lb. CCC 4936 lb. Thanks for your wisdom. Here are the numbers listed on the truck from the dealer website: Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs): 6000 Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs): 7000 Curb Weight - Front (lbs): 3892 Curb Weight - Rear (lbs): 2866 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs): 11800 Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs): 32580 Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs): 21500 Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs): 5000 Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs): 500 Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs): 23000 Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs): 14270 Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs): 2300 Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs): 1427 Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs): 23520 Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs): 14090 Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs): 5880 Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs): 3522 Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs): 23000 Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs): 14270 Looks like the trailer we are interested in will fit within these parameters? Thoughts?
dieseldan723 03/18/21 09:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing with Dodge short bed

Cummins2014, thank you for the information. According to the Dodge website, when I enter the VIN of the truck I am considering, it says the Max Payload is 3954 lbs and the Max Towing is 24,734. I thought I would be fine with that trailer? Thoughts? Here is the website https://www.ramtrucks.com/towing/towing-guide.html Click on the "Look Up My Vehicle" and enter a VIN.
dieseldan723 03/18/21 12:09am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing with Dodge short bed

Good evening, I have had two GMC short box trucks and used a Pull-Rite sliding hitch with ZERO problems. I am now looking at a new Dodge with a short box. The Dodge is two inches shorter than the GMC's I have previously owned. I am open to another sliding hitch. Is there any issue with this setup that I should be concerned about? Thank you all for your great advice! Yes ,its a 6'-4" bed , and I have no problems towing my fifth wheel without a slider . My truck is the 2014 Ram Megacab ,same bed length as the Ram crew cab short bed. I have two hitches , my older Reese 18K slider ,that I have pretty much quit using, and the Andersen hitch, which is a fixed hitch, although it does have four different tow positions. Having said this ,it will depend a lot on the type of fifth wheel, and the pin box position. My present fifth wheel has some very rounded front corners ,and the pin box extends out a little further then my previous fifth wheel. Although both fifth wheels did not require a slider. Both were towed with the Andersen without issue . Good luck with your choice . Good information. We haven't actually purchased our 5th wheel yet, however we have our heart/mind set on the Cedar Creek 388DB.
dieseldan723 03/17/21 09:00am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing with Dodge short bed

The Dodge 3500 I am looking at does not come with the 5th wheel prep package. I assume this will give me a bit more flexibility on what hitch I can use. In two previous trucks I installed the Pull-Rite myself. I won't be doing that on the new truck. Please give me any opinions on which hitches I should be considering. I haven't been in the 5th wheel world for over 10 years! (It's good to finally be empty nesters!)
dieseldan723 03/17/21 08:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Truly towable with 1/2 ton?

Well thanks all for your input. I am seriously looking at a Dodge 3500 with the Cummins HO and the AISIN tranny. It is a short box but had two previous trucks with sliding hitches so I don't mind that. This truck "should" pull anything I am able to purchase! :)
dieseldan723 03/16/21 08:50pm Fifth-Wheels
Towing with Dodge short bed

Good evening, I have had two GMC short box trucks and used a Pull-Rite sliding hitch with ZERO problems. I am now looking at a new Dodge with a short box. The Dodge is two inches shorter than the GMC's I have previously owned. I am open to another sliding hitch. Is there any issue with this setup that I should be concerned about? Thank you all for your great advice!
dieseldan723 03/16/21 08:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Truly towable with 1/2 ton?

Thanks all! I have found a couple 5th wheels that we really like as far as floorplan, etc. They SAY that it can be towed by a 1/2 ton, which are by far easier to come by right now. That's why I was asking the question. I think this thread has knocked some sense back in to me and I will be patient while I look for the right truck (thank you @sjm9911) :). I am prepared to fly to get the right truck and have been searching the country! Thank you all for your gentle patience with me. I learned from my previous 3 trucks that I don't want to be "out trailered" with my next rig!
dieseldan723 03/13/21 12:22pm Fifth-Wheels
Truly towable with 1/2 ton?

We are looking for a lightweight 5th wheel that can truly be towed by a 1/2 ton truck. I would buy a 3/4 ton if I could find one, however they seem to be hard to come by these days, unless you want one that has been well used, or was a Fleet/Rental truck. A number of the lightweight trailers (we like the Rockwood Ultralight) are pushing the limits of 1/2 ton trucks and require "max trailering" packages, which most trucks don't have. The trailer will be for two - no pets. I would love some ideas on trailers from this experienced group! Time is of the essence, as we would like to get one before summer. TIA
dieseldan723 03/12/21 07:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Coming back to rving!

I had a nice 31' fifth-wheel, gross weight was around 6600# and my 2500 Dodge Ram Hemi 5.7 pulled it great. Would not have want to have gone heavier tho, with the 2500. 6600# GVWR 31 ' fifth wheel , that would put it somewhere around 4500-5000# dry weight . Could you share with us ,and the OP a 31' fifth wheel that light . That would be nice! I am wondering if we could get something in the 30 ft range. Since it's just the two of us I would rather have something smaller/more maneuverable. Wonder if a lighter 5vr could be towed with a 1/2 ton???
dieseldan723 02/06/21 10:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Coming back to rving!

Well weight is a factor with a 3/4 ton in the size you are interested in .You should get plenty of advice on many brands styles, etc . Good luck Certainly willing to go smaller. This time around we are only looking to find a trailer for the two of us! :)
dieseldan723 02/05/21 06:26pm Fifth-Wheels
Coming back to rving!

It's been a while since we have had an RV. We started off with a 5th wheel (bunkhouse) when the kids were younger. We traveled the west coast and made many family memories. We have purchased several other rv's (tent trailers, toy haulers, and other 5th wheels) but haven't had one for about 7 years. All previous trailers, except tent trailers, were 37 feet or longer. My DW and I are considering another RV. My parents have a Class A that we could purchase from them but we are not sure we want to go down that road. We have always liked the flexibility, size (ceiling height), and maneuverability of a 5th wheel. What are some good options for us to now consider in the 32ft-36ft range that could be towed by a 3/4 ton truck? We're pretty flexible on layout. TIA
dieseldan723 02/05/21 03:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Top models in Class C’s

@rondittmer - Amazing writeup and awesome information. Thank you!
dieseldan723 08/04/20 11:04pm Class C Motorhomes
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