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ssthrd

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Posted: 01/14/21 09:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think that chances are low that there are many out there with the same combo as what I have in my sig, but I'm looking for setup advice from those who do.

I think that 2017/2018 3500's are the same, so if you have one of these with 6.5' box, I'd love to hear from you.

I have not had the 5er on the truck yet, but will hook it up soon and I'd like to have the advantage of knowing where to start from someone who has done it. Lazy I guess, but it would be nice to be ahead of the setup game from the start.

What hole to use on the ball on top of the hitch?
Which direction - forward or back - for the adaptor on the pin?
Cab clearance with the adaptor forward?
Bed rail clearance using the center hole in the ball?

Thanks for your help.


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Posted: 01/15/21 06:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 2017 RAM 3500 short bed SRW with the Andersen hitch.

I use the middle hole on the ball.

My adapter is back - meaning the 5th wheel trailer is closer to the cab than the tail gate. I was thinking on reversing it but have not done so yet. Have not measured the clearance to the cab.

Bed rail clearance is 9 inches.

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Flashman wrote:

I have a 2017 RAM 3500 short bed SRW with the Andersen hitch.

I use the middle hole on the ball.

My adapter is back - meaning the 5th wheel trailer is closer to the cab than the tail gate. I was thinking on reversing it but have not done so yet. Have not measured the clearance to the cab.

Bed rail clearance is 9 inches.


My setup is the same as Flashman, and when I tried to reverse the adapter, the back of my pin box hit the tailgate when turning, so the adapter stays back. I have not had any issues with clearance.


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Posted: 01/15/21 09:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks guys. I was most concerned about bedrail clearance, but 9" sounds like more than enough.

Any issues with movement of the frame on the bed using 60 ft-lbs?

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ssthrd wrote:

Thanks guys. I was most concerned about bedrail clearance, but 9" sounds like more than enough.

Any issues with movement of the frame on the bed using 60 ft-lbs?


With heavier RV's the Andersen Ultimate has caused bed deflection. Spacers in the valley of the ribs should stop that.


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Posted: 01/15/21 12:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good idea! Thanks.

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ssthrd wrote:

Thanks guys. I was most concerned about bedrail clearance, but 9" sounds like more than enough.

Any issues with movement of the frame on the bed using 60 ft-lbs?


No movement - I use a full length rubber bed mat and I think that helps.

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With my Ram short bed I run the adapter putting the fifth wheel closer to the cab, with my previous fifth wheel I ran it putting the fifth wheel further from the cab. The present fifth wheel has much more rounded corners on the front cap.

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cummins2014 wrote:

With my Ram short bed I run the adapter putting the fifth wheel closer to the cab, with my previous fifth wheel I ran it putting the fifth wheel further from the cab. The present fifth wheel has much more rounded corners on the front cap.


I think I'm gonna start this way to see if the rear of the pin box clears the bed rails. Looks like I will have 6"+ of vertical clearance.

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ssthrd wrote:

cummins2014 wrote:

With my Ram short bed I run the adapter putting the fifth wheel closer to the cab, with my previous fifth wheel I ran it putting the fifth wheel further from the cab. The present fifth wheel has much more rounded corners on the front cap.


I think I'm gonna start this way to see if the rear of the pin box clears the bed rails. Looks like I will have 6"+ of vertical clearance.



If possible get to a parking lot ,and see how everything is. Turning sharp ,backing up etc. I did that when I first hooked up my previous fifth wheel with the slider . After that I knew where I was at when I went with the Andersen. When I got this new fifth wheel ,already knew , and could see that I could go with the adapter putting the fifth wheel closer to the cab.

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