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laknox

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Posted: 11/29/21 10:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

riltri wrote:

MNRon wrote:

Why would you cancel the 5er package on a new truck? I believe it comes with in-bed 7pin and some other things. I also ordered an F350 within the last month and can’t imagine not getting the 5er package.


Actually found/bought a F250 with 6.75 bed that came into the dealership the previous night but it does not have the puck system. I'm trying to decide on a hitch but I do NOT want rails permanently mounted in the bed. The dealer quoted the Patriot but I did not realize it required the rails when I wrote the check.

It appears that I will need a rail adapter that can be easily removed. Still searching!!


IMO, with a 12.3k FW, your 250's going to be right at the edge of its payload capacity. It's not what you can tow, it's what you can carry. Double-check your payload numbers. Just sayin'...

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After talking to a few 5th wheelers who tow with SB trucks and own 5th wheels with the Turn Tec nose, I have decided to go with the Anderson Ultimate secured to the gooseneck ball. A big change from the Companion fixed that I have been using. Will also help with the payload that I'm close to maxing out as Lyle correctly pointed out.

Thanks again for all the help.


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riltri wrote:

After talking to a few 5th wheelers who tow with SB trucks and own 5th wheels with the Turn Tec nose, I have decided to go with the Anderson Ultimate secured to the gooseneck ball. A big change from the Companion fixed that I have been using. Will also help with the payload that I'm close to maxing out as Lyle correctly pointed out.

Thanks again for all the help.



Good choice , although I tow with the steel Andersen ,and the adapter as said . More ,and more are going they way you are , I see many in my travels .

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I saw this to late, when I bought my new ford it didnt have the puck system in it , but it was a kit you could buy and have installed. I got it up here 400ish bucks, and the spots for the holes that need to be drilled are marked out in the box already, so I drilled the holes out and then when I went to remove the box bolts I broke few bits, so I took it to ford and had them finish the install. I would do it all over again if I bought a new truck that didnt have it as the puck system is so much nicer than having rails in the box.

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Just get an adapter for the puck system and use existing hitch.


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buck n duck wrote:

Just get an adapter for the puck system and use existing hitch.


IMHO that is throwing good money after bad. Sell the hitch on CL and then buy a new puck hitch.


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riltri wrote:

After talking to a few 5th wheelers who tow with SB trucks and own 5th wheels with the Turn Tec nose, I have decided to go with the Anderson Ultimate secured to the gooseneck ball. A big change from the Companion fixed that I have been using. Will also help with the payload that I'm close to maxing out as Lyle correctly pointed out.

Thanks again for all the help.

This is exactly what my brother did for his new RAM 3500 LB. Mine is a standard box (6'10") and I use an Andersen with the factory gooseneck puck.

Another advantage to using the Andersen is that (when installed in the conventional position) it adds extra distance from the pin to the truck cab further reducing the chances of making contact.


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To those using Andersen's, please be aware that the Andersen =is= a ball hitch and many states require safety chains, just as if you were towing a gooseneck trailer. Yeah, the chances of you getting stopped for it are pretty slim, but why take the risk?

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Going through this now with a RAM 2500 Short Bed, moving to a RAM 3500 Long Bed.
Patriot Slider is set up on rails in 2500 SB.
The 3500 LB has pucks. BW only makes a puck adapter for the Companion.
BW Rep told me on the phone that Demco makes a frame adapter that the Slider will fit on, but it won't slide, because it sets too high.
If I was using a SB, I would have the rails installed and use the slider.
It costs $1200 to have a new rear window installed and the post repaired. Ask me how I know. UGH.
With a Short Bed, you won't need the Slider.....until you do.

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humblerb wrote:

Going through this now with a RAM 2500 Short Bed, moving to a RAM 3500 Long Bed.
Patriot Slider is set up on rails in 2500 SB.
The 3500 LB has pucks. BW only makes a puck adapter for the Companion.
BW Rep told me on the phone that Demco makes a frame adapter that the Slider will fit on, but it won't slide, because it sets too high.
If I was using a SB, I would have the rails installed and use the slider.
It costs $1200 to have a new rear window installed and the post repaired. Ask me how I know. UGH.
With a Short Bed, you won't need the Slider.....until you do.


It's really simple! Sell what you have on CL. Now buy the proper hitch for the puck system you have like this.

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