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Old 08-12-2010, 09:54 PM
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I've got an '01 dodge ram 1500 reg. cab long bed, 2" lift, and pre drilled wholes/plates for 5th wheel under the bed. Question: Is throwing on 5th wheel rails the easiest/best solution to add the towing option (I'm a bit concerned about the raising the ball too high given the two inch lift)?

Also, are the four plates mountain the inside bolts to the frame enough (the holes are just through the bed)?

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Old 08-12-2010, 09:59 PM
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A mildly lifted truck won't be a problem and if you are going to tow a 5'vr, this would be the appropriate mounting method.

The 4 plates cover 4 holes as shown in the diagram. If the 5'vr hitch rails bolt up to that dimension, you are good to go. Remember, in addition to bolting through the plates, it also bolts through the rails for additional strength against shear.

My suggestion is to review your mounting plates and the dimensions with your RV dealer. They will be able to size a hitch for your 5'ver and truck.

Oh, and don't forget to LOWER YOUR TAILGATE before you back up to hook up. Or, to unhook. One option is to go with an aftermarket drop center flow through tailgate. Then you won't be dinging the tailgate or the trailer mounted hitch.
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Many of the rails available will actually bolt up using all eight holes, 2 holes per rail per side. This would mean the end of a rail would get one bolt through the reinforced plate-to-frame, the other bolt would be right on the bed. I'm sure it'd be fine. In all honesty, I won't be hauling too much of a load.
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Wow. Just realized what I'm really wanting is to mount a gooseneck ball plate to the existing setup. I won't be RVing in the foreseeable future, but I will be hauling a bit (like flat-bed trailer type of stuff). I could still go with bed rails and install a ball-plate-to-rail setup, but I really won't need it. Any thoughts?
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