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Old 10-03-2016, 09:48 PM   #1
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B&W 5th wheel hitch for Ram trucks

Ok just bought a 2016 Ram 3500 mega cab and purchased the B&W 3600 5th wheel hitch. The hitch has 4 adjustments for the arms to determine how close the head sits to the cab with the furthest being 4 inches behind the axle. The etrailer video shows mounting using the furthest back for the short bed but I would prefer for the pin to sit over the axle. So for you guys that have this same setup what position are your arms in.
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Old 10-04-2016, 06:53 PM   #2
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I have the B&W Companion hitch in my 2013 Ram 3500, I don't have the Mega Cab but I do have the Crew Cab with long box and DRW's. I set mine up with the hitch directly over the Axle and on the Shortest height, these trucks sit pretty tall in the back end.
You don't say, or I didn't see it, but so you have a short box? if so you might have to take in consideration the corners of your 5er hitting your cab if the hitch is to far forward.

by the way I love the hitch, yes it is heavy to quickly remove but it is one nice hitch. I had a Moryde pin box installed on the trailer and thats a nice improvement as well.

Hope this helps some.
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Old 10-04-2016, 10:34 PM   #3
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Yes I have the short box. That is the only option on the mega cab. I installed my hitch today and put the arms at the furthest back position which is 4 inches behind the axle and middle setting for hight. After hooking the trailer up it sits level with 6 inches of clearance. I also have plenty of turning clearance so I could move the head over the axle but I spoke with B&W and they said it doesn't matter which position you put it in it distributes the weight the same because of the base so I'll probably leave it as is to have more room between the cab and trailer. Definitely like the hitch.
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Old 10-04-2016, 10:53 PM   #4
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I would leave it back far as I can. still watch your turns though. I was turning off the highway, and up an incline and to the right kind of parallel to the highway and when the nose of truck went up incline and I turned right it just folded the cab in to the 5er. $1000.00 to get cab fixed.
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Old 10-04-2016, 10:59 PM   #5
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Ouch, a good lesson. I am thinking once I trade the Rockwood I will get a slider.
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Old 10-04-2016, 11:12 PM   #6
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I'm not knocking a slider by any means, but in my particular situation I don't believe a slider would have helped, I'm not stopping my rig in a busy highway to engage the slider. That would cause more problems than the ding in my cab.
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Old 10-05-2016, 07:39 AM   #7
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I would leave it back far as I can. still watch your turns though. I was turning off the highway, and up an incline and to the right kind of parallel to the highway and when the nose of truck went up incline and I turned right it just folded the cab in to the 5er. $1000.00 to get cab fixed.
I have a new camper with the rounded front cap. I pulled it in and out of the driveway last night which puts the camper at a tight turn and incline and I had my daughter video it so I could see how much clearance I had. I had a 06 mega cab before this and had a slider hitch that I never once used in the back position. I put the arms on the new hitch furthest back to be cautious but have no doubt I could put it over the axle. The thing I like about it being back though is it makes it easier to get to the stuff I sit in front of the hitch when the camper is hooked up so I am going to leave it there at least for the first couple of trips.
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I'm not knocking a slider by any means, but in my particular situation I don't believe a slider would have helped, I'm not stopping my rig in a busy highway to engage the slider. That would cause more problems than the ding in my cab.
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Iím not sure Iím going to buy how the base can distribute the weight the same
as to where it is centered somehow the laws of physics are telling me different at least mind

it sure seems like it makes a differance in my truck
and i have tried it both ways
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Yeah it doesn't really make sense but that is what B&W claims or at least the person I spoke with. We leave for a trip on Friday and I'm going to leave it in the rear position and see how it does. I will have all the tools with me to move the head forward if I don't like the way it is handling.
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