December 9, 2009I have a 2009 Dodge 1500 Crewcab pickup(5 1/5` bed) I am planning on installing a B&W Turnover ball in the bed. I plan on using it to pull my 25` gooseneck flatbed. I know there won`t be any problems with that because of the way the trailer is shaped in front. I plan to buy a 30 foot camper next spring. Will I have any problems with clearance between the front of the camper and the rear window of the cab. I also bought a ShockerHitch which sets the ball 4 inches more back from where it slips into the B&W hitch receiver. Does anyone know, can I buy an adapter for a camper so it can be attached to my gooseneck ball. (I DO NOT want the 5th wheel style attachment in my box) Do they also make some kind of an extender that projects out the front about 12 to 15 inches so the front of the camper isn`t so close to the back window. I know some of the newer campers are made with rounded corners so they aren`t so "boxy" looking on front and and don`t need as much clearance for turning. Thanks to anyone who has some input for me. I also plan on installing some type of air bags to my suspension.
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December 10, 2009alot of your questions depend on the trailer you are going to be towing. The bed sizes don`t change much in the 3/4 ton trucks so I don`t see that being a problem, just don`t buy a trailer unless you know it will work out for you
December 10, 2009They make slider 5th wheel for what you are talking about with the camper, I have never used one but I am assuming the way it works is you leave it over the axles for stability then when you need more turning radius it slide back for clearance.
On another note, I would have to say 30ft is probably a little much for a 1/2 ton, if you are dead set on 30ft or so I would suggest if you buy new going with the 8 lug axles for the extra braking power.
December 11, 2009ditto on the bed size. my friend tows a 4 horse goose w/ his megacab, no problems.
just make sure ur fully loaded 30ft gooseneck trailer does not exceed ur max pulling weight.
do you know how heavy ur load will be and how far u will travel with the loaded trailer? might not get the best mpg.....
December 30, 2009I have a 04 3/4 ton and pull a 28ft 5ver. 1500lbs tounge weight and close to 7000lbs total. mine is an 8ft bed. a 30ft 5ver will be heavy for a 1/2 ton. You might be able to pull the gooseneck at 7000lbs but consider a camper has a lot of air drag,
December 31, 2009I can understand your not wanting a fifth wheel hitch in the bed, and there are GN adapters available. The problem with them is they tear up the frame on the camper. It changes the leverage ratio of the camper hitch and tears up the neck. If you use an extended pin box with the B&W adapter, it will clear a smaller camper. Most fivers are going to hit before you get to 90 degree.
An automatic slider hitch is the only sure way to not hit the cab.
February 3, 2010My girlfriends dad has the same truck and had to put air bags in the backs just for his 23 foot boat. With coils in the rear I would not tow it, no offense but i would look into a 3/4 ton doesnt have to be a deiesel, but you wont regret it.
March 21, 2010The new 1/2 tones are rated over 7000 now .I had a 99 150 that was right on the line so when loaded it was way over loaded. I have a 28 Forest River that i pull with a 250 but they sell it now as a 1/2 ton tow able. I have a Reese slider in the back of the truck that works grate. BUT you loose the bed when its in there.That really sucks. They make a tow dolly that hooks to the back of the truck But i bet the get alot of money 4 it. My hitch comes right out by pulling 4 pins, Jim
February 23, 2017
Now I am also working on a trailer, which I recently bought for towing with my Ram. I hate its rear lighting, so went ahead and grabbed a set of new lights (https://www.carid.com/trailer-lights/). So now I am wondering, how do I hook up these guys?