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5th Wheel hitch + Megacab question

We have decided on the Momentum 320G 5th wheel toy hauler.

This will be my first 5th wheel so I am a little green on the hitches. I would like the experts opinions on this.

Now when I ordered my truck, I thought I would never need the 5th wheel prep...4 years later I am trading in our bumper pull for 5th wheel. I see I can install the 4 pucks or gooseneck plate from Mopar.

My main question is what hitch will work with my short bed?

It appears from watching youtube that I have 3 options, rated from best to worst...?

1- Goose ball + Goosebox that replaces the king pin. Might need an offset ball for a short bed?

2- Goose ball + Gooseneck adapter that hooks onto the king pin- Like the B&W companion.

2b- Goose ball +Goosneck adapter with 2 pieces like the Anderson Ultimate 5th wheel system

3- Standard 5th wheel hitch that goes into the puck system.

I am leaning towards option 1 as it looks like the best setup, cleanest bed and softest ride. Would I need an offset ball with the short bed?




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If it were me I would choose option number one because it is the cleanest. I went with option number 2b because it was slightly cheaper. I had no clearance issues with my megacab. However I didn't like towing with a short bed so I sold my 14 mega and am picking up a leftover 18 dually w/ 8' bed tonight. I wanted to have some more space for items to go in the bed.
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I did 2b, quite happy with it. When we pick up a heavier camper/toy hauler, I will do Numba 1.

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I went with the sliding 5th wheel hitch with my mega cab. I feel the weight of these heavy things should be on the 5th wheel hitch rather then a ball but that's just my opinion. Plenty of folks running on the goosenecks with no issues.

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i went with a sliding hitch with my short bed, mega cab, i didnt like the way it rode on the highway though.
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We have decided on the Momentum 320G 5th wheel toy hauler.

This will be my first 5th wheel so I am a little green on the hitches. I would like the experts opinions on this.

Now when I ordered my truck, I thought I would never need the 5th wheel prep...4 years later I am trading in our bumper pull for 5th wheel. I see I can install the 4 pucks or gooseneck plate from Mopar.

My main question is what hitch will work with my short bed?

It appears from watching youtube that I have 3 options, rated from best to worst...?

1- Goose ball + Goosebox that replaces the king pin. Might need an offset ball for a short bed?

2- Goose ball + Gooseneck adapter that hooks onto the king pin- Like the B&W companion.

2b- Goose ball +Goosneck adapter with 2 pieces like the Anderson Ultimate 5th wheel system

3- Standard 5th wheel hitch that goes into the puck system.

I am leaning towards option 1 as it looks like the best setup, cleanest bed and softest ride. Would I need an offset ball with the short bed?

Verify that the goosebox will fit your trailer, unless things have changed from a couple of years ago, it only fits trailers with a Lippert chassis......

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I went with the sliding 5th wheel hitch with my mega cab. I feel the weight of these heavy things should be on the 5th wheel hitch rather then a ball but that's just my opinion. Plenty of folks running on the goosenecks with no issues.
Just curious about why you feel that an RV 5th wheel would be better than a gooseneck ball because of pin weight.

Obviously there's a point when the weight per square inch becomes too much for a ball, but that's probably not until reaching way over the axle rating of a pickup. Way over.

Maybe if we start telling people that the brain is an app, they will start using it?

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I have a Mega Cab and tow lots of different 5th wheel trailers, I use the andersen hitch and the factory gooseneck setup to mount it. It works just fine, but you can't make a 90* articulation, but you really shouldn't get yourself in a situation where that becomes necessary. The trailers ride just fine.

Now, in my opinion, the ultimate short bed 5th wheel setup is the reese sidewinder pin box and a standard 5th wheel hitch.

I would use one, but I change trailers once or twice a week, and they aren't my trailers, so it's just not practical.

But, the sidewinder solves all the towing issues of short bed trucks.

And, btw, sliding hitches SUCK!!! They are noisy, heavy and most are a PITA to operate.
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I see people mention needing to be @ 90 degrees often. Is the towing dynamics of a 5th wheel so different that it's required to be @ 90s degrees? Overall vehicle length should be about the same or slightly shorter than my 34' tow behind now. I never needed to go over maybe 50 degrees. And if I do have to go that much, it's not the end of the world to try and complete the move in a couple tries.
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I often go to 90, and beyond, because it often makes it quicker and easier to maneuver a trailer in some situations.

But obviously few really need to go to 90 degrees, or bumper pulls wouldn't be usable at all.
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As has been discussed before, 90 degree turns can be very hard on the trailer frame and tires, twisting the frame, scrubbing the tires.

But, as I stated above, the reese sidewinder will even allow those 90* turns.
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I see people mention needing to be @ 90 degrees often. Is the towing dynamics of a 5th wheel so different that it's required to be @ 90s degrees? Overall vehicle length should be about the same or slightly shorter than my 34' tow behind now. I never needed to go over maybe 50 degrees. And if I do have to go that much, it's not the end of the world to try and complete the move in a couple tries.
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