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Hammerboy

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Posted: 08/18/19 03:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello all,

The plan is for a new truck within the next 6 months and one of the things I am stuck on is the fifth wheel hitch.

Currently I have a B&W Patriot slider, I have the slider mainly because it gives me better clearance between the truck bed sides/tailgate and the fifth when as I have it in the maneuvering position as I back it down the hill to our barn. I have about 5-6 inches clearance to keep the rig pretty level.

I have the bed rails now and they don't really bother me in the bed for what I do with my truck. Once I put the hitch in the spring it stays till end of the season. I have trailers I use most of the time anyway.
So I am wondering:

1. Forget the pucks system, go rail again and keep the hitch I have. Least costly option

2. Get the puck, sell the Patriot and buy OEM Companion Slider. Down side is I may have to sell it or the base someday with a new truck. I wish pucks were universal

3. Get the puck system and get a gooseneck mount Companion that I can keep no matter the future truck.

4. I realize there are puck adapter kits but not sure this is something I want as they likely would raise the hitch which I do not want. It's in its lowest setting currently, I do have one hole left to raise my pin box if need be however. It's also a second connecting point (not direct)for the hitch which seems like a potential for accumulative slop.

5. ?? (Your ideas :-)

Anybody here have a late model truck but said screw the pucks? I realize I may be overthinking this but am curious on your thoughts.

Thanks everyone.

Dan


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Posted: 08/18/19 03:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Isn't there an adapter for the puck that lets you keep your current rail mount hitch ?

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Posted: 08/18/19 04:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Howdy!

When I recently purchased my new truck I decided to do away with the 5er hitch and go with a Reese Goose Box. I like that the Goose Box has it has air bag and shocks in it. Nice part is I now have a clean bed with goose neck ball that is easily removed if needed.

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Posted: 08/18/19 04:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If buying new get the puck system, cost is about the same as a B&W turn over ball. It gives you more options.


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Posted: 08/19/19 01:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IMO, I'd go w/ new B&W rails and keep current hitch. Can't see getting a new hitch or set up when you already have one and are not concerned about the rails when no hitch in truck. Yes there is an adapter that allows use of a puck system for rail hitches, but it also raises nose of 5er up more. I admit, I'm not familiar w/the B&W Gooseneck ball set up, but again, you'd have to buy another set-up/adapter and all. So FWIW, I'd keep the Patriot and get new rails (which are not all the same heft.....B&W's are beefy VS Reese).


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I have used B&W hitches since about 2005. I really like the puck system. I sometimes get a new hitch when I buy a new truck. Selling a used B&W has been no problem for me.


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Posted: 08/19/19 05:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I sold my patriot that I had for my Ford and got the puck version for my RAM when I changed trucks. Stronger hitch and the pucks have no slop like you can have with rails. Can't go wrong either way. But, it's nice having a factory ready option including 7 way in the bed.


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Posted: 08/19/19 07:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I went with a Reese puck adapter for my Trailer Saver BD3. It raises the heighth of the hitch 3 3/8", way more than I expected. Thankfully I was able to lower the hitch a couple of holes but it still sets slightly nose high. Demco makes an adapter that adds less than 2" but it is heavy and a little pricey. Also, the new trucks may sit somewhat higher than your current truck but that could be verified.

I had a B&W Companion that used the gooseneck hook up. It worked fine except it did dent my bed slightly. If I remember right it needed some shims in the slots on the bed floor. I had bed rails on my last truck and no problem with them.


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Posted: 08/19/19 09:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hammerboy,Here is some food for thought, your case may be different.

We moved from a 2001 Ram 2500 CTD to a 2016 Ram 3500 DRW CTD, difference in bumper height was about 1" taller 3500.

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I got the Reese puck adapter for our existing Reese hitch, it added 2" to height of hitch from bed floor. that said the bed floor to top of rail is about 1-3/4" taller on the new Ram, so all came out about the same.

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So once hitched up both setups look about the same.

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Posted: 08/19/19 09:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Let's see:
- You like your current hitch which mounts on rails.
- Rails in the bed of your truck don't bother you.
- Rails are the least expensive option.

I'd go with rails.

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