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Old 02-29-2016, 10:23 AM   #21
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I'm thinking I need to forget about the short bed and narrow it down to the long. What option do they have that allows the B& W to drop right on the bed mounting?

I'm getting excited just thinking about a new truck.
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Old 02-29-2016, 10:29 AM   #22
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Many I talk with say that the older Ram's had uncomfortable seats. Any one have that complaint with the new ones?
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Old 02-29-2016, 10:39 AM   #23
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Some will have a gooseneck package already and the B&W slides into the gooseneck. Most of the ones I looked at also had the 4 hockey puck mounts in the bed too and I didn't want that. The frame cross member already has the hole for a gooseneck so I installed a B&W turnover hitch (gooseneck) myself. If you go that route it's an easy install but you will need help or use a lift to hold the gooseneck plate in place while you bolt it up. Its awkward getting it into the frame and HEAVY.
Now you have the best of both worlds, a gooseneck hitch if needed, and a place to drop in the fifth wheel hitch for trailer.
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Old 02-29-2016, 12:21 PM   #24
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The B&W Companion will not go into the factory 5th wheel prep gooseneck without mods due to the way the mount works. A friend did this mod to mount in his 2014, but it is really low now and not optimal.

They do however make a model specific for the Ram factory puck system, model RVK3600. This mounts at the 4 pucks in each corner.

I went simply with the picture frame rail adapter to continue to use my 20K Reese Elite head.

The picture frame is model RP30154.

I forget where I got it, but I got a deal on it under $190.00 with free shipping.

You cannot take the 2 out together as the rail adapter is 90 pounds alone so they must be split in the truck.

Love my seats, but they are optioned out.
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Hey Norty,, my ram 3500 is a 2005 model the seats in it are comfortable on long trips as long as you remove anything from your back pants pocket. I think its the way the seat curves up on the sides to help hold you in place while driving. I even replaced the foam in mine.
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The RVK3500 is what I have if you have the 3600 that's 5he one with the 4 pucks. There were issues with that model when Ram first started installing the gooseneck. They didn't have the parts available.
My seats are great (and heated) if we are going any distance from home I'll take the truck instead of any of the cars. I like my creature comforts and the ride is much better.
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I've owned a Ram 3500 crew cab, long bed 4X4/Aisin 4.10 dually in Long Horn trim for almost 3 years..at 36,500 miles its been perfect, and a towing beast...Seats are VERY comfortable...I have a 2016 3500 Dually just like my 13' on order, but with rear air assist and a few other "extra's" that they offer now...Dually gives more stability if towing on curvy, mountainous roads. The Aisin equipped Ram with the Cummins offers you max HP, (385) and TQ,(900).

GVWR for the dually is 14K, with 4.10, you have a GCWR of 37,900#.
RAWR is 9750#.

Depending on what you're going to tow, you may want to go with the 3500 SRW.. it only offers the 3.42 gearing.

The Ram is a great looking truck, inside and out... I love the truck.

Are you looking for a SRW or DRW truck? What is GVW of unit you want to tow?

I'm using an RVK3600 B&W Companion hitch...great hitch and it fits the 5er/GN package perfectly.

I towed a 39' 9" 4 slide HR 5er, loaded to 16,300# ( CAT scale weight), towed it great, just moved up to the TH in my sig and looking forward to towing it with my 16'..looking forward to trying out the rear air assist.

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Old 02-29-2016, 01:20 PM   #28
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Many I talk with say that the older Ram's had uncomfortable seats. Any one have that complaint with the new ones?
I heard the same thing when I was shopping, but my seats are just fine. I have the Tradesman, so they're not adjustable, and they're still comfy for me.

When I was shopping, I was only looking at Tradesmans, and it seemed it was harder to find the short box Crew Cabs than the long box; long boxes were EVERYWHERE, short boxes were a bit of a hunt. So much so that I almost bought a long box before I found the one I wanted. The long box would have kept me out of the garage for sure, but I would have enjoyed the extra utility.
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Seats in my 15 are great. I've done three trips in mine between Atlanta and Denver and never wished they were different. I'm a bigger guy at 6-3 and 275...

Heated seats do help, too. Even if its not that cold, I put it on the cooler of the two settings. That little bit of heat helps keep the muscles looser I think.
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Hey Norty,, my ram 3500 is a 2005 model the seats in it are comfortable on long trips as long as you remove anything from your back pants pocket. I think its the way the seat curves up on the sides to help hold you in place while driving. I even replaced the foam in mine.
Thought I'd give you a "shout out"..I was "born and raised" in Beckley. I Left the state in 89 due to plant closure. Just wanted to say "Hey" to another West Virginian.
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