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Old 07-28-2015, 05:39 PM   #1
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Factory 5th wheel prep package

Good day. Sorry if there is another post on this. I did not find one.

Some of these new trucks offer from the factory, a 5th wheel prep package. I'm new to the 5th wheel set up and not sure if this is a bonus, or just a waist of money.

Anyone in the know have an opinion if the factory installed 5th wheel prep package is a favorable option? Any props/cons to having this factory option? Is there any savings down the road having this option? With this option, I guess you just drop a hitch in and go? No aftermarket installation of hardware?

I've also seen some folks put a goose neck adapter on their king pin and tow using the goose neck set up. Any opinions as to why folks use this method? Any pros/cons compared to towing with a conventional 5th wheel hitch. Specifically with a short truck box configuration. Is this advisable with a short bed?

Thank you for any feedback.
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Old 07-28-2015, 06:29 PM   #2
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The next truck that I buy will definitely have the factory setup. You can either use the factory pucks as long as you buy your hitch that is designed for that connection. I intend on using the fifth wheel ball and Andersen ultimate hitch which locks its base over the gooseneck ball. I don't think the goose neck adapter is the way that I would go. Most manufacturers will void the warranty if you use the gooseneck adapter system. It puts a different stress on the frame. The Anderson Ultimate uses a ball as the pivot point but works exactly like any other 5th wheel hitch. I like the idea of getting the bed completely free instead of having rails that are always there. I now use a rail mounted Pullrite hitch which works fine as long as you can hook up and unhook straight with the truck. Also the hitch weighs a couple hundred lbs. I WILL buy the factory set up on the next truck.
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Old 07-28-2015, 07:39 PM   #3
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Not sure about FORD & DODGE, but with CHEV/GMC you can't get a spray in bed liner with the factory hitch. Had it been available with the spray in bed liner option I would have gotten the factory hitch.
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Old 07-28-2015, 08:06 PM   #4
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I have a 2012 f350 ccsb with the factory 5th wheel package, I bought the hensley adaptor plate and a curt q 20 hitch, whats nice about the adaptor plate alot of hitches will fit it, and it comes out easy with no bars bolted to your truck bed when you do not need it, the only way to go.
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We have a '13 F350 short bed. The underbed prep is convenient. The spray in liner is not a problem (LineX). However it does limit your hitch choices. I bought the B&W which I really like. BUT! I learned the hard way that i shoulda got a slider. I think there are a couple of sliders available for use with the prep mount now but for now I'll just be careful in the tight turns.
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That is not what the GMC DEALER TOLD ME.
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That is not what the GMC DEALER TOLD ME.
Maybe they finally got smart. It wasn't last year when I ordered mine.
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That is not what the GMC DEALER TOLD ME.
Sorry, which part.
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The Goose Box by Reese that replaces the 5th wheel pin box is the best solution. It does not void the Lippert warranty on the frame. I will never go back to a 5th wheel hitch because I use my truck for other uses. The goose ball hitch is much more stable than a 5th wheel hitch, it doesn't take up your bed and with the shocks and air bag ride, it rides and pulls better.
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Old 07-30-2015, 07:38 PM   #10
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Factory tow trailer prep on my Dodge 3500 is the best! Got the Curt Q20 for the Ram pucks. 20 mins to assemble the hitch and 5 mins to drop it in the pucks, adjust the levers and latch them up. In and out now will be a 2 min operation. My truck is a long bed so I'm no help with the slider issue.
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