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Need help picking a fifth wheel hitch

Hello, I am new here and am in the Army stationed in Kuwait. Just ordered a 2012 King Ranch short bed with the fifth wheel/gooseneck prep. I will be towing a fifth wheel. I need help picking a fifth wheel hitch. I am looking at this hitch the B&W companion to tow my soon to be Keystone Sydney fifth wheel. The rv connection is forward though as you can see in the link.

My questions are: do I need a sliding hitch with the shortbed? Will the B&W hitch fit underneath the bed with the fifth wheel/gooseneck package.

I am open to any recommendations so send them my way. Been towing for years but haven't towed fifth wheel. Gooseneck back on the farm but that was a long time ago. Thanks for your advice.

Companion? - 5th Wheel Hitch | B & W Trailer Hitches

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looks like a nice setup! i like how it goes flat on the bed. we have rail's in dad's duramax and they get really annoying at times! looks like youve picked up a good 5th wheel hitch. my question is with the 5th wheel hitch prep does it come with the holes in the bed for this style of hitch, or does it come with the bed rails in it for the other style of hitch.

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Well that's the problem. The ford website is less than helpful with that. It is either an extra frame member stiffening the bed or it is prepped for the reese elite hitch which is similar.
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Without a kingpin extender, or a slider hitch, you'll have problems making corners without the trailer hitting the cab. Short box isn't a good fit for a 5'er.
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Without a kingpin extender, or a slider hitch, you'll have problems making corners without the trailer hitting the cab. Short box isn't a good fit for a 5'er.
I found out that the 5th wheel prep package is set up for the Reese Elite and they have a sliding version so that is what I'm going with.

On another note I found out that the 58N package for the nav is not available. I've read on the net maybe Oct 3rd, anyone hear anything else?
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Depends on the campers.....my parents have a Montana 37 ft and it has a longer tongue on it so it wont bind up a short bed....sits way back on my long bed though but it tows great.

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Thanks, I'm going with the slider to be safe.
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Good choice with the slider. I tow a sydney edition 5'er and know for a fact you'd be better off with the slider. The latest models of the sydneys have a little more turning radius, but ours (2010) would definitely kiss the cab if we turned too sharp without releasing the slider. Ended up getting a long bed and solved all problems though.
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We should also be getting a Sydney. Are you happy with it? We have always had Jayco's but we love the 340FBH floorplan.
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Will the B&W hitch fit underneath the bed with the fifth wheel/gooseneck package.
Something I ran across, maybe helpful or not.

Companion and Turnover Ball Package - RV Tech - RV Magazine

This site may have other information you could look over for tips.
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