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Old 03-01-2014, 03:02 PM   #1
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2014 Dodge Ram 3500 fifth wheel issues

Let me run this by you guys and gals,

I bought a New 2014 Voltage 3200. I decided the truck I had wasn't enough. So I purchased a New 2014 3500 Ram DRW SLT. The toy hauler is ready to go ... but the truck isn't. I've waited and waited. Come to find out the 20k Reese I bought the brackets won't fit the 2014 truck.

Dodge upgraded the entire frame and suspension components, thus, having a hard time finding brackets to fit the frame for the install. Has anyone else had to go through this nightmare. I would have NEVER imagined this of all things!! go figure, I was focused on getting the trailer issues corrected over the last several weeks. NOW cant even get it off the lot.

My truck does not have the gooseneck 5th wheel package set-up like some do 14 Rams do... however, that would be an issue too. No after market brands makes brackets for it yet I'm told by the dealer . Their still working on it.

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 03-01-2014, 03:10 PM   #2
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Man, that sucks but you don't need me to tell you that.

Have you looked at the possibility of universal brackets working on the truck? Perhaps the universal might have enough holes in enough places to allow them to be bolted to the Ram.
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Old 03-01-2014, 03:17 PM   #3
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That sucks. I looked a little bit over on the cumminsforum but didn't find anything to help you. Have to take off for a birthday party soon so I couldn't look in depth.

If you don't already belong to this forum

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You might want to register and look around.

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Old 03-01-2014, 03:22 PM   #4
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Thanks guys ... yes! this sucks I'll continue researching ... who would have thought .... my wife is none too happy right now.
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etrailer.com has a few universal rail mounting bracket kits. You might have to find you a dark, dirty old welding shop and look for the oldest guy in the place to fabricate some mounting brackets for you.

Old guys rock you know and the old welders can fabricate some out of this world stuff as long as they can heat it, bend it and burn it.
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etrailer.com has a few universal rail mounting bracket kits. You might have to find you a dark, dirty old welding shop and look for the oldest guy in the place to fabricate some mounting brackets for you.

Old guys rock you know and the old welders can fabricate some out of this world stuff as long as they can heat it, bend it and burn it.
I agree with ya on that! Only problem is you cant weld on these trucks without disconnecting batteries, ecm and no telling what else to keep them from being destroyed ... what ever happened to the simple truck... this thing has more bells and whistles than one can imagine. Got scared when I open the hood
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I know where the DEF tank is and both batteries. The rest, I let the dealer deal with it. Now that's hard for me to do having been a foreign car mechanic back in the day.

The welder could bolt fabricated brackets rather than welding them on the frame. All the welding and bending could be done on the bench.
There in Nashville you probably have someone that does powder coating so you could have that done also.

You might be able to pull that 3200 home yet.
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You will have to call on this if you haven't already but I see a hitch and below bed rails here.

2014 Ram 3500 Fifth Wheel Hitch | etrailer.com

I don't know if it is for the 3500 Cummins or not.
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If I had the tow prep package that was offered in some 14 models etrailer.com has what I need. However I don't have the prep package so its going to have to be a bolt on kit for the newly designed frame which seems to be the problem. People say they have it but are sending the wrong stuff that don't fit.

This is ridiculous! Reese for the second time is sending out what they believe to be the correct fit ... it wont be here until March 10th ... that's ridiculous too.. I have posted this on other sites as well hoping there's a solution. I do appreciate the input keep it coming if you have it.
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I know where the DEF tank is and both batteries. The rest, I let the dealer deal with it. Now that's hard for me to do having been a foreign car mechanic back in the day.

The welder could bolt fabricated brackets rather than welding them on the frame. All the welding and bending could be done on the bench.
There in Nashville you probably have someone that does powder coating so you could have that done also.

You might be able to pull that 3200 home yet.


Robert,

I hope I don't have to go this route ... and shouldn't have to. This is a brand new truck ... good grief.. how can someone build and sell a truck that's made to haul but don't sell the right stuff to let it do its job.... idiots...
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