Can a Fifth Wheel Fit in a Short Bed Truck?

Fifth wheel hitches are growing in popularity among truck owners, as they offer a versatile towing option that is easy to use and extremely secure. If you own a short bed truck, you may be wondering if a fifth wheel hitch can even fit in your vehicle.

The answer is yes, it can!

A fifth wheel hitch is designed to be mounted in the bed of your truck and is securely attached to the frame beneath it. This type of hitch allows you to tow very large loads with relative ease, as most fifth wheels are designed with a low center of gravity that keeps them firmly planted on the ground.

The first thing you need to consider when deciding if a fifth wheel will fit in your short bed truck is the length of your bed. Fifth wheels are typically available in sizes ranging from 15 feet to 35 feet, so you need to make sure there is enough space for the hitch and trailer combination.

You also need to ensure that your truck has enough weight capacity for the fifth wheel and trailer. Most trucks have a maximum payload capacity between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds, but this will vary depending on the make and model of your vehicle.

Finally, when installing a fifth wheel hitch on your short bed truck, you may need some additional components such as an under-bed rail kit or an extended gooseneck coupler. These components will help ensure that the hitch is properly attached and secure.


In conclusion, it is possible for a fifth wheel hitch to fit in a short bed truck. However, before attempting such an installation be sure to check that there’s enough space for the combination of trailer and hitch as well as ensuring your vehicle has enough weight capacity for them both.

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Karen Watkins