Can I Put a 5th Wheel Hitch in a Short Bed Truck?

5th wheel hitches are a great investment for anyone who wants to tow a large trailer or RV. They provide greater stability and maneuverability than traditional receivers, making them ideal for big rigs with long beds. But what about short bed trucks? Can you put a 5th wheel hitch in a short bed truck?

The answer is yes, you can install a 5th wheel hitch in a short bed truck, however there are some important considerations to make before doing so.

Firstly, the 5th wheel hitch needs to be installed properly to ensure that it is secure and safe while driving. Most 5th wheel hitches come with detailed instructions on how to install them correctly, but it is always best to consult a professional if you are unsure or uncomfortable with the installation process.

Secondly, the weight of the trailer must be taken into consideration when choosing the right size of 5th wheel hitch for your short bed truck. The weight rating for any given hitch is usually listed in its specifications and should not exceed the maximum weight allowed by your truck’s manufacturer. Additionally, it’s important to note that the tongue weight of the trailer should never exceed 15-20% of the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of your truck for safety reasons.

Finally, since short bed trucks have limited storage space and maneuverability compared to long bed trucks, it may be necessary to purchase additional accessories such as wheel chocks or stabilizers to ensure that your trailer remains stable while driving. This can help reduce stress on both your truck and trailer while providing additional security while traveling.


Yes, you can install a 5th wheel hitch in a short bed truck if done correctly following all safety measures and guidelines. It is important to consider the weight rating of your chosen hitch as well as any additional accessories required for extra stability when installing in a short bed truck.

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Susan Delgado