We are towing with a F250 crew cap short bed, which on the Fords is a little longer than the Dodge and we are using the BW Patriot sliding hitch. Must have getting into the tight spots. Test drove a Dodge they s year and definitely would use a sliding hitch. We like the BW. They do have a puck style hitch that will work great in the Dodge. They are heavy but made in the USA.
We have a Nissan Titan XD with a 6.5' bed. We tow without any kind of 5th wheel hitch. We use the Reese Goosebox. Works well and so far no problems with contact with the cab or anything near it. We managed to keep the titan boxes in the bed along with the bed cover too. Just fold it up. I would say we can get close to 90 degrees in a turn but I have not pushed it much further then about 75 to 85 degrees.
I don't have a short bed but if you talk to anyone using a B&W hitch of any kind you will find they swear by them. I have been through a Reese, Husky and now a B&W into the Ford puck and I would never go back. I am able to release the B&W with just a finger and not pull my shoulder trying to get a pull handle to release.
We met another Durango owner a few weeks ago that had a RAM short bed (6.5') that was using a slider. He was backing up and managed to smash the back of his cab. He told us that he is now in the market for a full size bed truck. Take it for what its worth. He said he was backing up on a straight away and made contact. I guess the ground was uneven or something. Not even trying to do a 90. This is now in the back of my mind each time I back up.
Have a Ram 2500 6.5' and a Durango 2500 and have the B&W Companion slider and love it. With 96" Durango 2500 I have no issues however a incline could cause a problem without the slide back. But works like a champ and easy to release and slide. Only thing when I want to push it forward takes a bit of space for my trailer brakes to lock in reverse to get it back so if I don't have room I chock a wheel on the trailer. My son has a Gold which as you know is 102" and he has clearance issue unless he slides the hitch back.
Last Edit: Aug 30, 2019 21:39:38 GMT -5 by Jeff: Forgot bed length
We have a Ram 2500 with a short box, I have a Curt q16 with no slider. Never really come close to hitting, unless over 90 degrees. Probably shouldn't get over 90 degrees anyway. I bought it used, and the guy I bought it from had zero issues as well. I guess if you think you'll need it, better buy a slider. If you can use your head, you don't need one. Same advice I got from a dozen other people.
That being said, my next hitch will be a BW. Not necessarily a slider, but the build on them are 2nd to none.
Last Edit: Sept 2, 2019 19:28:12 GMT -5 by racermike