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Old 02-06-2015, 05:13 PM   #1
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Fifth wheel vs goose neck

I am in the process of buying a fifth wheel but I have a goose neck setup already in my truck. It was there when I bought my truck. It is a short bed 3/4 ton truck, does anyone out there have a gooseneck adapter on their fifth wheel and what are the pros and cons of each.

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Old 02-06-2015, 06:42 PM   #2
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I have no personal experience with goosenecks but I have heard that the adaptors can void your warranty because they add stress to the pinbox supposedly. With a short box you may need to look at slider hitches so you have enough clearance to the cab.

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Old 02-06-2015, 07:43 PM   #3
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I have no personal experience with goosenecks but I have heard that the adaptors can void your warranty because they add stress to the pinbox supposedly. With a short box you may need to look at slider hitches so you have enough clearance to the cab.
Right on both counts. With an existing GN setup, there are two options that are better than the adaptors that add leverage to the frame. And it isn't just about voiding a warranty, frame failure w/o a warranty will be very, very expensive.

The 1st, is the B&W Companion fifth wheel hitch which attaches to their GN setup. The other is the Andersen Ultimate hitch which is an elevated ball mount that also attaches to the floor GN. Inexpensive, light weight and easier to see the elevated ball compared to the normal floor ball.

While neither is a slider, many short bed truck owners manage just fine w/o a slider, especially with today's fivers with notched front caps.

If the OP feels a slider is really important, there are numerous manual and several auto sliding hitches. Finally as an alternative to heavy, expensive and bulky auto sliders, a simple fixed hitch can still be used in conjunction with the Reese Sidewinder pin box.
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Old 02-07-2015, 06:57 AM   #4
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When I bought my 1994 Gulfstream Tourmaster 5th wheel it had a gooseneck adapter on it. I had to borrow my farmer's truck with the B&W ball hitch to get it home. I didn't have a hitch in my truck and being my first 5er I just figured a 5th wheel hitch is what I had to have. The lady I bought the tourmaster from gave me $200 back for the gooseneck. Her and husband pulled it with the adapter for many years. I saw another tourmaster for sale online and it too has a gooseneck on it. I emailed Gulfstream and they replied that they didn't sell 5th wheels with the adapter on them. So it's a coincidence that both have the adapter. I know mine is all steel construction frame so whether that would be stronger to handle the adapter I'm not sure. I know many guys post pictures of gooseneck flatbed trailers to show how reinforced they are but then they're used to haul 20,000 lb back hoes or bobcat skidsteers too. So now I have a truck with the B&W turnover hitch and kind of wish I would have kept the adapter. But I'm buying the companion hitch to be safe.
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There is another option to a companion hitch, adapter, sidewinder pin box. Reese makes another replacement pin box called the goosebox. It has air ride, and converts to gooseneck ball. It also doesn't void your warranty! Lippert approves this replacement pin box for use on their frames. I just upgraded to a DRW truck. But last season pulled with a CCSB and never had a need for a slider type hitch. You just have to be careful and watch the corners.
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