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Old 12-02-2014, 09:15 PM   #71
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Totally understand. If you ever get a chance I'd like to see how you attached a length of cable in on the Latch cable. I really would like the idea of not climbing in the bed when hooking up 😊
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Old 12-02-2014, 09:42 PM   #72
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Coming from a farm oriented background, I've never understood the 5th wheel hitch being favored over a goose. I'd much rather have the goose, but I see where the adapters added to the original pin box could add a lot stress to the pin box/frame.

The best answer is the aftermarket replacement pin box that is made for a goose and recognized by the frame manufacturers to not void the warranty. It's out there but quite pricey.
The reason the RV industry used the standard OTR fifth wheel pin hitch is safety and reliability and ease of use. In most states safety chains are required on any gooseneck hitch connection because a ball-hitch is not as strong as the fifth wheel hitch.

Someone asked if any 5er mfgrs. made gooseneck hitch trailers, yes a few do-by special order.
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Old 12-03-2014, 05:20 AM   #73
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I wouldn't say it's not as strong, both can be had in hitch ratings up to 30k on light and Med duty truck lines. But 5th wheel Is definitely more of a positive locking type of coupler.
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Open Range Light 5ers come from the factory built with the Lipert "King Combo" hitch pin which is designed to accept either fifth wheel hitch or gooseneck and can be changed to either by the end user. The King Combo hitch pin is welded to thee 5er frame and provides the additional gussetting that allows it to be 5er or goose. This is different from other hitch pins that can be unbolted and swapped for different types like trail aire for instance.
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I have read the arguments about using a gooseneck adapter on a 5th wheel trailer for years. Loads of good reasons not to do it.
Yet at the same time the arguments were going on I was pulling my 1999 Hitchhiker behind my 2004 Dodge 3/4 ton coast to coast and never had a problem. The reason was when I bought the trailer off of the dealers lot (used) it had a gooseneck adapter already attached. Fitting out my Dodge with a turnover ball was a lot cheaper than buying a new 5th wheel hitch, so I did the gooseneck thing and never looked back, Pulled that trailer coast to coast both in Canada and the US. Also pulled it border to border North and South many times. Never had a hitch issue or a frame issue! I now own a Winnebago Motor home and have found hundreds of arguments why I should be driving a different brand! I have driven it coast to coast as well! Think I will continue!
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I have read the arguments about using a gooseneck adapter on a 5th wheel trailer for years. Loads of good reasons not to do it.
Yet at the same time the arguments were going on I was pulling my 1999 Hitchhiker behind my 2004 Dodge 3/4 ton coast to coast and never had a problem. The reason was when I bought the trailer off of the dealers lot (used) it had a gooseneck adapter already attached. Fitting out my Dodge with a turnover ball was a lot cheaper than buying a new 5th wheel hitch, so I did the gooseneck thing and never looked back, Pulled that trailer coast to coast both in Canada and the US. Also pulled it border to border North and South many times. Never had a hitch issue or a frame issue! I now own a Winnebago Motor home and have found hundreds of arguments why I should be driving a different brand! I have driven it coast to coast as well! Think I will continue!

I assume your 99 HH had a Young's frame. They are built very well!
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I wouldn't say it's not as strong, both can be had in hitch ratings up to 30k on light and Med duty truck lines. But 5th wheel Is definitely more of a positive locking type of coupler.
A gooseneck hitch is not as dependable as a 5th wheel pin either, evidenced by state law stating a ball-hitch (includes gooseneck and bumper pull) must have safety chains attached.
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I bought a 1994 32ft Gulfstream Tourmaster 5th wheel that had a gooseneck adapter bolted to the pin box. The kingpin fit inside the adapter. It was yellow. There is another Tourmaster exactly like mine for sale in Oregon. ..2000 miles away with the same yellow gooseneck adapter. Can't be coincidence. Did Gulfstream sell 5th wheels with gooseneck adapters....does any manufacturer?
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