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Old 08-30-2012, 10:06 PM   #1
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What is the difference towing with a fifth wheel hitch vs. goose neck type hitch? Which is best? thanks dcoke
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Old 08-31-2012, 04:06 AM   #2
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Boiled down, the goose neck (ball) let's the trailer pitch and roll more than the kingpin coupling, the kingpin is considered part of the tow vehicle so no safety chains required.
You see the 2 5/8 ball connection mostly on large farm type trailers and kingpin coupling on over the road trailers. The kingpin in a RV is the same size as the units you see in tractor trailers (the carrying surface in a tractor is larger to carry the weight, and the heads do not pivot side to side).
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Another point and I know I will be flamed for this is. The 5er frames are not designed to use a Gooseneck hitch. There is no structure support for this style hitch attachment in the frame in the front of the nose piece where the 5er king pin box is attached. Now if the frame is design to support the goose neck joint than it can be used such as a trailer on a low boy farm trailer.
A good alternate if you want the clean look and no bed rails is the B&W companion hitch. See this link for information. http://www.turnoverball.com/products/rvhitch

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Old 08-31-2012, 09:29 AM   #4
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The goose neck also applies additional leverage to the pin box of a fiver. The frame is not designed to handle it and can crack. With many manufacturers, the use of a goose neck adaptor will void the warrantee.

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Looking to buy a 33 ft. 5th & a 1 ton dually Chevy flat bed...
Truck has a 454...
How would you mount the 5th wheel hitch assembly, would the truck bed be to high??
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Old 09-05-2012, 01:12 PM   #6
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What is the difference towing with a fifth wheel hitch vs. goose neck type hitch? Which is best? thanks dcoke
I have GN and 5th wheel trailers and one isn't best or better. However which is best for me may not be best for others.
Having pulled GN trailers making a living, IMO being able to see the trailers pin while backing under the trailer, makes the 5th wheel hitch much easier to hook up.
Backing up under a GN ball with a crew cab truck that you can't see isn't a fun experience.

Some 5th wheel RV trailer manufactures have had the GN adapter as a option and recommend its use.
Other 5th wheel trailer manufacturers may not recommend their use.

One type adapter mounts to the pin box surface around the king pin. This type adds lots of leverage to the trailer frame structure around the pin box mounting area.

Another type adapter requires the 5th wheel pin box to be removed and bolted in its place. These type place no more leverage on the trailer frame than many extended pin boxes.
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The goose neck also applies additional leverage to the pin box of a fiver. The frame is not designed to handle it and can crack. With many manufacturers, the use of a goose neck adaptor will void the warrantee.

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Agree. I'd check with the trailer manufacturer or the frame manufacturer prior to using a GN.
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