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Old 07-17-2009, 03:18 PM   #1
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5th wheel for 9' Flatbed on 1 ton

I have a 2007 Dodge 3500 6.7L diesel chassis cab. I had a Bradford Built 4 box utility bed put on it which is welded to the frame of the truck. The bed comes with a door that opens to recessed 30,000 lb. capacity GN Ball. In the past I have used this with a large living quarters trailer. Now I will use the truck as my only tow vehicle for a 5th wheel.

So, what type of 5th wheel hitch would work good with this type of configuration? I would prefer to retain the ability to remove the hitch to use the bed for other purposes.
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Take a look at B&W's turnoverball gooseneck with companion 5th wheel hitch. Since B&W is a bed builder, they have a companion 5th wheel hitch application that works with flatbeds as well as with pickup beds. The companion 5th wheel hitch can be removed when not in use to leave a clean bed floor.

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Take a look at B&W's turnoverball gooseneck with companion 5th wheel hitch. Since B&W is a bed builder, they have a companion 5th wheel hitch application that works with flatbeds as well as with pickup beds. The companion 5th wheel hitch can be removed when not in use to leave a clean bed floor.

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Thank you for that welcome. I only wish I had the B&W. Bradford Built now offers that but mine is a welded in system that can't be easily cut out and B&W rail attachment points are not going to exist on the under side. I contacted Bradford Built since they are familiar and they stated that they use a different bed design when B&W option is selected now.

I hate the typical gooseneck to fifth wheel adapters. Does anyone make a plate containing rails that attaches to a gooseneck ball? Hating the thought of putting rails on the bed...
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There are several GN to 5th adapters out there. I personally have never used one. Several things to look at are their reliability and the pin box itself. Some of them don't warranty their pin box if you use an adapter. You may be able to replace your pin box with a GN box instead.
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If you are considering use of a gooseneck adapter on the 5th wheel's pin box, I'd suggest a search here on the forums on the term "gooseneck adapter" - lots of interesting reading. I'd also suggest checking with the RV manufacturer for the model you're considering to get their comments on using a gooseneck adapter on their particular frame. Typically, the gooseneck adapter voids the structural warranty as a 5th wheel frame isn't engineered to take gooseneck forces.

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RamblinMan, I noticed on the photos of the link you posted that Bradford does put a dove tails on the corners of the bed. My question is on my eight foot flat bed the roll over ball is just in front of the rear axel, with a nine foot bed where is you’re ball located? Are you going to have enough room between the bed and you’re fiver?
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