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Old 11-20-2019, 05:08 PM   #1
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Goose Neck vs. 5th Wheel

Trying to get opinion from the veterans on what option to go with. Goose neck attachment or 5th wheel attachment? About to purchase a fifth wheel for first time.
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Old 11-20-2019, 05:16 PM   #2
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Typican fifth wheel frame is not reinforced to handle a gooseneck. Most fifth wheel mfgs tend to void warranty if they discover a goose neck was used. Lots of people try them, some with good success. Others experience broken frames. Generally frames are built to a minimum standard and are not all that strong. Hwck thwre have been enough reports of broken frames using a standard hitch. If you dont want a hitch in the bed of your truck full time, get a underbed hitch mount. With them all you have is a big hole in the bed. When you want to tow you drop the hitch in place hookup and go.
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Old 11-20-2019, 05:57 PM   #3
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Take a look at the Reece Goose Box. It’s the only gooseneck type hitch made that want void the warranty. I switched to one a year ago and will never go back to a 5er hitch.

https://www.etrailer.com/Fifth-Wheel...gaAoSTEALw_wcB

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Just use the search function on this site and you will find lots of discussion on goose neck adapters and 5th wheel hitches.

If the trailer has a 5th wheel king pin stick with that.

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Take a look at the Reece Goose Box. It’s the only gooseneck type hitch made that want void the warranty. I switched to one a year ago and will never go back to a 5er hitch.

https://www.etrailer.com/Fifth-Wheel...gaAoSTEALw_wcB

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Yeah. I was wondering if it was good.
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Just use the search function on this site and you will find lots of discussion on goose neck adapters and 5th wheel hitches.



If the trailer has a 5th wheel king pin stick with that.



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Old 11-20-2019, 07:04 PM   #7
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A lot of people convert 5th wheel hitches to gooseneck. If the manufacturers thought that was worthy they would have built it that way because it would be cheaper. Stick with the 5th wheel hitch.
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:07 PM   #8
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A lot of people convert 5th wheel hitches to gooseneck. If the manufacturers thought that was worthy they would have built it that way because it would be cheaper. Stick with the 5th wheel hitch.

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A lot of people convert 5th wheel hitches to gooseneck. If the manufacturers thought that was worthy they would have built it that way because it would be cheaper. Stick with the 5th wheel hitch.
Not necessarily. If it was done right, the whole frame would have to be beefier which wouldnt be cheaper. If they were just doing a gooseneck and not making the frame able to handle it, it would be cheaper. Goosenecks are usually rated for way more weight than the fifth wheel hitch on most rvs
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A gooseneck trailer is built a lot different than a 5th wheel trailer. My friend had a 40' gooseneck horse trailer with living quarters. The gooseneck was supported by large steal plates.

Use YouTube and Google images to see how gooseneck trailers hitch are are built.

That will give you some more information to make a wiser decision.
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Old 11-21-2019, 07:30 AM   #11
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Reese Goosebox here. RV manufacturer and Lippert approved this setup. And no need to have a 5th wheel hitch to store when not in use.
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Old 11-22-2019, 05:35 AM   #12
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Reese Goosebox here. RV manufacturer and Lippert approved this setup. And no need to have a 5th wheel hitch to store when not in use.


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Typican fifth wheel frame is not reinforced to handle a gooseneck. Most fifth wheel mfgs tend to void warranty if they discover a goose neck was used. Lots of people try them, some with good success. Others experience broken frames. Generally frames are built to a minimum standard and are not all that strong. Hwck thwre have been enough reports of broken frames using a standard hitch. If you dont want a hitch in the bed of your truck full time, get a underbed hitch mount. With them all you have is a big hole in the bed. When you want to tow you drop the hitch in place hookup and go.


What about the attachment that turns into a goose neck. It has the air ride shock on it?
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There is a couple different choices

1. The adapter that many dont like but you will see farmers using them on the fifth wheels for YEARS and never have a problem. The fact that the etrailer rep will still recomend them says something. They are the cheapest way to get to a gooseneck ball in your truck.
https://www.etrailer.com/Gooseneck-a...l/CAB-C5G.html

2. Andersen ultimate hitch. Leaves your fifth wheel hitch in place and simply puts a adapter on the end of your fifth wheel pin box and a raised gooseball in your truck. Super light and easy to use. Been running one myself for years with zero issues.

https://andersenhitches.com/Catalog/...onnection.aspx

3.A total pinbox replacement with a Goosebox type setup. There is a couple different choices for these. A Gen-Y and reese goosebox. The best riding choice of the 3 and the most expensive. But still far cheaper the the boat anchor traditional hitches.

https://www.etrailer.com/Fifth-Wheel...5-GH-8045.html

https://www.etrailer.com/Fifth-Wheel...e/RP94720.html


Also dont put a lot of stock into the frame warranty stuff. First that warranty is limited as it is and if you didnt buy the camper new chances are there is no warranty on the frame.
Next the reason behind it is more more about money and shafting people then it is about products hurting their frames. LCI is the exclusive provider of the reese goosebox. So to increase sales of the goosebox they made all other hitches warranty voiding. It also gives them an out to shaft over people who might have a frame warranty claim. Because even if you did run an adapter and hurt the frame there is no way they could ever prove the adapter did the damage if you removed it before taking it in. But you can bet they have not paid many warranties by using the "looks like the used an adapter BS". Even if it wasnt used.

I love my Andersen but my next truck will have a flush mount gooseball and I will buy a gen-y or goosebox just for the cushioned ride they offer over the andersen ultimate.
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