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Old 09-17-2005, 10:46 AM   #1
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I am looking to change a goosneck to a 5th wheel, I bought the truck with the goosneck in it and I dont know anything about it, it is folded into the bed and I have never used it. Any one know how much work it will be to change over and where I should start?
Thanks Its a 1993 dodge ram if that matters
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I am looking to change a goosneck to a 5th wheel, I bought the truck with the goosneck in it and I dont know anything about it, it is folded into the bed and I have never used it. Any one know how much work it will be to change over and where I should start?
Thanks Its a 1993 dodge ram if that matters
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Old 09-17-2005, 03:11 PM   #3
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This is not what you asked for but I'm posting on the chance that you don't know it is available.

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Old 09-17-2005, 05:41 PM   #4
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No I didnt know about that Do you think it is as safe a the normal 5th wheel hitch?
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Old 09-17-2005, 06:08 PM   #5
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I think you start over from scratch and simply install a 5W hitch. You may or may not have to remove the goose neck, depending on what it is like.

Or go with the goose neck adapter shown in the Camping World catalog. I see it is rated for 30,000 lbs, so it seems like it ought to be pretty rugged. I have no idea how easy it is to use, though. A standard 5W hitch is a breeze.
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Old 09-18-2005, 06:08 AM   #6
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I used one of these adapters for 2 years on a 26' fiver with no problem. Easy to use and as I was pulling the fiver with a farm truck did not have the option of putting in a 5th wheel plate.

If you have not already done so, ask this question in the fiver area of IRV2. You will get a lot of input.
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Old 09-18-2005, 07:32 AM   #7
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I strongly recommend NOT using a Goose Neck adapter. From an engineering stand point it places a lot more stress on the trailer pin box. Some smaller 5ers might get by with one, but it is sure to be a problem on a larger one. Best way to find out is to contact the trailer manufacturer (not the dealer) and ask about the use of a GN adapter on your trailer.

I have personally seen the damage to to larger high end 5ers that had the pin boxes torn up and both were using N adapters.

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