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Old 07-03-2016, 01:11 PM   #1
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Goose neck hitch?

I have seen a couple of fairly large 5th wheels with goose neck type hitches in my town lately. They look to me like they aren't strong enough, because the part that takes the place of the pin box is just a shaft about 18" long.
I did a search here but didn't find anything about this. I'd like to know why the folks are using this type of hitch, and if you guys think it would be a good idea.

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I'd like to know why the folks are using this type of hitch, and if you guys think it would be a good idea.
My neighbor chose this type of hitch because he packs a lot of stuff in the truck bed. And I don't think that it is a good idea. But he never listens anyhow.
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Old 07-04-2016, 08:37 PM   #4
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Reese makes a "Goosebox" good for 20K. I pull my 40 ft Raptor with great confidence. I chose a gooseneck because I have multiple gooseneck trailers and already had the hitch. The Reese Goosebox replaces the pinbox on the trailer and is much more substantial and includes an airbag for ride quality. It's not as quick to couple as a fifth wheel, but as earlier stated, you have increased bed usage.
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If the pin box hasn't been engineered to use/accept a gooseneck style hitch and/or an adapter... I personally wouldn't install the adapter... the extra moment of leverage is more than most pin boxes can withstand... and like mentioned above... it will fracture and break apart when you least expect it...

I've also seen some people add pin boxes that extend the space between the truck and 5er... this type of extension can also add additional leverage and lead to problems...

However most horse trailers, and commercial trailers are manufactured and engineered to use the gooseneck style hitch.... the key word here is that mechanical PE (professional engineer) has ran the numbers and will certify that the numbers mean the hitch is safe... within normal safety standards..
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I agree with jelag, the "adapters" are not a recommended way to convert to a gooseneck. In fact, Lippert will not stand behind their product in most cases. I did extensive research before making my decision and verified I would not affect any manufacturers warranties. And safety was #1. Make sure you do your homework. Cheap is rarely the best choice.
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Hitching is the wrong area to be cheap.
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Mine came with one when I bought it but I took it off after researching the different forums. I'm not an engineer but a lot of what they say made sense and it wasn't designed for such a device.

I'm new to this and I've been "scouting" some local campgrounds out and noticed that I see maybe 1 or 2 of the 5th wheels using the GN adapters. In my mind that tells you something.
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Known to be hard on the pin box and frame.... as in tearing them apart.
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Many manufacturers will void the warranty with their use which also tells you something when they are afraid of a failure before the 1-3 year warranty runs out.
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