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Old 11-08-2021, 06:48 AM   #1
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Reese Goosebox install!

After 33 days waiting for E-Trailer to ship my "In-Stock" Goosebox order, I canceled and ordered from Amazon for a cheaper price and had the unit within 48 hrs of ordering.

Put it on this weekend! Have not towed with it yet but I am so glad to have the use of my truck bed back without having to enlist help removing that huge sliding hitch!
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Old 11-08-2021, 07:04 AM   #2
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Seriously considering one of these units myself. Let us know what you think after the maiden trip with the Goose Box.
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Old 11-08-2021, 07:13 AM   #3
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Seriously considering one of these units myself. Let us know what you think after the maiden trip with the Goose Box.
Will do. It will get a workout over Thanksgiving weekend. We have a multi state 1200 mile round trip planned to take with it.
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Old 11-08-2021, 08:33 AM   #4
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After 33 days waiting for E-Trailer to ship my "In-Stock" Goosebox order, I canceled and ordered from Amazon for a cheaper price and had the unit within 48 hrs of ordering.

Put it on this weekend! Have not towed with it yet but I am so glad to have the use of my truck bed back without having to enlist help removing that huge sliding hitch!

I have been considering one for awhile. How hard was the install?
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Old 11-08-2021, 08:43 AM   #5
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I have been considering one for awhile. How hard was the install?
To remove the old pinbox I just removed all but one bolt on each side, stuck some large phillips screwdrivers in the holes to act as a drift pin and once I had everything loose and the area clear, I just yanked the screwdrivers out and it fell to the ground.

For the Goosebox, it is at least a two man job to lift this thing. I lifted it up in the bed of the truck and flipped it upright and blocked up the rear with some wood. I then backed the truck up to the trailer and aligned with the wings on the 5er. It was easy then to slide it up between the wings. I used the jacks on the front of the 5er to fine tune the vertical which helped get the correct angle to align the bolts.

Overall it was easy as long as you don't try to man handle it. Let the truck and the trailer's jacks do the work.

It takes a torque wrench that goes to 210ft lbs. Most common ones stop at 150. I borrowed one from work to get the job done.

Also, I had two extra holes on each side that lined up so I put 4 more of the old pinbox bolts in for a total of 6 on each side.
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To remove the old pinbox I just removed all but one bolt on each side, stuck some large phillips screwdrivers in the holes to act as a drift pin and once I had everything loose and the area clear, I just yanked the screwdrivers out and it fell to the ground.

For the Goosebox, it is at least a two man job to lift this thing. I lifted it up in the bed of the truck and flipped it upright and blocked up the rear with some wood. I then backed the truck up to the trailer and aligned with the wings on the 5er. It was easy then to slide it up between the wings. I used the jacks on the front of the 5er to fine tune the vertical which helped get the correct angle to align the bolts.

Overall it was easy as long as you don't try to man handle it. Let the truck and the trailer's jacks do the work.

It takes a torque wrench that goes to 210ft lbs. Most common ones stop at 150. I borrowed one from work to get the job done.

Also, I had two extra holes on each side that lined up so I put 4 more of the old pinbox bolts in for a total of 6 on each side.
This is exactly how I installed mine! Easy peasy.

You'll love the GB. I don't think I could ever go back to a regular fifth wheel hitch after this. The ride is so much better and it's nice to have the bed back. The only downside is it can be a little more challenging to line it up perfectly over the ball, but with some practice it's not very difficult.

Don't forget to lock the hitch on the ball! I made a 30 mile trip once without doing that. Nothing happened thankfully, but I puckered up when I got to my destination. I now double check that lockout as my pre-trip.
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Old 11-08-2021, 12:38 PM   #7
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This is exactly how I installed mine! Easy peasy.

You'll love the GB. I don't think I could ever go back to a regular fifth wheel hitch after this. The ride is so much better and it's nice to have the bed back. The only downside is it can be a little more challenging to line it up perfectly over the ball, but with some practice it's not very difficult.

Don't forget to lock the hitch on the ball! I made a 30 mile trip once without doing that. Nothing happened thankfully, but I puckered up when I got to my destination. I now double check that lockout as my pre-trip.
Thanks for the reminder! I think that is why they recommend dropping it down with the latch locked so that it is sure to be locked and not forgotten.

I am also installing a side view camera under the bed rail to help align the hitch front to back. I have the CHMSL camera for the side to side. I can't see the ball with my Bak Revolver cover.
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For those that knock the big heavy clumsy standard 5th wheel hitch
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Old 11-08-2021, 03:22 PM   #9
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We've had ours for over a year and it is the best gift I've ever given myself. It is so easy to lift that 8 pound ball out of the truck. The ride is better than I've ever had and this is fifth wheel number 6.

Our truck has the cab mounted camera with a centering line which makes it easy to line up. I do have get out to see if it is centered over the ball from the side but I usually get pretty close on the first try.

It may never be an issue for you but I did get a set of safety chains for ours as I think some states might require them. I have the puck system and use a set of safety chain clips on the 2 back corners of the pucks.
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Old 11-08-2021, 06:56 PM   #10
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I have been very happy with mine. I just ended year 3 with ours. Used both with Dually pick up and now HDT.
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We've had ours for over a year and it is the best gift I've ever given myself. It is so easy to lift that 8 pound ball out of the truck. The ride is better than I've ever had and this is fifth wheel number 6.

Our truck has the cab mounted camera with a centering line which makes it easy to line up. I do have get out to see if it is centered over the ball from the side but I usually get pretty close on the first try.

It may never be an issue for you but I did get a set of safety chains for ours as I think some states might require them. I have the puck system and use a set of safety chain clips on the 2 back corners of the pucks.
I already have a ball side view camera on order. I also added chains after this pic was made. I got too excited and took this pic before I was finished. LOL
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Looks great, I'm curious as to what the measurement is from the rv overhang to the bottom of the goose neck.
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Looks great, I'm curious as to what the measurement is from the rv overhang to the bottom of the goose neck.
Not sure, I cam measure it. It is somewhat adjustable as there are multiple places the holes line up. I have mine as high as it will go since I am using the B&W ball with the hoop style latch and it is taller than most other balls.

On the 1st gen goosebox many had issues getting enough bed rail clearance. The 2nd gen that should not be an issue for anyone.
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Unbeknowst to me, I seemed to have been one of the first members of this forum to install a Goose Box back in 2017:

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f44/any-...ox-371605.html

I've put over 10k miles on it, and it's really been great. On my rig, it rides best if the airbag isn't fully inflated.

I use a Garmin 780 GPS and added this camera in the bed of my truck. It's high definition and runs on AA batteries. It makes lining up very easy. I use the back seat headrest as my left to right visual indicator.

https://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Wirele...07JBQ6FSG&th=1
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