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Old 09-07-2010, 05:21 PM   #1
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Andersen 5th wheel to Gooseneck Adaptor?

I am purchasing a 2011 Sandpiper, 39' 5th wheel. My truck is a 2008 Ford F 250 short bed with a B&W gooseneck turnover ball in the bed. I had planned to just purchase the B&W 5th wheel companion hitch, however, the hitch people (not the rv dealer) said it would not work - not enough clearance between nose of trailer and cab of truck. The RV dealer has told me they will add an Andersen adaptor to the hitch on the 5th wheel which will convert it to a gooseneck. I am not new to the travel trailer world, but am new to the 5th wheel world. I do need a gooseneck ball for farm & ranch purposes. Any pros & cons of this Andersen adaptor would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-07-2010, 05:56 PM   #2
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I used one for 5 years and never had any problems with it.

That being said, for the last few years I have been towing the trailer in my sig with the Companion in a short box with the pin still 2 inches in front of the rear axle and have not hit my cab yet, even backing into 90* spots. Can I hit it, yes I can. Don't want to of course. I would run the Companion before I ran the adapter.

Me personally, there is no way in hell I would run a gooseneck adapter on a 40 foot long trailer that probably grosses around 15k pounds. It is just too much weight to chance it. The adapter turns into a foot and a half long cheater bar of leverage against your trailer frame. You may also run into problems with it chucking real bad.

The fifth wheel I had the adapter on weighed 7500 pounds loaded.

Chances are you could get away with the adapter, but a cracked frame would suck to have to deal with getting fixed, even though I have never seen a documented failure.

What you really need is a slider hitch. There are two or three that are made to work with the B&W hitch you already have. I would recommend the Colibert slider. Google it.

Sorry to be so wishy washy.
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