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Old 02-14-2014, 11:27 PM   #1
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Goose Neck 5th Wheel

Does anyone pull their Fiver with a Goose Neck adapter? If you do, can you tell me why and any good or bad experiences?
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Old 02-14-2014, 11:43 PM   #2
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I don't. I use a B&W gooseneck but with their companion fifth wheel head. Empty truck bed when removed, comes out in 2 pieces and easy hookup (ie, no climbing into the truck bed to hookup chains).
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:16 AM   #3
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I use the Anderson ultimate goose neck adapter. I have never used a traditional fifth wheel hitch and have nothing to really compare it too.
Things I like about it:
No bucking motion when pulling out or stopping.
No clanging noises.
No pull test required.
No possibility to drop on bed of truck unless landing legs give out.
Push landing leg button to raise or lower onto and off of ball.

Dislikes:
The adapter on the fifth wheel must be removed when in for service to allow to be towed the traditional way by service department. ( This could be a plus, The last time in for service they had me pull it in the shop and did service while I waited).

Many will tell you it puts extra stress on the fifth wheel and will void your warranty. (I have an e-mail from Libbert stating any adapter will void warranty).
I have my doubts about the extra stress (at least using the Anderson Ultimate Adapter) some additional stress MAYBE.
In order for the manufacturer to void the warranty they must prove the damage was caused by the installation of the adapter.
If this occurred Anderson will warranty the damage to the fifth wheel. (I have this in writing) however ( it has never been tried in court)

Would I do it again: most likely not. I would go with the traditional hitch, I think, mostly because the traditional hitch is a proven setup.

I have been pulling a Flagstaff Ultra light 31.5' for two years now and have not had any indication of trailer or RV damage. I do measure for possible trailer damage and look for cracking on the trailer. So far it has been good.

The ultimate is not like other traditional goose neck adapters.
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:25 AM   #4
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Ependydad,
Is your ball a B&W ball with ball mount? I wanted to get the B&W companion but was told that it can only be used with the B&W companion ball mount.
I have the ball but it is not a Companion and my mount is welded to the frame.

Also, are you the Ependydad on another forum YJB?
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:57 AM   #5
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Another choice is to replace the pinbox on your RV with a Reese Goosebox. This is endorsed by Lippert and does not void the Lippert frame warranty. They have an air bag and two shocks. Super smooth ride! No safety chains required. Lots of benefits over a 5th wheel. Only drawback is you have to be right on the money left/right AND for/aft for lining up your truck with hitch.

Good basic video from Etrailer



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Old 02-15-2014, 05:27 PM   #6
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Hmmm… Lots of things to think about. I like the Reese but don't like the price. I'll keep studying.

You may wonder after seeing in my details that we have a Ram 1500 and a Windjammer, why ask about a Goose Neck.

Well…

Monday if all goes well, I pick up our new Ram 3500 and………….

To be continued...
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Ependydad,

Is your ball a B&W ball with ball mount? I wanted to get the B&W companion but was told that it can only be used with the B&W companion ball mount.

I have the ball but it is not a Companion and my mount is welded to the frame.



Also, are you the Ependydad on another forum YJB?

Yeah, mine is the B&W system above and below. My guess is that the B&W Companion requiring the B&W gooseneck hole is because the hole is square.

I'd be surprised if there is another "ependydad" out there, but I don't know the forum you're referring to. Shoot me a PM here.
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FWIW, My understanding is Lippert has accepted the Anderson as acceptable and will not void the king pin, pin box, or frame warranties. That was according to a dealer I was working with a couple of months ago. I decided that rails don't bother me that much, and I needed a slider, so I went traditional rails with a Superglide.
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I'm also considering purchasing a new 5-er, but I already have a gooseneck ball in my truck bed, so I think I'd like to convert the 5-er pin to a gooseneck ball receiver/adapter. It looks like the Reese setup is pretty sweet, but I like to look at all the angles before I jump into something--so, someone talk me out of it!
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Ok, I just watched an installation video on the Anderson adapter. I was right with them, right up to the point where they secure the stinger to the adapter. You mean to tell me that the only thing holding the stinger to the adapter is two set screws inserted from the side? What's to stop that entire assembly from separating if you hit a bad pothole or bump? You're telling me those two set screws are going to hold everything in place? I understand the camper's pin weight is pushing down on the entire assembly, which makes it sound unlikely that the whole assembly could separate and go up. But I'm sure stranger things have happened. Thoughts?
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