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Old 03-17-2016, 12:23 AM   #21
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No problem with question at all. And it's a good question. Although I don't like getting in there, I can manage. There may come a time when I cannot, but so far so good. If I plan well, I can minimize my time to a couple if min to just connect safety chains. Can reach trailer plug from behind tailgate. If I removed safet chain, then it's much easier.o

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Old 03-17-2016, 06:18 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by ependydad View Post
(I don't ask this with any attitude or aggression- truly curious.)

Being over 40 with a bad back, isn't it a PITA to have to climb into the bed to connect the safety chains?

I'd either have to lay/wiggle into the bed from the tailgate or climb painfully over the dually hips to hook them up.
That's why you have your kids crawl in the

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Old 03-17-2016, 06:31 AM   #23
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I wanted the Reese goosebox to but the pin weight on them are to low I was Leary about the Andersen. Honestly best choice I could of ever made 32lbs only three bolts to tighten down. And you don't have to get in the bed of the truck to hook anything up so easy and the ride is amazing on it. My new 5er weighs about the same as the one you bought.
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Old 03-17-2016, 10:01 AM   #24
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Thank you all for all the replies. Very informative. For me, carrying the hitch around going to be a problem. I wouldn't have a problem getting into the bed, however. I know, by law, they need the safety chains, but in reality what are they going to do? If a 15,000 lb trailer comes off the hitch, they would be no help. Except flipping the tow vehicle.
I also believe, with the air ride, it will make towing better. I've towed 5'vers before and don't care for the chucking.
Thank you all for your input. Getting the new one Tues, but my son is towing it with his truck. Bob
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Old 03-17-2016, 11:34 AM   #25
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I would not be comfortable with a rig that big on a gooseneck. Tougher to hook up as well.
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Old 03-17-2016, 11:37 AM   #26
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My dealer told me no gooseneck. He said often times a gooseneck will cause front cabinets to pull away from the walls.
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Old 03-17-2016, 12:01 PM   #27
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I made up a set of safety chain installers, similar to the ones in the attached picture. Just a couple of lengths of EMT tubing. Attach your chains to the rods, reach in and hook up chains. No need to crawl in the bed. You can buy the ones in the picture for $100 bucks from JMW enterprises, but I chose to use stuff I had laying around. No harm intended to JMW for the great idea!
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Old 03-17-2016, 12:15 PM   #28
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As someone who has "broken a pin box beam" on a 5th wheel, and as a retired Structural Engineer, I would urged anyone considering using a gooseneck adapter to check with the factory before doing so. I personally LIKE using a gooseneck trailer connection (over a pin box) BUT it is a absolute fact (fundamental physics, adds a lever arm) that pulling with a gooseneck instead of a pinbox puts considerable more stress on the 5th wheel nose beam. Obviously the manufacturer can provide for the additional load, but question is, did they??
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Old 03-17-2016, 12:18 PM   #29
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Rubber nail, according to Forest River and Lippert, they approve of the Goosebox , at least on my 5er. No warrantee problems.
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Old 03-17-2016, 12:37 PM   #30
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I have pulled with both applications no issues with either. I have a polymer cushioned gooseneck adapter I would like to sell if anyone is interested. I am using traditional 5vr hitch now.

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