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Old 08-17-2012, 11:14 AM   #11
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Everyone that I camp with regularly has a 5er and they all have gooseneck adapters. That's a total of 11 different RVs with gooseneck adapters. Everyone of these guys has had the same rig for at least 5 years and some had similar setups before their current rig. The RVs manufacturers include Coachman, Forest River, Keystone, SunnyBrook, Dutchman, Fleetwood, & Jayco. No one has ever noticed any issue of any sort related to towing. It's ag country around here and everyone has a gooseneck stock or flatbed trailer. I guess our theory is that if the gooseneck setup is adequate for a longer/wider/heavier/more expensive load in our other trailers, why is it not adequate for an RV?

The 5th wheel is much ado about nothing. Kinda like people who think it's not appropriate for pets to ride in the trailer. I've hauled live high dollar show cattle worth thousands or tens of thousands of dollars each in a trailer (gooseneck, no less). If it's ok for them, it's ok for fido and fluffy.
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:33 AM   #12
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Everyone that I camp with regularly has a 5er and they all have gooseneck adapters. That's a total of 11 different RVs with gooseneck adapters. Everyone of these guys has had the same rig for at least 5 years and some had similar setups before their current rig. The RVs manufacturers include Coachman, Forest River, Keystone, SunnyBrook, Dutchman, Fleetwood, & Jayco. No one has ever noticed any issue of any sort related to towing. It's ag country around here and everyone has a gooseneck stock or flatbed trailer. I guess our theory is that if the gooseneck setup is adequate for a longer/wider/heavier/more expensive load in our other trailers, why is it not adequate for an RV?

The 5th wheel is much ado about nothing. Kinda like people who think it's not appropriate for pets to ride in the trailer. I've hauled live high dollar show cattle worth thousands or tens of thousands of dollars each in a trailer (gooseneck, no less). If it's ok for them, it's ok for fido and fluffy.
Perhaps revisiting the structure around a regular gooseneck trailer is in order vs an rv 5er. Gooseneck trailers are designed and built for the loads on the tongue structure, rv 5ers are not. Bottom line, to each his own.
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:33 PM   #13
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Absolutely, your choice. I've studied many different frames and I personally don't see any structural differences (granted some are made with thicker main beams), just a difference in the hitch design/location. I guess the point is, I hear lots of voices saying "don't" or "I wouldn't" but I don't see any evidence of why it is wrong. All I see is that it obviously works. It would be interesting to see an unbiased study of 5th wheel frame failure rates vs converted frame failure rate. Doubt anything like that will ever be conducted. Until then, do what is best for you.
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I contacted Forest River and they told to contact Lippert Components. They make the frames for Forest River. They advised me to not use a gooseneck adapter as they will put extra stress on the frame and could case damage to the frame and/or rv structure. Also, using a gooseneck adapter will void any warranty. The fifrt wheel hitch is now my choice.
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:02 PM   #15
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Lippert seems to contradict themselves, then.

Lippert Named to Supply New Reese ‘Goose Box’ | RV Business
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I contacted Forest River and they told to contact Lippert Components. They make the frames for Forest River. They advised me to not use a gooseneck adapter as they will put extra stress on the frame and could case damage to the frame and/or rv structure. Also, using a gooseneck adapter will void any warranty. The fifrt wheel hitch is now my choice.
Good choice, why take any chance just to save a few dollars on a hitch and destroy a new camper. If the rv mfgrs wanted them pulled like a gooseneck, they would come from the factory with the gooseneck. The gooseneck adaptors are made as an "aftermarket" item by companies with no liability or warranty on what it does to the trailer itself. I can just see one of these mfgrs paying to repair an rv trailer with the front end torn all to pcs. Ain't gonna happen.
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:47 PM   #17
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Lippert seems to contradict themselves, then.

Lippert Named to Supply New Reese ‘Goose Box’ | RV Business
Looks like it's a totally new design, not like what's on the market now. Regardless, I still wouldn't use it on a lite wt FR product. $1400.45 is a pretty stiff price to save $500-$800 for a regular hitch.
Reese Goose Box - 94622 - Reese Truck & Auto Accessories and Parts
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That particular model has been out a year or two and are only $800-$1,000 with free shipping (check google or ebay). That's about the same price as a 5th wheel hitch and beats having two hitches and working to switch between them (for me, that would often be on the same day).

Just offering a dissenting opinion. My wife says I am good at it
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That particular model has been out a year or two and are only $800-$1,000 with free shipping (check google or ebay). That's about the same price as a 5th wheel hitch and beats having two hitches and working to switch between them (for me, that would often be on the same day).

Just offering a dissenting opinion. My wife says I am good at it
I'll keep my Reese 16K with the Revolution Sidewinder activated so I can use my tonneau cover to cover the bed while towing. Looks like the goose neck would limit turning without tearing the sides off the truck.
Should work good on a flatbed tho'
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Old 08-18-2012, 08:27 PM   #20
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Anderson 5th wheel to gooseneck hitch

I have been using this gooseneck adapter since new. (purchased 3 months ago). It was recommended by the dealership I purchased from. Because I had some doubts about whether this was a good idea, I checked with a second dealership (a large dealership in mo.) They also highly recommended this hitch system. I guess I will be one of the first to test it.
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