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Old 08-19-2010, 09:18 PM   #1
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gooseneck or 5th wheel

I have been towing for years, but i am new in the 5th wheeling. My wife and i just bought a 30RKFS Cedar Creek, 5th wheel. I have a 2003 Chevy 2500 short bed with a gooseneck ball already installed. I think I will have to remove the gosseneck ball inorder to install the 5th wheel underbed rails. Is the any advantages or disadvantages of eather one? If I do the gooseneck conversion will I need to get the 8" extended version? Thanks for all you help. What would you all do?
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:27 PM   #2
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Johnny I would NOT use a goose neck hitching system to pull your 5er.The front of a 5er does not have the bracing for that.You will stand a great chance of cracking the frame work on your trailer.If I am correct,I don't think there is a 5th wheel company out there that recommends that.
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:44 PM   #3
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Hi Johnny,

Welcome to FRF.

Reese(Draw-Tite) make a Goose Neck conversion Fifth Wheel Hitch.

Draw-Tite Trailer Coupler - 9480

Converts an underbed gooseneck hitch into a fifth wheel hitch
Works with:
■B&W Turnover Ball
■Hide-A-Goose by Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch or Reese
■Under-Bed by Bulldog


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Old 08-19-2010, 09:56 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info, I looked at the specs and they say this is for long wheel base only. I guess because it would not slide because of the way it is designed.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:20 PM   #5
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Johnny I have a B&W Companion 5th hitch. It work with a B&W under bed receiver hitch. You can us a goose neck or companion 5th wheel. What I like about this setup, you have a clear bed for hauling stuff. The pen handle is in the right side wheel well. I have a wildcat 31TS & if I put a goose neck on it the warranty goes out the window, due to what Tracker stated . Good Luck & check around.
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Old 08-20-2010, 08:16 AM   #6
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FWIW..... A very good friend of mine has a short bed Dodge 4x4 and he pulls a Coachman (I think; but it sure is a big sumgun 5'er) with an extended gooseneck adapter. He has pulled across the country including Alaska and even down into Mexico for the past 8 years with the same setup and he likes to hammer down while he tows. Wish I could think of the brand of adapter but it escapes me now. Another good friend pulls his 5'er with a standard gooseneck adapter and has for 9 years now (he is more recreational).

I've "heard from a friend of a friend" that they can break or crack the frames but I have NEVER seen any nor have I seen ANY documented proof, pictures, or whatever. My next 5'er may very well have a gooseneck adapter for towing. Ahhh but that is down the road several years and my wife will probably change my mind several times...



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The older rigs have a better frame under them. Now everybody is cutting to reduce weight. I was going to go with a goose neck, but the dealer said FR would not warranty trailer frame if breaks, cracks or fall off. So i went with the companion. That being said yes there are a lot of rig out there with goose necks, but the newer rig will run in to warranty problem.
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I have 324ckts pulled with a F350 dually, It has air bags, 5th airborne hitch and the trailer has trail air suspension with wet bolts. It towsa like a dream very little bucking and chucking. Loaded I am at 23000 cgvw
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I've "heard from a friend of a friend" that they can break or crack the frames but I have NEVER seen any nor have I seen ANY documented proof, pictures, or whatever. My next 5'er may very well have a gooseneck adapter for towing. Ahhh but that is down the road several years and my wife will probably change my mind several times...
Roger that. I towed my 8k pound Fleetwood for 5 years straight with a gooseneck adapter. Never had a problem. Not saying it couldn't happen but if you look after your equipment and don't abuse it all should be good.

This was even with a 6spd which has a tendency to jolt the chassis a little harder.

As silly as it sounds the worst part of it was dealing with climing in and out to hook up the chains (yes you must have chains with a goosneck adapter).

It wasn't until I finally found a screamin deal on a companion that I made the switch.
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