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Old 06-28-2012, 11:15 PM   #1
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Gooseneck Vs. Fifth Hitch

Boubou's questions got me wondering about this. My dad's FW has been converted to a goosneck ball hitch instead of the standard 5th. He loves it for ease of hookup and hiding the hitch in about 10 sec when not in use. However, is there a significant difference between the two? He has always had gooseneck over the 5th. Just curious...

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Old 06-28-2012, 11:28 PM   #2
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I have pulled them both and the both work equally well in my opinion. One advantage to the gooseneck in my opinion is you gai a little more use out of your truck bed for hauling additional stuff. Also for me I had a gooseneck stock trailer so switching frome the stock trailer to the camper was easier since they were both goosenecks.

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Old 06-29-2012, 05:25 AM   #3
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The downside is the extra torque that is added to an area not designed for it. Many users have reported that when they asked their manufacturer about it, they were told that it voids the warranty because of this.
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:29 AM   #4
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The best of both worlds is a BW Companion hitch. I have a gooseneck hitch in my superduty and then the companion hitch drops in to the gooseneck hitch. You can easily remove the hitch and have your flat bed floor.

I went with this option because I tried the gooseneck conversion and noticed some odd trailer movement especially going down hill. I agree with jbirrell I was also told it would void any and all warranty if I went with a pure gooseneck conversion.
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:34 AM   #5
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Still really need to pay attention to cab clearance while using a gooseneck adapter with a short bed tow vehicle.


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Old 07-05-2012, 11:37 PM   #6
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I live in MT with tons of horse/gooseneck trailers and hardly anyone uses a 5 wheel hitch. I think I will sell my B&W companion and convert to a gooseneck for my Wildcat. The weight of a fully loaded 4-6 horse trailer is more than my camper loaded up.

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