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Old 02-13-2016, 09:22 AM   #31
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Thanks Major, I was not aware they built 2 different hitches. But 75 lbs is still to heavy, esp compared to just a 7 lb turnover ball. Having my entire bed clear of bed rails is awesome though compared to having those stinkin rails, which I grew to hate along with the hitch that fastened to them. It was also a pain getting the latching pins installed that hold the hitch to the rails. It always seemed that the last one would not line up perfectly, and there was always about 10 minutes of "finessing" or "hammering" that last pin in place. I love not having to handle anything, just lower the fiver onto the ball, and go. Love the Goosebox!
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Old 02-13-2016, 01:29 PM   #32
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Other than cost?
No downside at all.
I have the bd3, and its amazing to just watch the pin float, up and down. Not moving the truck.

Don't think, just do it. You won't be sorry.


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Old 02-13-2016, 01:30 PM   #33
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Buying it takes no thought at all, but paying for it does.

He already knows the cost.
That wasn't a deciding factor.
It is a very, very good hitch.
Well worth the premium price.


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Old 02-13-2016, 04:10 PM   #34
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I'm ready to bite the bullet on the Gooseball. I need a clear bed when I'm not towing, and getting the two piece Companion in and out is just too much hassle for this old fart. I'm in Florida for the winter, and did not bring my gooseneck ball with me, or I'd do it now. Question for you is, how much 5er overhang to truck bed clearance do you have? I see B&W makes a taller ball, just wondering if you needed it, or does the ball that came with the turnover ball hitch adequate ?
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Old 02-13-2016, 04:32 PM   #35
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I have a B&W hitch on my 3500 Silverado and the times that I need a clean bed I just leave it attached to the pin on the camper and use my level-up to lift up the hitch. I figure that the pin can hold the hitch up, I keep a lock on the handle so it can't accidentally fall.


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Old 02-13-2016, 08:25 PM   #36
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Ultra, I have about 8" of clearance. When I bought the 29RE, I had the dealer install it. They set it up with only 6" of truck bed-rail to camper clearance. That was adequate for my 5 hour trip home, but as I was backing the camper at home, I found the clearance at 1/2". I couldn't live with that, so I lowered the Gooseball by one set of holes. The Goosebox comes in two versions; a 16,000 lb and a 20,000 lb unit. The 16,000 lb works great for my 29RE. I just installed a 20,000 lb Goosebox on a buddy's fiver that weighs over 17,000. Installation was a snap with help. While not impossible, it would be difficult alone. Also, you need a torque wrench that goes up to 210 ft-lbs. There is a YouTube video that goes into detail. I did not need a taller ball. The ball that came with the turnoverball hitch was adequate. Let me know if I can help.
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Old 02-14-2016, 11:15 AM   #37
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Thanks! I'll be pulling the trigger on this as soon as I get back home! Now looking for the best price for the 20k Goosebox. Looks like Carid, or Red Trailer, or e-trailer......
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Old 02-14-2016, 12:00 PM   #38
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We are buying our first 5th wheel (Cedar Creek Silverback 29IK) and need a hitch for our F350. We're looking at a B&W companion. What do other F350 owners use/or recommend? Thanks for your input!
I have a puck series Reese 18K Elite for sale my truck has a short box so I needed a slider this Reese only has 1000 miles on it New Was $1400.00 sale price $700.00 you can buy the rails if you do not have the the puck hook up.
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