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Old 01-09-2015, 07:30 PM   #1
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Just installed my new Lippert Approved Reese Goosebox

I know there is a lot of ideas and opinions on gooseneck adapters used on fivers. Due to an old Army injury, I just can't lift 80-130lbs 5th wheel hitches in and out of my pickup so in the past I've used gooseneck adapters with no issues ever. My 32ft race trailer came with a 1/3 inch square plate 5th wheel pin box but it is the strongest monster I've ever seen and it comes straight down with no forward rake. Not like the whimpy looking Lippert units they have now so I have never been worried.

In my new V cross it has that new style Lippert pin box that has the rake so shorter bed trucks can use them but it doesn't look very strong so putting a gooseneck adapter on it, even the short 12 inch units could cause extra stress so I decieded to spend the extra money and get the Mercedes of adapters. The Reese Goosebox actually replaces the entire Lippert pin box and IS approved and even installed at the factory by Lippert as an option if orderd.

It is very cool, more solid then the stocker, and has 2 air shocks that give you the smoothest ride I've experienced. It was like silk on the drive home today. You can add up to 50psi if needed. There is an air level on the side so once you get the unit hooked up, depending on pin weight, you can add or take away air to put it in the desired air pressure range for the smoothest ride.

There is no added stress on the pin box as this is the pin box. Easy to hook up and release. We are going camping next weekend so I will get a chance to try her out. We have about a 3 hour tow each way so I can give you good feedback. I added a few pics:



Twin air shocks from the back side of the pin box:

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Old 01-09-2015, 07:32 PM   #2
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We got one on ours and we love it, very smooth.
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Old 01-09-2015, 07:47 PM   #3
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we have one on ours, the difference between the goosebox and a dish is unbelievable
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Old 01-13-2015, 10:00 PM   #4
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Great looking hitch. Do you have any clearance issues with the bed rails of your pickup?

Are you able to hitch the trailer to the tow vehicle by yourself or do you require a second


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Old 01-13-2015, 10:34 PM   #5
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Pulled our camper home this past weekend from the dealer with the reese goose box first time pulling a 5er. I can only say solid as a rock gerry smooth ride gerry happy with it.

It actually has an air spring inside with two short shocks.
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Do you have to climb into the bed to attach safety chains?
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Old 01-14-2015, 12:32 AM   #7
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Great looking hitch. Do you have any clearance issues with the bed rails of your pickup?

Are you able to hitch the trailer to the tow vehicle by yourself or do you require a second


person?
I was a bit worried about bed clearence because our gooseneck horse trailers had to be extended all the way out to get bed clearence. The merhow LQ horse trailer even needed the axles altered to get a level hook up. I had the brain fart to have the new toy hauler as a gooseneck so we would only need one hitch in the truck bed for all,but no one could give me a dimension from the top of the ball to the underside of the trailer frame. Since we had to drive 250 miles to pickup the trailer we just decided to wing it and see what we got.When we got there and prepared to hook it up we were plesantly suprised to find that the trailer was 2" or so too HIGH when hooked up Since I do have ride rite air suspension on the TV it was a simple matter to readjust the leveling valve under the truck to provide the perfect,level 10" I wanted between the trailer/box,while maintaining a perfect level floor(front to back),so no trailer suspension mods required! Pulling it home on 131 gave it several tests,the speed test which confirmed identical,no pucker handeling from 55 to 80mph.We only pull at 62-65 but you never know when a downhill burst of speed may be usefull . Semi's passing use or us passing them (yeah at 80+) made no difference whatsoever in the handleing.Bumpy roads (in Mi???) and rapid lane changes were not worth writeing about.in fact, we commited so many unsafe driveing acts on the way home ,that if caught,we may still be in jail for! We perfomed most of the tests two times,once with Nancy in the cab with me,and then again with hersitting in the dinette reading.The hitch passed both times! In closeing I would say its so good and easy that a 14 yr old with a learners permit could do it!

The one disclaimer is that I WOULD NOT do this kind of testing on the stock westlake 15" lr D tires and aluminum wheels that came on the unit. We refitted ours with GY Marathon 16" lr E on dexsteel wheels with screw retained brass valves that had been spin balanced.
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I was a bit worried about bed clearence because our gooseneck horse trailers had to be extended all the way out to get bed clearence. The merhow LQ horse trailer even needed the axles altered to get a level hook up. I had the brain fart to have the new toy hauler as a gooseneck so we would only need one hitch in the truck bed for all,but no one could give me a dimension from the top of the ball to the underside of the trailer frame. Since we had to drive 250 miles to pickup the trailer we just decided to wing it and see what we got.When we got there and prepared to hook it up we were plesantly suprised to find that the trailer was 2" or so too HIGH when hooked up Since I do have ride rite air suspension on the TV it was a simple matter to readjust the leveling valve under the truck to provide the perfect,level 10" I wanted between the trailer/box,while maintaining a perfect level floor(front to back),so no trailer suspension mods required! Pulling it home on 131 gave it several tests,the speed test which confirmed identical,no pucker handeling from 55 to 80mph.We only pull at 62-65 but you never know when a downhill burst of speed may be usefull . Semi's passing use or us passing them (yeah at 80+) made no difference whatsoever in the handleing.Bumpy roads (in Mi???) and rapid lane changes were not worth writeing about.in fact, we commited so many unsafe driveing acts on the way home ,that if caught,we may still be in jail for! We perfomed most of the tests two times,once with Nancy in the cab with me,and then again with hersitting in the dinette reading.The hitch passed both times! In closeing I would say its so good and easy that a 14 yr old with a learners permit could do it!

The one disclaimer is that I WOULD NOT do this kind of testing on the stock westlake 15" lr D tires and aluminum wheels that came on the unit. We refitted ours with GY Marathon 16" lr E on dexsteel wheels with screw retained brass valves that had been spin balanced.
Did I read this correctly that your wife? Nancy was (In the Towed unit sitting at the Table) while you were doing 80MPH changing Lanes,passing Semi's,and other Unsafe acts??? Youroo!!
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Do you have to climb into the bed to attach safety chains?
No chains just the brake safety cable.
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No chains just the brake safety cable.

Interesting. I think I ask this same question- mostly from ignorance. I didn't know they weren't required. And I think they'd be the single biggest reason I wouldn't go to a G/N.

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