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Old 12-29-2012, 06:17 PM   #1
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no 5th wheel or GN hitch for my truck?

I have a 04 F150 FX4 with the flareside box. I have been looking at maybe getting a 5th wheel or GN hitch installed so that I can use my fathers gooseneck trailer (we can swap between a king ping and GN sleeve in about 5mins) and not have to barrow his truck to pull it. Every site that I have looked on for a hitch says that it is not compatible with the flareside box on my truck.

I know that with a RV the pin box would hit the side of the bed being that the flareside is 6-8" narrower at the bed rails that a standard bed. But with the gooseneck there is no real pin box to worry about.

The frames are the same width on my truck as a truck with the standard bed, I still have 50" between the wheel wells like a standard box.Is there some other reason that I could not install a hitch that I am not thinking off or missing??
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:11 PM   #2
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I would be more concerned about towing a fifth wheel with an F-150. Chances are the payload of your truck is lower than the pin weight of the fiver, along with the weight of your passengers and luggage.
What fifth wheel are you thinking about towing?
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:20 PM   #3
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I know that with a RV the pin box would hit the side of the bed being that the flareside is 6-8" narrower at the bed rails that a standard bed. But with the gooseneck there is no real pin box to worry about.
I'm not sure what gooseneck adapter you're talking about. The ones that I've seen attach onto the kingpin of the 5W pinbox...doesn't eliminate the pinbox.

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Old 12-29-2012, 09:11 PM   #4
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Sorry for the confusion guys.

I am wanting to put the hitch into my truck so that I can use dads flatbed gooseneck for hauling long (over 16') and palletized material, not for a 5th wheel camper we are going to stick to TT for a while. For the gooseneck dad has both a 5th wheel king pin and the GN sleeve for the trailer, so either a GN or 5th wheel hitch will work.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:50 AM   #5
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You should be fine with a gooseneck hitch. I recomend B&W, you don't have to drill any holes in the frame and you can flip the ball over and have a flat floor.

I haul a 30' deck, gooseneck tri axle trailer, and when I'm going to a job site or field I usually have so much junk, tools, toolboxes, fluids and tanks in the bed that sometimes they are only inches away- sometimes even rub the hitch tube.
Don't see why you should have a problem with a narrow bed and gn.

Ps. Flat beds have about a 1' square hole in floor that has ball down in it
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