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Old 11-12-2018, 01:31 AM   #1
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Use Cases: Gooseneck vs. 5th Wheel

Just out of idle curiosity and since I see a number of heavy trailers being hauled with gooseneck, when should one choose which and why?

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Old 11-12-2018, 08:46 AM   #2
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Most folks who tow their RV with gooseneck have a truck that is already set up for gooseneck to haul other trailers.

Otherwise, no real advantage one way or the other.
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I dont have either, and dont plan to. but would you gain any usable bed space with a goose neck?
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Old 11-12-2018, 09:18 AM   #4
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I dont have either, and dont plan to. but would you gain any usable bed space with a goose neck?
Yes, but not enough to warrant going gooseneck for only that reason.
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I agree with you if you already are set up for 5th wheel. Now if your not and had to buy a fifth wheel hitch, it might make sense to switch to a goosebox. Just be aware that not all gooseneck pinboxs are created equal or approved by Lippert. And stay away from the 5th wheel to gooseneck adapters!! A few people here have ended up with structural damage from using them and they void your warranty from Lippert.
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Old 11-12-2018, 09:29 AM   #6
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If you have a short bed then the goose neck won’t work because of clearance issues with the truck cab and trailer while in a turn. Even if you have the mid box you still may have a clearance issue at the 50 degree mark. Goose necks do ride better and are easier to connect and disconnect though. Take lots of measurements before purchasing.
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Old 11-12-2018, 09:30 AM   #7
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I use a Demco gooseneck adapter plate that my 5th wheel hitch pins into. Works well but adds a lot of weight to an already heavy hitch. Luckily I have an electric hoist to remove and install it. If I upgrade I will go to the goosebox setup.
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Old 11-12-2018, 09:32 AM   #8
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With the B&W hitch that I have you can install the turn over ball and a gooseneck. I occasionally hit the tailgate with my pin now what would I do if I was towing with a gooseneck
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I towed with a gooseneck setup that my dealer installed. My F250 was set up for towing and came with the ball insert for the gooseneck. My truck was a 6 1/2 ft bed, extended (not Crew) cab. I had no problems whatsoever, Even got pretty good at hooking it up all by myself and was able to pull right under the goose neck with the ball on the first try or very close (inches). Had a lot more bed space and no fiver hitch to store when not using. You will have to rig up a way to hook you fiver emergency brake cable but not a big deal - just find a place to put a snap hook.
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I just bought a new 2019 F-350. I asked the dealer to show me the towing capacity for a 5th wheel. He pulled it up on the computer and it said 27,500 lbs with a 5th wheel hitch and 35,000 lbs with a gooseneck hitch.
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