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Old 11-03-2015, 08:14 PM   #21
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Good afternoon a couple months ago we got our first 5th wheel a 2012 V-cross and we were hauling it with a Chevy, but the Chevy died and we just got a Ford F-250 and it came with a Gooseneck in the bed and we are having a problem with finding somebody to put our 5th wheel in the truck. Should we convert to a gooseneck or try to get the 5th wheel hitch installed? Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
A couple of questions.
What yr is your F250?
Is the gooseneck welded in?

The bed rails for our Reese 5th just bolted in our 08 F250, 4 existing bolts out 4 longer bolts in, no cutting and NO welding.
I kept the short bolts and took the bed rails out (sold hitch/rails on craigslist) when we sold the Ford.
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Old 11-03-2015, 08:44 PM   #22
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Old 11-03-2015, 08:46 PM   #23
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A couple of questions.
What yr is your F250?
Is the gooseneck welded in?

The bed rails for our Reese 5th just bolted in our 08 F250, 4 existing bolts out 4 longer bolts in, no cutting and NO welding.
I kept the short bolts and took the bed rails out (sold hitch/rails on craigslist) when we sold the Ford.
I have the rails too. If you have the reese rails,you can put either a goose neck ball, or a 5 er hitch in with just 4 pins.I have 8 bolts holding my rails in. They (the bolts) go thru the box floor and attach to 4 brackets that I first bolted,then welded to the frame.If you have air r`ide,you need to fab up an offset bracket to clear the bag brackets.The ones supplied in the reese rail kit will not work.

AGBG, I hope your rails are not bolted to only the box floor?
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Old 11-04-2015, 09:19 AM   #24
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Old 11-04-2015, 09:56 AM   #25
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Look at the Andersen Hitch!!!
I believe you mean the Andersen Ultimate Fifth that utilizes a flat, high mounted, king pin adapter. Not the Andersen Ranch Hand which is like other similar "Snout" looking conversions. The only Snout design that appears to be acceptable for 5ers is the cushioned designed Reese Goosebox. My 5er is a BAL frame, not Lippert, I use the Andersen Ultimate Aluminum and it works well for me.
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Old 11-05-2015, 12:46 PM   #26
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After making phone calls to local rv shops, none of which would instal our 5th wheel, they told us they would put one in that we got from them- one of the place in fact is Camping World; the place we bought our camper from and the hitch was Boat n Rv in Hamburg,Pa and they said they put it in but refuse to return my calls. So after talking to my ford dealer they said they put it in and my truck goes in for service in December and we have it ready to go next year
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Old 11-05-2015, 12:48 PM   #27
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Old 11-05-2015, 01:04 PM   #28
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There is a huge amount of leverage action on a gooseneck ball and post. Horse trailers and equipment trailers (I've had both) are made for this. Fifth wheel frames are not designed to resist all that induced torque through that lever action. I'm not saying it can't be done safely, but it won't be done on mine.
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There is a huge amount of leverage action on a gooseneck ball and post. Horse trailers and equipment trailers (I've had both) are made for this. Fifth wheel frames are not designed to resist all that induced torque through that lever action. I'm not saying it can't be done safely, but it won't be done on mine.
You are so right! That's why Andersen created the "Ultimate Fifth" as a better solution for fifth wheel frames (better than their Ranch Hand and similar long nose adapters). With the Ultimate, the ball that connects to the fifth wheel pin box is raised off the truck bed using a pyramid frame that basically connects without adding extension leverage (pretty much the same connection place as the traditional collar and plate).
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Simple fix. Order a Reese Goosebox which uses the fifth airborne technology. It incorporates an airbag along with dual shock absorbers. This hitch makes towing a dream compared to the old regular fifth hitch we used. We went from heavy chucking at every expansion joint to a really smooth ride that has virtually zero chucking.
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