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Old 12-23-2012, 11:51 AM   #1
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Gooseneck hitch

Okay I need some input. We had to have a gooseneck hitch on our 313reok fifthwheel because we have tool boxes on the flatbed and they are too tall for a fifthwheel hitch. So now I'm seeing that our PopUp rvcc hitch has a cushioned adapter that we can purchase to take some of the chukking out of our towing. I've also heard about airbags for the truck. I need to know which of the two is the better remedy. I called Forest River to get an honest answer because I probably wouldn't get one from the hitch dealer but Forest River has not answered me. Anyone?
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Old 12-23-2012, 01:15 PM   #2
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Okay I need some input. We had to have a gooseneck hitch on our 313reok fifthwheel because we have tool boxes on the flatbed and they are too tall for a fifthwheel hitch. So now I'm seeing that our PopUp rvcc hitch has a cushioned adapter that we can purchase to take some of the chukking out of our towing. I've also heard about airbags for the truck. I need to know which of the two is the better remedy. I called Forest River to get an honest answer because I probably wouldn't get one from the hitch dealer but Forest River has not answered me. Anyone?
After installing air bags on mine and getting a much better ride that is my vote!

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Old 12-23-2012, 03:05 PM   #3
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You won't get an answer from Forest River, as they do NOT recommend using a gooseneck adapter on their fifth wheels. This holds true for most manufacturers, as they can cause stress on the framing that it wasn't intended for. Most will not warranty their frames when using those adapters.
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Old 12-23-2012, 06:55 PM   #4
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I'm aware of the warranty void. But this is what our dealer installed when we picked up our fifth wheel and the fifth wheel hitch would not work on our truck. So we have to go with it.
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Old 12-23-2012, 06:58 PM   #5
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We will consider airbags. Can you inflate them from the cab of your truck or is that not a big deal. Also are they difficult to install and are they pricey? Thanks for your input.
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:18 PM   #6
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Quite easy to install...I've done the installation a couple of times. The cost for a manual air bag set-up is around $300. You can can a system with a on-board compressor with controls in the cab...I'm not sure what that would cost.

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Old 12-23-2012, 10:27 PM   #7
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300 bucks sounds reasonable. a pancake air compressor from harbor freight.. 50 bucks, tire gauge that reads to 120 lbs.. 10 bucks (or so). way cheaper i would imagine than on board compressor/control set up. plus, you can use the portable compressor for other home projects
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:50 PM   #8
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My truck has the airbags installed with the in-cab compressor and activator switch and gauge located right near my center console. Now admittedly, this was installed by the previous owner of the truck (a friend of mine also,) so I don't know what he paid for it. But I can tell you that having the inflate/deflate control at your fingertips is worth whatever he paid for it. Having to get out, hook up a compressor, and check it with an air gauge just makes my head hurt thinking about it. Spring for the in cab. You'll be glad you did. Ride quality is improved, even empty--much less jarring spring rebound with a little air in the bags. And the ride with either trailer back there is smooth. Good luck!
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I'm aware of the warranty void. But this is what our dealer installed when we picked up our fifth wheel and the fifth wheel hitch would not work on our truck. So we have to go with it.
Due to work requirements (the main use of the truck) I've used the Colibert Goose Neck Adapter on the last three RVs that I've owned without incident (an frame damage). The RVs were a Carriage (28'), Medallion (40'), and Weekend Warrior Wide Lite (37').

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