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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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Old 11-12-2018, 09:28 AM   #5
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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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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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Old 11-12-2018, 02:54 PM   #9
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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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I have a gooseneck hitch on my trailer. I built a custom hitch for my first 5er when they dealer and others told me you couldn't tow a 5er on a ball. I couldn't see the difference between a horse trailer and a camper, so I did it anyway. The conversion adapter weren't available back then. I refused to buy a 5th wheel when I had hitch balls in three trucks. The thing I like is the truck and trailer can move in different directions in rough terrain and not torque the truck. I have many thousands of miles towing goosenecks. I never worried about the loss of bedspace and have always been able to carry plenty of stuff even with the trailer hooked up. I am seeing more and more goosenecks on 5ers. I can't really compare gooseneck and 5th wheel as I have never had a 5th wheel. I will stick with what I know.
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Love our Goosebox, air ride, pretty smooth. Short bed, with a tool box, never had a problem.
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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.[/QUOTE]

Towed like this for years and have not had any issues such as this.
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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.
Good luck!
I have a reese goosbox and a short bed gmc and have no clearance problems at all.
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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.
Towed like this for years and have not had any issues such as this.[/QUOTE]

Towed like what?? I was talking about two different things, which one??
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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
Maybe... lower the tailgate BEFORE pulling away?
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structural damage
no, I mean pinbox or adapter
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Goosenecks, goosebox, Anderson, and Sidewinder setups get frequently maligned by folks who have NOT USED them

But you see them successfully used all the time. Amazing how that works.........
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Gooseneck for us. Simple, easy and there is some usable bed space.
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