whats the difference between a gooseneck and reg. 5th wheel hitch?
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    Default whats the difference between a gooseneck and reg. 5th wheel hitch?

    So Im contemplating on getting a 5th wheel toyhauler and a buddy said to check out a gooseneck because you can still have the inside of your bed without having the brackets like the conventional 5th wheel hitch. Id be towing with a sb f-250 and never see goosenecks on toyboxhaulers only horse trailers. I really dont know the difference between the 2. Because my truck is a sb Im assuming I need the "slider style" hitch so I dont blow out the back window. Please educate a brotha. Thanks

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    The gooseneck has the ball mounted to a plate thats attached to the frame rails below the bed. Only the ball mount sticks through the bed. The fifth wheel has a large bracket that is inside the bed and bolted or welded through to the frame. The fifth wheel mount is usually in the 30" range. Meaning the actual width of the unit. A gooseneck can be installed much less expensive than a fifth wheel. We've always used goosenecks for trailers over the fifth wheel set up. The one advantage a fifth wheel set up has is the mounts are usually adjustable for changing the load location. Most RV setups are fifth wheel, and most utility type application(and livestock applications) are goosenecks. Some will even argue that the gooseneck has a much better range of motion. Regardless of which one you choose make sure whatever application you think you may ever need is covered by your choice.

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    Yep gooseneck is a ball and 5th wheel is a miniature diesel truck and trailer arrangement.

    If the trailer is 5th wheel you can convert very easily to a gooseneck. There is an adapter that attaches to the pin that accepts the gooseneck ball

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    One other difference, if it matters.
    I've been told that people can ride in the trailer with a 5th wheel connection, but NOT with a gooseneck.

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    okay, sort of, they are different styles, a gooseneck is stronger the most popular gooseneck is a b&w pop pup which leaves you bed smooth unlike most 5th wheel ideas whilch have rails in the bed...usually the gooseneck is more of a ranch type..ie horse and stock trailers and the 5th wheel is more of a rv type hitch....if you want to see the differences stop by a hitch or rv dealer and see them then ask questions...

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    With a 5th Wheel, you can ride in the trailer, you can tow an additional trailer behind it, and you dont need to have safety chains.

    With a gooseneck, you must use safety chains, you cannot ride in the trailer, and you cannot tow an additional trailer to the rear.
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    prop cop, what state are you in ?

    A friend of mine had the adapter for his fifth wheel..worked perfect..only thingis you have to jack the trailer highher to clear the ball..where a fifth wheel you just take some weight off and it slides away..
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    I am in California. The requirements I mentioned are based on if its a 5th wheel connection or a ball connection. I know a few people that have put the gooseneck adapter on their 5th wheels, but I still prefer the 5th.
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    the first connection does not have to be a fifth wheel to tow doubles.
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    Thats some good info, thanks. I like the idea of having just a pop up ball in the bed so I can still have a normal bed but the more I think about it I think I am stuck with the slider style 5th wheel due to the short bed. Im not looking to haul an additional trailer behind the 5th wheel but isnt there a limit of how many feet from the front of the tow rig to the end of the trailer, something like 69' or so. And can you tow doubles with a standard drivers lic. or do you need a different class?


    Anybody have any input on the best 5th wheel hitches. One brand better than another? Plus $ compared to others?

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    down here all us farmers have goosneck hitches and there are a few different types of gooseneck hitches that do fold down to a flat surface. they do make an adapter for the toy haulers and other 5th wheel couplers that convert it to a gooseneck.

    the huge advantage of the gooseneck is that you have your entire bed with a 5th wheel there are always rails that will be sticking up off the floor of your bed most 5th wheels are removeable but you can only remove the 5th wheel itself not the mounting rails therefore your still stuck with chit in the bed of your truck in the way

    my preference is the gooseneck hitch just more useful for me if you have any other questions my dads company installs all of these hitches here in yuma i can get some more info for you ifneeded

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    i just read your post about the shortbed your not stuck with that we have installed a b and w hitch and the location where the receiver slided in and pins we found just the square receiver and welded a 1/2'' plate to it and that put the ball about 4 inches farther forward from the actual location of the hitch. we did that on the farm for one of our mega cab dodges you can also just install the gooseneck hitch a little farther forward then you just have to be careful about the cab of the truck and the trailer hitting here are ways around it just need to find a company that is willing to work with you when its installed pm me if your near yuma i can set you up with my dads company to install this for you if you need it

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    Do yourself a Favor and buy a B&W Turnover Ball System! There is nothing better and they have every type of adaptor you can imagine and I even have one they dont, LOL! They have ball extenders for people that have short beds, they have 5th wheel adaptors if you want to run a 5th wheel trailer and I have www.gooseneckshades.com ! You DO NOT want one that is like the automatic pop up types because UNLESS you use that feature all of the time grit off of the road as you drive will jam up the system from time to time.

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    As far as the brand of the fifth wheel hitches..can't really help you there. I have a Husky 24K for mine..seems to work fine . As for the rails..once you remove the hitch...i throw a rubber mat in there and you really don't even notice they're there. Plus, i've seem some that don't have the rails. But i'm not a 5 er expert...i did stay at a holiday in last night though. OH< ps, my hitch came with my trailer..and piece of cake to install if you can drill holes in your truck bed.
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