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Gooseneck vs 5th Wheel Hitch for Towing My RV Fifth Wheel Trailer

Question:

Ive seen a few gooseneck adapters used for RV fifth wheel applications. What are the advantages and disadvantages of either type? I like that the ball can disappear when not in use.

asked by: Jeff F


Expert Reply:

A gooseneck adapter that is designed for towing a fifth-wheel trailer, like the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter, # CAB-C5G, is normally used when a person already has a gooseneck trailer hitch installed in the truck and needs to tow both gooseneck and 5th wheel trailers. These adapters are a good solution, but do not provide as nice a ride when towing a fifth wheel trailer.

If your truck does not have a hitch installed I would recommend going with a fifth-wheel hitch for towing. The fifth wheel hitch will provide better ride and handling when towing a fifth-wheel trailer and can be adapted to tow gooseneck trailers easily. The year-make-model of your truck would be needed to make a recommendation for a fifth-wheel installation kit.

If you want full use of your truck bed when not towing the Reese Elite Series fifth-wheel hitches, like item # RP30142, utilize 4 in bed pucks to attach the fifth wheel to.

If you would like to go with the gooseneck option, then you could utilize the Hide-A-Goose Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch, like item # 9460-39, and the Hi-Rise Gooseneck-to-5th-Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter, # 9480.

If you would like to send me some details about your truck and trailer combination, and the route you would like to take, I would be glad to make more specific recommendations for you.

expert reply by: Bob G


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Hide-A-Goose Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch with Installation Kit


Hide-A-Goose Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch with Installation Kit


91 reviews

9460-39

Retail:$564.68

Price:$335.90

Product Summary:

Below the Bed

Manual Ball Removal

7500 lbs TW

30000 lbs GTW

Product Specs:

Wheel Well Release

Removable Ball - Stores in Hitch

2-5/16 Hitch Ball


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Hi-Rise Gooseneck-to-5th-Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter by Bulldog, Draw-Tite and Reese


Hi-Rise Gooseneck-to-5th-Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter by Bulldog, Draw-Tite and Reese

9480

Retail:$1,181.24

Price:$739.95

Product Summary:

Adapts Truck

Gooseneck Hitch to Fifth Wheel Trailer

No Offset

18000 lbs GTW

Product Specs:

Adjustable Height

Connects to Gooseneck Hole

Hitch Adapters


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Reese Elite Series Pre-Assembled 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Wiring Harness - Single Jaw - 18,000 lbs


Reese Elite Series Pre-Assembled 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Wiring Harness - Single Jaw - 18,000 lbs


105 reviews

RP30142

Retail:$1,463.52

Price:$1,268.39

Product Summary:

Fixed Fifth Wheel

Hitch Only

4500 lbs TW

18000 lbs GTW

Product Specs:

Premium - Single-Hook Jaw

Double Pivot

14 - 18 Inch Tall


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Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter - 12" to 16" Tall - 20,000 lbs


Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter - 12" to 16" Tall - 20,000 lbs


127 reviews

CAB-C5G

Retail:$538.38

Price:$444.95

Product Summary:

Adapts Trailer

Fifth Wheel Trailer to Gooseneck Hitch

No Offset

20000 lbs GTW

Product Specs:

Adjustable Height

Bolts Over King Pin

King Pin Adapters


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