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Ranch Hitch Universal 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter

Ranch Hitch Universal 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter

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Don't say goodbye to your truck bed. Instead, say hello to the Ranch Hitch fifth-wheel-to-gooseneck coupler adapter. It offers 24,000 lbs towing capacity with 3" vertical adjustment for towing a fifth-wheel trailer with a gooseneck hitch. Call 800-298-8924 to order Andersen gooseneck and fifth wheel adapters part number AM3100 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Andersen products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Ranch Hitch Universal 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter. Gooseneck and Fifth Wheel Adapters reviews from real customers.
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Andersen Gooseneck and Fifth Wheel Adapters - AM3100

  • Fifth Wheel Trailer to Gooseneck Hitch
  • Bolts Over King Pin
  • Andersen
  • Adapts Trailer
  • King Pin Adapters
  • 24000 lbs GTW
  • No Offset
  • Adjustable Height

Don't say goodbye to your truck bed. Instead, say hello to the Ranch Hitch fifth-wheel-to-gooseneck coupler adapter. It offers 24,000 lbs towing capacity with 3" vertical adjustment for towing a fifth-wheel trailer with a gooseneck hitch.


Features:

  • Heavy-duty adapter converts 5th-wheel trailer king pin to gooseneck coupler
    • Conveniently allows 5th-wheel camping trailer to be towed with a gooseneck hitch
  • Remote coupler release lets you engage and release coupler while standing alongside your truck
    • Eliminates climbing in and out of truck bed
  • 3" Vertical adjustment allows towing with multiple vehicles
  • Do-it-yourself installation in less than 1 hour
  • Works with standard 2-5/16" diameter gooseneck hitch balls
  • V-19 Certification
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Application:
    • Standard 2-5/16" gooseneck hitch balls
    • Measurement from bottom of the king-pin plate to top of the hitch ball when trailer and truck are level: 11-3/4" (when adapter is collapsed) to 14-3/4" (when adapter is extended)
    • Required clearance between the overhang of the trailer and the top of the siderails of your truck for safe operation: 5" or 6"
    • Trailers with standard or extended pin box
      • Extended pin box can be no longer than 24" (measured diagonally)
  • Capacity: 24,000 lbs GTW, 6,000 lbs TW
  • Vertical adjustment: 3"
  • Hardware included
    • Optional slide hammer used to ease installation (AM3103) sold separately
  • Safety chains sold separately
  • 1-Year limited warranty


Note: This adapter is designed to be used with standard pin boxes only. Do not use with a cushioned or air ride pin box.


V-19 Certified for safety and featuring exceptional strength and versatility, this universal adapter converts a fifth-wheel king pin to a gooseneck coupler. This allows you to tow your fifth-wheel trailer without a bulky fifth-wheel hitch. The Ranch Hitch from Andersen Manufacturing is easy to install, even for the inexperienced do-it-yourselfer.


Measuring Your Truck and Trailer for the Ranch Hitch Coupler Adapter

You can perform these steps to determine if the adapter will work for your fifth-wheel trailer.

  1. Back your truck into position as if you were hooking up your fifth-wheel trailer, making sure that the truck and trailer are level.
  2. Measure from the pin plate (the bottom of the pin box) down to the top of the ball in the bed of your truck.
  3. The measurement should fall between 11-3/4" and 14-3/4". (The adapter is 11-3/4" tall when fully compressed and 14-3/4" tall when fully extended.)

Additional Measurements

Five or six inches of clearance between the overhang of the trailer and siderails of your truck is necessary for safe operation.



Diagram of pin box showing where to measure length


Measuring for Pin Box Length

The Ranch Hitch adapter is designed for trailers with a standard or extended pin box up to 24" long (measured diagonally). To find this dimension, you should measure from the centerline of the bottom of the king pin into the back of the pin box as far as you can reach. You may not be able to reach the very back of the pin box itself because the top of it may extend into the trailer. In this case measure to where the pin box disappears into the trailer.



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Customer Reviews

Ranch Hitch Universal 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter - AM3100

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (24 Customer Reviews)

Don't say goodbye to your truck bed. Instead, say hello to the Ranch Hitch fifth-wheel-to-gooseneck coupler adapter. It offers 24,000 lbs towing capacity with 3" vertical adjustment for towing a fifth-wheel trailer with a gooseneck hitch.

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The Ranch HItch 5th wheel adapter AM3100 was everything that we needed and more!! It fit perfectly and was a breeze to install. We will be pulling our "home" around the country when we retire. We didn't want to have the back of the truck to be full of "hitch" with no room for much else. The Gooseneck adapter is the perfect choice for us!! GREAT PRODUCT!!! 457631



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Product shipped/arrived timely from eTrailer; installation instructions provided by Anderson Manuf are very clear/easy to follow. Hitch is very easy to install. Attached to 30' fifth wheel, 11,000lbs tow weight and immediately pulled the trailer thru steep hill country without any hesitation. Pulling cattle trailers/heavy hay trailers, i know heavy duty hitches when i see them and this is a great product; HIGHLY recommended. Remote latching mechanism is a great feature; it too is very solid/secure 11335



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The hitch was shipped the same day it was ordered. It arrived in five days in excellent condition and with no parts missing. It took me longer to install it because I had to remove the king pin box component to drill the bolt holes and mount the bolts to provide the additional support I wanted. An excellent product and a good price. 287365



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Very easy to install had to use weld methed on king plate like very well would buy again. Price very good shipping good. 34939


Comments
I have an Ultra-Fab trailair air ride kingpin system on my fifth wheel. Can the gooseneck adapter be installed on that type of system?
-- comment by: Deriek E - 08/14/2013

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According to Ultra-Fab, the Trailair pin boxes are not to be used with any kind of gooseneck adapter where the pin box is adapted to attach to a gooseneck ball. You can however adapt the truck to accept a 5th wheel hitch. Your best bet would be a fifth wheel hitch that anchors into a gooseneck like the Draw-Tite Hi-Rise, part 9480 or a Curt Fifth Wheel Adapter plate like C16210 or 16310.

-- Patrick B - 8/19/2013


- AM3100
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Recently purchased my first covert a ball hitch it arrived chuckle and installed in under an hour works well 149930



- AM3100
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Received product 5-10-2017 Installed on 5-11-2017 Gave a test run and seems good fella good and looks great. I like the 24000 and 6000 lbs feature think it is stronger of course. 379188



- AM3100
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Seems to be a very well built product. Good price and shipped fast. Fairly simple to install, I recommend having a friend or two around to help tighten everything down. Also I preferred to bolt rather than weld ( unless you have a closed off pin box), you never know when you may need to go back to fifth wheel in a hurry. 90774


Comments
How does collar system attach to king pin ? Thanks
-- comment by: L T - 11/19/2013

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There is a threaded collar that is fitted to the king pin. You would slide the coller up on the king pin. While holding the collar, you will take a split collet and fit that where the jaws normally grab the king pin. You will slide the threaded collar over the split collet and using either a pulley puller or Andersens hammer to seat the collar fully onto the split collet. I have added a pictorial of this portion of the instructions to the photo gallery and linked it here as well. The base of the adapter threads onto the collar and is tightened to ~1200 ft. lbs. The process for getting that much torque is outlined in the instructions and uses the included spanner wrench and a 4 foot cheater pipe. Finally, you will use either the inlcuded four Grade 8 bolts or four 1 inch tack welds to finish securing the adapter to the pin box. If you want to be able to remove adapter, make sure you can access the inside of the pin box so you can use the bolts vs. welds.

-- Patrick B - 11/26/2013


- AM3100
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This product was easy to install and user friendly! Keeps the bed of your truck open to use after disconnecting. 845471



- AM3100
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Easily installed and works great. 452420


Comments
Great
Paul - 11/16/2018

45771

- AM3100
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Installed on my fifth wheel. Easy to follow instructions, total time was about an hour. The lock is easy to place, install and use. Be advised: if your king pin box is enclosed, you will need to weld this product on. 436914



- AM3100
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great product.Installed easy works great 433453



- AM3100
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WOW, how easy was that. With a little help to tighten up unit before bolting to plate, it is a one person job. Cant wait to try it out. 368732



- AM3100
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Works great. Easy to install. Only thing, no safety chains came with the hitch. 365277



- AM3100
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Works like charm. This is the best way to fifth wheel. No messing with a big heavy bridge in the bed of the truck. 317664



- AM3100
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Great product and excellent service. I will use etrailer for all my future needs. Thanks 315889



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As always, a great product from etrailer.com! This company is fantastic. Very helpful, with a wide selection of products and fast shipping. I have been a customer for a couple of years now, and always make this my first stop when looking for parts and products for my camper and trailer. You will not be disappointed in the service, and if you have any questions Renee will be glad to hunt down the answers for you. Thank you again etrailer.com! 258384



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Great costumer service!!!! 163317



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Way to easy to install. Took About 30 Min. start to finish. Keystone 278 RKS pulls like a million dollars 123404



- AM3100
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I have pulled my camping trailer approx. 300 hundred miles since I installed the adapter. It works great. Installation was pretty simple, the only difficult part was drilling the four holes thru my fifth wheel box. E-trailer service and shipping were great! 112247



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A friend and I installed the gooseneck adaptor with no trouble at all. The first time I pulled my trailer, I didn't think it was behind me. It made the pull so easy. Thanx so much..... 96509



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Good product, built well, easy installa tion. 89633



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I recieved your shipment in seven days (FREE) was able to install it myself in about 2 hours with help to lift the 5th wheel down to floor level to drill six holes mounted the spacers as per instructions printed out. put the goose neck back in place and the (easy) job was done ! 78770



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Installed in about ten minutes, ( I used a bearing puller to seat the bushings ) five minutes to tack weld it into place and done. Pulls better than a fifth wheel hitch IMO. Seems to be made very well. Took two days for deliver. Very satisfied 66241



- AM3100
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Really like the cable to release the lock. Would like see the set bots to be a hex head to make it easier to torque down properly. 61041


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Ask the Experts about this Andersen Gooseneck and Fifth Wheel Adapters

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    To remove the threaded collar on the Ranch Hitch Universal 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter # AM3100 or # AM3139 the manufacturer recommends the use of the Slide Hammer for Ranch Hitch # AM3103 as you can see by the cut out of the instructions. Hopefully when the installation of this part was done the instructions were followed and there was a liberal use of anti-seize grease used on the king pin, collar and collets, which is what would be needed in order for you to remove the...
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  • Can the Ranch Hitch Coupler Adapter # AM3100 be Bolted to the Pin Box Plate
    Step 8 in the instructions for the Ranch Hitch Universal 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter # AM3100 states the following: 8) Locate the grade 8 bolts, lock washers, nuts and your drill and bit. There are eight holes drilled in the Ranch Hitch Adapter Base, but only four need to be used. You will be responsible to choose which 4 holes will be used to accept the Grade 8 Bolts; try to evenly spread the load as much as possible. Take care to locate the bolts where they will not interfere...
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  • Replacement Coupler Needed for Rapid Hitch Ranch Hitch Adapter with 8 Inch Offset
    For a replacement lower section of the Ranch Hitch Universal 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Coupler Adapter with 8 Inch Offset # AM3139 you will want the Replacement Offset Coupler with Cable System for Ranch Hitch Coupler Adapter # AM3140. The # AM3140 is a replacement coupler with 8 inch offset, like your original coupler in the photo you submitted.
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  • Recommended Clearance Dimensions for 5th Wheel Trailer Towing
    You can refer to the linked diagram to see the recommended minimum clearance dimensions for 5th wheel trailer towing. The specific design of the trailer's nose - is it tapered for better turning clearance or is it a flat-nose design? - affects your required cab-to-overhang clearance. You can use this formula: (A + B) - C = Clearance A = Distance from center of fifth wheel hitch jaw to truck cab B = Length of Sidewinder arm (16K = 22", 19K = 22") C = Width of trailer divided by...
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  • Can the Ranch Hitch Adapter be Locked?
    If you could send a photo that would be great; you can just reply to this email and it will be sent directly to me.
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  • Fifth Wheel Trailer Bounce When Towing with a 2002 Chevrolet 2500 HD and Gooseneck Hitch
    Trailer bouncing and rough rides are common complaints among customers that are towing their fifth wheel trailer with a gooseneck hitch and a gooseneck adapter like part # AM3100. Gooseneck adapters create extra distance between the king pin and trailer hitch and this extra distance creates torque on the trailer frame which creates the chucking and bouncing that you are referring to. Fifth-Wheel-to-Gooseneck coupler adapters are a good solution if you tow a gooseneck trailer and a fifth...
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  • Are Safety Chains Required when Using a Fifth Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter
    You will need to check with your local laws on what is required with your setup. But typically if the vehicle has a gooseneck hitch safety chains will be required. For a safety chain setup to go along with the Ranch Hitch Universal 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter # AM3100 that you referenced you would want the Safety Chains for Ranch Hitch 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter # AM3109. If you have a gooseneck hitch in your truck bed there should be a safety chain provision...
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  • Recommended Gooseneck Adapter When Height of Fifth Wheel Trailer King Pin is Not Known
    Because you do not actually know the height of the trailer, using the Ranch Hitch Universal Adapter, part # AM3100 that you referenced would be a good bet, due to its 3 inches of height adjustment. If your F450 has the short bed, I would advise using the Ranch Hitch Universal Adapter, part # AM1319. This adapter offers the same height adjustment, but also offers an 8 inch offset to the rear, to allow proper clearance between the front of the trailer and the rear of the truck cab. Knowing...
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  • Replacement Cable for Ranch Hitch 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter
    The whole engagement cable assembly is available, # AM3112, but not the cable part by itself. Replacing the whole assembly would be the preferred method though because there could be something damaged or out of sorts internally that you can't see.
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  • Chucking Experienced With 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter
    The attachment point between the fifth wheel king pin and the Ranch Hitch adapter is very tight. Threaded collars attach to the king pin, then the black adapter base threads onto the collars. The upper flange on the black adapter will actually bolt to the underside of the fifth wheel pin box. There will be no movement there. Any movement or chucking will be experienced at the point where the adapter attaches to the gooseneck ball. The chucking would be about what you would experience...
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    If you take a look at the linked diagram you can see the minimum recommended clearance distances between truck and trailer for 5th wheel towing. It is recommended to have at least 5-inches from the top of the bed rails to the bottom of the trailer overhang. If you are intending to modify your truck by having its bed rails partially cut out you'll have to determine how much needs to be cut out based on the height of your trailer when level. If you're going to lower the trailer for reduced...
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  • How To Determine Which Fifth Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter To Use on a Ford F-250 Long Bed
    Usually on a Ford F-250 long bed (8 foot) truck an offset gooseneck adapter is not necessary, but you can measure to see if you would need one. To determine the clearance needed on your F-250 long bed, you need to take the width of your trailer and divide by two. Then measure from the gooseneck hitch ball in the truck to the back of the truck cab. That dimension should be 4 inches more than your first measurement for correct clearance. For example, if your trailer measures 96 inches...
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  • Is an Offset Adapter Needed to Tow a 5th Wheel with a Gooseneck Hitch on a 2011 Ram 2500 Short Bed
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    For your Ford F-550 with a CM SK model flatbed, you are limited as to the adapters that will work. Because your ball is recessed 2 inches, the space around that may or may not allow for an offset. I have a couple options for an offset adapter. The Ranch Hitch Universal 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter w/8" Offset for Short-Bed Trucks # AM3139 and the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter w/ Offset - 12" to 16" Tall # CAB-C5GX1216 both allow an offset for the additional...
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  • Slide Hammer Recommendation Replacement for Ranch Hitch 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter
    I am pretty sure you have the Ranch Hitch adapter part # AM3100 and the tool you are looking for is the Slide Hammer for Ranch Hitch 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter # AM3103. Let me know if you were referring to something else.
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  • Methods for Gaining Extra Clearance Between Gooseneck Hitch and Trailer
    Thank you for providing a photo of your Ford F-350 Super Duty dually flat bed that you are using to pull your gooseneck trailer. I understand you are looking for ways to increase your turning clearance between the corners of the truck bed and the gooseneck coupler. Modifying your truck bed by cutting off the rear corners is certainly one solution, however we may be able to offer you a simpler solution that will not require you to alter the truck. B&W makes an Extend-A-Goose Gooseneck...
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  • Lock Compatible With Ranch Hitch Gooseneck Coupler Adapter
    The Ranch Hitch Universal 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter # AM3100 does not have an integrated lock. You can always add components like the Safety Chains for Ranch Hitch 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter # AM3109 and the Blaylock EZ Lock for Set Screw on Gooseneck Coupler - Aluminum # BLTL-51-40D. You may be interested in the Slide Hammer for Ranch Hitch 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter # AM3103 to assist with installation of this product.
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  • Replacement Cable Recommendation for a Ranch Hitch Fifth Wheel Adapter
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  • Replacement Split Collet and Threaded Collar for Ranch Hitch # AM3100 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter
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    For the Andersen # AM3100, the torque spec for the set bolts is 180-foot pounds. For the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter # CAB-C5G, the cap screws require 100-ft lbs of torque.
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  • Tips for Removing Adapter of Ranch Hitch Universal 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter
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  • Calculating Clearance Between the Bumper and 5th Wheel Trailer on a 2005 Ford Super Duty
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    A good rule to follow is to allow 6 inches or more of clearance between the sides of the bed and the bottom of the 5th wheel trailer to allow for dips and bumps in the road. To find the right 5th wheel to gooseneck adapter for your truck and trailer, there is a simple measurement you can take. First, back your truck into position as if you were hooking up your fifth-wheel trailer. Make sure that the truck and trailer are level. Next, measure from the pin plate (the bottom of the pin...
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  • How to Remove the Ranch Hitch Adapter From a 5th Wheel Trailer King Pin
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  • Installation and Safety of the Fifth Wheel to Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Adapter # AM3100
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  • What Is Needed For More Clearance Between The Bed Rails And Gooseneck Trailer On A Ford F-150 Truck
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