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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

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  • Fifth Wheel Trailer to Gooseneck Hitch
  • Bolts Over King Pin
  • Convert-A-Ball
  • Adapts Trailer
  • King Pin Adapters
  • 20000 lbs GTW
  • No Offset
  • Adjustable Height
Use your gooseneck hitch to tow your 5th-wheel trailer by hooking up with this adjustable coupler adapter. Poly cushions absorb shock for a smooth ride. Adjustable height fits multiple applications. 20,000-lb GTW. Call 800-298-8924 to order Convert-A-Ball gooseneck and fifth wheel adapters part number CAB-C5G or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Convert-A-Ball products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter - 12" to 16" Tall - 20,000 lbs. Gooseneck and Fifth Wheel Adapters reviews from real customers.


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Convert-A-Ball Gooseneck and Fifth Wheel Adapters - CAB-C5G

Use your gooseneck hitch to tow your 5th-wheel trailer by hooking up with this adjustable coupler adapter. Poly cushions absorb shock for a smooth ride. Adjustable height fits multiple applications. 20,000-lb GTW.


Features:

  • 5th-Wheel-to-gooseneck adapter lets you tow your 5th-wheel trailer with your gooseneck hitch
    • Coupler bolts to your trailer's king pin and connects to gooseneck ball
  • Interior polyurethane cushions act as shock absorbers for smooth, safe ride
    • Reduce bounce and vibration
    • Minimize wear and tear on both your trailer and tow vehicle
  • Adjustable height fits multiple applications
  • Fail-safe king pin adapter has built-in, positive-lock feature to secure trailer to hitch ball
    • Steel extension handle lets you slide bar to lock or unlock coupler from outside the truck bed
      • Acts as a latch, keeping adapter secure
      • Can be replaced with a padlock (sold separately) for greater security
  • Durable, cast steel construction
  • Rust-resistant powder coat finish
  • Safety chains included
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Towing capacity: 20,000 lbs
  • Pin weight capacity: 4,000 lbs
  • Application: 2-5/16" gooseneck hitch balls
  • Adjustable height (from top of gooseneck ball to base of king pin box): 12" - 16"
  • Collapsed height of adapter: 15-1/2"
  • 2-Year limited warranty


Note: This adapter is not recommended for use with Reese Elite Series gooseneck trailer hitches. It is also not recommended for use with factory-installed towing prep packages from Ford 2011 to present or Ram 2013 to present.


Warning: Not compatible with sidewinder king pins. When used together they produce two pivoting points at both the ball and the turret which is a safety hazard. Also not compatible with any air ride 5th wheel king pin.


Finding the Correct Size Fifth-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter

After backing the vehicle under the trailer, measure from the top of the ball in the truck bed to the base of the pin box on the trailer. This will indicate the height of the adapter that you need.


Convert-a-Ball Collar

Secure Installation

The included collar slides over your fifth-wheel trailer's king pin and is held in place with set screws. Additional, larger set screws that are mounted at the top of the coupler adapter then tighten onto the collar.


Convert-a-Ball Locking Feature

Positive-Locking Feature

This trailer coupler adapter features a simple, secure latching mechanism for safe, easy hookup with the hitch ball. The convenient extension handle grabs the sliding latch so that you can easily lock or unlock the coupler from outside the truck bed. Once the coupler is engaged, hook the handle through the hole in the sliding latch's track to ensure that it remains securely coupled. For extra safety, once the coupler is latched, you can replace the handle with a padlock (sold separately) to secure the trailer to the hitch ball during towing. Use a lock while your trailer is being stored to guard against towaway theft.


Pin Box Length

Note: There are no recommended limits to the length of pin box on which the Convert-A-Ball trailer coupler can be used.




C5G1216 Convert-A-Ball Adjustable Fifth-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter - 12" to 16"






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


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Convert-A-Ball Gooseneck and Fifth Wheel Adapters - Adapts Trailer - CAB-C5G Review

Speaker 1: Today, we're gonna take a look at the convertible cushion fifth wheel to gooseneck adapter. Has a 20,000 pound weight capacity. Now this fifth wheel to gooseneck adapter will let you tow your fifth wheel trailer with your gooseneck hitch. Basically, this adapter will bolt to your trailer's kingpin using this locking collar. It'll connect to the gooseball on your tow vehicle. On the inside of this adapter, there's an interior polyurethane cushion to act as a shock absorber for smooth safe ride, helps reduce bounce and vibration and will even minimize wear and tear on both your trailer and your tow vehicle.

The adjustable height of this adapter allows you fit multiple applications. If you loosen these adjustment screws right here, this will allow you to raise or lower the adaptor body. Now if you do go too high, you'll notice the red ring there. Now you want to make sure that red ring on there does not show. The red ring showing would indicate the coupler's too low to be safely connected to the adapter body.So if that red ring is showing, let me lift it up again just to show it to you, that red ring is showing, what you'll need to do is lower the trailer jacks until there's no red showing before tightening these adjustment screws and jam nuts.

Now this is a fail safe kingpin adapter, has a built in positive lock feature here to secure the trailer to your hitch ball. Right here, it's in the open position to go over the gooseneck ball. When you move it over there, it locks it to the gooseneck ball. What's nice is this comes with the steel extension handle that'll let you operate this lock from outside your truck bed. This handle will be on your driver side, so you can just loop it like that.

Then from the outside, just push your handle. Move it to the open position. Move it back to the lock position, very handy, just like that. Also what's nice, put it in the lock position. This extensional handle can be used as a latch, keeping the adapter secure.

Basically, there's a hole right here.If you run this loop on the other end through the hole, put it around the handle and then let it stay like that, it'll keep that handle from going into the open position. Also, if you want added security, that hole is large enough that you could put a padlock through there and then give you extra security that way. That padlocks we do sell separately. Now this adapter is a durable cast steel construction, has a nice rust resistant powder coat finish. Comes, as you can see with the safety chains. Comes with the locking collar we mentioned, that positive lock extension handle's also included, and a nice set of detailed installation instructions on how to install everything. A few specs on this. The towing capacity is 20,000 pounds. Pin weight capacity is 4,000 pounds. Application, it is designed to fit a standard 2 5/16 diameter gooseneck hitch ball. The adjustable height portion, this part here that we move, this'll go anywhere from 12" to 16". That's measured from the top of the gooseneck ball to the base of the kingpin box.The total height with it full collapsed like this from here to here, got a tape measure's gonna be right at about 15 1/2". Now to install this, just briefly, I just want to show you what you would go through. You'll start with this locking collar right here. This'll go over the kingpin and the glocking collar is marked. Right here, it'll say top, front, and that white line there, what you want to do is line that white line on the collar to the exact center of the front of the kingpin box. Then what you'll do is you'll notice there's three Alan bolts. You unscrew those to open it, slide it up on the kingpin, then tight that down over the kingpin, making sure this is at the center. Then with this on the kingpin, your adapter will go right on into that and then once it gets down there, you'll notice there's three indentations right here. That's where these screws will tighten down into there and hold it into place and then tighten down the jam nuts to secure it. So this will attach to this after this is installed on your kingpin.Then once that's all done, now when you do install this, you want to make sure there's a label here that says front and one here that says front. That front label will face the tow vehicle and make sure your red locking handle's on the driver's side of the tow vehicle in the open position. Then it's ready to install, so basically then what you'll do is just raise your trailer with this adapter attached, back your tow vehicle under the trailer, centering the adapter, and then lower the trailer to a leveled towing position. Loosen these adjustment screws and then lower the ball cup over the ball. Then make sure it's all connected properly. Put it in the lock position. When you undo that, you want to make sure as I mentioned before that there's no red showing on the adapter body. Then go ahead and tighten your adjustment screws and jam nuts. You'll be all ready to go. Of course, don't forget to hook up your safety chains. But that should do for the review on the convertible cushion fifth wheel to gooseneck adapter with a 20,000 pound weight capacity.


Customer Reviews

Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter - 12" to 16" Tall - 20,000 lbs - CAB-C5G

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (410 Customer Reviews)

Use your gooseneck hitch to tow your 5th-wheel trailer by hooking up with this adjustable coupler adapter. Poly cushions absorb shock for a smooth ride. Adjustable height fits multiple applications. 20,000-lb GTW.

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High quality. Can't believe how easy to install. Adjusts to your specific set up. Finished in short period of time. Worth the price. 553573



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We love this! So easy now to switch from Horse Trailer to Camper. Was easy to install and works great. 542569



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the product worked well for what I used it for. 574589



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john is my mechanic i was looking for a hitch for my 5th wheel so as also being able to keep my turn ball on . we found this. i ordered it . it is amazing it was so easy to put on that my son thought he did something wrong. this is one hell of an invention for the person that thought of it thanks. now i can use both trailers anytime i want and not mess with removing parts. 553927



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GREAT product. Well built. Functions perfectly. Everything was/is as advertised !! 560565



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I use this adapter to move 5th wheel trailers in and out of my shop. Easy to put on and take off without a lot of trouble. Good product overall. 550797



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Love it! It is definitely harder to hook up to a goose neck hitch then a slider because you have no give way, but it works pretty slick when hauling. 411150


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Great product! I love towing my 5th wheel now

Cheryl H - 07/28/2018

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the king pin/goose neck adapter is just the item I needed. I didn't find another one on the web that I felt met my needs. Your order staff was very helpful in explaining the adapter and the subsequent followup on trying to find the package because of UPS losing it. According to your tracking number it arrived in Canada in 3 days which was fine. UPS in Canada obviously doesn't share their American cousin's feeling on prompt and efficient service as it took another 20 plus days for me to receive it. In summary...your service was super....UPS....not so much. 560143



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Product was just as advertised. We have pulled with it twice and it performed flawlessly. We are pulling a 35 ft. 5th wheel travel trailer using the convert-a-ball onto our goose neck receiver in our F250 HD 7.3 liter diesel. Ordering through etrailer.com has become a great resource for us. 418680


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We have, ironically, had that convert-a-ball on a unit in storage since the only time we moved it! However, the short time we used the convert-a-ball, the only concern we saw was that, due to the air bag king plate, there was rocking motion front to rear. This is not any fault of the convert-a-ball. When we do put the unit on the road if we can get it repaired then we plan to have the king plate air bag deflated and then weld the upper and lower sections together. In this way, there can be no rocking from braking and starting.

RC - 08/14/2018

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Awesome product. Highly recommend it. Fairly easy to install, just needed to hunt down an 8 point socket to torque the bolts. I've hauled my 24' fifth wheel with it on several long trips and it has worked great. 570236



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I was really skeptical of this product being able to hold onto the fifth wheel pin without coming loose or holding itself in place without it moving in some way. I installed it in about 20 min. rechecking the set screws and alignment. Hooked onto the trailer and pulled 8 1/2 hrs rechecking it once and it never budged a bit. It was really tested on some of the highways which were nothing short of being acceptable of pot holes and just horrible jolting from these chuck holes pulling a 16K fifth wheel. I was impressed to say the least and wouldn't hesitate to give it 5 stars out of 5. The holes in fifth wheel wheel attachment weren't used which I'm sure would give even more stability if there were concerns. 544701



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Really like it gives me more room in the bed of the truck with my hidden hitch. Saves a lot of time and work it’s heavy....it. Costs more than competitors.. but wouldn’t want to trust my safety with a Walmart brand converter hitch just to save a dollar. Short story long I am pleased with my purchase. 516255



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This piece is great! I don’t have to drill any more holes in the bed of my truck to install a 5th wheel. Easily installed in about 30 minutes. I will recommend this to anyone that asks. For those looking to get one, here are the tools you’ll need to install: 19mm crowfoot 1/2” drive, 27mm crowfoot 1/2” drive, 3/8” hex 1/2” drive and a 1/2” drive torque wrench. I installed it by myself. I just back the truck underneath and lowered the kingpin down onto the adapter, after installing the kingpin ring. 563296



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This deal that I bought.... Works.. I like this one the best. I look at the other goose neck cuppler that others were trying to sell me. I like how it was easy to just bolt it on the king pin. I own a 2500 Dodge Ram it sets high. And the travel trailer sets low, so all I did was set the springs on top of the axels. Problem solved. We went to Florida to get this travel trailer and where I live in Tennessee and the route we took home,, well we mist the one road and ended up on the dragon tail (Hy 129 ) the twisting and turning the up and down that this road has to offer. Made it to Duck Town where we pick up Hy 68 north and the twisting and turning that this road has to offer before we made it home in Madisonville Tn.. The cuppler didn't loosen up. No wiggles or wobbles. I don't know how many foot pounds of what ever to tighten them bolts to... Because I couldn't read the instructions.... The shippers didn't put the instructions in its own pack nor in a safe place in the cuppler.. The video was a god sent. And I just used cheater bar on the wrench. Problem solved. I'm gonna recheck the bolts just to be sure before we take a trip. But I'm sure there tight. And I'll send you guys a note if I mess up.. But that cuppler is on there and I gonna drill out the pin box and bolt the cuppler to the pin box just for a pice of mine.. Legrand B 288187


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I still like it. Its money well spent. We took the camper out a few more times and October first were fixing to take the camper trailer over the mountains in North Carolina and camp for a few days. So I still say its money well spent.. Legrand Bloomstine

Legrand B - 08/28/2017

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Bought a truck with a heavy duty gooseneck hitch. Found a fifth wheel we wanted to buy. I ordered the CAB-C5G with 3 day shipping. It was here in 3 days! The unit was very heavy and the packaging was very well done. I read the instructions and gathered up the tools needed for the installation. We drove about 125 miles with it still in the box not knowing exactly what was going to happen. The seller and I took about a half hour to install it on the trailer and a few more minutes to adjust it in his driveway. Once we got it out on the road we noticed the trailer was front high. We took about 20 more minutes in a parking lot to make the final adjustments. My truck is a 2011 GMC 3500 single wheel so it is pretty high. On the road we experienced no problems on the 125 mile trip home. I was a little skeptical about how this would feel going down the road but after a little while we were doing the speed limit at 70 mph on route 93 South in NH coming out of VT. We stopped after 50 miles or so to check the torque on the bolts and it was fine. This adapter was supposed to be a short term fix until I could figure out a fifth wheel setup with the given hitch, but I think I just may like this on a longer term. With the fold over ball, I can use the bed of the truck without having to remove a big heavy hitch. This adapter is HEAVY DUTY, emphasis on heavy! Hooking up you have to have the trailer a little higher than normal to clear the ball height. Also yo do not have the luxury of the 5th wheel to guide you in if you're a little off. Mostly pros with this unit, can't come up with any cons. Great product and I would recommend it. 377549



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Good it was what I orderd just disapointed that UPS did not deliver it to my address, and not to my neighbor across the street. I was expecting the item on Friday and it arrived Thursday thanks 105988


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it has worked wonderful for us. We got a pickup that can now haul both the camper and the boat So the hitch will be a great asset.It was easy to install and fit live a glove.Only downfall was UPS delivered it to our neighbors house and it took both of us to carry it to my house.

Dennis A - 11/04/2014

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To be honest this adapter scared the heck out of me as I thought it wouldn't hold up and I was going to lose the trailer. I couldn't see how this adapter was as good or better than my standard 5th wheel hitch in my truck. However I was pleasantly surprised and proven wrong. We bought it because we were taking my father's truck , (Which was equipped to tow a goose-neck trailer), on a fishing trip that extended from Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana with the return back through Montana, Idaho and my home in Nevada. We had one problem and that was when we I tried to remove the adapter so I can tow it with my truck and standard 5th wheel hitch. It took me an hour to remove it with a lot of effort. I was amazed that it was so secure it had seemed to become part of the trailer. Since then I put the adapter back on and abandoned my traditional 5th wheel hitch. I was sold on this item. You cannot go wrong if you are shopping for such an adapter. 390060



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The gooseneck adapter was very easy to install and works and hauls well. I prefer to haul my fifth wheel with this adapter vs. a fifth wheel plate so I have less holes in my bed and my bed is flat. I have noticed my 2016 Chevy 2500HD rides rougher when hauling. I would recommend this product to someone that wants a cleaner bed and does not want to keep moving their fifth wheel plate in and out. 276832



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Installation is a breeze. I'm a short but stocky guy so installing it by myself wasn't hard at all. I just lowered the trailer to where I had enough leverage to hold the adapter up and be able to tighten the bolts down with the other hand. Torqued everything down to spec and was on the road in no time. Pulled off after 50 miles and retorqued everything as any good transporter does. This is where my review gets bad. The bolts that hold the adapter to the kingpin couple failed. They crushed on the ends and damaged the threads. Keep in mind, I followed the torque specs TWICE. I didn't have the twisting issues that others have had. It took me 30 min with a pull bar and a piece of pipe to get the bolts backed off enough to get the adapter off the kingpin coupler. Today I spent 30 min working ONE bolt completely out of the adapter and this is what I found. I am in contact with etrailer to get it resolved. The bolts and the inner threads are damaged. Hopefully this is just a lemon and I will get a replacement hassle free. Other than this, this is a great design and towed well. 233183


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Great product but the bolt crushing problem is a major one that I am working directly with Convert-a-ball to get fixed. They admit it is on their end and we are working on

Joe N - 12/05/2016

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We bought a 2001, 29' Keystone Montana 5th wheel,pulled by a 2008, F-450 with a gooseneck ball in the bed. I researched between the typical 5th wheel mount and the gooseneck conversion. YOUR videos and website gave me the most information, was clear even for a newbe like me and sealed the deal. The dealership that I purchased the 5th wheel from had never heard of this product and wanted to charge me about $125 installation for theirs because of the need to drill and weld. I told them about your product, gave them the You Tube and etrailer.com link. I bought yours and had it delivered to my house. The dealer was amazed at the ease of putting the unit on the 5th Wheel hitch and didn't charge me anything for the labor. I think they will be ordering product from you! Anyway, we have used it for only 2 weeks, it seems perfect in every way. Thank you so much for the ease of ordering, understandable videos, great website and order followup. The only suggestion I would have is to explain the difference in purchasing an offset unit vs. straight (like the one I bought) I was a bit jumpy about not knowing specifically which one I needed and why. Thanks for the great work, I am extremely pleased and I have been telling everyone about your company!!! 83825


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Youd only need the offset if your truck was a short bed.

-- comment by: Dennis W - 05/11/2015

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I don't often write reviews, practically never. But this one deserves one. So, I didn't buy it that you could use this adapter without bolting it to the trailer. Just a sleeve around the king pin and the hitch around the sleeve. Didn't buy it. But, they guarantee it to hold as long as you install it to their specks. So I did. Here's how the story goes. I was backing my camper into a garage and forgot to make sure the door was all the way up. You can see where this is going. I hit the door. Rolled out from under the door and discussed with myself, inspected the damage. This is not the impressive part. So distracted with what I've just done, I get everything straight and continue. Now this next part is important, I drive a dually pushing out just under 700hp. I can do doughnuts or sit and roast the tires. Not that I do, but I can. I like my stuff to last. I say that so that you don't brush off the impressive part. Once I got my camper into the garage I put my truck into first and sat there with my foot on the clutch thinking about the damage I'd just done and, absent mindedly, popped the clutch. Now granny gear has enough torque to slow the rotation of the earth, and I just unleashed it onto an unbolted hitch holding my camper above my truck. It snapped so hard that it slammed my head into my seat and broke off some small shavings in my rear end. Not my butt, the rear end of my drivetrain. But, the hitch held!!! Upon inspection nothing moved! Other than flipping my truck over, I don't know how to put anymore strain on it than that. Thank you so much for building a quality product!!! I'm sold! What just cost me a few hundred dollars in parts, broken ac and garage door, could have been thousands. Thanks again. Truly, thank you. 176431


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FEELING YOUR PAIN BRO LOL. THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE LISTED UNDER murphys LAW .I also call mine stupid fees More than I care to reveal...Ps. wow the prices have doubled since my last rv 5th wheel to bed ball in 03

-- comment by: QC - 09/10/2015

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I recently bought a 36ft 5th wheel toy hauler and needed a way to pull it, we didn't really want to install a 5th wheel hitch because we didn't want the extra holes in the bed of the truck so we bought this. I was nervous at first but this hitch adapter work very well. It mounted to the 5th wheel easily and sat right on the gooseneck ball that came built into our truck. It also disconnected from the truck with ease. We have left it hooked onto the camper for now for quick movement if needed. 312825


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I am still using the goose neck adapter, I now take it off if my camper is parked for a while just to reduce stress on the front end of the 5th wheel. I would recommend!

Lindsey - 11/01/2017

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I bought a newer pickup that had a ball in the bed of the pickup. I purchased your convert-a-ball adapter, and used it last weekend for the first time. I was very pleased with the ease of installing it. my wife and I did it ourselves. It worked perfect. I feel very safe pulling our heavy rv, and using the convert-a-ball. Thanks for your great invention. It was as good as advertised, and more. 84930


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We have had our convert a ball hltch for over a year,and have pulled with it thousands of miles. It has worked well, with no problems at all. We have gotten more than our moneys worth. thanks.

keith h - 07/07/2014

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the hitch arrived in 3 business days as promised via UPS. It weighing over 70 pounds I expected the cardboard box to be thrashed. The box arrived in perfect shape, great job on packaging . I immediately ran out and and began installing it on my trailer. Things went terrible, I had the white line on the collar facing forward per the video and the instructions; it just wasn't lining up when I slipped the hitch up. Plus it would not go up and seat to the king pin plate. I called customer service and they were going to have a technician call me. I started taking the collar off and that's when I discovered I had installed it upside down?? I flipped it over reinstalled it and the rest of the installation went perfect as per the instructions. If I had not of made that error the whole thing would have only taken about 15 minutes. I felt kinda stupid because the collar is stamped this side up and has an arrow. None the less I called customer service back and told them of my error and cancelled the technician callback request. Great product, love the additional bed space I gained by going to the turnover ball with the etrailer adapter. 251555



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The Product installed with no problem. I just got back from a 900 mi. round trip to Utah. I was in elevations from 1000 ft above sea level to 9000 ft. above sea level. I It hooks up very easy and is very good compared the my old system. I would have given it a Excellent except that it (rotated) turned about 1/4 of an inch.on the king pin as you can see on the Photos. I will be drilling holes in the King Pin Extension and putting in the four bolts before I take it out again. I was suprised that I did not receive the optional bolts nor was I asked if I wanted them. .I did order on line so I accept responsibility for it. At no time did I feel any safty issues. I had replaced the suspension on my trailer with the easy ride system and combined with your Convert-A-Ball Cushioned System my wife said there was a huge emprovement and I also felt a big difference it the Truck. It is a well engineered product and my raiting will go to Excellent after I put in the four Bolts. You can send me the bolts or I will get my own. Attached are some photos of my Truck and Trailer. The Trailer is a 2000 Forrest River Sierra Sport Toy Hauler. I bought it new. 9200 Dry. (2) 6500 lb Axels 1900 lb. on the Pin (est) If Questions, Feel free to call Have a Great Day JoeB 141891


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How do you plan on installing the 4 additional bolts?

-- comment by: Carlos G - 07/27/2014

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In the installation instructions Convert-A-Ball discusses the optional installation of additional bolts. However, these bolts are available only for the customer to contact the manfucturer, and are not sold individually. To gain access this is usually done by disassembling the pin box, or by drilling access holes in the plate, but this all depends on the configuration of your pin box, and if this adapter is intended to be a temporary or a permanent solution.

-- Rachael H - 7/29/2014

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I did as I said I would do and I drilled four hole in the pin box and installed four bolts. I feel much more confident in the system. I am very happy with it at this time. To drill the holes I removed the pin box and used the adapter for a pattern, I then drilled the holes by hand. 1/2 in Drill

Joe B - 07/17/2015

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Joe, what is the box length of your Ram?

-- comment by: Raymond L - 10/21/2015

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Raymond L.: My Ram is a 3500 4X4 SRW It has the 8Ft bed. I pulled the same Toy Hauler with two different Quad Cab PUs over the years with 6-12 ft. beds. One 2WD and one 4X4 before this one. I ordered this P/U as a Std. Cab. It is set up like a Laramie inside. towing I get 10-13 MPG. Empty 22 MPG It tows at any speed I want in the Mountains.

-- comment by: JoeB - 10/26/2015

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Researched several products similar to this and this was the best. Received it in a few days. Exactly what I needed for my camper. Installation was easy. YouTube video was very helpful. Will recommend to anybody. 35775


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what is distance from rear bumper and lower front of fifth wheel. also it looks like you ,are at a skew with your adapter, is that with all the weight lowered on to the truck. if not how well does it tow like that.

-- comment by: donnie h - 09/13/2015

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The space between is about 2-1/2 feet. Plenty of room. That is how my hitch sets fully, its mostly due to me running 315s on my tires. But Ive pulled it all around the south and even up to the Great Lakes. Never once had a problem

-- comment by: John W - 09/21/2015

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thankyou for your answers

-- comment by: donnie h - 09/23/2015

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I want to thank Etrailer for the great customer service I received. Emily H, was very helpful in the process of my purchase. The c5g _1216 converter ball adapter was a very well made and sturdy product. And will handle the 39ft toyhauler that I have it installed on. The installation was very easy and simple. So thanks again Etrailer for a great product and fast delivery, and great customer service. Walter, R 233926


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When I first received it I thought it would work out. But after using it for a couple of months, I had to remove it. The ride quality was terrible and the jerky ride while towing was unbearable. Plus the additional stress it put on the frame of my fifth wheel trailer over time would cause even more problems. So I removed it and installed a Curt fifth wheel hitch and now the ride is much better and smoother with no jerkiness. Would not recommend this adapter at all.

Walter, R - 12/16/2016

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Product arrived as described. Was very easy to install, took about 30-45 minutes including reading the instructions. It would be nice if the bolts to secure the hitch to the collar, as well as the bolts used to adjust the height were a standard bolt head vrs a square head. Other than that very easy & straight forward. I like this adapter much better than having the traditional 5th wheel hitch taking up room in the bed of my truck. 500661



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Just received the hitch Some of this must be UPS but you guys might need to up your game in the packing department. I can't imagine this hurting this chunk of steel so I'm not too concerned. I have opened the box and all looks good. It would help to have listed out wrench sizes needed for installation prior to receiving the item. That way I could be prepared if I don't own the right sizes. Thankfully I'm old and have many tools younger people don't have. I do have what is needed in my tool box. I did appreciate the videos online. They made me feel much more confident in my abilities to install this product with safety. I own a Ram3500 longbed and will be pulling a 2014 Jayco Eagle 35' 5th wheel. GWV 12060 unloaded. My truck came to me with a Gooseneck hitch built in and I do use the bed on a regular basis. Getting an adapter seemed the logical direction. I did receive a 5th wheel hitch along with the trailer and am planning on keeping it till I know I'm happy with the adapter. Now for installation... I'll need to report back after that is completed. So far I'm going with 3 stars as I withhold my true assessment till I am done and have driven this beast. 435445



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I just wanted to tell the folks at etrailer how great of an experance I had ordering from them. I ordered a 5th wheel to gooseneck adapter. From the time the phone rang until Wayne had taken my order was less than 2 minutes. These people know their stuff and the price was great. The install was flawless, fit perfect. I was kept informed several times by e mail what the status of my order was. My order came a day early even during a holiday week. I am sure glad to have some room in my p/u bed while pulling my 5th wheel. Thanks Wayne and thanks etrailer 133617


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Danny I notice you have a morryde pin box on your trailer. did you change the skid plate over to the morryde RPB77006 gooseneck adapter plate. to use this adapter?

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107122956 Unfortunately I won't be installing this until January when I pick up my trailer in Florida. The ordering and shipment came through fine and I am confident everything will be good to go! 574828



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We just installed and pulled a 5th wheel toy hauler 400 miles!! A what a great product, converter was heavy duty, 1 1/2 hours to install and set up. We have been pulling a goose neck horse trailer for years and was so happy that this adapter enabled us to haul this new trailer without any problems. The toy hauler (10,000 lbs empty) pulling was great and tracked straight, even with the 25+ miles per hour of wind all the way home. Just went between 55 and 60 miles per hour no problems. We are pulling the trailer with a 1999 F250 Superduty. Also have to say that etrailers customer service, especially Kim P. was the best!! They now have a new customer for life! 453174



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Quick & easy installiation 574468



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Easy to install Sturdy unit 564127



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The order was delivered right on time. It looks to be exactly what it is supposed to be, with all the correct parts. I would have thought it would have been a little more finely machined. It seems to be more roughly cast steel parts, but it should work just fine. I have not yet been able to put it on a trailer yet. I basically bought it so if I need to pull a friends trailer, because I have a gooseneck hitch. 562468



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Seems to work great. Easy to install. Shipping was quick and arrived in good condition. 557422



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Good quality product, instructions were easy to follow. Appreciate the prompt shipment. The tracking information was great! It was better than any other I have ever used. 554937



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received product as promised when i ordered . installed on my new fifth wheel in about 15 minutes . easy to follow instructions and easy to install . works great . 553287



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Great customer service. I needed it for the weekend coming up and they told me it would be delivered Wednesday and it showed up Tuesday. 551962



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I haven't installed it yet, but it looks super easy to install based on the great video on the website. It's heavy, solid, and I have no doubt it will work great! I'm excited about this piece of equipment! SUPER fast shipping and great customer service! 551810



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Ease of installation and speed of installation can't be beat. Proudly made in USA and best price out there. 548928



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works great 419313


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Worked great while I had it. Sold the trailer in Dec. & let it go with it.

Sonny H - 08/12/2018

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The adapter is very well made however I find it extremely difficult to line up with the ball in the middle of the bed without having an assistant watching it so I can get it to drop directly over. The safety chains require you to crawl into the bed this is not easy unless you are an athlete. Having the bed accessible when the fifth wheel is no longer hooked up is a benefit. I am considering going back to my champion fifth wheel plate. 603034



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Item as described ,works great and thank you for fast delivery and service 598593



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Had the large 5th wheel with the hitch for two trips. Traded truck and trailer in June. The Hitch worked great on the two trips was easy to install originally. Sorry to say it is now for sail we went with a small pull trailer. 595192



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great product, great value, easy to install, exactly as advertised, videos were very helpful, order with confidence, THANKS 594007



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This product did exactly as advertised and more. It allowed me to haul my 15000 pound RV trailer without having to buy a fifth wheel hitch setup for my truck. Later on in the year, I detached it and hooked it up to my aunt's fifth wheel trailer and hauled it home for her. Worked like a charm. I was able to install and uninstall it all by myself. 593502



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Received today, installed in 15 minutes. Thanks again fast delivery 590793



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i recieved product .have not used yet.looks like it came with every thing .im using it on a skyline nomad 2000 26 footer.dont have pics sorry .snowing here so have to wait till snow quits .. 589261



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EZ to install (about 30 minutes). I love it. 585885


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  • Comparison of Gooseneck and 5th Wheel Towing
  • Gooseneck trailers are primarily commercially used, while 5th Wheels are primarily used recreationally. A fifth wheel will generally have a smoother ride, which can be further improved by upgrading to an air-ride pin box which helps isolate road shock from the tow vehicle. Gooseneck hitches are typically rated up to 30K, but that capacity will be limited by the capacity of the install bracketry or by the towing capacity of the vehicle, whichever is less. Fifth wheel hitches are available...
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  • Gooseneck vs 5th Wheel Hitch for Towing My RV Fifth Wheel Trailer
  • 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...
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  • Is it Possible to Tow a Fifth Wheel Trailer with a Truck That has a 6 inch Lift Kit
  • With as much of a lift as you have and how tall your tires are it would surprise me if you could tow a fifth wheel trailer. Your best option for towing your trailer would be to return your truck back to stock height. The various issues you potentially will have trying to tow a trailer with a vehicle as tall as yours would be pretty hard to deal with. The only option to tow your trailer level would be to lift the trailer, lifting a trailer 6 plus inches is not exactly safe as the trailer...
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  • Concerns About Towing a 5th Wheel Trailer with a Dodge Ram 3500 Equipped with a Goose Neck Hitch
  • There are several ways to adapt a 5th wheel trailer to enable it to be towed with a truck that has a goose neck hitch installed. The best choice for you will depend on how often you need to change between trailer types. Some of the adapters that allow this flexibility will put more stress on the trailer frame than other types. Options are still somewhat limited for newer vehicles like your 2014 Ram. The best method is to replace the pin box on your 5th wheel with a compatible goose box...
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  • Options for Towing a Fifth Wheel Trailer with a Flatbed Truck with Gooseneck Hitch
  • It would take a very custom install that would require a qualified fabricator to come up with a way to attach the rails to the frame of your truck. Typically for flat bed trucks we recommend the Reese Low Profile Fifth Wheel Hitch part # RP30054 that you referenced as it is lower in height and works well on flat bed trucks but also requires a custom install. Check out the install instructions I attached for this hitch to the right as well. A much easier solution would be a gooseneck...
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  • Is a Fifth Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter Safe for Towing a 33 Foot 12,000 Pound Fifth Wheel Trailer
  • The Fifth Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter, part # CAB-C5G, would be safe for pulling your 12,000 pound Fifth Wheel. The adapter is rated up to 20,000 pounds gross trailer weight and you are well under the limit. Just make sure your king pin box on your trailer is no longer than 30 inches from the center of the king pin to the center of the the mounting bolts. Adapters are not the best thing to use for continual use. A Fifth Wheel trailer is designed to use the movement of the Fifth Wheel...
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  • Does a 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter Add Stress to a 5th Wheel Trailer Towed by 2011 Ford F-350
  • Using a 5th wheel to Gooseneck adapter, like the Convert-A-Ball Multi-Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter, # CAB-C5G, can apply added stress to the trailer frame. You will need to contact Keystone to determine if the trailer can be used with a 5th wheel to gooseneck adapter. The biggest drawback will be a decrease in ride quality. If the trailer has an extended pin box or requires additional support, reinforcement of the trailer frame will be required and should be performed...
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  • Best Way to Tow Fifth Wheel Trailer With 2014 Dodge Ram 2500 With Factory Tow Prep Package
  • In my opinion, the best way to tow a fifth wheel trailer with your 2014 Dodge Ram 2500 with the OEM fifth wheel prep package is to use a fifth wheel hitch that fits the in-bed pucks in your truck bed. You have several hitch options that will work, but my favorite is the B&W Companion 25K Fifth Wheel Hitch, # BWRVK3600. This hitch will drop right into the pucks in the truck bed and once it is removed, you will have full access to your bed. Curt also makes fifth wheel hitches for the...
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  • Options for Towing Fifth Wheel Trailer w/ Flat Bed Truck and Recessed Gooseneck Ball
  • As long as the recessed area in the bed measures at least 12 x 12 inches or so, most of the adapters we offer would work just fine for you. The best practice is to use a fifth wheel hitch for a fifth wheel, but in your case that isn't practical. Many adapters can be rough on the fifth wheel's frame, and some frame warranties will even state that an adapter shouldn't be used for that very reason. The Reese Goosebox is an exception. Because it includes an air ride component that exerts...
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  • Why Does Using Convert-A-Ball 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Void Warranty on Lippert 5th Wheel Frame
  • I can explain it. The use of a 5th wheel to gooseneck adapter such as # CAB-C5G increases the distance from the trailer frame to where it couples to the gooseneck ball. The distance is greater in this instance compared to having the trailer coupled to a regular 5th wheel trailer hitch. The extra distance puts more stress on the trailer because of increase leverage. This leverage can damage 5th wheel trailer frames, specifically up where the pin box attaches but where you can't really...
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  • Which Gooseneck Adapter, Andersen Ranch Hitch, Colibert, Or Convert-A-Ball for a Recessed Gooseneck
  • The Convert-A-Ball Multi-Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapters are going to be your best choice if they will work with the recessed gooseneck hitch on your Hillsboro flat bed. I took some measurements and found that the coupler is overall 7 inches wide at the base where it sets on the hitch ball. From the front of the housing where the handle is located to the center of the hitch ball the measurement is 5 inches and then 2 inches to the back side of the coupler from the center...
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  • How to Correct Surging or Bucking When Towing 5th Wheel Trailer Using Gooseneck Adapter
  • Any type of adapter will introduce some degree of additional motion, noise and/or vibration in a towing system. The Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter # CAB-C5G that you referenced and the offset version # CAB-C5GX1216 are no exceptions, and although these do include polyurethane cushions that act as shock absorbers, they will not deliver the same performance as a system without adapters. There is no quick-fix to the ride quality issues you're experiencing, but we can...
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  • Can the CAB-C5G 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter be Used without Bolting or Welding to Trailer Pin Box
  • Yes, you can use the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter, # CAB-C5G, without bolting it to the trailer king pin boxes. This is the best option for this coupler because it allows you to tow different trailers without the need for modification to the trailer pin boxes. This also makes the adapter fairly easy to move from trailer to trailer. One thing I would like to mention is that any of the offset adapters for short bed pickups, like part # CAB-C5GX1216, will require...
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  • Can Tow Behind Trailer be Safely Converted to a Gooseneck for Improved Towing and Handling
  • Converting a pull behind trailer to a gooseneck would not be an easy task and would require a lot of fabrication, if it is even possible. Instead of looking into modifying the 32 ft tow behind RV trailer, I recommend that we take a look at your towing set-up. With the properly rated and adjusted system, there really is no reason that you can't have a comfortable towing experience with a pull behind trailer. The first place that I would start is with your sway control. Since your trailer...
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  • What is the Minimum Clearance Between Truck Bed Sides and the Bottom of a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • 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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  • Gooseneck or Fifth Wheel Recommendation for a Car Hauler Trailer
  • If your truck is a long bed I would go with a gooseneck setup as they are just a much simpler design that have higher capacities. The only advantage fifth wheels have is that they make slider hitches which will allow you more clearance around corners with short bed trucks. I like goosenecks because they also allow your truck bed to be clear much easier. Fifth wheel hitches can weigh several hundred lbs and removing them is no easy task. A gooseneck hitch allows you to easily flip the...
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  • Will Demco Fifth Wheel Adapter Work With Flatbed Recessed Ball
  • If you were speaking of the Demco 5th Wheel Base Rails Adapter # DM6140, then that is only for use with B&W Turnoverball gooseneck hitches. You can use an adapter such as the Convert-A-Ball # CAB-C5G if the recessed area is about 12" x 12". Keep in mind that adapters such as this may void the warranty on your trailer as they add stress to the frame.
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  • How to Measure to Determine the Correct 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter
  • You will need to measure to determine how long the fifth-wheel to gooseneck adapter will need to be. Park your fifth-wheel trailer on a fairly level surface. Back your vehicle under the fifth-wheel trailer stopping when the center of the king pin is directly above the gooseneck hitch ball, measure from the top of the gooseneck ball on the truck to the base of the pin box on the trailer. This will give you the measurement needed to select an adapter. The adapters we offer range between...
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  • What is the Best 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch or Gooseneck Option to Maximize Space in My Truck Bed
  • The best way to maximize the usable space in your truck bed, while still using a 5th wheel, is to use a Signature Series 5th wheel. When not in use, the 5th wheel can be removed leaving 4 mounting feet in the bed that rise only a couple of inches above the bed. I have attached a video below showing installation to give you a better idea of how the Signature Series works. If you wanted to go with a gooseneck, you could use something like a Hide-A-Goose. With this hitch, the ball can be...
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  • Minimum Distance Between Truck Bumper and Fifth Wheel Trailer on 1997 Ford F-350 XLT Dually
  • The absolute minimum recommended distance between the truck bumper and the front of the trailer's lower portion (not the overhang) is 16 - 24 inches. The particular minimum in any given application will depend on several factors: the type and length of your 5th wheel's pin box; the particular 5th wheel hitch installed in your F-350 (or the type of adapter used if the truck has a goose neck hitch); and the design of the trailer and where you are measuring. Another way to check is to...
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  • Determining Needed Fifth Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter Height
  • The easiest way to do this would be to determine the exact adapter height you need. You will need to take some measurements. Jack the trailer so that it is level, and then back the truck up as if you were hitching it. Measure the distance from the bottom of the pin box (not the king pin) to the top of the gooseneck ball. (See provided diagram). This distance is the adapter height needed. You will also need to make sure there is a minimum of 6 inches clearance between the bottom of the trailer...
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  • Does the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter Need to Be Bolted to the King Pin
  • It is not required that you run bolts through the bolt holes of the hitch plate bolt holes of the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter # CAB-C5G, but if you want to you can contact Convert-A-Ball and they will supply you with a bolt kit. Convert-A-Ball guarantees that if you install this product correctly you will not need to use the bolt holes. The reason the bolt holes are there is because this adapter shares the same hitch plate as the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck...
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  • 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Adapter Recommendation for a Toy Hauler
  • You are correct in that some gooseneck hitches have weight ratings that will handle up to 26,000 pounds or more. However, if you use this adapter, # CAB-C5G, you have to abide by the lowest limiting factor. For instance, if you had a heavy-duty gooseneck hitch and then used this adapter to pull a fifth wheel trailer, the adapter would be the limiting factor of 20,000 pounds towing capacity and 2,000 pounds tongue weight capacity. If you are trying to tow your toyhauler fifth wheel with...
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  • Installation Instructions for Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter # CAB-C5G
  • I attached a couple pictures to the right that have the installation instructions for the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter # CAB-C5G.
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