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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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  • How to Determine the Tongue Weight of a Fifth Wheel Trailer
  • There is not an easy way to verify the tongue weight of a fifth wheel trailer if you do not already have the trailer. The best way to find the tongue weight of your fifth wheel trailer is to use a commercial scale like those at truck stops or at material supply centers. First you should weigh your tow vehicle without the trailer connected. Next, connect your trailer to your tow vehicle and drive it on the scale. The difference between the two weights is the tongue weight. Since you...
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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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  • 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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  • What Percent of a 5th Wheel Trailer King Pin Should be the Tongue Weight
  • A basic rule to go by is that the tongue weight of a 5th wheel trailer is about 20 percent of the gross trailer weight. Based on the 5th wheel trailer dry weight of 13,400 pounds the dry hitch weight is correct at 2,535 pounds. Just under the 20 percent of the 5th wheel dry weight or precisely 18.9 percent. The tongue weight of the 5th wheel trailer at 20 percent is 2,680 pounds based on a dry weight of 13,400 pounds. So as long as you keep your tongue weight at 3,000 pounds or below...
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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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  • How To Measure Clearance on Ford F-250 Short Bed to Determine if Offset Gooseneck Adapter is Needed
  • To determine the clearance needed on your F-250 Super Duty 6-1/2 foot bed, you need to take the width of your fifth wheel 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 wide, take half (48 inches), then add 4 inches (52 inches). So if the measurement from the gooseneck hitch ball in the truck...
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  • How to Determine the Pin Weight of a Fifth Wheel Trailer
  • The best way to find the pin weight of your fifth wheel trailer is to use a commercial scale like those at truck stops or at material supply centers. First you should weigh your tow vehicle without the trailer connected. Next, connect your trailer to your tow vehicle and drive it on the scale. The difference between the two weights is the tongue weight. You will want to make sure you trailer will be loaded as it normally would be when towing to get an accurate number. The Convert-A-Ball...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 2014 Ford F-250 Crew Cab Short Bed Hitch Recommendations for Towing a Fifth Wheel Trailer
  • To determine if the truck you are intending to buy can tow the trailer that you are looking at, you will need to use the following formula to determine the maximum allowable tow rating for your truck. GCW - GVW = Maximum GTW GCW: Gross Combined Weight - The actual weight of the vehicle and trailer combined. This weight should always be obtained by weighing the vehicle and the trailer together on a scale. GVW: Gross Vehicle Weight - The actual weight of the vehicle when fully loaded....
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  • Do Gooseneck to Fifth Wheel Adapters Stress Trailer Frames
  • The fifth wheel to gooseneck adapters like part # CAB-C5G do put a bit more stress on the frame of the trailer as they allow for more movement when compared to a fifth wheel hitch that has 4 contact points to stabilize the connection. At the base of the connection with an adapter you have a gooseneck hitch ball which would pivot and move easily whereas at the base of a fifth wheel hitch there is a wide footprint to stabilize side-to-side movement. That being said, we sell a ton of these...
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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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  • Towing a 5th Wheel Trailer with Gooseneck Hitch in a 2011 Dodge Ram 3500 Short Bed
  • With a short bed truck you will want an adapter that moves the pivot point of the trailer back. The offset adapter # CAB-C5GX1216 still pivots on the ball so no extra clearance is added by going with it. Currently the only 5th wheel to gooseneck adapter that we offer that has an offset is the Anderson Ultimate connection # AM3225. The Andersen adapter clamps around the gooseneck ball in the bed of the truck and has an adapter that fits the 5th wheel king pin to attach to the ball on...
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  • Recommendation to Tow 5th Wheel Trailer with 2012 Ford F-150 with 5-1/2 Foot Bed
  • I do have a solution for you, however Convert-A-Ball does not recommend using the Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter # CAB-C5GX1216 on trucks with beds shorter than 6 feet. The issue with towing a fifth wheel trailer with a 5-1/2 foot bed is the clearance between the trailer and the rear of the truck cab. Even with an adapter like this one that features an offset, the actual pivot point will not change, so there is still going to be a lot of difficulty when making sharp turns. The...
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  • Will Convert-A-Ball 5th-Wheel-To-Gooseneck Adapter # CAB-C5GX1216 Work on Ford F-450 And RV
  • As long as you have a gooseneck hitch on your 2011 Ford F-450 Super Duty truck, the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-To-Gooseneck Adapter # CAB-C5GX1216 is a compatible fit for your RV. The coupler will bolt to your trailers king pin and will connect to the gooseneck ball. This item features a height differential of 12-16 inches. To find the correct size, you will need to back the vehicle under the trailer, measure from the top of the ball in the truck bed to the base of the pin box...
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  • Recommended Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch For 2016 Ram 1500 With A Short Bed
  • Per one of our towing experts they said you will want to check with the fifth wheel dealership to make sure a longer pin box can be installed on your camper. They told me many times manufacturers do not recommend longer pin boxes. I do have an option for you. With the shorter bed on your truck you can eliminate the need for a different pin box. I recommend the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch, part # DM8550040. Installing this hitch will give you give you 22-1/2 inches...
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  • Does Convert-A-Ball 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter # CAB-C5GX1216 Work with Hide-A-Goose Hitch Ball
  • The Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter # CAB-C5GX1216 will allow any 5th wheel trailer (that is not equipped with a Sidewinder, Revolution or Air-Ride pin box) to be pulled by a tow vehicle equipped with a goose neck hitch. This adapter works fine with a Draw-Tite Hide-A-Goose Gooseneck Hitch Ball like # 19309. The linked article covers all of the various types of adapters available for towing a 5th wheel with a gooseneck hitch. One of these adapter types, the Reese...
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  • Will Convert-A-Ball Cushioned Ball Mount for 2-1/2 Inch Hitches # AMSCV-2 Fit a 2011 Ford Super Duty
  • The Convert-A-Ball Cushioned Ball Mount for 2-1/2 Inch Hitches, part # AMSCV-2, will fit your 2011 Ford Super Duty if it has a 2-1/2 inch receiver. It has a towing weight capacity of 18,000 lbs and a tongue weight capacity of 2,000 lbs. This ball mount has a 2 inch drop and a 3/4 inch rise. To determine the drop or rise you will need for towing you will need to measure the hitch height on your truck. With the vehicle parked on level ground, measure to the top of the 2-1/2 inch receiver...
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  • Maximum 5th Wheel Towing Capacity of 2015 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn 4x4 Diesel SRW
  • If your owner's manual does not state the truck's towing capacity there is a simple way to determine this using the information on the driver's door jamb plate or sticker. Locate the truck's GCWR (gross combined weight rating) and from this subtract its GVW (gross vehicle weight). The difference between these two figures is the maximum towing capacity of the vehicle when it is loaded.
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  • Bolting Convert-A-Ball 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter # CAB-C5G to 5th Wheel Pin Box
  • As long as the set screws that attach the collar to the king pin are evenly tightened so that the surface of each set screw is flush with the collar, and the cap screws that secure the collar to the adapter are correctly torqued to the rating mentioned in the instructions, Convert-A-Ball states that it is not necessary to bolt the hitch plate to the pin box. In fact, they specifically guarantee that if correctly installed the adapter will not separate from the king pin. Because of the...
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  • Recommended Adapter To Tow Fifth Wheel Trailer With Gooseneck installed In 2013 Chevrolet Silverado
  • If you have a B&W Turnover Gooseneck Hitch installed in your truck, the best solution is to use a compatible fifth wheel hitch. The hitch I recommend is the B&W Companion, part # BWRVK3500. This slips right into the gooseneck ball hole and features dual jaws that reduce rattle and it has a head that can pivot so that also helps reduce chucking. Using an adapter like # AM3100 or # CAB-C5G will do the job but because they are rigid will not ride as smoothly as the Companion. The...
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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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  • Install Instructions and Install Video for Convert A Ball Fifth Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter
  • I attached a picture that shows the installation instructions for the Conver a Ball Adapter part # CAB-C5GX1216 that you referenced as well as an install video for you to check out.
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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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  • 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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