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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • Is Sag Caused by Trailer Tongue Weight Considered When Choosing Ball Mount w/the Right Rise or Drop
  • At most the tongue weight of a trailer would cause about 1/2 inch to 1 inch of sag at the ball mount (give or take a little and different for every vehicle). But on a 2016 Ford F-250 the suspension is potentially beefy enough to limit the sag to even less than that. The trailer can be off of level one way or the other (high or low) by as much as 1 inch and still be considered level. For cushioned ball mounts that fit a 2-1/2 inch trailer hitch receiver we have the following options: #...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Adapter Recommendation to Go From Leland 7921 Pin Box to Gooseneck Hitch
  • I wish we had a Reese Goose Box that fit as a replacement for a Leland 7921 but at this time we do not. Best alternative we have would be a Convert a Ball adapter like part # CAB-C5G. This attaches to the pin box of the trailer you plan on towing and gives you a gooseneck coupler to attach to a coupler.
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  • 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Duramax Towing 2015 Grand Design Solitude 325X 5th Wheel
  • The Chevrolet website lists the maximum 5th wheel towing capacity of the 2500 HD Duramax Crew Cab standard box 4WD truck as 15,800-lbs but it is always best to check your vehicle's owner's manual to confirm the capacity for your specific truck. If your trailer's GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) is 15K, then the truck will have just enough capacity. I suggest you choose a higher-rated hitch since hitches rated over 15K will give you the chance to have enhanced features not found on...
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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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  • 2016 Dodge 2500 Short Bed 5th Wheel Recommendation
  • The best option you gave is the first one. Using the # BWRVB3600 to install your Companion hitch would be the best route. This will essentially give you a # BWRVK3600. Since you have a short bed truck you are going to need to install a Sidewinder pin box on your trailer as well. You will need to remove the pin box of the trailer and replace it with a Sidewinder pin box. Sidewinders are pin box specific so you will first need to know what pin box you have now in order to pick out the...
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  • Gooseneck to 5th Wheel Trailer Adapter Recommendations and Safety
  • There are actually two possible options for you. Depending on which gooseneck hitch you have, you may be able to use a gooseneck hitch to 5th wheel trailer adapter. Take a look at the Hi-Rise Gooseneck-to-5th-Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter, # 9480. This hitch will fit in a Hide-A-Goose hitch by Draw-Tite or Reese. With this option, you will not need to make modifications to the trailer and the 5th wheel hitch can be removed when you need to tow a gooseneck trailer. The Hi-Rise is made...
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  • What size ball fits the Gooseneck cushioned trailer adapter CAB-C5G?
  • The Fifth Wheel to Gooseneck Cushioned Trailer Adapter fits a 2-5/16 inch ball. This adapter is adjustable between 12 and 16 inch sizes, so it is best to measure from the top of the ball on the truck to the base of the pin box on the trailer to find the correct size for your application.
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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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  • Recommended 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter for Atwood Gooseneck Folding Hitch Ball
  • The reason that we do not have any information regarding the Atwood Gooseneck Folding Hitch Ball is because at this time we do not carry it, although we do carry the Draw-Tite version # 8339-4434. I do have a solution for you as long as your Atwood hitch instructions do not prohibit the use of an adapter. Since your 2003 Chevy Silverado 2500 has a long bed, I recommend using the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter, part # CAB-C5G. This is one of our top of the line...
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  • Adjustable Pintle Hitch With Quick Change Balls
  • I believe I have something that may work for you. The Convert-A-Ball Pintle Hook Combo, # PH1 comes with 3 stainless steel balls. They also offer an Adjustable Pintle Mounting Bar, # AMPC2. Purchasing this combination would give you the ability to change balls and to raise or lower as needed. I've attached a diagram of how the system works as well as a video review on a 2012 Ford F-250. The Curt Pintle Hook with 2 5/16" Ball, # C45910-15-20, that you mentioned is adjustable, but currently...
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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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  • Recommended Fire Pit to use with RV Low Pressure Propane
  • I recommend looking at the Fire Dancer Portable Patio Fire Pit # FD500. This is a nice, compact and portable campfire that can run off a standard propane bottle. It is RV campground approved and includes a 10 foot long propane hose. The fire pit can operate for 20 hours on one 20 pound propane bottle. There is an in-line regulator with the fire pit that will ensure a safe pressure level is maintained while in use. If you have a propane source like a bottle, this will work great. If you...
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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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  • 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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  • Can a Dodge Ram 1500 with 16K 5th Wheel Safely Pull 9,300 lbs Trailer
  • The towing capacity of a truck can vary greatly according to how that truck is equipped. You should be able to find the tow ratings on your truck in the owner's manual or inside the driver's door jamb. Most likely the capacity of the 5th wheel hitch installed on your Ram pickup (16,000 lbs. capacity) is rated higher than the vehicle tow rating. You will need to abide by whichever rating is lower. Provided you stay within the limits of the lowest-rated component of your system, you can...
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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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