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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Fifth Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter Recommendation for a Mor/Ryde Pin Box
  • The Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter # CAB-C5G that you referenced is a universal fifth wheel to gooseneck adapter that would work well on your Mor/Ryde pin box. There are no custom fit adapter that we offer designed to specifically work with the Mor/Ryde pin box, but the # CAB-C5G should work well.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Will Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter Work on Raptor 362TS Trailer
  • The Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter # CAB-C5GX1216 referenced in your question will work great on your Raptor 362TS Fifth Wheel Trailer as long as it does not have a Sidewinder, Revolution, or Air-Ride pin box). The adapter will bolt right to the trailer's king pin and allow you to tow it with the gooseneck hitch on your truck. This unit also features interior polyurethane cushions to act as shock absorbers for a smooth ride, along with a 7-1/2 inch offset to provide...
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  • Adapter to Tow a Gooseneck Trailer with a 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch on a Big Rig Tractor
  • For your set up I recommend an adapter that attaches to the gooseneck trailer. We actually have an FAQ article on this subject which I have linked for you. Given that your tow vehicle is a rig you will be looking at the adapters that fit in or replace the gooseneck coupler. Basically, these adapters fit in place of the regular gooseneck coupler and have a king pin on the ends to fit a 5th wheel hitch. I have included a link to the options. Some fit in place of the inner tube, like #...
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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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  • 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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  • 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 Size Outer Gooseneck Hitch Tube Accepts Convert-A-Ball Multi-Cushioned Trailer Coupler CG
  • The Convert-A-Ball Multi-Cushioned Gooseneck Trailer Coupler # CG will work in your gooseneck hitch so long as your outer tube is round with a 4-inch inside diameter and it has bolts to secure this inner tube component. Most gooseneck trailer outer tubes have 2-bolts to secure an inner tube like the # CG at the correct height. Note this coupler tube does not have a hole for a safety pin. The internal cushioning assembly in this coupler prevents having a safety pin hole. My contact at...
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  • What is the Towing Capacity of a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 4.7 Liter Auto with 2-Wheel Drive
  • I found an online copy of the owners manual for the 2012 Dodge Ram 1500. According to the manual with the 4.7 liter engine, and 2-wheel drive the maximum gross trailer weight can be 7,600 pounds. The payload (the amount of weight the truck bed can hold) is 1,700 pounds. That means that any 5th wheel trailer would have to weigh 7,600 pounds or less when loaded and ready to tow and have a pin weight of no more than 1,700 pounds.
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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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  • Replacement Pins and Balls for a Convert-A-Ball Interchangeable Ball Set
  • The internal pins in the balls are not available separately but you can replace the balls that include the pins. For a 2 inch use # 400B for nickel-plated steel, or # 401B for stainless steel. For 2-5/16 use # 600B for nickel-plated steel or # 601B for stainless steel.
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  • Can Interchangeable Ball Set with 1 Inch Diameter Shank be Used in 1-1/4 Inch Ball Hole
  • Yes, you can use the interchangeable ball set # 105TB in a 1-1/4 inch ball hole by using a bushing such as # 58184, # C21201 or # F-2.
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  • Would Using an Offset Convert-a-Ball 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter Give Clearance to Make 90 Turn
  • The offset gooseneck coupler adapters like part # CAB-C5GX1216 is designed to provide additional clearance between the fifth wheel trailer and the back of your truck bed. This item does not provide clearance to safely execute a 90 degree turn since the actual pivot point does not change. If you were interested in an item that will allow you to make 90 degree turns without hitting your truck cab, then I would recommend looking into either a sliding fifth wheel hitch or a fixed fifth wheel...
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