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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 just the vehicle on the scale. The difference between the two weights is the tongue weight....
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Solution for Chucking While Towing with Ranch Hitch Fifth Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter
  • Sounds like you are using the Ranch Hitch part # AM3100 to convert a fifth wheel trailer to be towed by a goosneck hitch. This adapter is not cushioned at all. We do have the similar Convert a Ball part # CAB-C5G which is cushioned which would relieve some of the chucking you are experiencing. Or if you have a standard gooseneck coupler and hitch setup you could replace it with a cushioned gooseneck coupler part # CG.
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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 Does the Convert A Ball 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter With Offset Add Clearance
  • The Convert-A-Ball Fifth-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter with Offset, # CAB-C5GX1216, is designed to be used with truck beds longer than 6 ft that are looking to get that extra couple inches of clearance. This offset adapter is not necessarily designed to allow for safe 90 degree turns, but it will allow you to make a tighter turn than you would be able to without the offset. Since you have a 5-1/2 ft bed on your 2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty, the only option that you will have to safely make...
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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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  • Tallest Rise 1-1/4 inch Hitch Ball Mount Availability
  • When measuring for ball mount rise/drop needed you have to measure from the bottom lip of the coupler to the ground and not from the top like you mentioned. That means your trailer height is going to be more like 20 inches instead of 22 inches. That being said the closest ball mount we offer to what you need is going to be the part # C45028 which can do a rise of 5-3/8 inches. Then for a 2 inch ball you would want the part # C40018.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Decide on Best 5th Wheel Hitch
  • 5th wheel towing will be easier in a long bed truck such as a 2015 Ram diesel 3500 with 8-foot bed. With a long bed you do not need a slider hitch or a Sidewinder replacement pin box in order to make tight turns. The linked article will explain further about Sidewinders and sliders for use in short-bed trucks. I advise you to avoid this extra complexity and cost by selecting a long-bed truck for towing your 5th wheel. First, you'll need an install kit for the hitch that fits your particular...
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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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  • 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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  • 14k Capacity Ball Mount Options
  • The ball mount part # AMSC4HD has a 14k capacity and is designed to fit a 2 inch hitch. This ball mount has a 2-3/4" Rise/ 4" Drop. For a hitch ball you would want the part # 63836 as it has a 14k capacity as well and is a 2-5/16 inch hitch ball. Or for an adjustable ball mount that can do various rises/drops you would want the part # AM3298. I attached a help article on how to pick out the correct rise/drop ball mount as well.
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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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  • 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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  • Wrench Size to Remove Large Bolt on Colibert 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter 205B
  • You would need to use a very large crescent wrench to loosen or tighten the large nut on the Colibert 5th wheel to gooseneck adapter 205B. It is actually a bolt that goes up into the adapter, not a nut. It is a 1 inch by 2-1/2 inch bolt.
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