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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
  • Offset
  • Adjustable Height
Use your gooseneck hitch to tow your 5th-wheel trailer by hooking up with this coupler adapter. Poly cushions absorb shock for a smooth ride. Adjustable height fits multiple applications. Offset design is perfect for short-bed pickups. 20,000-lb GTW. Call 800-298-8924 to order Convert-A-Ball gooseneck and fifth wheel adapters part number CAB-C5GX1216 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 w/ Offset - 12" to 16" Tall. Gooseneck and Fifth Wheel Adapters reviews from real customers.


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Convert-A-Ball Gooseneck and Fifth Wheel Adapters - CAB-C5GX1216

Use your gooseneck hitch to tow your 5th-wheel trailer by hooking up with this coupler adapter. Poly cushions absorb shock for a smooth ride. Adjustable height fits multiple applications. Offset design is perfect for short-bed pickups. 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
  • Offset design provides additional clearance when making turns with short-bed pickups
    • Not recommended for trucks with beds shorter than 6'
  • 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:

  • Application: 2-5/16" gooseneck hitch balls
  • Towing capacity: 20,000 lbs
  • Pin weight capacity: 4,000 lbs
  • Height: 12" - 16"
  • Offset: 7-1/2"
  • Safety chain overall length: 25-1/2"
  • 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, GM, Dodge, or Nissan.


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. Because this adapter is designed with an offset, the top lip of the adapter must also be bolted to the base of the pin box to ensure proper positioning.


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.


Offset Design

This coupler adapter is specially designed for use with truck beds that are between 6 feet and 8 feet in length. The offset allows your trailer to sit a bit farther back than it normally would so that you can make turns safely and with confidence. Supplying that extra space between your trailer and truck cab creates the clearance necessary for you to make tight turns without your trailer hitting your cab.



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.



C5GX1216 Convert-A-Ball Adjustable Fifth-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter with 7-1/2" Offset - 12" to 16"

Replaces 5GX1214 and 5GX1416






Video of Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter w/ Offset - 12" to 16" Tall


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 CAB-C5GX1216 Review

Today we'll be reviewing part number CAB-C5GX1216. This is the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter with Offset. It can also range in heights from 12 inches to 16 inches. The 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter lets you tow your 5th wheel trailer with your gooseneck hitch. The coupler just bolts to your trailer's kingpin and connects to the gooseneck ball. This system has interior cushions that act as shock absorbers for a smoother, safer ride.

It's going to reduce bounce and vibration, and minimize wear and tear on both your trailer and your tow vehicle. The offset design provides additional clearance when making turns with short bed pickups, so it's not going to be recommended for trucks with beds shorter than 6 feet in length. The adjustable height fits multiple applications. You can see this portion here adjusts. When adjusting, you want to make sure that you can't see any of that red. Then it has the set screws here at the bottom, you just tighten those up to secure this portion in place.

The other portion that adjusts is the actual platform. It moves up and down this post down here. All you have to do is loosen up the set screws and then you can adjust that as needed for a couple more inches of adjustment. The failsafe kingpin adapter has the built in positive lock feature to secure the trailer to the hitch ball. The steel extension handle is going to let you slide the bar to lock or unlock the coupler from outside the truck bed. That's going to be this portion here.

It just gives you that extension so that way, you don't have to be in the truck bed to move it to a lock or unlock position. That just acts as a latch keeping the adapter secure. Once you have it in the position you want to, you just install the looped end or the curved end into this portion down here. It's going to secure the latch in place. You can also replace that with a padlock for greater security.

That is going to be sold separately. You can check out etrailer.com for some options. This is made from a durable cast steel construction with a rust resistant powder coat finish. It's also going to include the safety chains and a bolt-on kit. A bolt-on kit for the 5GX has been provided. You must bolt the C5GX to your kingpin box to prevent the adapter from being able to turn on the kingpin. It's going to offer us a towing capacity of 20,000 pounds with a pin weight capacity of 4,000 pounds. This is designed to work with 2 5/16 inch gooseneck hitch balls. The height adjustment is going to range from 12 inches to 16 inches. It's going to provide us with a 7 1/2 inch offset. Please keep in mind that this not compatible with sidewinder kingpins. When used together, they actually produce 2 pivoting points at both the ball and the turret, which is a safety hazard. The best way to determine the correct size 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter is going to be to back the vehicle under the trailer and then measure from the top of the ball in the bed to the base of the pin box on your trailer. Then this will indicate the height of the adapter that you need. It's going to come with a collar, and this collar just slides over your 5th wheel trailer's kingpin. It's held in place with the set screws that are already attached to that. Additional larger set screws that are mounted at the top of the coupler adapter, which is this portion here, then tighten onto the collar. Because the adapter is designed with an offset, the top lip of the adapter must also be bolted to the base of the pin box to ensure proper positioning. The offsite design is especially designed for use with truck beds that are between 6 feet and 8 feet in total length. The offset simply allows your trailer to sit a bit farther back than it normally would. That way, you can make turns safely and with confidence. Supplying that extra space between your trailer and truck cab is just going to create the clearance necessary to make tight turns without your trailer hitting the cab of your vehicle. Also, keep in mind that there are no recommended limits to the length of the pin box on which the Convert-A-Ball trailer couple can be used. That's going to do it for our review of part number CAB-C5GX1216. This is the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter with the Offset. .


Customer Reviews

Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter w/ Offset - 12" to 16" Tall - CAB-C5GX1216

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (53 Customer Reviews)

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

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This is my first 5th wheel but I have several other gooseneck trailers that I tow on a regular basis. I didn't want to have to switch back and forth so I bought this adapter. I have a long bed but I have a chase rack on it that goes up over the cab. I really didn't want to have to remove it every time I wanted to tow my new toy hauler so I got the offset hitch. Install was very straight forward. Took me about 40 min. to install. The hardest part was getting the bolts in as mine has the long pin box and it was all I could do to reach the holes. I don't have very many miles on it but it tows great. I didn't notice any difference from my other gooseneck trailers. 327967


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After a year in still very satisfied and glad I went this route.

Pierre B - 12/31/2017

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This hitch adapter is heavy duty. It's easy for two people to install in under an hour and all parts fit together well. The instructions were well written in English, which is the official language of our country (USA). The offset adapter works great with my 2011 Ram 2500 4x4 which sits higher due to oversized tires. My shipment was received two days after I ordered it without paying any expedited freight charges! Thanks to the Convert-A-Ball and the fine folks at etrailer.com my days of listening to a clanging 5th wheel hitch are over. Thank you etrailer. 63540


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Hi Dano. Is your truck a shortbed or longbed Thanks Bill

-- comment by: Bill - 01/15/2015

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My truck is a 2011 Ram 2500 Crew Cab 4x4 Short Bed.

-- comment by: Dano - 01/20/2015

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The CAB-C5GX1216 was the perfect fix for my situation, I have a 1997 Dodge ram 3500 Flatbed with a goosneck , i went with this so that i would not have to do away with my goosneck , and to give me more clearance for sharp turns. I would recommend this to anyone that uses a goosneck alot like i do, I had it installed in about 1 1/2 hours. The CAB-C5GX1216 is really well made. Really fast shipping and great service super nice people. What ever you buy from Etrailer you know that you get a great product and a great price. Thanks for all you guys do at etrailer 173170



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After installing the gooseneck, hooking it up to trailer, I was not impressed on the function of this gooseneck(recommended for short bed truck). Towing my trailer was like pulling the entire railroad pacific behind me.. Lot of tugging jerking. When I arrived to my destination the gooseneck had dropped down in the front giving it a dropped and sideways location instead of the installed and aligned position... Gooseneck was rated for up to 14,000 pounds.. I was towing only 9,000.. My vehicle struggled even though it is a GMC 2500 with all the gear...... 278808



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I bought this adaptor about a year ago and I have to say it has been worth every penny that I paid! I have an 8ft bed with a tool box in the back so having the offset worked great, giving me more ability to turn the trailer right where I needed it to get. Install was fairly simple but you'll want at least 1 more person to help since it weighs almost 90lbs. Have a torque wrench handy to. All in all I recommend this to anyone who has a gooseneck ball in the bed of their truck who wants to own a 5th wheel trailer! 371980



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I received the Convert-A-Ball within 5 days of placing the order. A friend of mine assisted me with the install. With the weight, it makes it a lot easier with assistance. We had it installed within 45 minutes. I was pleased with the quality of the construction and the detailed instructions. Most of all, I was pleased with the etrailer personnel. This product was suggested to me when I called and I did have to call with a question during install. Both calls were answered professionally and very helpful. 264030



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I bought this for a 1996 Long bed Chevy dually with goose neck ball and a 2006 Springdale 5th wheel.The product came with in a week of ordering. Customer service was great with answering my question before the final order was placed. The order did not arrive with installation instruction, I needed to call customer service and they e-mailed to me with in ten minutes. I would suggest including installation instructions and maybe other sale fliers. Over all a great team to work with. Adam 206873



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Easy Hook Up - No 5th Wheel Saddle to remove when you want the bed of your truck back for other use, you simply flip your goose neck ball over - very stable on the road even in High Wind situations - with 8" offset it gives you extra turning radius with the Cab of the Truck - doesn't bind when you are backed into low or high spot, which happens with the King Pin of lower cost fifth wheel hitches - ininstallation instructions were very Good 323875



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I have ordered many items from etrailer they always arrive fast this gooseneck to 5th wheel adapter installed easy and did the trick for me built very strong. The staff at etrailet is always very helpful. 386125



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We ordered this to convert a 5th wheel to goose neck,it was less expensive then buying a 5th wheel it self it was easy installation (about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. we towed our new gooseneck trailer home about 150 miles towed like a dream ,smooth ride no whip of any kind. ordering it was simple,questions we answered to make an informed dissisution.if i had to do this sale again,i would e-trailer made it easy. 64327



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Owned a year now GREAT product. Made very well. Installed in 40 minutes in dealership parking lot. Trailer towed beautifully thanks to cushion in system. 349652



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It was a pleasure dealing with etrailer.com. The website had all the info I needed. Once I decided on what I wanted, ordering was quick and easy. The adapter showed up within a week and was installed on my trailer within a half hour. The following weekend I towed it a total of 500 miles and had no problems. I'm 100% satisfied with this company and product! 177421



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The product was on the money. It came a day early. You guys and Customer Service were excellent. It was my first order and we were extremely pleased. My father owned a restaurant and would tell everyone if you have complaints on the food or service let the owner/cook know if you liked everything tell everybody. We will. Keep it up my brother! 370720



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I have a 3500 dodge mega cab with ram box 2012. It works great pushed camper back an lifted it up do it will not hit my cab are side of my bed. You need it so get this one. 190219


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Did you need to do anything special. Looking to use this in a 2015 3500 Mega Cab with the Ram box. Worried that the frame of the pin box is going to hit my tool box.

-- comment by: John L - 02/26/2016

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Ordered CAB-C5GX1216 Gooseneck adapter on a Thursday and had it at my house on Monday in Ohio. Took about an hour to install it by myself. Very well made heavy duty adapter. Have not towed with it yet but did have it hooked up to the truck to adjust height off of bed. Flip the Red lever to lock or unlock,very easy to use. 225761



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Product took about 2 hours to install by myself. Shipping was fast and free. I hooked our fifth wheel camper up to move it and make sure everything worked. I still need to park it on the level and check me adjustments as I set it as high as i could and we live on a grade. Using a 2008 Dodge dually mega cab. 341235



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Excellent product with good instructions. Well engineered and installed in little more than one hour. Looking forward to pulling our new Montana 33' with this hitch. Now I can use my gooseneck hitch for stock, flatbed and RV trailers all...and my pickup bed is still open. Yahoo. Thanks, Jim 221877



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Just got this installed DIY style. Took about 4 hours, removed the king pin box to ease the pain of drilling holes. Laying it flat on the ground was much simpler then drilling them upward. Took the trailer for a spin around the block and on the HWY seemed like a comfortable ride. 208412



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WE RECIEVED THE HITCH AND INSTALLED IT IN NO TIME.I PULLED A 34' FIFTH WHEEL WITH 2 SLIDES TO THE MOUNTAINS AND BACK WITH NO ISSUES WITH THE HITCH. IT WORKED GREAT.WE HAD SEVERAL SWITCH BACKS AND STEEP GRADES AND I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS HITCH TO ANYONE. I WAS WELL PLEASED! 60606



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Heavy duty. Two man job to install. Needed longer bolts but manufacturer was very helpful. Tows great, totally satisfied with product and service. I tow a 33foot Carri- lite fifth wheel rv (14000 lbs) with a 2016 F350 4x4 super cab with an 8 foot bed. 270164


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Terrific product. Had to get longer safety chains. Trailer tows great. After sale service is great.

march h - 07/11/2017

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Brittney was great to help me with the exchange from the straight model to the off-set model. It was delivered today and I was able to change it out and get it back to the UPS store all today for a return. Thank You It's going to work great. 323757



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great so far have to install yet.Bryan w customer service was 5 star talked to him on phone wensday afternoon. told him i wanted to leave for florida soon it was delived friday morning have not saw service like that in a long time thanks 470161



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Easy to assemble, very good instructions, fairly easy to adjust. Haven't had any questions to call about with written instructions and the video on the web site. Thank you for ease of ordering. That was very nice for a change. 390277


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After about a year its not bad, plenty strong, the only problem is turning radius. It could be better. I have adjusted it several times and in different ways, it just doesnt seem any better. Thats the only problem I have.

Jeff V - 06/07/2018

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Could not believe how fast I received my kit after ordering it - 2 days. Just finished installing it and it has been everything as advertised. I'm ready to do the final adjustment with my truck under the rv. 185467



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Haven't had but one problem, and that's that it sits lower than my fifth wheel hitch, and I had to turn around in a 4 way on a back road. I caught the edge of my truck bed with my hitch frame. 278301



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the product is great and extremely helpful. Shipping time was super fast. Receipt box 1 in 2 days and box 2 in 3. I highly recommend this company. I plan to order from them again!! 171143



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It came within a couple of days and it was very easy to install. I did it alone and in less time than they stated. It has worked great! Wish I would've known about this site sooner! 291858



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Ordered on Monday night, received on Thur. afternoon. Great job on service. Product was what it looks like & heavy duty, Install time was 30-min or less. I would buy again. Great Job . 57769



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This adapter worked great,only took about 30 minutes to install,took longer to drill holes than to install adapter,pulled camper about 50 miles home and it worked really good 59593



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The installation was not very hard the set back is perfect for my fifth wheel and truck also Etrailer was awesome to work with to make sure I receive exactly what I needed 346164



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I did not expect to receive item in less than 48 hours. Great job! Have not used product yet. Waiting on new truck to arrive. Big savings over local hitch dealer. 309987


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I really like it. I dont have to take out a fifth wheel after every trip so I can use my truck to haul things. Hooks up easy, pulls great!

Todd H - 10/23/2017

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Great product, I really like it because it doesn't take any room up in my pickup bed. It also gives me room between my cab and camper with the offset. 38059



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Very easy installation! Prompt delivery! Great Video for install.. Installation took an hour. I will recommend this product in the future 209648



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Works great, was just what I was looking for. Easy install, and it adds a little space between the cab corners and camper corners. 240595



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Not to hard to install and looks great on the 5th wheel. Takes up so much less space than the old 5th wheel hitch. 172394



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This is the 2nd unit I've purchased and have been extremely happy. It is very easy to install, and works great. 338052


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Everything is great. The wire harnesses and components all are in good condition. The Convert-a-ball gooseneck is a great product. This is the second one Ive purchased. We haul our 6 horse gooseneck and our camper most every weekend during the summer to the many horse shows and our fair we participate at. We even got in 2 weekends camping without the horses. Having this set makes it very easy to haul with either of our pickups.

Steve S - 02/05/2018

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Really great customer service product is everything they said it would be and it arrived in a very short time. 262114



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Work great sorry didn't get chance to take pictures everything went pretty quick. Got the job done. 513388



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Thank you for your follow up on our order. Yes, we were pleased with the product and the delivery. 21116



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Relatively easy and straightforward to install. Pulls well like my gooseneck equipment trailer. 405540



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Heavy duty product and well made. Straight forward installation. Highly recommended. 490282



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The hitch worked just like etrailer said it would. It was simple and I love it. 64765



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Product arrived as advertised and on time, very satisfied. 370647



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Very good service,polite and helpful.Thank you Ellen. 305995



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As advertised very heavy duty built like a tank 174922



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Great product worked very well on my ford 250 360347



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Just what I needed well satisfied thanks 239836


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Couldnt ask for anything better

Mark E - 03/06/2017

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Easy to use , great conversion !!! 413670



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Easy installation and works great. 369869



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fast delivery.. easy to install! 255043


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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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  • 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 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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  • 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 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 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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  • 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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  • Fifth Wheel Towing Setup Recommendation for a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Short Bed with Gooseneck Hitch
  • To install the Reese fifth wheel rail kit part # RP30035-023 in your 2006 Dodge Ram would require you to remove the Blue Ox gooseneck hitch you have. So if you are in a situation where you need to be able to tow both a fifth wheel trailer and a gooseneck trailer you would need an adapter to allow you to tow the fifth wheel trailer. The most popular option for that is the # CAB-C5GX1216 which is an adapter that will install on the pin box of your trailer and will allow it to connect...
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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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  • 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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  • Recommended Gooseneck-To-5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter To Provide Offset
  • The best way to accomplish your goal is by using the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter w/ Offset # CAB-C5GX1216. This product will provide you with 7-1/2" of offset. The offset on this product will allow you to sit your trailer further and make your turns safely and with confidence. When installing the included collar on this product slides over your fifth-wheel trailer's king pin and is held in place with the included set screws. Then, larger set screws are mounted...
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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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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Options for a 2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty FX4 Crew Cab
  • The capacities of the truck for towing, tongue, payload, and others are listed in the owners manual. What you can do is take the gross vehicle weight rating as listed on the label in the door jamb and subtract the empty weight of the truck. What remains is how much the truck can carry including cargo and passengers. The capacity in the truck bed is likely going to be high enough for most any 5th wheel trailer. On a 5th wheel trailer, the center of the king pin when connected to the...
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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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  • How To Determine Which Fifth Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter To Use on a Ford F-250 Long Bed
  • Usually on a Ford F-250 long bed (8 foot) truck an offset gooseneck adapter is not necessary, but you can measure to see if you would need one. To determine the clearance needed on your F-250 long bed, you need to take the width of your trailer 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...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Does Towing a 5th Wheel Trailer with a Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Damage the Trailer Frame
  • Actually, it depends on the type of adapter that is used. An adapter such as # CAB-C5GX1216 can put too much stress on a 5th wheel trailer frame. But it isn't just the rigid mount design. It is the distance from the gooseneck ball to the 5th wheel pin box. The distance is greater between the hitch and the pin box with this sort of adapter and that creates extra leverage on the trailer frame. Another type of adapter is the Reese Goose Box. This is the only adapter approved by Lippert,...
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