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Can a Gooseneck and 5th Wheel Hitch be Installed on a 2005 Ford F-250

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I purchased a 2005 Ford F250 with the plate style gooseneck hitch already welded in. Will I be able to install a 5th wheel hitch that will work with the already installed gooseneck hitch? If so, what kind would work the best?

Expert Reply:

There are options for towing a fifth-wheel trailer and a gooseneck trailer with the same vehicle. In your case, since you already have a gooseneck plate welded in the bed of your truck, you could use a fifth-wheel to gooseneck hitch adapter, see link, to tow the fifth-wheel trailer. If you have an 8 foot bed, I would recommend the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter, # CAB-C5G, and if you have a 6-1/2 foot bed the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter w/ Offset, # CAB-C5GX1216, would most likely be needed.

You will need to make sure the gross trailer weight and pin weight are within the capacities of the gooseneck adapter that you select.

Next, you could install a fifth-wheel installation kit, # RP50082-58, and then use a gooseneck plate, # 49080, when towing a gooseneck trailer. This option would most likely require removal of the gooseneck plate in your pickup, because the fifth wheel rail installation and gooseneck plate would most likely interfere with each other. I would recommend the Reese 20k fifth-wheel hitch, # RP30081, for an 8 foot bed and the Reese sliding fifth-wheel hitch, # RP30083, for a 6-1/2 foot bed truck.

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