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Reese Goose Box 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Air Ride Coupler Adapter Review and Installation

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Review and How to Install the Reese Goose Box 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Air Ride Coupler Adapter


Brad Hello neighbors. It's Brad here at etrailer and I'm with Jim, who's been using his Reese Goose Box Adapter for some time now. This is something that a lot of times we've installed on vehicles and I've gotten to see the difference when we're actually out in the parking lot on our test course but I can't say that I've actually lived with one or towed a long distance but here we actually have our neighbor, who's willing to kind of give his experience on this Goose Box and kind of his pros and cons on it and what he likes about it. So how long have you had this box in particularJim About a year and a half. I've installed in the summer of 2020. Okay, and what would you say the best...

What are the best parts about this one in particular that sets it aside from maybe some other ones out thereWell at the time this was the only, style as it were, of just like connecting to a goose ball at the time, so I went with it for many reasons one, ease of hooking up. I don't have to try to get off 200 pound hitch outta my truck to use the bed for plywood or dimensional lumber. Also the fact that she's got an airbag and dual shock that I knew and watching other YouTube videos of people that installed them and the success they we're having, I just felt this was a better option to go with, again to save that space in the bed and ride in comfort, basically going down the road, yeah. Did you have other options besides this one when you we're lookingNo,no. So again, when I started looking and I thought I was gonna go with this and I ended up going with a pull ride, again I wish I went straight with this but I didn't and once I did go to this, yeah, there's no other one out here.

I know there's a Gen-Y out there but that's got torsion bands in it. This actually has two shocks and an airbag in it. That's more reliable suspension, more reliable, what do you wanna call it Just a better ride, right Yeah, because you got to just pump Yeah, like when you have compression bands in there that are just squishing those bands and this is actually providing a suspension, and it's adjustable as far as the air goes and--That's something that I think a lot of people don't realize is, you don't really get to go out and test these but as soon as you put a good one in,Right. Immediately you notice the difference the first bump you hit it and it, it just changes the driving experience. Exactly, exactly.

that's why I said, you're right. You can't just show up at a RV dealer you know, and say, I like, i wanna try that first or you have a camper with one in it, that I can pull around your lot or whatever your with. Yeah its unfortunate but yeah, it is what it is. Yap, and that's why it's nice to be able to talk to you about it because someone that's had it, used it. I've driven some nice boxes around just the parking lot and I get kind of the idea but when you live with it and actually tow long distances you get to see the benefits, so--I towed this, I had this on all last year.

I put it on in 2020 in about July. 2020 we went to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. And you know, we did 1600 miles round trip and it just, it pulled in the road like a dream. I couldn't have asked anything better. Yeah, even my wife says, there's a big difference, pulling this down the road so, anyway, again, it's every work every penny as far as I'm concerned and I'll never go to another fifth wheel with that one. Brad Well, it seems like Jim, is really enjoying his Reese Gooseneck Adapter. And one of the our guys here, Randy, actually has done a video on this kind of going over the features of itself. let's take a look at that. Now this is gonna be a fifth wheel king pin replacement that allows us to connect to a goose ball in our truck so we don't have to have the fifth wheel in the bed of the truck taking up all that space. We don't have to have fifth wheel rails in the bed of the truck that we have to work around anytime we actually want to use our truck. it's gonna be a very nice, solid replacement and has huge benefits to it. Basically we've got an airbag built in right here. This entire lower portion pivots this direction on this main bolt. So as we encounter the stuff we typically do as we're heading down the road, bumps and stuff like that all of that gets absorbed not only by that airbag but also by the dual shocks that you'll see in just a minute here on the backside. Reduces chucking, it reduces the uncomfortableness that typically come with hauling a fifth wheel. The polepassing as we head down the road that gets absorbed and it can also so help to take a lot of the stress off of our truck and off of our trailer, because all of that absorption that we have right here in the middle. Now we have replacements for the 1716, the 0719 the 1621 and the 1621 HD that's gonna be either in a 16,000 pound capacity or in a 20 pound, 20,000 pound capacity. So, we should have one that's gonna fit the more common pin boxes out there. It's gonna use all the same hardware if your hardware's damaged or there's any kind of issues with it. You wanna replace it with five eight inch diameter hardware. Grade eight is what I prefer. And as you can see, we've got our bolt pass through our wing plate here into the pin box, with a flat washer. On the inside we'll use a lock washer and a nut to keep everything really nice and secure. Now, of course not every truck and trailer combination are created equals. So, this is a fully adjustable setup. You can see our Schrader valve right here. We can add or reduce the amount of air that we have in that airbag to fine tune it for our application. And here you can see those shocks. The airbag takes a lot of the brunt force, out of the situation. The shocks just keep everything from moving around. So any of that bouncing and that chucking, really gets isolated right in this area. Something else I really like about this coupler that I think is an improvement over the Gen-Y which I really, really like the Gen-Y, I like the Gen-Y and its function a little better than what I like this one. But one thing I do really like on this one, the Gen-Y does not have, is the quick latch mechanism here. So we're gonna bring this up, lower it down onto our two and five 16 inch ball. This Lever's gonna come back and it moved back forward locking it in position. That point we can just hang our T-handle here and we're ready to uncouple our trailer. Just pull that back, lock it back in that slot that's gonna hold it in that unlocked position So as we raise it, it's gonna come right up and all. To make sure that, that works properly, you can see there's a grease sac right here on the back side. This is gonna allow us to get grease into this pivot point and ensure that it stays working for a very long time. The overall quality and construction is really good, nice heavy duty steel components all the way through it. And the powder coat finish on it is really good. We mentioned it just a little while ago but the Gen-Y is the closest competitor to this really both the Goose Box and the Gen-Y don't really void any kind of warranties on your camper. There's a convertible version which will attach to the King pin pin box and that one you gotta watch out for. Some manufacturers don't like that being on their camper. So keep that in mind. But if I we're choosing between the Reese Goose Box and the Gen-Y, I would go with the Gen-Y. I like their finished quality more. It's got kind of a hammered finish. Their powder code is, is really, really good. And I like that there's no maintenance with the Gen-Y as long as your camper falls within that tongue weight range which is appropriate for that hand. You don't have to change air pressure in your airbag. You don't have to worry about shocks deteriorating over time. It uses a Torsion-Flex system. Now, with that one, it's just got one setting. So, you wanna be sure that you're in the middle of that optimal range on it to ensure that you're gonna get any benefit out of it. If you are not in that optimal range, I think the Goose Box is definitely the way to go. 'Cause we can adjust this and get it where we want it. All right now, with an extra set of hands, we're gonna get our pin box put back in position. You're gonna ease it in here. And it's a good idea to have somebody ready with the bolts to get 'em put in place for you. We wanna get two of 'em started on each side. There we go. Now we're reusing the old hardware. And basically we're just gonna put our 5/8 bolt through the flat washer. Then on the backside, we've got a lock washer and a nut that goes in place. So we're just gonna get these started snug down and then we'll torque 'em down to specification. Now for these 5/8 bolts you wanna use the 15 16s, we're gonna use an impact here with a wrench. Now another nice feature is the auto latch. We're gonna show you that as we couple it. Makes it real easy, especially with the wiring plug there at the back we can plug that in and head down the road. So, take a look at that now. Something else I like about that, is it goes down and on. You'll see it kind of guides itself on, so you don't have to be perfectly centered underneath there. It's got a little bit of a bevel that allows it to come in, lines it up for us, till you'll see that lever start to move back there, go into the unlocked position and then right back forward for us. Metal hammers in the fully locked position, now we'll just pull up our landing gear the rest of the way and hook up our chains and our wiring, we'll be ready to go. Now during your initial setup, you need to add air into the pen box and basically you're just gonna go up to the mark. So we're gonna take our airline, bring it in over here and get our air added. Once we've got up to the appropriate mark there, we know that we're good to go when our pin box is level. If we need to take a little bit out, pretty easy, You see that's gonna allow us to fine tune that red. Speaker Now, when we are ready to unhook, we'll just use the bracket here, what we want to do, pull it out and back behind and that's gonna keep it unlocked for us. At that point we'll just raise our landing gear and be ready to disconnect. So as you guys can see there's, big benefits in a Goose Box. All that absorption that we get, not having to have that fifth wheel in the back of our vehicle. I really, really like this idea and if I had a fifth wheel camper like this, I would definitely be using either this or the Gen-Y. I'd use the Gen-Y if I fell within the sweet range of it, if I didn't this would be the one I'd have. I just like the idea of connecting to a gooseneck ball, that we can flip over and hide. I also like the idea of taking a lot of the stress, off the truck and off the trailer so definitely a good investment. You'll also hear that when working with customers or I've heard it when working with customers that wish I would've got sooner, it makes the ride so much better. It's a lot easier on my truck. It's a lot easier on my camper. So definitely a good investment especially if you're putting some miles on your camper. Thanks, Randy. And that was a look at the Reese Goose Boxes..


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