Gooseneck fifth wheel hitch

Discussion in 'General RVing' started by captdick, Dec 14, 2005.

  1. captdick

    captdick New Member

    Here's a newby question for someone.

    What are the pros and cons re gooseneck over typical fifth wheel hitch?
  2. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Gooseneck fifth wheel hitch

    Gooseneck hitches use 2 5/16" balls and are generally used in Horse, Cattle, and Equipment trailers. I can order Cargo trailers with either. You won't really notice the difference in towing, because both are mounted just in front of the rear axle. With Gooseneck you have to use safety chains. When the govt. was discussing chains years ago, the RV industry fought against them and won. There is a gooseneck adapter for fifth wheels, but it will void frame warranties with a lot of companies.

    My opionion only: Fifth wheels are easier to hook up because you slide the king pin in compaired to lifting the ball coupler over the ball and then lowering it onto the ball with most couplers. There is a ball coupler you can back into and jaws go around the ball, but you have to back in straight, not at an angle. Another thought, most gooseneck trailers use manual jacks and most fith wheel campers have electric jacks.

    Hope that helps
  3. Travis1

    Travis1 New Member

    Gooseneck fifth wheel hitch

    The only benifit of a gooseneck in my opinion is that you dont have fifth wheel rails. The big dis-advantage is that instead of putting all the weight and pull on a larger hitch you put it on a single 2 5/16" ball
  4. cancer12

    cancer12 New Member

    Gooseneck fifth wheel hitch

    A gooseneck is also harder to see when hooking up

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