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Old 12-28-2011, 09:16 AM   #1
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I have a buddy that just purchased a 2500 Chevrolet Duramax. The previous owner had a hide-a-way goose neck hitch installed. So my friend is thinking about changing over to a goose neck for his 28 ft fifth wheel instead of having the rails installed. Anyone have any opinion on this. I personally have only ever used a Reese fifth wheel hitch, so I have no useful information for him. I told him I would put up a post and get some opinions. Pros or Cons. Thanks
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:54 AM   #2
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Might void the frame warranty

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Old 12-28-2011, 10:28 AM   #3
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There is a valid reason for the frame warranty issue, the GN does increase stress on the fiver frame and no one can tell him IF his specific trailer frame design and welding is up to handling the increased stress.

Unless he frequently tows gooseneck equipment trailers (which is unlikely or he would already have a GN ball mount in his truck), there are lots of reasons not to use a GN ball mount. Safety chains are required with a ball mount but not with a fifth wheel hitch. Hookup is more difficult with the GN ball since it can't be seen from the driver's seat and alignment is more critical. Most GN hitches require climbing into the truck bed to set or remove the lock pin.

I haul a GN tool trailer several times each year, but use the fifth wheel hitch much more frequently. I'll keep the fifth wheel hitch and deal with removing it a few times rather than live with a GN hitch all the time.
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Old 12-28-2011, 12:03 PM   #4
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I think they make a 5th wheel hitch to fit some of those type, the cost to set up camper may be just as much as a hitch.
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:11 PM   #5
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I agree with Dayle 1. I have towed a 5er both ways. I prefer the 5th wheel hitch, less movement side to side going down the road and turning, not to mention the peace of mind wondering if I am tearing up my 5er. I have the b&w gooseneck hitch in my truck with the companion hitch. I keep the companion hitch in most of the time until I need to use my gooseneck trailer or need the bed for hauling.
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