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Old 04-06-2012, 11:07 AM   #1
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Default Fifth Wheel or Gooseneck

Like many others I have outgrown my bumper pull Featherlite so am looking to upgrade to a 43' fifth wheel or gooseneck.

My car weight is 2400 lbs, I also have a golf car, generator, compressor, a few cabinets, spare parts.So no major weight items.

Looking for input on best way to go - either fifth wheel or gooseneck. I pull with a full bed Ram 3500 dualie. Only real input so far was easier to remove the mechanicals from the bed with a gooseneck, and better backing visibility with gooseneck as well.

I do use the truck to carry workloads when not towing.

Any experienced input is greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-06-2012, 12:06 PM   #2
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Default Re: Fifth Wheel or Gooseneck

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I have never used a goose, but I use a 5th wheel often and love it.
Now I also have trucks just for towing, so no issues with wasting space like a double duty guy has.
On & off in seconds, it literally takes longer to get out and open the tailgate.
Plus the biggest thing is the 5th wheel has the safety bar on it and I know for a fact it works,
because my neighbor's trailer popped out when he was on the phone and not paying attention.
I don't trust the chains as far as I can throw them.

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Old 04-06-2012, 12:28 PM   #3
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Default Re: Fifth Wheel or Gooseneck

They're both equally as safe, ride just as good, etc. They are very equal... Either way you can't go wrong, it's just a matter of opinion.

What it came down to for me was - I didn't feel like lifting that heavy pile-o-grease in and out of my bed every time I wanted to tow my trailer. I use my truck for delivering hot tubs, so I need the full bed space for hot tub covers.
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B&w turnover gooseneck. Works great ball flips over to make a smooth bed on seconds.
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Old 04-06-2012, 01:07 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input!!
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:08 PM   #7
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Default Re: Fifth Wheel or Gooseneck

I have a 1972 40 ft GooseneckChapparal and a 1986 1 ton crew cab dually w/a BBC

two wheel drive.

Pulls like a dream, you forget it has a 40 foot 15,000 trailer behind.

If the truck and trailer are matched and set up right, either one will work.

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B&w turnover gooseneck. Works great ball flips over to make a smooth bed on seconds.

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B&w turnover gooseneck. Works great ball flips over to make a smooth bed on seconds.
I have this and love it! They also have a drop in 5th wheel that goes in the same hole.
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X10 on the B&W turnover ball. It won't self center like a 5th wheel so you need a camera. But you have complete use of the bed.
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Does a 5th wheel articulate side to side like a gooseneck?
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IIRC, they have 2 different models/styles, but I may be wrong??
All of my trucks and those I've used had the style that pivots both directions.


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I have this and love it! They also have a drop in 5th wheel that goes in the same hole.
Yup ... their Companion 5th Wheel is the tits for those with the turn-over ball mount.
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IIRC, they have 2 different models/styles, but I may be wrong??
All of my trucks and those I've used had the style that pivots both directions.


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10-4 I've never used a 5th wheel. I was just curious.
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[QUOTE=Twizted Throttle;71329223]10-4 I've never used a 5th wheel. I was just curious.[/QUOTE


When i got my 44' 3 axle, It had the goose mount (Changeable)
I never cared for the mountings and safety of a ball shank size. I have see many break in the past 40 Plus years. Compare the narrowest
Part of a AKA ball mount VS the 2" shank of a pin. Yes i am in the Semi repair business. Ever see semi's hanging of bridges still attached to the trailer. You'll get the idea.
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