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brownmht

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Posted: 08/05/12 07:51pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Greetings all!

I am brand new to the fifth wheel gig. I will be taking delivery of a 2008 F-350 with a gooseneck hitch in the bed. However, the trailer we are planning on buying isn't a gooseneck. In my search for 5th wheel hitches, I stumbled upon a universal hitch adapter.

My question simply is this a good idea? Is anyone else doing this?

The fiver we a looking at is a 29 foot Keystone Cougar. It's 11,500 GVRW. So the 24,000 the adapter is advertised at is more than strong enough.

My initial feeling is "skeptical optimism". However, before talking to a saleman and having no experience with these things, I ask your opinion.

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I think we have discussed this before quite a bit and it just depends on what you want to do. I had the same question and I went with a B&W Companion hitch. It slides right into where your gooseneck ball is and put a fifth wheel hitch in two pieces.

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Posted: 08/05/12 08:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Check with Keystone and inquire if 5th wheel pin box frame structure warranty would become VOID if a gooseneck adapter is used.......

That will let you make an informed decision on whether or not you want to use one, whether the trailer is new or used.
If using one would VOID the frame warranty............hummmmmmmm

B&W makes a great companion hitch that utilizes a gooseneck ball in bed of truck.


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Posted: 08/05/12 08:27pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a buddy who has a bunch of goosneck horse trailers and did just what you're looking at.. he's never had any issues, though I recall him saying that the dealers in the area recommended against it...

personally, if companies are selling the adaptors, I can't imagine they aren't safe as long as you don't go crazy.. the liability would be insane for them...

also... keep in mind that goosenecks, just like any ball mount type hitch isn't as strong as a 5th wheel..

bottom line.. if you don't have a need for the gooseneck ball, I'd get rid of it and go for the 5th wheel... it's definitely better.


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Some manufacturers state that using a gooseneck adapter will void their warranty. It does put different stresses on the frame. But a lot of people use them with no problem.
If it is a newer trailer with the frame still under warranty, I would make sure to check first.

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I pull both gooseneck and fifth wheel trailers. Gooseneck hitches are definitely as strong, or stronger than a RV Fifth Wheel hitch. I just can't understand why anyone would want the hassle of hooking up to a ball in their bed, if the can use a Fifth Wheel. To each their own.


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B&W Companion you won't regret it!


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B & W Companion hitch is your best choice. Easy to mount and dismount and no problems with warranties. Is your gooseneck a B & W?.


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Thank to everyone for responding. I have to look at the current hitch. I have not taken delivery of the truck yet so, I can't say with 100% certainty it's a B&W.

The trailer is a 2007 I am buying from the origional owner. So warranty voiding is not a concern. Trashing my first fifth wheel is a huge concern though. But from what I am reading, I feel better I am not going to lose my trailer somewhere along a dark deserted highway.

Thanks again all! I can't wait to post some pictures!

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brownmht wrote:

Thank to everyone for responding. I have to look at the current hitch. I have not taken delivery of the truck yet so, I can't say with 100% certainty it's a B&W.

The trailer is a 2007 I am buying from the origional owner. So warranty voiding is not a concern. Trashing my first fifth wheel is a huge concern though. But from what I am reading, I feel better I am not going to lose my trailer somewhere along a dark deserted highway.

Thanks again all! I can't wait to post some pictures!


What people were saying was, if the mfr =would have= voided the warranty in 2007/8, that's a clue that the frame might not stand up to have a GN adapter installed. I can go either way with my B&W setup, and I don't think I'd have a problem with my pre-Lippert Zieman frame, but the ease of using a FW instead of a GN hitch really sells it.

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