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Posted: 02/20/09 06:57am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have the B @ W turnover ball with 5th wheel adaptor hitch. I'm thinking of buying the 5th wheel to gooseneck adaptor for my Raptor and just using the turnover hitch. It would give me more room in the truck bed and (I think)better side to side hitch movement. We'll be doing some boondocking this summer and I'm a little concerned about twisting things when pulling off the road into a camping spot. What do you all think? Turnover ball hitch rated to 30,000lbs.

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I run one on our Komfort Karry-All 36FKA 40,000 miles...ahead...ahead
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Dwight, the Raptor was one that the factory said no to Gooseneck adapters a few years ago. Using void the frame warranty. Just FYI. It's probably more of a CYA move by Keystone, but still..


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I used to own a fifth wheel travel trailer, and gooseneck utility trailer for hauling equipmewnt, cars, hay on.

I used an adaptor for a few years, and many 10's of thousands of miles, and it worked great.

I would not hesitate to do it again.


Traded my travel trailer for a camper.

Now I have to learn all the tricks to campers, I already knew for travel trailers.

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Dwight:

I tried going the gooseneck adapter over a B&W turn over ball on my 36' toy hauler a while back, didn't do too bad, felt a lot of bucking with the hitch leverage. Went to a 40' hauler and the pitch was unbearable. Changed over to a B&W Companion and have never been happier, don't heasitate, go the Companion route


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Posted: 02/23/09 05:36am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I forgot to mention that I do have an air ride hitch on the Raptor. I also have the B & W turnover and companion 5th hitch. I was just looking for more sideways articulation. I suppose I should just leave it alone, but I just can't see how the gooseneck puts more stress on the trailer.

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Just a simple matter of physics, as you drop the leverage point down around 16 inches with the gooseneck you are changing the fulcrum point also. This creates greater motion against the pin box connections (i.e. the frame work), whereas with the conventional hitch the lowest point is the pin connection area.

I work in the RV industry and have seen what can happen, especially when a person takes their unit off road like pismo etc and subjects the hitch to such greater loads. Ends up tearing the hitch box off of the frame, and sometimes this is not an easy area to get to to weld up and re-support the damage

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Posted: 02/26/09 01:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks richheck, hadn't even considered the difference in leverage. I appreciate your explanation. Guess I'll be happy with the 5th wheel hitch.

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