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Posted: 12/01/21 07:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm still a couple years out from a 5th wheel, but I'm leaning towards the Goose Box hitch.


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mike24 wrote:

A friend of mind has a B & W hitch, so I asked him what are the cons, and the first thing he said which I saw on video when you release the handle it is hard to reach without a step, the other thing is, always removing the head to grease the plastic bushings that the head sits on because the grease squeezes out, also E-trailer saying the hitch weighs 220 LBS. I have a Ram 8FT bed puck system, I am wondering how people feel about the Curt A series and the Q series hitch, what's the difference and which is better, I have a Moryde pin box and the hitch can have a max. rating at 20,000 LBS. It is good to read opinions from the end user. Thanks for your help.


Every FW hitch that I've seen in the past 17 years of RVing pretty much requires that you either have a step stool or you get into the bed (unless you're Shaq) so, for me, that's a non-issue.

As for greasing, it doesn't take much. I've contemplated since 2004, when I got my Companion, simply drilling and tapping the head where it rests on the side pieces, and installing a 90 zerk fitting. It really only takes a couple pumps to get enough grease on them. For now, I can still lift the head off, so greasing isn't an issue.

I also have great respect for B&W as a company. Never had an issue and they still, after all these years, send me u-bolts free of charge, whenever one twists off when the nylock nut binds up. IMO, that's the only real weakness of my 2004-vintage Companion.

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Just about any 5th wheel set up is hard to reach the handles from the side of the truck. Most people either use a stool or one of the over the wheel step aids.
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Another EXPENSIVE way to solve the problem is to have a towing bed installed.
Hauler bed.

I am not a fan of the Andersen hitch or the Goose Box.

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spoon059 wrote:

I'm still a couple years out from a 5th wheel, but I'm leaning towards the Goose Box hitch.


If you don't have puck system, it could be added. The Goose Box is a huge improvement over the old style GN adapters. I would still use the rails, rather than going to a G BX, but that's JMO.

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ford truck guy wrote:

Another B&W Fan Club Member here......

I was a bit skeptical at first because of the stellar treatment I received while owning my Pullrite Superglide. 2 years in and I am impressed [emoticon]


If you had stellar "treatment" with your Pullrite Superglide, why did you switch to a B&W?


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No NEED for a slider with the new Long Bed... Wanted to turn it into cash and put towards the new B&W...

That was just 1 of the benefits of going from a short bed to a long bed

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Oh. Ok. Interestingly enough, we had a slider with our short bed truck and never used it.

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ReneeG -

WAY back in the early 2000's we purchased our first fiver (we had a short bed ) and researched hitches before.... I wanted the best, and at that time the fivers were a bit more "SQUARE" on the front end... I can count on 1 hand how many times I actually NEEDED that slider....

SO, fast forward to 2020, looked online, Super glides in good condition were still getting decent money, so I ditched an almost 20 year old hitch for $400

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Almost 20 yr old hitch for $400. Wow.

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Not a bad deal I don't think.

I sold a 5 year old superglide for $800 on Craigslist 12 years to a guy who traveled 500 miles to get it. Had another guy about 1500 miles away interested as well but shipping killed it for him. I probably could have asked more and the right buyer would have paid more I'm sure.

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