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Cptnvideo

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Posted: 02/24/22 10:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

New to 5th wheels, not new to RVing (2 diesel pushers a few years ago).
We are in the process of buying a 2022 Solitude (40') 378MBS. We just purchased a 2019 Dodge Laramie 3500 dually with 8' bed.
The pickup has a ball for a gooseneck.
So my question is, should we go with a gooseneck or 5th wheel hitch?
Pros and cons for each. Not too concerned with cost differential.
I'm not sure about terminology, but I think the pickup has the "puck" system. There are 4 holes in the bed surrounding the ball.
As you can see, I'm a real newbie to hitches.
Thanks in advance for all inputs.
BTW, we are selling the house and going fulltime RV.

Edit: After reading thru some related topics, I assume I have the puck system and should go the 5th wheel hitch route instead of the gooseneck.

* This post was edited 02/25/22 12:24am by Cptnvideo *


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Check with trailer warranty, some don't cover with a goose neck. I have the factory M20 which is the Ram version of the Curt hitch. Works for me.


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Yes, a good quality FW hitch for OEM pucks is what you need.

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Here is the one you need. B&W 3600... See it, read about it, at E-trailer.

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Posted: 02/25/22 05:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A ball that sits at bed level will apply a great deal of leverage to the trailer frame. A 5th wheel hitch sits 12-18" above the bed reducing the lever arm formed.

The trailer may or may not handle it but it will certainly put more stress on the frame.


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Posted: 02/25/22 05:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Look at the Reese Goose Box. It's probably approved by Lippert for use with your frame. It has an air ride with 2 shocks which gives ours a really nice ride. Nothing but a small ball to deal with when you unhook.

Another option is a Trailer Saver conventional style hitch with an air ride. We've had one of those also and they work as advertised. We've also had a B&W. A very good hitch. Lot's of choices, mostly good.


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Many people do like a gooseneck hitch. But if you do choose that then go with the Goosebox as it is approved by Lippert so as not to be a problem with frame warranty. You do have to use safety chains with gooseneck hitches in some states since it is a ball hitch. And they are a little bit harder to hookup since you have to be more precise in the alignment of the ball and hitch.

Most people use a conventional 5th wheel hitch. The air ride hitches are considered the best as far as ride since they they have air bags to soften the road shock. Downside is the costs. Some use a standard hitch with an air ride pin box to soften the road shock. Less expensive than the air ride hitch.

As far a 5th wheel hitches, each brand has their fans. B&W, Reese, Pullrite, Curt, etc. All are good hitches and you can't go wrong with any of them as long as you don't go with their lowest price models. Hookup is easier than a gooseneck since the 5th wheel hitch is self aligning. If you are within an inch or so the pin will slide into the hitch slot and stop when it is fully in.

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I have an adapter, I think Curt, that attaches to the ball (B&W). My old hitch (regular 5th wheel hitch) sits on the adapter. "Not my first camper". I have traveled all over the US and Canada with no problems!(eight years) Dealer installed with new 2017 Montana on 2012 Duramax which I had just purchased used and then purchased the camper. Just my experience!!! Good luck!


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MFL wrote:

Yes, a good quality FW hitch for OEM pucks is what you need.

[image]

Here is the one you need. B&W 3600... See it, read about it, at E-trailer.

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Posted: 02/25/22 08:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hitches generally come in two styles, soft joint hitches (air hitches) and solid hitches. There are also variations of pin boxes. My guess is your Solitude will come with a MORryde pin box which is designed to quell chucking forces, a fine product.

I would suggest you consider how you will use your trailer as you full time. If you are going to pull it south in the winter and park it, then north in the summer and park it, then a solid hitch would be fine. If you are planning to tote the trailer all over the country, then an air hitch would be worth the additional cost. The air hitch will provide towing comfort, additional safety, less driver fatigue, and shock protection for both your trailer and truck.

My suggestions: Solid hitch - B&W Companion per above posts. Air hitch, Trailer Saver BD5 set up for your puck system.

Congratulations on your new trailer.

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JTrac wrote:

Look at the Reese Goose Box. It's probably approved by Lippert for use with your frame. It has an air ride with 2 shocks which gives ours a really nice ride. Nothing but a small ball to deal with when you unhook.

Another option is a Trailer Saver conventional style hitch with an air ride. We've had one of those also and they work as advertised. We've also had a B&W. A very good hitch. Lot's of choices, mostly good.


I highly recommend the TrailerSaver BD3 or BD5 - the name says it all!


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