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Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Information and Review

Goosenecks vs Fifth Wheels
Like a fifth wheel hitch, a gooseneck hitch is mounted in the bed of the truck, but while a fifth wheel hitch sits above the bed, a gooseneck hitch uses a ball mounted level with the bed. Also, fifth wheel trailers are typically used for recreational applications (such as camping), while gooseneck trailers are primarily for agricultural or industrial use.
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Select your vehicle to confirm the Gooseneck Hitch fit
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Weight ratings:
  • Gooseneck hitches are rated for 25,000 to 30,000 lbs
  • Rail kits offered are rated for a lower capacity to meet non-commercial towing standards
  • When used with the proper rail kit, the Gooseneck System is designed to match the towing capacity of your vehicle
    • NOTE: Remember that any towing system is only as strong as its weakest link. You will be limited by the tow rating of your vehicle.
Available Mounting Configurations
The Hide-A-Goose System:
  • The only visible portions of the hitch are the safety chain loops and the 2-5/16 inch ball which extends through a 3-1/2 or 4 inch hole in the bed
    • Vehicle specific rail kits are mounted underneath the bed; most kits do not require drilling for installation
  • This system allows you to retain maximum usage of your truck bed
    • Ball can be flipped and stored under the bed surface
    • Safety chain loops are spring loaded to stay tight against the bed surface when not being used
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B&W Turnoverball Gooseneck System:
  • Only the safety chain loops and the ball extend above the bed
    • Includes underbed installation rails
  • Hitch lets you use all of your truck bed when you aren't towing
    • Ball stores upside down - out of the way but close at hand
    • Square ball base prevents ball from turning when you hook up
      • Keeps ball hole lined up to easily connect to hitch handle
  • Custom accessories mount into gooseneck ball hole
    • B&W Companion hitch lets you tow a 5th-wheel trailer
Plate Style Systems:
  • Sits slightly above the truck bed, but allows full truck bed use when not towing
    • Depending on style, ball is removable or will fold down below bed surface
  • Units are less expensive, but the installation can be more involved
    • Requires cutting a larger hole in the truck bed
  • These hitches have the advantage of simple reliable operation, and the mounting rail kits use existing holes in the vehicle frame
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Fifth Wheel Rail Mount System:
  • Perfect for hauling the fifth wheel camper on the weekend and the bobcat during the week
  • Units mount to your existing fifth wheel rails, providing maximum flexibility by allowing the user to switch from fifth wheel hitch to gooseneck hitch in moments
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Updated by: Jacob JLast Updated: 3/14/2023


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