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Demco Recon Gooseneck-to-5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter - Single Jaw - 21,000 lbs

Demco Recon Gooseneck-to-5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter - Single Jaw - 21,000 lbs

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Quickly and easily convert your gooseneck hitch to a sturdy 5th-wheel trailer hitch. 2 Lightweight pieces for fast, easy installation. Wraparound jaw has a locking bar for added security. Pivoting head allows easy hookup and helps limit chucking. 1-833-496-1390 to order Demco gooseneck and fifth wheel adapters part number DM8550045 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Demco products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Demco Recon Gooseneck-to-5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter - Single Jaw - 21,000 lbs. Gooseneck and Fifth Wheel Adapters reviews from real customers.
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Demco Gooseneck and Fifth Wheel Adapters - DM8550045

  • Gooseneck Hitch to Fifth Wheel Trailer
  • Connects to Gooseneck Ball
  • 21000 lbs GTW
  • Demco
  • Hitch Adapters
  • Adapts Truck
  • Offset
  • Adjustable Height

Quickly and easily convert your gooseneck hitch to a sturdy 5th-wheel trailer hitch. 2 Lightweight pieces for fast, easy installation. Wraparound jaw has a locking bar for added security. Pivoting head allows easy hookup and helps limit chucking.


Features:

  • Trailer hitch adapter converts your gooseneck hitch (sold separately) to a 5th-wheel hitch
    • Lets you tow your 5th-wheel trailer
  • Wraparound, single-piece jaw provides a secure connection
    • 360-Degree jaw-to-king-pin contact
    • Less rattle and more security than slide-bar jaws
  • 3/4" Thick, solid steel locking bar reinforces the connection of your coupled trailer
    • Automatically locks into place when the jaw closes
  • Double-pivot hitch head eases hookup and helps to limit chucking
    • Pivots front to back and side to side
  • 3 Height settings to fit your application
  • Cushioning polyurethane dampeners help reduce noise and absorb road shock
  • Spring-loaded handle with comfort grip allows for simple coupling
    • Tethered safety pin lets you secure the handle in the open or the closed position
  • Sturdy steel construction with rust-resistant black powder coat finish
  • Lightweight, 2-piece design makes installation and removal quick and easy
  • Quick, simple installation
    • Hitch base installs on ball of gooseneck hitch
    • Hitch head secures to base
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Application: 2-5/16" gooseneck hitch balls
    • Works with up to 5" tall gooseneck balls
  • Gross towing weight: 21,000 lbs
  • Vertical load limit: 4,000 lbs
  • Offset: 3"
  • Hitch height settings: 15-1/2", 17-1/4", and 18"
  • 5-Year limited warranty


Notes:

  • This fifth-wheel hitch is not compatible with rotating pin boxes.
  • Will not work with high-rise gooseneck balls.

Fifth-Wheel Towing with Your Gooseneck Hitch

There are a variety of adapters on the market that let you tow a fifth-wheel trailer with a gooseneck hitch. You can use a coupler adapter that replaces the pin box on your fifth-wheel trailer and then attaches to the gooseneck hitch in your truck bed. But these adapters often require modifications to your trailer that can void the warranty. Another option would be using fifth-wheel rails that mount directly to your gooseneck hitch, usually by dropping into the hitch's ball hole. But to do this you have to make 2 separate purchases - the adapter plate that has the rails and a standard fifth-wheel hitch.With the Demco Recon, you get a heavy-duty fifth-wheel trailer hitch that mounts in your truck bed by connecting directly to your gooseneck hitch with the included components. No modifications are required to your truck or trailer. And no additional parts are required for the system to work.


Secure Wraparound Jaw with Locking Bar

Single Dimensions

The single-piece, strong wraparound jaw completely surrounds your trailer's king pin for 360 degrees of contact. This wraparound jaw provides a more secure connection than standard 2-piece jaws that close in on the king pin from the sides. The increased jaw-to-king-pin contact on the Recon hitch offers tighter tolerances around the king pin, which minimizes both rattle and chucking, for a smooth, quiet ride.


A 3/4" thick solid steel locking bar spans the area in front of the jaw. This bar provides an added barrier of protection against accidental disconnection so you can have peace of mind that your trailer is secure. The locking bar is attached to the jaw and to the spring-loaded handle. The bar automatically locks when the jaw closes around your king pin.


Double-Pivot, Cushioned Hitch Head

Head and Head Components

The double pivoting, cushioned head improves your towing experience dramatically by helping to reduce jarring and unwanted noise. Built-in pins allow the hitch head to pivot back and forth and side to side. And hookup is easy because the hitch head will automatically pivot to the proper angle when it comes into contact with your pin box.


Polyurethane dampeners help to cushion the movement from the pivoting head and to reduce towing noise. These dampeners are built into the head assembly to cushion the head's side-to-side pivoting.


Easy Installation

This hitch is designed to attach to the 2-5/16" ball on your gooseneck hitch.


Assembling the hitch is quick and easy because of its lightweight, 2-piece design. First, attach the base to your gooseneck ball. A coupler pin is installed underneath the ball and the coupler is tightened to keep the Recon secure. Then simply slide the head assembly into the opening in the base. There are 3 different height settings to choose from - just slide the head up or down to find your desired height.


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Once you have chosen your desired height, use the included pin to secure the head to the base. Finally, tighten the bolt to eliminate any movement and rattle.



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8550045 Demco Recon 2-Piece Gooseneck to 5th-Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter - 21,000 lbs

Installation Details DM8550045 Installation instructionsAlternate Instructions DM8550045 Installation instructions




Customer Reviews

Demco Recon Gooseneck-to-5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter - Single Jaw - 21,000 lbs - DM8550045

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (186 Customer Reviews)

Quickly and easily convert your gooseneck hitch to a sturdy 5th-wheel trailer hitch. 2 Lightweight pieces for fast, easy installation. Wraparound jaw has a locking bar for added security. Pivoting head allows easy hookup and helps limit chucking.

by:

Working great after a year. Have pulled two different 5th wheels - both over 38'. Still some slight chucking, but nothing like my old hitch. Love the security of the slider bar and the 360 degree contact. I usually leave it in the truck, but will split it into two pieces when I need the full bed.


Comments
It worked fine while I had it, but upgraded to a Goose Box. The hitch was simple to use, but still rough with a rigid pin box. Also wanted to use the space in my truck bed without having to remove the hitch.
Randy - 07/14/2022


by:

I just received my Demco Gooseneck-to-5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter today. Installed it, hooked up to my first 5th wheel camper I just purchased, and pulled it home from about an hour away. Installation, hook up, and pulling was very easy and I am very pleased with the hitch. My rig is a 2007 GMC 2500 HD pulling a 2007 Sunnybrook Bristol Bay 3150 RL.


Comments
Hitch is still working great!
Henry - 08/07/2021


by:

Very quick shipment. The box did come damaged some but that was shippers fault not etrailer fault. The product was by far the best option To fit my budget and needs. Wouldn’t wanna try any other hitch. Installed in less than 15 min and was hooked up and towing in less than 30.


Comments
I love it. Would buy again tomorrow if I needed to
Brandon - 12/19/2021


by:

I wish I had known in advance that the hitch was coming in 2 parcels and that they wouldn't arrive together, but the hitch itself is great! Assembly is simple and I can quickly disassemble into 3 pieces for easy storage in a bay. Although it states that the top plate is 15 1/2" above bed, it is actually 16 1/2" at the lowest setting and I ended up adjusting my pin box to compensate so everything rides level. All things to be expected. It is much easier than hitching up to a gooseneck, especially since my tool box blocks the view of the hitch. It rides smooth with no discernible bucking on the road. I highly recommend this hitch and especially the people that I bought it from. etrailer has been great to deal with. Pics will follow when the weather clears.


Comments
Ive owned it and used it for a year now and still highly recommend it to anyone with a Gooseneck hitch in their rig. Id add some pics showing how level everything sits, but not sure how to do that now.
William - 01/28/2021

I will add the photo you emailed me, thank you!

-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 1/28/2021



by:

4 stars for Demco on the hitch.
The
only issue I had was the base plate rotated around the ball during travel, which meant the trailer wasn't riding quite as nicely on the king pin plate.

I have had decent experience with etrailers previously, but this order has not gone well. I placed the order on May 6th, and it said it would be at my house by May 13th. I received no updates but my card was charged. I called several times and talked to reps. one rep was helpful and said that they could not locate my all of the pieces for my order. Several days later it finally shipped, but was delayed in that process as well. Finally received the packages on May 19th, and they were missing a substantial portion of the order so I am unable to use the hitch. still awaiting feedback on when the new part will arrive. In the meantime, I contacted the manufacturer and paid a lot of money to have the missing part sent 3 day because I have to move a trailer and cannot wait for etrailers to fix the issue. p. s. the box was torn badly at all four corners which is probably why the parts are missing.


Comments
I have contacted the manufacturer and they have suggested a couple of causes or things that can correct the base plate rotating around the ball during travel issue: 1. The goose ball in the bed of the truck may be too tall. This cause the Recon hitch base to not be tight to the truck bed. 2. What type of goose ball is in the bed of the truck? Sometimes there is a plate or safety chain anchors that interfere with the bottom of the Recon and don’t allow the Recon base to make full contact to the truck bed. 3. Have you torqued the bolt above the ball coupler to the torque specified in the instruction manual, 35 ft pounds of torque? 4. Are you using a rotating pin box such has a Lippert Turning Point, Reese Sidewinder, or MorRyde Orbital? If so, these pin boxes MUST BE LOCKED OUT. In other words, you cannot be using a “wedge” to stop the king pin from moving in the jaws of the Recon hitch. 5. Are you using a lube disk on the king pin box of the trailer. If not, they can try using a lube disk on the trailer pin box.
-- Etrailer Expert Katrina B - 06/15/2022


by:

Very happy with this hitch. I had only used 1 other 5th wheel hitch once, and this one was very easy to put together and use. Keep in mind, if you have a plastic drop in bedliner, you will not be able to latch this hitch over your gooseneck ball. I simply removed my bedliner and it locked in perfectly. I towed a 12k lb camper last summer with ease. I really like how easy it is to disassemble for storing it.




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Melissa at Demco was an absolute pleasure to work with. She knew exactly what to suggest and was more than pleasant to work with. I hooked up to the camper we bought with ease, the jaws locked as they should. However, I wasn’t able to bring the camper home as the lights were not working. But I will say this, I would recommend Demco, the fifth wheel adapter is a well made unit, ruggedly built and easy to install. Thank you Melissa for all your help.




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Haven’t had a chance to pull with it yet but I like the way it looks and how sturdy it is. Looking forward to trying it this weekend. Reason I am giving this 4 stars is,I paid extra for shipping to have it here quickly and only half of it showed up in time. The bottom have took a few extra days and I never received any email or tracking number on it. I had to make a call just to see if it was actually coming. Then when it arrived, the box was completely destroyed and the hitch had some scrapes and the stickers are in rough shape. More then likely UPS fault but still the no info on the second package and it being shipped 36 hours apart is frustrating. Just glad I had a backup.
Over all assembly was easy and I will update more on it when we return home next week!




by:

The hitch is easy to ensemble.
Great
design. Pulled my trailer great!
But when I hooked up the second time to the trailer the roll pin that goes in the locking bar fell out. Wasn't a really big deal. But if I hadn't had any tools and a 1/4" bolt with a lock nut I probably won't have been able to hook up. Maybe they could change that. The best adapter from gooseneck to fifth wheel.But all in all very happy with it.


Comments
This product is far superior than the rest of the other adapters. It mounts on the gooseneck easy and even if I didnt have a gooseneck trailer or gooseneck hitch on my truck this product is better than any other fifth wheel than that Ive had in the past. Plus it gives me the best of both ways to haul any trailer.??
Roger W - 05/19/2020


by:

The Demco Recon is easy to set up on my B&W turn-over ball gooseneck hitch. I went with this combination since the Demco Recon is not as heavy as the B&W Companion so I can remove the 5th wheel setup by myself. The Demco is a quality constructed product that I am looking forward to may years of service with. The only recommendation I would have is to have the torque specs for the ball capture pin and the plate yoke bolts on the unit. I just wrote the specs on the unit in silver Sharpie so I would not need to look it up every time. Installed in a 2014 Ram Mega Cab diesel 4x4 which leaves enough room for an RDS 80 gallon aux fuel tank at the front of the bed.




by:

My truck had a flip over gooseneck ball installed when I bought it. I didn't want to put any more holes in the bed. The Demco Recon fit my needs. It is easy to install and remove.




by:

Received my new hitch as promised in three days! Easily installed in truck and immediately hooked up the to the fithwheel. My family and I left the next day traveling from Houston to south Florida for a 12 day trip 3,000 mile trip. The hitch is working perfectly and makes for a really smooth ride




by:

Very impressed with my order. Etrailer tracking nad delvery is the best I have ever seen. I followed my order from the time I placed it until final delivery on their web site, awesome. Will give fowwow up after installation


Comments
works great. no prolems at all.
James - 04/10/2022


by:

Took about two hours to install. Of course that includes taking the old goose neck adapter off the camper. Looks nice and I will be trying it out from Anchorage, AK to Louisiana, in September.


Comments
No complaints. Very pleased with the hitch. Much better than the 5th wheel trailer to goose nec ball adaptor I was using.
David - 07/21/2020
Comments
I would like to add to my 1 year review. Installation was very straight forward and simple. The only thing I did different was to drill a 716 hole on each side rail, into the channel beam that my gooseneck ball is mounted in. This added a little security to the mount but mainly, made it a bit more of a challenge to steal the unit. I do have to take the two bolts out to remove the hitch but only adds about 10 minutes to the process.
David - 07/21/2020


by:

Hitch works great, easy to hook up the camper. I have a short bed truck and didn’t have any problems making turns when we drove through town or backing in the driveway. Ships out in two packages, set up isn’t a problem. Pretty self explanatory, if you’re loading or unloading from the truck either have someone help or break it down to at least two pieces. It’s pretty heavy all assembled. I would recommend this hitch versus drilling holes or welding on a gooseneck adopter to your trailer.




by:

Item was 200 lbs- no where does it say that! I’m old retired flt attendant- live alone & that was NOT an easy adapter… horrible. I’ve used fifth wheel to gooseneck adapters b4- this item was a nightmare. Impossible to Redbox & send back- will need help… on top of that I did not read the 8 pages of DETAILS. Like I have to pay for return of this monster- hurt my back & shoulder trying to Redbox- had go to library & PRINT MY OWN LABEL1 to ZERO STARS


Comments
I see that customer service is already working with you. The shipping weight is located underneath the price of the item.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 12/10/2021


by:

I installed the Demco Recon Gooseneck to 5th Wheel Hitch yesterday. The Hitch was installed on a Reese Remove A Ball Hitch and fit perfectly after cutting the rubber mat in the bed of my 2012 GMC Sierra 3500hd Duramax Diesel Dually. I will be hauling a Keystone Avalanche 5th Wheel.




by:

Fast shipping, great service and the hitch very easy to install.




by:

Product arrived fast, had it installed and towing within 30 minutes, set screw jam nuts on height adjustment slightly hard to get to but happy with the quality. Towing my 5th wheel around to test I noticed it felt much tighter with less chucking and bouncing than my last rail style hitch.




by:

I was a little skeptical at first but this hitch is awesome! Super easy to install and adjust the height. No issues at all pulling our 5th wheel.




by: 02/19/2021

Outstanding product! Exactly what I was needing. Fits perfectly under my BackFlip Truck bed cover.

Pulled a 38' footer with no problems behind a 2016 Ram 2500 with a B&W Turnaball gooseneck hitch.

Thanks Ya'll!




by:

Years ago I had a product similar to the gooseneck to 5th wheel hitch (gooseneck to gooseneck ball) although it worked it wasn’t easy to connect to the trailer. The hitch’s ability to be separated into two parts makes it a one person installation to the pickup. I use the demco recon hitch to pull an older 38’ fifth wheel I recommend this product, and would buy it again.




by:

Super Happy. Easy to install and remove. Has taken all that we have thrown at it and then some. The delivery of it was a different thing. The delivery Co. just backed up and rolled the hitch out into our yard, they did the same thing to the hitch box we ordered from Ebay so it was not etrailers fault. Super fast on shipping it out.


Comments
Works great if I can find it. Once you get something that works better than expected word gets out and everyone thinks that its theirs. going to secure it in my shop somehow. Even my kids inlaws use it without asking.
GERN - 04/15/2021


by:

Love this hitch. Had a couple of other gooseneck hitches and this one if the best. I'm able to install and remove super easy, with no help. I carry 3 tandem bikes around with a special build bike rack. Removing the main hitch and keeping the base works out perfect for transporting all 3 bikes.




by:

Great hitch! Smooth towing! Easy install and hook up. Retailer customer service is top notch! I will continue to use them!



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