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Does Using an Offset Gooseneck Ball Change where the Pin Weight is Carried in the Truck Bed

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I have a 2015 Silverado 2500 HD short bed towing a 33foot 5th wheel using a Reese Goose Box. By moving the ball back 4inch will this effect the weight of the trailer on the ball being 4inch further back from the rear axle? Or does the pin weight remain where the ball was normally? Thank you,

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If you were to use the 4 inch offset ball # BWGNXA4085 the pin weight on the ball will not be changed. What will change is where the weight is carried on the truck. Using the offset ball will put more weight 4 inches back from the center of the gooseneck ball hole in the truck bed.

This may or may not affect the truck. Some things that could happen include reduced steering and braking and headlights angled upward. If the weight is far enough behind the rear axle it can lift the front of the truck a little which is what causes these things to happen. If that does occur then I recommend adding some helper springs, # TGMRCK25D, to your 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500 which will help alleviate those issues.

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