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Reese Goose Box Fit for Arctic Fox 27-5L

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We have a 2018-27 5L. The dealer I bought it from in 2018 placed a Reese airborne sidewinder on our camper per my request when we bought it. So I have no idea what the original box was by Northwood. I contacted parts at Northwood to find out the particulars on the original pin box and what model frame it has. I was told Northwood makes their own frames and as soon as he heard me say gooseneck, he said bad idea, the gooseneck will beat the heck out of the frame.inch I explained it was the Reese gooseneck with the air cushion and shock absorbers but he still said no bueno. So my question is since I spent the last 3 years with the airborne sidewinder which I love, we purchased a new truck with the towing package installed, do you guys not recommend the Reese gooseneck be installed on the arctic fox 5th wheel that I have?

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Expert Reply:

The Reese Goosebox works very well. It's air ride feature would spare the frame from the beating it would experience from other gooseneck adapters. Lippert is the largest manufacturer of 5th wheel frames, and they have endorsed the Goosebox, and have stated that using the Goosebox won't invalidate their frame warranty.

Since it works okay with Lippert frames, there's no reason to believe it wouldn't work with a Northwood frame, but if your RV is still under warranty, then using an air ride gooseneck adapter COULD have warranty implications.

However, in order to check to see if we offer a Goosebox that will fit I will need to know which OEM pin box was used. If you contact Northwood with your VIN, they should be able to tell you the manufacturer and part number pin box used. Or, if you know the part number of the 5th Airborne Sidewinder you're using, I can determine if there's a Goosebox fit.

Or as another alternative, you could measure the bolt spacing where the pin box connects to the 5th wheel, which would help identify which OEM pin box you had. I'll link you to a help article that shows the bolt spacing/pattern on the most common pin boxes.

Here's a list of the Goosebox models that are available, and the OEM pin boxes they replace.

Reese 20K capacity # RP94720 replaces:
• Lippert 1621, 1621HD, and 0719 pin boxes

Reese 16K capacity # RP94716 replaces:
• Lippert 0719, 1621 and 1621HD
• Fabex PB-600 Series

Reese 16K capacity # RP94716-61301 replaces:
• Lippert 0115, 1116 and 1716

If you could reply with either the part number of your Airborne Sidewinder or the bolt spacing, I'd be happy to recommend something.

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Mike L

Question:

The Reese hitch pin i have is Reese 61422 Elite Airborne/Sidewinder 16K. I believe that is the combo part number because the label on the hitch is different 5AS16K. Will the Reese Gooseneck work on my Ram Short Bed and which model gooseneck will work with my pin box?

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Expert Reply:

The Reese 5th Airborne you mentioned, part # RP61422 fits several different pin boxes, listed below:

• Fabex 663 and 665
• Lippert 0719, 1621 and 1621HD

If the original pin box was a Lippert 1621, 1621HD, 0719, the # RP94716 Goose Box would be a fit for you. Because I have no way of looking up which pin box your 5th wheel was originally equipped with, I'd try the manufacturer again. There's no reason why they shouldn't be able to tell you which OEM pin box it was originally equipped with if you provide them with the VIN.

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Mike L

Question:

Moreryde rpb74-1716-05 pinbox original is what they told me at Northwood. I couldnt find that anywhere. Thanks for your help. Happy New Year

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Expert Reply:

According to MorRyde, the RPB74-1716-05 pin box is a direct replacement for the Lippert 1716 OEM pin box. The correct
Reese Goose Box for the Lippert 1716 is part # RP94716-61301.

This being said, the fact that you have a short bed truck could present a problem. You might not have enough clearance between the front of your 5th wheel and the rear of your truck cab. Unless your 5th wheel front corners are dished-in, and the 5th wheel manufacturer specifically states that a sliding hitch isn't needed, you will need to use a sliding hitch to prevent the front of the 5th wheel from colliding with the rear of the truck cab during turns.

If your gooseneck hitch is a B&W Turnover Ball hitch, you can use a sliding B&W Companion 5th wheel hitch like part # BWRVK3400. If your Ram truck has the factory puck system, a sliding 5th wheel hitch that installs in the pucks like part # BWRVK3670. If you B&W Turnover Ball gooseneck hitch or the puck system, please reply and I can make some alternative suggestions.


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Mike L

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