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What type of hitch ? 5th or ball ?


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Folks,

I am buying a one ton soon and was just going to go with the hitch offered by the truck company until several folks mentioned a ball hitch.

I was under the impression that a ball hitch was more for horse / utility trailers and they had a tendency to break 5th wheel trailers.   I gather this is now incorrect.

I have been told that instead of a for / aft motion, with a ball you get of hobby horse or rocking motion when towing.

My 5th is a Arctic Fox 29-5T.

I haven't bought my replacement truck yet so this is a good time to research.

Thoughts ?

Thanks

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I have a B&W Turnover ball hitch. I could tow a gooseneck, however, the manufacturer of my RV was very clear that the frame was not designed for gooseneck towing therefore I have the Companion hitch. 

With that in mind I would check with the manufacturer before making your decision.

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Howdy!

Check into a Reece Goose Box. It I s the only gooseneck that doesn't void your warranty. I've been using a 20,000 Goose Box to tow our 44' toy hauler for a couple of years now. I would not go back to a 5er hitch.

"Happy Trails"

Chiefneon

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2 hours ago, Grassy said:

Folks,

I am buying a one ton soon and was just going to go with the hitch offered by the truck company until several folks mentioned a ball hitch.

I was under the impression that a ball hitch was more for horse / utility trailers and they had a tendency to break 5th wheel trailers.   I gather this is now incorrect.

I have been told that instead of a for / aft motion, with a ball you get of hobby horse or rocking motion when towing.

My 5th is a Arctic Fox 29-5T.

I haven't bought my replacement truck yet so this is a good time to research.

Thoughts ?

Thanks

If you currently have a fifth wheel trailer with the conventional kingpin, there is really no reason to change over to a gooseneck type hitch. The kingpin and conventional fiver hitch work great together so unless you are also towing a different gooseneck trailer why change things up?

I have a Ford F-350 and bought the Pullrite Hitch that drops right into the factory puck system. It is very slick and leaves a totally clean bed when removed. Takes only a couple of minutes to install or remove the hitch. 

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As posted above, not all "adapters" are designed the same. 

I am also a Reece Goosebox user and love it.  I looked at traditional 5th wheel, goose ball mount 5th wheel and the Anderson also.  I already had a gooseball on my truck. 

For me it came down to bed use.  With the Goosebox as soon as I unhitch the trailer I can use my truck box.  I know some of the system are not hard to take out, but I never have to mess with it.  

Another plus for the Goosebox is the air ride built in. 

 

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We prefer the 5th wheel, easier to hook up and no safety chains to have to deal with. If you cannot see the gooseneck ball from the driver's seat it may take some time to get use to getting the trailer in position as you have to be right on. A 5th wheel is a little more forgiving.  We always changed our gooseneck ball trailers to 5th wheel pins.  

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  • 2 weeks later...

Every time we connect a goose ball trailer around the ranch with the cranking of the landing gear and the spotting of the tow vehicle 35 times and the crawling up and down to connect chains and etc. we have a tradition, while cranking the frozen landing gear, of calling out "Them king pin 5th wheels is never going to catch on!..." 

But ball couplers offer lots of articulation off road.  We have dings in the truck box top rails to prove it too...

 

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