11/19/2014

Gooseneck & 5th Wheel FAQ's


What is the difference between a gooseneck and a fifth wheel trailer hitch?

Both a Gooseneck Hitch and a Fifth Wheel hitch are designed for use in the bed of a pickup truck. The main difference is the type of attachment. Gooseneck towing uses a ball, which is in the bed of the pickup truck, and a coupler, which is attached to the trailer. Fifth wheel towing is just the reverse. The coupling device, the fifth wheel hitch, is in the bed of the pickup truck and attaches with a kingpin, attached to the trailer. Gooseneck hitches are most often found with horse and other agricultural-type stock trailers. Fifth wheel hitches are used primarily with travel-trailer style RVs.

I have a 5.5’ bed; can I install a fifth wheel?

Installation of a fifth wheel on any bed less than 6' is not recommended, due to trailer to cab clearance. Any bed between 6' and 6.5' should have a roller installed to make tight cornering possible.

I have a fifth wheel camper trailer, and I would like to know if I can legally tow a boat behind my camper trailer down the road?

Yes and No.  When it comes to state laws on triple towing there is a lot of conflicting information out there. Many states and providences do allow this, however they all have different rules and regulations.  For instance, in Arkansas it is legal to triple tow as long as the combined length of all three vehicles is less than 65ft.  This is true in many states however some like Wisconsin require a CDL (Commercial Drivers License) to tow two trailers.  Anytime you are unsure of towing laws you should call your states highway patrol to get sound legal information.

Why can't I tow with my fifth wheel roller in the maneuvering position?

Towing with your 5th wheel roller in the maneuvering position puts the tongue weight of your trailer behind the rear axle. This puts too much weight on the back of the vehicle causing the front to be too light, giving you both braking and steering problems.

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