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Old 05-06-2017, 09:54 AM   #1
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Which Hitch?

I just purchased a Denali 293RKS and am looking for a used truck. I noticed some trucks have a Gooseneck Hitch which looks like a trailer ball hitch in middle of the truck bed. I'm pretty sure that my 5er does not fit that and so I looked at adapters for the 5th Wheel hitch.
Are these adapters safe?
can the camper be adapted to the Gooseneck?

Thanks in advance
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Old 05-06-2017, 02:44 PM   #2
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As a general rule the adapters aren't the best idea. They seem to put uneven stress on things and cause welds to break and things to crack.

There are a lot of different hitches out there and some are better than others, and everyone has their favorite.

My favorite 5th wheel hitch is the B&W Companion, mainly because it would allow me to switch back and forth between the goose neck ball and the fifth wheel plate. Best of both worlds, but it ain't cheap. We don't have a fifth wheel anymore but still pull goose neck trailers on a regular basis. Still have the B&W too.

If you are in a strong RV area where the snow birds fly keep an eye on the bulletin boards and Craig's List. Lots of great deals with pop up on short notice.


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Old 05-24-2017, 02:05 AM   #3
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I have an the Anderson Ultimate II gooseneck to fifth wheel conversion kit, possibly the style you have seen. Hooking up is simple, you just look over your shoulder and line the ball under the adapter then raise the landing gear and push the cable pin in and twist to lock. It tows super smooth, can be removed or installed into the truck in less than a minute, weighs 30lbs. Allows me to make full use of my bed when needed, and easy.
My truck is a 17 Ram DRW, 4x4, Mega Cab. Using the trail Air Tri-Glide, I can get almost to 90 degree turn before it would hit cab.

My 5er is a 44' Voltage 3818 Toy Hauler, about 20K lbs fully loaded.

Love it.

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Old 05-24-2017, 04:57 AM   #4
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There are so many ways to go, I use a Husky Hitch 26K because when toys are on board, I'm around 20k in weight, so check your total weight, then look on Craig's list, you may be able to find the Hitch and all the connectors for your Truck....I also use, the biggest Lance Truck Camper in winter times, so I remove my Hitch a lot....so good luck
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