I have been wondering this for quite a while so I thought I would ask. I would like to know the difference between 5th wheel and gooseneck. I know the visual differance, but the actual load carrying and why most horse trailers and flat bed trailers are gooseneck, and campers are 5th wheel? Does 5th wheel offer better stability? Maybe a pros and cons list to each? Are there any campers that are gooseneck? Thanks.
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The gooseneck is more unrestrained, free to twist more, like if you have one side go over a high object, that side will be free to move up, where on a 5th wheel the hitch resists it as it does not float much that way.
If you install a hitch the goose neck one will leave the bed of the truck fully usable.
B&W turn over ball gooseneck hitch has an adapter for a 5th wheel if you need a 5th.
A gooseneck will carry just as much wieght. The reasons most horse trailers and flatbeds use them is due to what icrman said, but the is also the reason they are not used on high profile vehicles, such as rvs. They do not offer as much stability on higher CG trailers. That is where a 5th wheel hitch is much better. I also like it better on my 43' long flatbed because of the long frame. The 5th wheel doesnt allow as much twisting movement.
I have a double pivot Fifth hitch .I have never had any problem with side to side restriction or binding.Also the fifth wheel hitch is much easier to hook up.With the gooseneck you have to line hitch up directly over the ball.With my fiver,,If you are close it will slide it right into place.
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