The Gooseneck Hitch vs the 5th Wheel Hitch

Published: 12th May 2011
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The fifth wheel hitch, just like the gooseneck hitch, is used with a pickup truck. The 5th

Wheel hitch cannot be concealed as well as the gooseneck hitch. The CODY GOOSENECK

HITCH as well as several others, have a reversible ball which completely removes the presence

of the ball thus allowing the full use of the bed bottom of your truck. A gooseneck hitch is

most often used for towing livestock trailers and other types of agricultural/industrial purposes,

while the 5th Wheel type of kingpin is most commonly found on travel trailers. Both the

Gooseneck Type of hitch and the 5th wheel hitch type are thought to be superior in maneuvering

abilities when compared to bumper mount trailers.

Mounting a 5th wheel hitch on your pickup is tasking as it involves boring holes into the

truck's bed. It also means that you have to dismount the hitch to use the bed for other

purposes. The gooseneck on the other hand involves minimal bed interference in that just a

single hole is reuired for the ball. Many variations of the gooseneck hitch, such as THE CODY

GOOSENECK HITCH, allow or reveal the protruding ball and it can be inverted thus leaveing

it flush with the bed. This is also achievable in other gooseneck systems where the ball is

oldable. All these gooseneck ball variations allow for the full use of the pickup's bed.

In a situation where a truck is not equipped with a 5th Wheel hitch but instead with the

gooseneck type, and yet we have to tow a fifth wheeler, available is an adapter that can

couple the two. THE CODY COUPLER is a good example of this and can be seen at The coupler takes in the kingpin at one end and the gooseneck ball

at the other. This affixation procedure is simple and lasts only 15 to 20 minutes. There are,

however, a few safety measures to be observed since the coupler subjects the kingpin to

greater pressure than with the fifth wheel hitch. Truck starts and stops have to be done

fluidly to avoid jerking the trailer. The kingpin should at all times be firmly attached to

the pin box of the trailer, and the trailer's braking system should always be in proper

working condition.

Steps have been taken to ensure that the coupler guarantees the safety of the trailer, it's

cargo, the truck and the driver. This is realized in a safety latch mechanism which prevents

any accidental disconnecting of the coupler from the ball. On hitching up the coupler, the

safety latch mechanically engages. When unhitching, the latch has to be manually released

by pushing the spring-loaded arm on the side of the coupler. With such safety measures

considered, the coupler is a really worthwhile alternative to the costlier 5th wheel hitch.

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