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Gooseneck Hitches Buyers Guide

If you plan to do some serious towing – such as hauling around a huge RV or trailer of horses – you are going to need a hitch that can accommodate that kind of weight. There are many different types of hitches ranging from a Class I, which is designed for relatively small loads, all the way up to a Class V hitch – such as the gooseneck hitch – which is able to haul upwards of 30,000 pounds.

In many ways the gooseneck hitch is similar to that of the fifth wheel hitch in that both are mounted in the bed of your truck as opposed to extending from the back of the towing vehicle like a standard hitch. However, while a fifth wheel hitch sits above the bed mounted by rails and brackets, a gooseneck hitch is usually positioned under the bed and uses a traditional style hitch ball to attached to the trailer. Gooseneck hitches are desirable for both their strength and their ability to haul trailers that are able to make incredibly sharp turns when compared to their standard-hitch counterpart. As you would expect, there are several different styles of gooseneck hitch – each of which will be discussed herein.

Gooseneck Hitches - The Basics

Ok, so you think that a gooseneck hitch sounds like something you would be interested in. That’s great, but first you must make sure that you have the right setup to properly utilize one. Even though you want to haul a huge load, and thus purchase a gooseneck hitch to haul said load, you must remember that YOUR TOWING SYSTEM IS ONLY AS STRONG AS ITS WEAKEST LINK. What this means is that your gooseneck hitch rated at 30,000 pounds will not be able to tow safely at its maximum potential if you are using it on a truck with a towing capacity of 10,000 pounds. Therefore, before you buy, it is imperative that you do the following:

  1. Estimate the weight of the average load that you will be hauling (or the Gross Trailer Weight)
  2. Check the maximum weight capacities of your trailer.
  3. Check the towing capacity of your truck. This information can be obtained from the manufacturer of your specific tow vehicle.

Now that you have established the weight of what you will be towing, and have further established that both your trailer and tow vehicle can accommodate that weight, you can look to purchase the appropriate gooseneck hitch. The gooseneck hitch must be able to support both the estimated weight of both the expected load as well as the weight of the trailer.

It would not be a bad idea to choose a gooseneck hitch that is able to haul more than your expected load just to be on the safe side. Please be safe here – a failure to use the correct equipment or an attempt to tow beyond your truck or trailer’s ability can result in serious, serious consequences.

Types of Gooseneck Hitches

Under Bed Mounting

This is the type of Gooseneck Hitch that is growing in popularity amongst Gooseneck users, mainly because of the minimal impact on the truck bed itself. The great thing about these Gooseneck Hitches is that they only require you to have a small hole drilled into your truck bed for the hitch ball, and another for the safety chain loops, and when you are not towing, both the ball and the loops can be pushed into the frame of the hitch under the truck bed, leaving the bed completely obstacle free. The only downside of this hitch type is that you may need to have it professionally installed, as you need to remove the truck bed entirely in order to install the hitch.

  • Capacity of 20,000 -30,000 lbs.
  • Perfect for someone that needs a gooseneck hitch regularly but does not want any obstruction in their truck bed.
  • Installation is NOT a one man operation! In order to install this hitch type, you need to remove the bed of your truck and attach It directly to the frame.
  • Installation also requires you to cut a few holes in the bed of your truck for the Hitch ball and safety chain loops to poke through, so keep that in mind.
  • In several models, both the hitch ball itself and the safety chain loops can be hidden under the bed of the truck, usually spring loaded, when not in use.

Plate Style Mounting

This is currently the most wildly used right now, both in the agricultural and industrial fields. This is primarily due to its easy installation and maintenance, and it availability in both a raised or bent plate style, and a less obtrusive flat plate style. Now, even though you do have a metal plate on the bed of your truck with this type of Gooseneck Hitch, there are several models that have both the safety chain loops and the hitch ball itself able to either be slid or pushed into the frame of the hitch or removed entirely and stored elsewhere. Also, while this is the easier to install than the Under Bede Mounted Hitches, it is required to cut holes into your truck bed, and in most cases a large hole must be cut in the center of the bed to properly facilitate the hitch itself,

  • Capacity of 20,000 -30,000 lbs.
  • Available in both bent and flat plate style, these Gooseneck Hitches are a more cost effective alternative to the Under Bed Mounted variant.
  • This Hitch type is easier to install overall, but they do require more steps, usually involving drilling several holes in the bed of your truck, and sometimes a large hole must be cut, so always make sure you look at the installation guide for the hitch type you are interested in.
  • Despite the plate itself is visible on the truck bed, in several variants both the safety chain loops and the hitch ball itself are able to be slid down into the plate itself or can be removed and stored elsewhere, allowing you full use of your truck bed when not towing.

Rail Mounted

The more casual use model of Gooseneck Hitches, this is the lightest duty and most economical variant of Gooseneck Hitches. Able to be mounted to any industry standard bed rail system, the Rail Mounted Gooseneck Hitch is by far the easiest to install, requiring only to be pinned and secured to the bed rails themselves, although it is the most obtrusive to your truck bed, because the entirety of the hitch is placed above the bed. Very common to use if you have 5th wheel hitch already installed.

  • Capacity of 20,000 Lbs.
  • By far the most economical and adaptable of the mounting types, this Gooseneck Hitch is able to be installed on any industry standard rail system
  • The easiest to install, especially if you already have bed rails installed in your truck bed.
  • This mounting type is the lightest duty, and also is the most obtrusive to your truck bed, but the hitch itself can be removed from the bed rails when not in use.

How to Install a Gooseneck Hitch

The installation process for each gooseneck hitch will vary slightly depending on the manufacturer and model purchased. While many purchasers choose to install the gooseneck hitch themselves, you do have the option to take the hitch to a mechanic, as most would be happy to help out for a fee.

If you do choose to complete the installation yourself, it is imperative that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions in great detail. You will typically need a drill, a variety of wrenches, and possibly a saw. Plan to take lots of measurements, as you want to make sure that the hitch ball is placed in correct location and that everything is properly aligned according to the specifications given by the manufacturer in the installation guide.

Gooseneck Vs. 5th Wheel Hitch - Which is Better?

As previously stated, the gooseneck hitch and the fifth wheel hitch are similar in both their towing capacity and their increased strength resulting from their mounting in the tow vehicle bed as opposed to the rear of the vehicle. The most significant difference between the two is the way in which they connect to the bed of the tow vehicle. Gooseneck hitches are most often used with horse and other agricultural trailers, while fifth wheel hitches are most commonly used with travel trailers and recreational vehicles.

We at HitchAnything have chosen not to take sides, but rather have opted to point out the pros and cons of each and allow you to decide which type is best for you. Also note that many manufacturers make a gooseneck mounting system for fifth wheel rails, such as the Curt Spyder, which allow the user to have the best of both worlds.

Gooseneck Hitch Pros

  • Does not take up the entire bed of the truck. Most gooseneck systems give the user complete access to the truck bed when not in use.
  • Easier for one person to detach and reconnect
  • Flexible neck allows for improved flexibility – which can be useful if driving on an uneven terrain such as farmland.

Gooseneck Hitch Cons

  • Often require accessories that create clutter- such as safety chains
  • Some recreational vehicles require that a fifth wheel hitch is used
  • Passenger is not able to ride in the trailer
  • Typically have to drill a four inch hole in the middle of your truck bed
  • Installation can be difficult – often have to remove the truck bed in order to install the frame.

Fifth Wheel Hitch Pros

  • No additional accessories such as safety chains
  • Passenger may ride in the trailer
  • Can accommodate the towing of a second trailer by attaching to the rear of the first one (please note, however, that this is not legal in every state)
  • Best choice for beginners because of simplicity and safety

Fifth Wheel Hitch Cons

  • Installation can be complicated and time consuming
  • Takes up the majority of the truck bed and is difficult to detach and remove if use of the truck bed is needed

There you have it. If you plan to haul items of the smaller variety a standard rear-mounted hitch should do the job just fine. However, if you plan to haul large items such as a livestock trailer or large RV with your heavy-duty truck, a gooseneck hitch is a strong option. Gooseneck hitches are desirable for both their strength and their attachment point in the bed of the truck which allows for a significant increase in maneuverability. If you do decide that a gooseneck hitch is right for you, it is imperative that you do your research to make sure that: (1) you have the correct equipment for the job you need to do; and (2) you install and use the hitch correctly in adherence to the manufacturer’s specifications. As always, we at HitchAnything are always available if you have any questions. Good luck and happy towing!

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