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post #1 of 35 Old 09-28-2010, 07:18 AM Thread Starter
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short bed goose or fifth wheel

im wondering if there are any problems with running fifth wheel or goose neck in a short bed with a tool box?i cant really think of anything but i wanted to make sure.also arent there fifth wheels that you can connect with disconnect pins or something that you can remove for bed use?i think ive seen these somewhere but i cant remember.thanks for any help

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i used to run a gooseneck in my 03 ccsb with a toolbox and stacks and never had an issue, granted there was only about two inches to spare

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well im definitely not doing stacks.i think fifth wheel tows better but i wonder if it will have room.

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I'm running a fifth wheel in a short bed with a Reese sliding fifth wheel, that has a 30 gal transflow in it. In 3 years I only had to slide the fifth wheel once to jack knife the trailer into a very tight spot. It will work.

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im wondering if there are any problems with running fifth wheel or goose neck in a short bed with a tool box?i cant really think of anything but i wanted to make sure.also arent there fifth wheels that you can connect with disconnect pins or something that you can remove for bed use?i think ive seen these somewhere but i cant remember.thanks for any help
Most 5th wheel hitches have 'rails' installed attached to the frame through the bed floor. The hitch then sits on those rails locked down by pins. When you're done towing, pull the pins, pull the hitch. The rails are the only thing left. I have had no problem loading 4x8 sheets of plywood, fencing or other things in there. They just have to put it in over the rails.


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you guys have been great help.one last question.ive always liked fifth wheel,but never towed goose.i hear goose is a lil more swaying than fifth.what do yall think?i would prefer answers from people who have towed both as they really know but ill take all comments to help me make a better decision.

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You can also get a fifth wheel that slides which will shift the load a little further back giving more clearance behind the cab or in the bed.

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you guys have been great help.one last question.ive always liked fifth wheel,but never towed goose.i hear goose is a lil more swaying than fifth.what do yall think?i would prefer answers from people who have towed both as they really know but ill take all comments to help me make a better decision.
A gooseneck will sway a little more but not overly so. A good fifthwheel hitch will have all the same movement that a gooseneck has. I personally run gooseneck because you can get an adapter to go from fifth wheel to gooseneck but not the other way around. It leaves more options out there.

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A gooseneck will sway a little more but not overly so. A good fifthwheel hitch will have all the same movement that a gooseneck has. I personally run gooseneck because you can get an adapter to go from fifth wheel to gooseneck but not the other way around. It leaves more options out there.
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