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Old 03-27-2012, 11:04 AM
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Help in choosing a 5th wheel combo gooseneck hitch

I have a 08 F250, 6 3/4' bed, I am looking to get a 5th wheel and gooseneck hitch. I wont be towing much, but I want to get a hitch that could do both. I didnt see any threads talking about this. But I want it removeable, since I will be using my bed more, and towing seldom. Its like having 4 wheel drive and not needing it, but when you do, your thankful you have it.

I've seen a style of gooseneck, with an adaptor that converts the 5th wheel of the trailer into a gooseneck for the truck. (must have tools handy, and takes some time to convert)

I seen a 5th wheel that removes and the gooseneck is hidden/or comes out when not being used, so the only thing that shows on the bed is small cover plates. (which I like)

I also seen the 5th wheel set-up that keeps the mounting rails inside the bed (which I really dont like)

So what brands are you using and what do you like/dont like about them?

EVERYONE CLAIMS TO BE THE BEST, but I want hear from actual users. I know I been told your not suppose to tow a 5th wheel with a short bed, but I see them going down the road all the time.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:11 AM
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I believe B&W has the best all around setup. They have the ability to easily remove the ball, or turn it over to have a flush bed. For short beds, they have special ball adapters that move the ball itself back something like 8-10". I believe they also have a 5th wheel attachment that slides into the same socket as their gooseneck ball for that application if I'm not mistaken.


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Old 03-27-2012, 12:30 PM
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B&W for me, I also like how you just flip the ball over and you have your bed back. They are sturdy well built and easy to use. Also with a short box I really needed the 4" extend a ball. And yes they do have a 5th wheel that goes into the socket just like the gooseneck ball. Truck Hitches & Truck Accessories | B & W Trailer Hitches
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Old 03-27-2012, 02:36 PM
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Like the others said, go with B&W. You will be very happy with their product. My dad and I both use and support them, been on a total of 4 different trucks now.
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B&W here to it is the only one I have found that the 5th wheel recieves into the gooseneck hole. The only way to go in my opinion.
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I'm with these other jokers the B&W is the only way to go. The only downside I've had with B&W is if you don't use it for a while stuff will jam it and you have to hit it with a hammer.
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:29 PM
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I got the B&W as well. I like it (but I've never had anything else). I would buy it again. It is expensive (especially with the companion fifth wheel adapter) but you get what you pay for.
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B&W here, same as the rest of the comments above.
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Just so you know with a short bed you need a hitch that slides...thus I would just look into a fifth wheel. If you check out superglide hitches, they make a fifth wheel that slides by itself when you turn so you don't wreck your cab and you don't have to worry about getting out and moving anything...It is really a suburb set-up that I recommend looking at.
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B&W ALL THE WAY I TOW A G/N HORSE TRALER ALL THE TIME WITH A SHORT BED AND HAVE NOOO PROBLEM AND THE TURN RADIUS IS FINE
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