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Old 02-20-2008, 06:16 PM
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5th wheel to goose neck trailer conversion??

I have a 34' montana fifth wheel trailer and I would like to buy one of those gooseneck adapters so I can use a gooseneck ball in my truck instead of a fifth wheel set up. I have heard rumors that it might be bad for my trailer since it is so big, to use the conversion. the rumor has it that the fifth wheel part of the trailer could be damaged by the different weight distribution?? Can someone clarify this rumor, or maybe give me some peace of mind in doing the goose ball. I like the idea of the hide away goose ball that can be mounted??
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i hear it will void a trailers warrenty so obviously there is some down side!
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The best is the B & W turn over ball goosneck hitch. Then you get the Companion adapter to tow the 5er with.

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my girlfriends dad has the gooseneck adapter on his camper and he has had no problems with it.... it is no different then pulling a 40' cattle trailer...
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I thought about this too but I heard the gooseneck adapter acts as a lever on the end of the 5th wheel frame. Mother-in-law has one on hers and there is signs that something may not be right under the 5th wheel. So it scared me off.
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Check with 720Deere - he has one of those B&W companion hitches.
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What they said. If you want your truck to be able to tow both 5ivers and gooseneck style trailers, the B&W companion is the way to go. I haven't heard or read anything good about the adapters. They put stress on the 5th wheel pin box in a way that they're not designed for.
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I hated my 5th wheel, I removed the entire pin box and made a gooseneck hitch out of 8” C-channel and an adjustable hitch I got from tractor supply. It works very well. I could see where the extra torque on the factory pin box might be too much for it but mine is mounted directly to the frame and does away with the factory pin box. It cost me about $100 and took about 4 hours to do. I feel much better towing now. I think the hitch is rated for 30,000# and my camper weighs about 8,000#

Here is a pic I found where you can see the hitch in the background;



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I tow trailers for a living I have had no problems with the gooseneck or the fifth wheel. I have both so I may tow either one. I preferr the fifth wheel because it is the one I use most. There are several types of adapters that can be aquired easily give it a try and see how you feel. Need help email SanDiegoRV@yahoo.com
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I have a 34' montana fifth wheel trailer and I would like to buy one of those goose neck adapters so I can use a goose neck ball in my truck instead of a fifth wheel set up. I have heard rumors that it might be bad for my trailer since it is so big, to use the conversion. the rumor has it that the fifth wheel part of the trailer could be damaged by the different weight distribution?? Can someone clarify this rumor, or maybe give me some peace of mind in doing the goose ball. I like the idea of the hide away goose ball that can be mounted??
I'm the Montana dealer in San Antonio, And have been for 9 years now. Yes technically it will void the Chassis warranty, But if you bought it from a good dealer, They will work with you on warranty issues, In all my years I have never declined a warranty issue because of a goose neck adapter. Plus the ones I use slip on, So if you ever sell it, The adapter can easily be removed. As far as how it rides, There should be no difference, The goose neck adapter slips over the king pin on the pin box, The weight is distributed i little different, But not enough to matter.

Good luck, Oh and what floor plan did you get!
Let me re-Fraze what I said. IF keystone wanted to fight a warranty claim. IE frame cracked or bent , The dealer IF A$$holes, Could drop you in the grease, More than likely, This would not happen. If you ever have an issue, Please feel free to PM me, I'll walk you through the proper steps to handle any issue.
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