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Old 09-22-2013, 04:11 PM
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DIY gooseneck hitch

I know some of you aren't going to like this idea, but this has been a well proven design from a fabricator/engineer friend of mine. I built it this weekend, and will probably install it this next weekend.

8" channel with 1/2x6" flat stock welded in the channel. Then 1/2" flat stock end caps to fit flush on the rails.

The ball I have now is an above bed ball that fits on the 5th wheel rails. It's too tall for my horse trailer and most borrowed trailers. I didn't want to loose the rails altogether, and the rails kit is in the way for most under bed gooseneck kits. So, this is my solution. This design also incorporates a pair of 1/4x6" gussets not shown.




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not very much experience with most 5 wheel/ gooseneck set ups other then couple of tows, but why wouldn't people like the idea of what you built?
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A lot of people think it's stupid do this without any "proper" engineering and test proving its capacity. Redneck ingenuity if you will. Really though, the liability's of it lie in the hands of the builder.
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i gothca, shoot been doing redneck engineering my whole life and not a single problem yet... I would personally find someway to beef-up the ball mount though, im just a fan of bigger is better when it comes to hauling, but im far from an engineer or physicist on metal lol

have you had a chance to pull with it yet?
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:07 PM
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Ya, thanks for insight. The minimum platform thickness specs for this ball is 3/8". I have it mounted to 3/4" of steel. It will be torqued to roughly 450 ft lbs too.

Haven't had a chance to even start the install yet. And it's killing me. Haha. I can't wait to see the difference it will make in my trailer leveling. Should drop the front about 4-4.5".
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It looks really well built. Please keep us updated on how it goes in the truck!

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And... Done

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Old 09-28-2013, 08:30 AM
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Welded shackles on the 5th wheel rails for safety chains.
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Old 09-28-2013, 08:33 AM
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And... Done

can you take a pic of under the bed? I'm curious how you tied it all together. It looks really clean on the top side
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It just basically sits on top of the frame and welded in. You can see where I notched out the channel so it, the 1/2" plate, and end caps all sit on the frame supporting the weight.

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