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Old 03-23-2019, 08:30 AM   #1
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Gooseneck Adapters

Good morning all, is there anyone towing with a gooseneck adapter? Iím thinking seriously of going with a flatbed and converting the Montana to a gooseneck but Iím concerned about capacity, safety and long term security of using an adapter. Pulling a 3791RD gross about 16K. Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-23-2019, 08:43 AM   #2
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I have been doing some research on that myself. Look at the goose box it is the only way to use a gooseneck hitch and still maintain frame warranty. The adapters apparently add to much stress to the frame. Hope this helps.
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Old 03-23-2019, 08:48 AM   #3
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I would go with a Reese goosebox. Only one out there that can say they are endorsed by frame manufacturers
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Old 03-23-2019, 08:53 AM   #4
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Thanks, good info, That will be my next search.
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Old 03-23-2019, 09:15 AM   #5
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I had the 16k Goosebox on my previous trailer. It was nice for free bed after unhitching. My only complaints over the 4 or 5 years was the air bag would leak air over a few days, with electric jacks I often ran out of extension to clear the ball if I had to level on uneven terrain. Probably not a concern with the hydraulic legs as they are fast and have a lot of range. The other issue was ball alignment. It'd be nice if it had a better capture plate if you were off a inch or so side to side. The ride was good and it reduced chucking. My old trailer teeter-tottered due the location of the trailer axles being a bit too far forward to reduce pin weight. The 379xRD doesn't have this issue.
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Old 03-23-2019, 09:42 AM   #6
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You might look at the Andersen Ultimate, they have a version for flat beds.
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Old 03-23-2019, 10:09 AM   #7
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The gooseneck adapters have been discussed ad nauseum over the years. Many claiming ultimate failure of the frame if you use one. No doubt the rigid gooseneck adapters put a rotational force on the pin box to which it was not designed. But having said that, I have never read where anyone actually said they had a frame failure due to using one. And many do use them.

But Lippert has endorsed the Goose box as an acceptable hitch. Which makes sense since it is a Lippert product. So that is the way I would go if you choose to use one. The air bag, shock absorbers, and rubber bumpers apparently eliminate the stresses.
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