My dealer is offering a gooseneck conversion for fifth wheel towing. I'm not sure this is a good idea as it puts more force on the trailer frame, but it looks like it would leave more room in the bed when unhooked. Anybody doing it - what is your experience?
A true goosneck hitch will reduce the "chucking Motion" discussed in other threads here. This is because the connection point between the TV and trailer is much lower. The ideal connection would be at the level of the rear axle on the TV. That's the good news. The down side is the stress on the trailer. The connecting arm of the gooseneck hitch is much longer than a conventional fifth wheel hitch. This means there is a longer lever trying to twist the trailer.
Ideally, we would get rid of pickup beds on our TV's and trailer manufacturers would lower the front of the trailers to just clear the truck frame. Then either hitch mechanism would perform the same. Much less stress on the trailer and a great ride. I doubt we will see this anytime soon.
I used a heavy-duty goose neck adapter for two years, with trips to Baha and parts south.
Extra room in truck bed a big plus. Harder to hook up a very big negetive. With a big storage box installed behind the cab you can not see the ball with out the use of two mirrors and there is very little play front to back and left to right. you have to be directly over ball and lower your hitch to connect.
I went with the "little rocker" hitch, works very nice. Goose neck adapter is for sale $ 250.00
with extra mirror made by hitch manufactor CE Brand