A must-have accessory for any heavy-hauler, a gooseneck hitch or 5th wheel hitch gives your rig unrivaled towing capabilities while saving valuable bed space. Whether it’s an enormous RV or a horse trailer full of bucking broncos, these heavyweight hitches are the only way you’re getting your payload to any destination. While both types of hitches are capable of carrying seriously heavy loads—allowing the front of your trailer to extend over your rear wheels for a more balanced ride—the difference comes in the type of towing you need to get done. Read on to find out just which hitch is right for your kind of hauling and learn how to shop our extensive selection of top-notch towing accessories.
Three Things to Consider
Type of towing: Gooseneck hitches are found on various applications, but they’re most often associated with horse and other agricultural-type trailers. On the other hand, 5th wheel hitches are used with travel-trailer style RVs.
Type of attachment: Gooseneck towing like a horse trailer hitch uses a hitch ball—located in the bed of your pick-up—that engages with the trailer’s coupler. 5th wheel towing is actually just the reverse. The coupling device—in this case, the 5th wheel hitch in the bed of your truck—attaches with the trailer’s kingpin.
Type of mounting: 5th wheel hitches are anchored to the center of your truck bed and generally take up a legitimate amount of truck bed space. A gooseneck RV trailer hitch is usually installed below your truck bed and allows you to quickly remove the ball from the truck bed when not in use, leaving the bed free of obstructions.
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