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Posted: 01/15/22 03:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

spoon059 wrote:

I'm researching now for the inevitable move to a 5er. I'm planning on getting a Reese Goosebox. It allows you to swap out your traditional 5th wheel hitch on your camper with a model that is approved by Lippert to allow you to use a regular gooseneck ball in your bed. No hitch to install, move, store, get in the way... just a regular 2 5/16 hall.

It eliminates the traditional hitch in your bed and reduces or completely eliminates the chucking you get from a traditional 5th wheel hitch.


The Goose Box is a ball hitch and requires safety chains. And a Goose Box will still chuck if the road conditions are such.

Personally, my feelings are that you will be better served by a B&W Turn-Over Ball and use it with a B&W Companion hitch. You can still totally remove the hitch and not have any rails in the truck bed.


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One issue when changing from a standard king pin hitch is you limit your options. If your truck has a break down and your 5er needs towed by someone else.


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BurbMan wrote:

Lantley, good idea, I didn't think to check Hensley. The air ride is interesting, does it really improve the ride?

Regarding removal, maybe not plywood, but drywall...you pile a few sheets of drywall on top of a hitch and it won't look like much when you get it home. Also, DW is into restoring furniture...she's excited to have a truck vs. the old Suburban because she can bring home bigger stuff now... [emoticon]

I'm thinking an engine hoist make hitch removal easy, right?

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I tried the engine hoist and got rid of it quickly. Needed something I could be in the bed of the truck when lowering. Couldn't do that with the engine hoist.
I wanted to hang a winch from the ceiling. This would have been ideal and I could just "store" the hitch in the air. But I can't back in my shop far enough to clear the raised door when it is open.
Finally determined I could use a chain fall.
I have a steel shop and have a steel header above the garage door.
I installed an eye bolt and hang the chain fall from the eye.
Works great for me. Once the hitch is removed, take the fall down and store it away.

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