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Old 01-27-2013, 08:56 PM   #1
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We are thinking about purchasing a Redwood 5th wheel and our tow vehicle (Chevy 3500 dually) has a gooseneck hitch. Does anyone know if using a gooseneck adapter vs a standard 5th wheel hitch will void the trailer warranty? We appreciate any help!
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:32 AM   #2
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I have sold RVs in the past so what I am about to say is from that experience. In most cases the manufacturer will not honor the structual warranty if you pull with a gooseneck adapter. I have seen several 5th wheels with cracked side walls in the upper part caused by the gooseneck. Think of this way - you are putting all the tongue weight on a ball vs a 5th wheel hitch which spreads the weight over a base. You are looking at spending some serious money on a high end fifth wheel - I would recommend protecting that investment. Just my 2c worth.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:16 AM   #3
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To solve the problem, there are a couple of 5th wheel hitches that work over the top of the goose neck ball. One of those is a "companion" hitch, which is what I use and it works great.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:34 AM   #4
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I, too, have a B&W Companion which is a good hitch.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:44 AM   #5
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Reese Elite is removable and has a goose-neck kit available for those needing to tow both.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:30 AM   #6
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I just found a Reese "Goose Box" air ride hitch that doesn't void the Lippert warranties on the web. It looks good but it's only rated for 16k which is lite for a Redwood. Otherwise it looks pretty good and would be handy to have since the 5th wheel hitch takes up so much space in the bed.

Also on a side note it's easier to hook up a 5th wheel in my opinion if you're doing it alone.
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Thanks so much for the info! You are right, it is a big investment and cutting corners would not be a good idea. Thanks again for your reply.
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Thanks for the information, it seems like the companion hitch may be a solution. Our truck has the Goose Ready hitch by RearGear Industries and is rated at 30k with a hitch weight of 7500. I wonder if the B & W Companion would be compatable, or would we need to purchase a goose hitch from B & W.
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Thanks for the information, it seems like the companion hitch may be a solution. Our truck has the Goose Ready hitch by RearGear Industries and is rated at 30k with a hitch weight of 7500. I wonder if the B & W Companion would be compatable, or would we need to purchase a goose hitch from B & W.
I think the B/w has a standard size coupler so it should work. Reese also makes one like the B/W too.
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