What Is A Gooseneck Hitch

Written by hitchweb Team
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 — 4 Comments

A Gooseneck Hitch is a platform sitting on the bed of the truck with a ball that connects to a trailer's Gooseneck Coupler, they are commonly used to tow a horse trailer or travel trailer.

The Gooseneck Hitch is a much simpler system than the 5th wheel hitch, but it's just as strong. Currently, almost all Goosenek Hitches are rated for 25,000lbs.

Gooseneck hitches come in a variety of styles, the image to the right is an above bed Gooseneck Hitch (mounting hardware not shown).

Hitchweb offers a selection of Gooseneck Hitches made by manufacturers such as CURT, B&W Trailer Hitches, Reese and Demco.

Gooseneck Hitch above bed style

The image to the right is what the above bed gooseneck hitch looks like once installed on a truck bed. Gooseneck hitch install kits can be broken into two mounting designs:

goosneck hitch installed on truck bed

How does a gooseneck hitch work?

The front of a trailer will have a Gooseneck Coupler. The gooseneck coupler is moved over top of the truck bed, where it covers the ball for a secure mount. The below image is what the goosneck coupler looks like on the trailer.

 How does a gooseneck coupler work

If you have any questions or concerns or require any help in finding the right gooseneck hitch for you, please contact us.

Posted in Towing 101

Comments


Hitchweb Team
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Hello Susan, A Fifth Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter lets you tow your 5th Wheel trailer with your Gooseneck Hitch by simply mounting around your trailer's king pin and connecting to the gooseneck ball in the pickup truck. These adapters have to be the correct height to tow the trailer. Measure from the top of the gooseneck ball to the bottom of the king pin plate. Clcik on the link to view our selection: https://www.hitchweb.com/category/HD-A-3-4/5th-Wheel-Adapters
Susan
Thursday, October 13, 2016
i have f350 4wd diesel. have hijacker 5th wheel hitch on it. I want to pull gooseneck horse trailer sometimes and 5th wheel rv. best way to go?
Hitchweb Team
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Hello Rob, In regards to a Gooseneck hitch for your 2016 RAM 1500 With Air Suspension, we recommend the B&W turnover ball #GNRK1309-909 https://www.hitchweb.com/category/HD-B-1-B/Under-Bed-Gooseneck-Hitches
Rob
Thursday, June 2, 2016
I have a new Dodge Ram 1500 Diesel with factory air suspension. Is their a special Gooseneck hitch for my truck? Make? Recommendations? I tow a small 5th wheel Jayco.
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