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Old 06-24-2017, 10:00 AM   #46  
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Oh yes, there is a difference in your motion. To be honest, if you think there isn't a difference you haven't took the fifth wheel off road. I'd go w the gooseneck. You can haul more weight. And if you drive off into a rugged campground, you'll wish you had the gooseneck if you had the fifth wheel.
A standard fifth wheel hitch doesn't flex to the side, only on the long axis. A classic example of the extreme was a recovery I did. It was a single screw moving van (luckily almost empty) that missed a drive and jackknifed into a fairly steep ditch. The left driver was on the road. The right side had a good foot of air under it. To prevent any further damage, we jacked it up and put blocking under the wheels. That took the strain off the hitch. Then we opened the hitch and pulled the tractor out from under the trailer, which we had dropped onto a sheet of greased plywood. Then we cross chained the dollys and slid the trailer sideways back onto the road. He hooked up and drove away unscathed.
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Oh yes, there is a difference in your motion. To be honest, if you think there isn't a difference you haven't took the fifth wheel off road. I'd go w the gooseneck. You can haul more weight. And if you drive off into a rugged campground, you'll wish you had the gooseneck if you had the fifth wheel.
Well, this was 12 years ago so hopefully the OP got it figured out!
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