Gooseneck hitch, what do you like?

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  1. BigClay

    BigClay Knower of useless ZJ things

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    This is not a discussion on "is a gooseneck the way to go" this is more "so you want a gooseneck, here is what to go with".

    So what is everyone's opinion on gooseneck hitches? Under the bed the way to go? Do you like B and W, or Curt, or Draw Tite, or?? Any reason to get one that would do a fifth wheel too if that is ever needed?
     
  2. WARRIORWELDING

    WARRIORWELDING Owner opperator Of WarriorWelding LLC.

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    B and W.
     
  3. shawn

    shawn running dog lackey of the oppressor class Administrator

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    I like B&W, except for their powdercoating issues. They have good aftermarket support, too. Somebody makes a B&W style knock-off, but I can't remember who. Those look fine.

    Just don't get the ones with the plate where the ball folds to the side. Those fucking suck.

    The ball IS going to get stuck, but with the B&W style, you can just climb underneath and whack it with a hammer.

    I haven't really been impressed with the OEM goosenecks, either. IIRC, both Ford and Dodge need extra adapter chains to connect the safety chains to the OEM loops in the bed. Fucking stupid.
     
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  4. tsconver

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    B&W Turn over ball is what I put in my Ram
     
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    Jody Treadway Croc wearing fool Moderator

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  6. jeepinmatt

    jeepinmatt Still Fat

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    I have a B&W in my truck. It has about 90% of the paint remaining, so It must be a good one. I have no idea how well it works because the weight of the hitch makes the rear of my f250 drag the ground, and I have a shortbed, so I can't turn more than 15 degrees right or left.
     
  7. Stuntman Autoworks

    Stuntman Autoworks Instigator of things

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    B and W. Grease the sides to keep it from getting stuck.
     
  8. shawn

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  9. WARRIORWELDING

    WARRIORWELDING Owner opperator Of WarriorWelding LLC.

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    or spill transfer case gear oil in the bed.....my crap isn't going to rust for a while. what a mess...

    As for the thread this is the only draw back I have witnessed.
     
  10. shawn

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    It's not rust that's an issue for me. It's anything else that gets in the bed - dirt, mulch, stone dust, etc... it's going right in the gap around the ball.
     
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  11. Pennsylvaniaboy

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    b&w.....we have had 2 in diff trucks, the 5th wheel companion is nice to. Leaves the bed empty and clean.
     
  12. Jp9519

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    Had good luck with b&w flip over and like mentioned earlier do not get one that flips side ways to go down in bed they are a pain after some age gets on it.

    I also learned if your not gonna use it for a while just pull it out do not flip it up side down to store it and it will not get stuck with crude around it. Also rememeber to push the locking lever back in after removing ball if not it can rub tire if you load a heavy pallet in the back on some trucks.
     
  13. Pennsylvaniaboy

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    I would bet you could make a cap that would sit in and over the hole.
     
  14. shawn

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    I'm pretty sure they sell one. But then you have to put the ball somewhere else for storage. I'd just as soon crawl underneath once in a while and whack it with a hammer. It doesn't happen often.
     
  15. Croatan_Kid

    Croatan_Kid How's your hammer hangin'?

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    I also like my B&W...and in a lowly short bed truck, no less! I usually just leave the ball in it too. I probably wouldn't bother flipping it upside down. I'd just take it out and put it in my trailer's tool box.

    I think they also make a factory replacement for some of the Dodge trucks and maybe some others. The number of available products has really boomed in the last several years.
     
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  17. shawn

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  18. Croatan_Kid

    Croatan_Kid How's your hammer hangin'?

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    It just seems like a lot of extra shit that you don't need and something else to have to put tires on.
     
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