When you need to tow major cargo with a personal pickup, you may not be able to use a traditional receiver hitch. Instead, you may want to use a fifth-wheel or gooseneck hitch. Both of these trailering options allow drivers to attach a large trailer more centrally on a pickup so that it can handle larger loads. In this blog post we are going to look at fifth-wheel vs gooseneck towing hitches to see which one might be the best option for the driver with serious cargo.
Fifth-Wheel vs Gooseneck Towing Hitches
Both the fifth-wheel and gooseneck trailer hitches are mounted in the bed, but there are some differences. With a gooseneck attachment, the trailer is connected to a ball hitch, while the fifth-wheel set-up looks more like a vice that locks around the connecting point of the trailer. Both hitches are attached roughly in the center of the truck bed and should only be attached to a heavy-duty truck (which means a Ram 2500 or larger). A smaller vehicle, like the light-duty Ram 1500, will not have enough towing power to handle the trailer demands of fifth-wheel or gooseneck towing.
One of the things to consider in this comparison is the weight of the trailer you are pulling. Generally speaking, you can attach a heavier trailer, and tow more, with a gooseneck ball hitch than with a fifth-wheel attachment. Be sure to check the towing limits of your truck and trailer before deciding on a trailer hitch.
Price is an important consideration when looking at the right trailer hitch to buy. A fifth-wheel trailer hitch is generally much more expensive than a gooseneck hitch. It also will change how much your bed can hold, while a gooseneck hitch can often be hidden, or take up minimal space when not being used.
If you are trailering an RV or camper, it’s important to know if you want to be hauling people in the trailer, or if you can fit everyone into the truck. In many states, passengers may only ride in trailers attached with a fifth-wheel set-up, and not with a gooseneck trailer hitch.
How do I connect a fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailer?
If you need help learning what trailer hitch will work best with your Ram truck, our team at the Fury Ram Truck Center in Lake Elmo MN would be happy to get you the help and Ram pickup accessories that you need for all your towing challenges. Below we have a couple videos from Ram that offer step-by-step instructions for attaching a trailer with either a gooseneck ball hitch or a horseshoe-shaped fifth-wheel hitch.