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Gooseneck vs. Fifth Wheel Trailers

Gooseneck vs. Fifth Wheel Trailers

Some trailers are designed to connect over the rear wheels of the towing vehicle. That is the principle behind fifth wheel and gooseneck trailer hitches. However, the gooseneck is slightly different. It utilizes a ball connection and the fifth wheel works with a king pin.

You receive several benefits from a gooseneck trailer, such as:

  • Limited sway while towing
  • Excellent stability (the gooseneck is designed to be a weight distributing type hitch)
  • Easy to back-up, so you can see to connect the hitch
  • Greater towing capacity than rear or bumper mount hitches


Gooseneck trailers will cost you more than rear mount types. If you need to install a hitch in your truck, that is an additional expense. Also, you cannot use these hitches with SUVs, trucks with campers or camper shells, or common passenger vehicles.

Typical Gooseneck Applications
Most standard car trailers, utility trailers, and cargo trailers, are bumper hitch design. Gooseneck hitches are often used in large capacity trailers. You will see goosenecks on these applications:

  • Deckover trailers
  • Camper trailers
  • Livestock trailers
  • Heavy duty vehicle trailers
  • Flatbed and large utility trailers

If your hauling needs are considerable and you are in need of a gooseneck trailer, give Pine Hill a call. They will give you several advantages that you may want to consider. Your Pine Hill sales professionals can tell you more about these options.