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Gooseneck Hitches 101

Gooseneck Hitches 101

  • Ask the average person to picture a trailer hitch and they’ll think of a steel ball on the back of a vehicle or the bumper. Unlike these hitches, gooseneck hitches are anchored through the bed of a truck near the frame and axle – the strongest part of the vehicle – which is why the rating for gooseneck hitches is typically higher than any other hitch.

     

    T&S with receiver hitch

     

    The B&W Tow & Stow adjustable ball mount with a receiver hitch.

     

    Turnoverball Gooseneck Hitch

    The B&W Turnoverball gooseneck hitch.

     

    This could enable you to tow a much heavier load – up to approximately 30,000 pounds – and pull a longer trailer – 30-plus feet in length. A gooseneck hitch also allows you to make tighter turns than a hitch at the rear of the vehicle. A gooseneck trailer hitch is most commonly used for horse and cattle gooseneck trailers, and open and closed gooseneck, utility trailers.

     

    To attach your trailer to a gooseneck hitch, just back up your truck until the ball is right under the trailer’s coupler, lower the coupler onto the ball and make sure it’s securely latched.

     

    Attaching a gooseneck trailer to a goosneck trailer hitch

    Align the gooseneck coupler on the trailer with the goosneck ball in the truck bed.

     

    Connect the wiring for your break lights and turning signals, and don’t forget to hook up the safety chains. Not only does federal law require them, but safety chains are an important backup safety mechanism just in case the coupler becomes detached from the ball.

     

    Defender Locking Goosneck Coupler with safety chains

    The B&W Defender Locking goosneck coupler with safety chains hooked up.

     

    Factors to Consider When Choosing a Gooseneck Hitch

    Obviously, you want to check the weight rating to make sure the gooseneck hitch you buy is rated high enough to support the load you need to tow.

     

    Of course, we’re big fans of buying American. A trailer hitch is made from steel and welds, and you need to trust the structural integrity of the steel and welds to protect your load, your vehicle, your trailer, yourself, your passengers and other drivers. We believe in American steel and American labor.

     

    You also want to buy from a reputable company. More than the materials, you want a gooseneck hitch designed and manufactured by people who understand how the hitch is installed.

     

    We engineer hitches that install in an hour or less with no drilling. All of our hitches are truck-specific based on the make of truck to ensure a perfect fit. Everything literally falls into place.

    B&W Turnoverball gooseneck hitch

    B&W Turnoverball Goosneck Hitch

     

    About 15 percent of our customers are do-it-yourselfers, and you can find plenty of installation videos online, including our own. Otherwise, most truck accessory stores, trailer dealerships and welding shops can professionally install your trailer hitch.

     

    The most basic thing to look for in a gooseneck hitch is functionality. In other words, what can be done with the ball when you’re not towing?

     

    Years ago, if you wanted to tow from the bed of your truck, you would go to a welding shop, where the welder would weld a hitch ball to the bed of your truck. That was your hitch.

     

    One problem – the ball got in the way when you wanted to do anything with your truck other than towing.

     

    That’s why we invented the B&W Turnoverball Gooseneck Hitch – a hitch when you need it, a level bed when you don’t. You just pull the lever, turn the ball over and store it in the bed of your truck. The ball is out of your way so you can use your truck bed for whatever you want.

     

    B&W Turnoverball Goosneck Hitch Steps

    B&W Turnoverball goosneck hitch steps. A hitch when you need it. A level bed when you don't.

     

    Ford and Dodge are now offering gooseneck hitch packages as an additional option when you order your truck. What we noticed about their hitches is that you can’t store the ball where you use it. You have to unlatch and remove the greasy ball, put it in a special bag provided by the manufacturer, store it somewhere in your truck and hope you don’t lose it.

     

    Towing a gooseneck trailer with a gooseneck hitch

    Towing a gooseneck trailer with a B&W Turnoverball gooseneck hitch

     

    If you are looking for a gooseneck hitch that is built to perfom everyday to your expectations and with the functionality you want, and it's been made in America from American steel by American craftsmen, then please consider our Turnoverball Gooseneck Hitch