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Old 08-05-2012, 07:06 PM   #1
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Converting a pull-type to a gooseneck trailer

Has anyone ever tried this? Without cutting off the existing hitch, is it possible to add a gooseneck type hitch using the existing receiver's hitch, thus converting a pull-type to a gooseneck trailer? I have been thinking about this for some time and I'm sure someone must have done it by now. I have seen people remove the existing hitch and weld on a complete gooseneck hitch in its place to improve the handling of large trailers. Just wondering if there is a bolt-on version available.

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Old 08-05-2012, 07:13 PM   #2
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Old 08-05-2012, 07:32 PM   #3
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I believe it is pointless to do this, having had horses for years and pulled gooseneck and bumper hitch trailers up to 40'. One of the best things about an Airstream is how it pulls, the old adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" leaps to mind. No real advantage will be gained.
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Old 08-05-2012, 07:41 PM   #4
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:21 PM   #5
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I have seen a couple of these, parked somewhere. Never seen one one the road. I too, wonder why? Is there an advantage? I can see if you cut the tongue off and the bottom of the front you could save some length, which could allow one to tow something else in tandom? Like a boat. But I am afraid that would really throw off the units geometry. BTW the welding on the ones I have seen was rather crude. I would like to see a well engineered example. Still not sure why tho. Best of luck.
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:31 PM   #6
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Perhaps five years ago there was a man who'd done this - and later tried to sell his goose neck Airstream. Couldn't get a bite and couldn't figure out why. It's an UGLY look and not functionally superior.

If you look at big square boxes, using a fifth wheel or a goose neck can make sense because of the high tongue weight, high center of gravity and generally un-aerodynamic nature of the beasts.

These aren't issues with Airstreams. Here's ONE "been there, done that" thread

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Old 08-05-2012, 09:43 PM   #7
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Airstream did make a 5th wheel. Not too many around and not the classic silver bullet, but they are Airstreams. I think there is also a 5th wheel Scamp.
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:57 PM   #8
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Old 08-05-2012, 10:38 PM   #9
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Aesthetic aside, there is no benefit here that a VPP style hitch can't provide. And without losing the truck bed in the process.

And, given the A/S method of "framing", I have to wonder how well the structure stands this load.

(Good link, Paula, hadn't seen that one).


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