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Old 03-05-2010, 05:01 PM   #1
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Hitch modification

I have to modify the standard ball hitch too a fifth wheel or goose neck hitch because that is all my truck has.Has anyone ever seen this modification done on a standard airstream?


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Old 03-05-2010, 05:31 PM   #2
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I apologize in advance because I'm not sure I understand your question.

Your truck doesn't have a standard hitch?

Wouldn't it be easier and SAFER to add a standard hitch than modify the Airstream to some kludge?
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5th Wheel or Gooseneck?

Do you have a 5th wheel Air Stream? Does it have a socket type hitch for a gooseneck trailer? Typically goosenecks are used on horse or stock trailers as well as flatbed utility trailers. I have not seen a 5th wheel travel trailer with the socket type hitch. They all have had a 5th wheel type hitch, a smaller version of what you see on a semi tractor/trailer.
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There was one listed on Ebay last Fall. It was converted by the owner, or a fabricator for the owner and the workmanship looked good. I would say that it was unique looking to say the least.

Not sure it ever met the reserve price and I know it seller listed it twice.
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There was one near me that was for sale last year. A 28'ish 1980's model Airstream had a gooseneck welded to the frame and the tongue cut off. It looked very strange, but I suppose it functioned. I have NO idea if it had been done safely or met any standards... It was sold by Schmalz Auctions in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada if you want to follow up... (306)922-2300. Maybe they can put you in touch with the buyer. They were aking $9900.00 in the ad.
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He owns a freightliner. This is a large commercial truck used as delivery trucks, tow trucks . In other words a semi type truck I presume.
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Here is a gooseneck adaptation in the upper left photo. It does hold a flamingo nicely.

I still think I'd put a hitch on the tow vehicle instead.
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There was one listed on Ebay last Fall. It was converted by the owner, or a fabricator for the owner and the workmanship looked good. I would say that it was unique looking to say the least.

Not sure it ever met the reserve price and I know it seller listed it twice.
The workmanship may have looked good, but it had to be one of the ugliest things I have ever seen.

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Thanks for the reply on the fifth wheel or goose neck mod to a standard tag along airstream.When I had my truck built it was for towing a fifth wheel or goose neck and the reciever is welded to week structure(5000 lbs) standard tow. So to make a long story short, I want a airstream but it has to be a fifth wheel or goose neck.

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I don't know about Airstream but Avion built some very fine fifth wheel trailers.

As this thread is a year old I don't expect a reply.
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The trailer frame stresses are greater with a 5er or gooseneck hitch. I wouldn't try it with an Airstream given that there are problems with frame strength even with a stock hitch.
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Howdy!

I assume you are talking about towing a Airstream travel trailer with a HDT/MDT. For the cost of modifying the Airstream TT to a Gooseneck or 5th wheel pull, and then the value of it to resale later I would modify my tow vehicle to tow the Airstream now. Adding a 2" receiver the the TV should be much easier than the other modification to the TT.

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