|01-01-2013, 05:24 PM||eBay Motors #1 (permalink)|
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Join Date: Dec 2011
Towing gooseneck with shortbed help please!
I have an 04 ext. cab short bed and a toolbox in the front, I'm looking to buy a gooseneck racecar trailer. I was wondering what the best way to avoid trouble as far as the trailer hitting the truck is while turning and going up a grade would be?
|01-01-2013, 05:51 PM||eBay Motors #2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2011
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B&w turn over ball and it has a 2" of set ball and maybe a 4"
More so for weight but will help I tow with a 11 ccsb with a tool box and have no problems
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|01-01-2013, 05:54 PM||eBay Motors #3 (permalink)|
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With a goose neck you shouldn't have any problems. Its 5th wheels that you have to be careful with.
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|01-01-2013, 07:58 PM||eBay Motors #8 (permalink)|
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Hook it up and take the truck/trailer to a parking lot and test how far you can turn with the trailer. that is what I did with my 5th wheel with a tool box in the truck.
Also se below if you need to move the trailer back some:
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|01-01-2013, 09:26 PM||eBay Motors #9 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
I have a CCSB truck and I towed a enclosed GN. I used this on the trailer (9 inch version)
Extended Gooseneck Trailer Coupler
I still have two cab dents after about 80,000 mies of towing. It will give you about 80 degrees of turning, without it you are looking at 45 degrees.
As for the tool box, if it sits high enough above the bed rails for the trailer to hit it, it will need to go.
Towing it straight is no problem, maneuvering is a whole different issue.
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|01-01-2013, 10:33 PM||eBay Motors #10 (permalink)|
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I was going to give a more in depth answer, but I ran out of time. There are alot of different scenarios that you can hit the back of the cab or the bed of the truck. Turning sharp, going up or down a short steep inclines and turning while going up a short incline makes it even worse. You also need to make sure you have enough gap between the bottom of the trailer and the top of the bedsides.
Some people never need to turn past 45-55 degrees. Once you start getting closer to 70-90 degrees it puts alot of stress on the trailer suspension and I've even seen people pop tires off the beads and bend hanger brackets. Sometimes you need to turn that sharp and I've done it myself (while making sure I didn't dent the cab).
Like others have said there are offsets, but which one and what type you'll need really depends on the trailer and the type of manuvering you'll be doing. For instance if you have a v-nose, how far foward on the trailer your goosneck is, if you have any supports or struts for the overhang, etc. Sometimes using an offset on the trailer side can cause clearance issues when turning or going up and incline inside the bed. In that case, the offset ball that plugs in the hitch would be the best.
I'm sure there is alot I've missed, but there is no blanket statement that can be made with out seeing the trailer. Like others have suggested you need to hook it up and do some test turns in a empty parking lot to know you're limits.