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I am thinking about getting a b&w turnover ball to so i can pull my gooseneck trailer. My question is can it be changed to a pull a fifth wheel trailer. How hard is it to change over or how much extra is the adapter.
 

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i belive there is a adapter that can be placed over top of the ball to pull a fifth wheel, im not sure about the price for it, or where to get it
 

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I don't remember the price for 5th companion but, but yes it will do both with. I paid $1467.25 for the whole thing. Google B&W fifth wheel Companion. In my opinion the only hitch to use!!!


 

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my dad has the adapeter for the fifth wheel not sure what the cost was though
 

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If I remember later i'll try and find the reciept with the breakdown of the prices, for some reason I think the companion was about 500 plus tax.
 

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easy change over. pull the ball out and put a square peg in that hole and torque it down. just keep them greased so they come out easy
 

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How hard is it to change over or how much extra is the adapter.
Easy stuff, 10 minutes or less and most of that is spent tightening 4 lock nuts. The companion separates into two pieces (base and head unit) for ease of handling by 1 person.

All of the prices are locked in at $400 on the hitch and $800 on the companion, but usually includes free shipping.
 

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Thanks guys. I will be buying the turnover ball hitch within the next week. I don't have a fifth wheel trailer right now just a gooseneck and a big bumper pull camper. So i wanted to be able to change it to a fifth wheel if i needed to in the future.
 

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Anyone had any experience with the cequent/draw-tite turnover ball got-chrome sells on ebay. They look comparable to the b&w and have a 30,000 rating and they are about $120.00 cheaper.
 

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I don't know anything about them; however, if it were me I would stick with B&W. :drink

Again that is just my opinion!!!
 

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I bought my B&W from a local dealer who installed it at my place, he has a mobile hitch operation. I think it was about $400, installed. Coulda done it myself but he knew some tricks and was finished in a little over an hour, checked out my brake system at the same time, too.
 

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I've got the B&W but I put an adapter onto my 5er instead of buying the companion hitch. I did it at the time because I was pulling with a shortbed, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. I can change my hitch height if I change trucks and I don't have to mess with anything except the ball.
 

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I've got the B&W but I put an adapter onto my 5er instead of buying the companion hitch. I did it at the time because I was pulling with a shortbed, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. I can change my hitch height if I change trucks and I don't have to mess with anything except the ball.
Most, if not all, 5th wheel manufactureres will void their warranty if you pull with a goose neck to 5th wheel adaptor. The reason is simple; 5th wheel frames are not designed for the extra "bending moment" introduced by adding an approximately 14" lever to the pin box. Towing this way can, and probably ultimately will, cause delamination and cracking of the upper frame area, especially if you tow over rough roads or experience a lot of chucking during towing. Even if your trailer is out of warranty, there's no sense in ruining a perfectly good frame. When I was looking for a used 5th wheel trailer, I found several "bargain" trailers that had been towed using a gn adaptor and the entire upper frame was severely delaminated on all of them. I see people towing this way but I wouldn't do it on a bet. You might get away with it on a very light trailer or one that's towed infrequently over smooth roads, but why take the chance?
 

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There’s a guy on CL selling a used 5er, and you can easily see the replacement panels installed up front (colors, no decals). It was purchased with that repair completed already, but he’s promoting the fact that it has a GN conversion on it and “no need for a fifth wheel hitch to tow this trailer.”

He just Doesn’t have a clue! :rolleyes:
 

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...Towing this way can, and probably ultimately will, cause delamination and cracking of the upper frame area...


Found it...with the culprit still attached to the front, after repairs. :D

 

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A picture is worth 1K words... Also, if you do a lot of fifth wheel pulling, put a good compliant pin box setup like Airborne or Mor-ryde, etc, you'll save a lot of wear and tear on trailer and tow vehicle and have a much more enjoyable time behind the wheel. Huge difference!
 

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I have the B&W turn over system on my truck and i am willing to sell it if you are looking to buy one! Just shoot me a PM on what you would give for it! T

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