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Relocating Gooseneck Hitch Rearward

Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by lawfarm, Oct 5, 2018.

  1. Oct 5, 2018 at 6:53 AM
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    Looking at installing a gooseneck hitch on my 18 Crewmax (5.5' bed). I have a toolbox in my bed that creates some clearance issues, even with a 4" setback insert. What I'm wondering from those that have goosenecks is if you can look under your truck and let me know how much clearance I could gain if I slid the gooseneck back until it hit something, and custom-drilled holes for the bolts rather than using the 'no-drill' method. It looks like I'd only gain an inch or so, based on where the bed supports show in photos I've seen.

    Yes, I know the impact shifting it back will have on weight distribution and such.
     
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    Yeah, I know. The challenge is that I periodically use my truck to move a lot of different trailers at the barn...a flatbed, a dropdeck, stock trailers, etc. So if I found a gooseneck insert that was a 7" offset, I'd be golden...but installing a different offset neck on 5 trailers is not an elegant solution.
     
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    Moving the GN hitch is not an elegant decision either.

    One just shouldn’t slide the hitch back until “hitting” something and call it good. I get the farmer engineering, and if you keep it inside your fence lines, I’m good with it. Unfortunately, that rarely happens.

    Buying several inserts is a lot cheaper than buying the right tool for the job, like a 8’ bed.
     
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    Will do. I am running a 1st gen. I just put a toolbox in, and didn't put it all the way to the front, so not to cover the holes for stakes, etc. I think it is too close, and may move the box. But I will check.
     
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    Delightfully unhelpful, and offensive to farmers. Nicely done.

    If you want to have an intelligent discussion about the engineering ramifications, I'd be happy to do so in PM. I've done so already, and calculated the impact on front axle weights and such to my satisfaction. The part that I do not know, because I do not have a gooseneck on my truck yet, is how much aft clearance there is. If there is a foot of aft clearance, I wouldn't move the hitch back a foot because of the calculations and thought I've put into this. If there are a few inches, that would solve my problem elegantly and safely.

    If anyone can provide an actual response to the inquiry rather than insulting an entire (and quite honorable) profession and rushing to uninformed judgment, I'd greatly appreciate your kindness.
     
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    I didn't measure exactly, just a quick look, but anything more than 6 inches is bumping up against the spare.
     
  8. Oct 5, 2018 at 8:34 AM
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    Thanks! What about supports for the bed? Is there a lateral (left to right) support for the bed that would block the hitch from moving aft?
     
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    On mine, anything more than a few inches, you are running into interference with the drivers side shock mounts. Other than that...
     
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    Wow, can't believe a farmer is so sensitive. You in fact do not have the right tool for the job. That is a fact. Modifying a GN hitch location even a couple inches just blows my mind. Do me a favor. Call B&W and ask them about moving their hitch from designed location and want them to sign off on it. Please record that conversation.

    My comment was not to be offensive. So you assumed that I have never been in the business of ranching/farming, and hence the comment of "farmer engineering" since I have been there, did that. So a little tidbit from my past, my family owns a rather large chunk of land in Montana (that would be the ranching and farming) and a pretty good sizeable chunk of land in North Dakota (that would be the farming) with is used now only for oil wells (which is a hell of a lot more profitable than farming), and this is why I stayed out of the "family" bizz. Please don't lump all farmers and ranchers into this, because not all of them are ignorant to the safety.

    I am personally a big safety person while towing, and do care about your personal safety. However, my hidden agenda is the safety of my family (even though I have no intention of being in your state or city).
     
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    I would say that you will just have to climb under your truck, look and measure to see how far you can slide the hitch back. My guess is that you won’t be able to move it back very far, if at all, without a lot of work. I don’t have a CM so I’m not sure how the bed supports are laid out. Have you considered getting a different toolbox so you have more clearance? That might be the cheaper, easier solution.
     
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