Whether you are new to RVs, or you have been using RVs for a while, the sheer number of RVs available can be overwhelming. There are many different types and styles to choose from, and it can be hard to make a choice based on the needs of your family. We’d like to give you a little more detail on two different types of RVs, the gooseneck trailer and the 5th wheel trailers. That way, you’ll be able to decide which type might be best for your needs.
What’s the Difference Between a 5th Wheel Trailer and a Gooseneck Trailer?
The biggest difference between a 5th wheel trailer and a gooseneck trailer comes with the hitch. It’s important to understand the differences, because you may need to choose a trailer based on the size of your truck and the hitch you have on it.
The gooseneck trailer has a coupler that slides onto the ball hitch of your truck. The ball hitch is the standard hitch type you see on many different trucks. The 5th wheel trailers need a heavy-duty hitch because it has a kingpin that latches onto the hitch. If you tow a lot of equipment, you may have a heavy-duty hitch already. If you do, it makes sense for you to get a 5th wheel trailer, because you already have the hitch in place. Many people who have heavy-duty or super-duty trucks have a heavy-duty hitch for work. If you have a heavy-duty hitch, it would not make sense to buy an RV that needs a ball hitch.
If you use your truck for travel to work during the week, and you don’t use it as a hauling vehicle, it makes sense to keep the ball hitch and go with the gooseneck trailer. Both gooseneck RVs and 5th wheel RVs have a lot of options with regard to size and capacity, so you’ll have a lot to choose from no matter which type of RV you pick.