Fast Facts About Gooseneck Trailer Hitches You Should Know

GM 2500/3500 Bent Plate Gooseneck Hitch

Gooseneck trailer hitches are a type of trailer hitch that we have talked about on this site. However, we have talked more about ball hitch types. We will talk more about Gooseneck trailer hitches right now. Gooseneck trailer hitches are hitches that have a unique shape. They are commonly used to tow trailers that have unique shapes including those that may have protruding parts. Gooseneck trailer hitches are powerful hitches that are often said to able to handle up to 30000 lbs. However, it is always best to check your towing capabilities of your individual hitch before going by any numbers because set-ups can vary.  Gooseneck trailer hitches do not attach to the back of a vehicle like many other hitch systems. They do feature a hitch ball system to connect the trailer to the hitch, but that is pretty much where the similarities end. The design of the hitch is what gives it greater capabilities over some over hitch systems. 

The hitch is commonly attached in the middle of a the truck bed if the vehicle is a truck. Most other hitch systems connect at the rear bumper.  Why would you use this type of hitch over the others? If you have an odd shaped trailer than you need something that will allow you to tow even though the trailer might have an area that protrudes from the front. A gooseneck trailer hitch allows you to do that based on its design.  The shape of the hitch is also very different, as it is a rectangle for the most part.  If you cannot think of an odd shaped trailer then picture a horse trailer. The trailer is shaped so that the front of the trailer has a lip that sticks out. It would be hard to transport this type of trailer with any other type of hitch.  Why would they design a trailer this way? It could be that the shape allows the trailer to have a tighter turning radius.  The odd shaped trailer can take turns better because of the control afforded by the design. The connection is located beneath the vehicle instead of the back of the vehicle. 


One downside of a gooseneck trailer hitch is that you have to detach the truck bed for awhile in order to make room to install the hitch frames.  You also have to drill a hole in the middle of the truck bed for the ball hitch. It is a minor cosmetic change for the capability of towing odd shaped trailers and increasing the ability of your vehicle to tow larger items (as long as it has the capacity to do so in the first place).  The hitch ball also has to be lifted above the truck bed so that trailers can be attached to it for hauling purposes. You cannot connect trailers like you would for a ball hitch system since the attachment is not located behind the vehicle but inside the truck bed.  If this sounds too invasive for you, then you should know that there are some gooseneck trailer hitches that fold down into the truck bed so that the ball does not take so much room. It also makes sure that your truck bed can have items lay flat inside of it. 

The turning radius and the ability to haul strangely shaped trailers are two benefits you should keep in mind when you start considering buying a trailer hitch.  The extra work it takes to attach a gooseneck trailer hitch to your vehicle is well worth the exasperation, especially when you are able to enjoy the benefits that a gooseneck trailer hitch provides you.