A gooseneck is comparable to a ball mount hitch but instead of being installed on the rear of a vehicle, it is installed into the bed of a truck. Because the hitch is mounted directly into the bed of a truck the weight of the tow load becomes centred overtop the truck, making the vehicle more capable of carrying a heavy load and more efficient. Additionally, the ball-like structure of the hitch provides the vehicle more flexibility when towing.
Often a gooseneck hitch can get mistaken or confused with a fifth-wheel hitch; however, these are two completely different forms of hitches, even though they perform similar tasks. A gooseneck hitch is a ball hitch located in the bed of a pickup, whereas a fifth wheel hitch is a hinged plate located in the bed of a pickup. One of the benefits of installing a gooseneck is it can be adapted into a fifth wheel hitch with a gooseneck to the fifth wheel adapter plate. So, if you are seeking a hitch that can perform a multitude of jobs, the versatility of the hitch can be very appealing. Lastly, we see many customers opting for the gooseneck because of its lightweight structure, making it ideal for relatively easy removability in comparison to its fifth wheel counterpart. A gooseneck hitch can easily be removed from a vehicle by one person whereas a fifth wheel hitch would require at least two if not more people to uninstall/reinstall.