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Old 11-24-2005, 10:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Gooseneck ball positioning

Putting a gooseneck hitch on my crew cab and was wanting info on optimal position of the ball in relation to the axle centerline(vertically)-- Guy I know tells me 6 inches forward of the axle works great for him, but I would like other input before I burn it down for good.
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Old 11-24-2005, 02:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This has come up before....consensus seems to be 5"-6" and the instruction sheets on both my 5th wheel and goose put the kingpin and ball centerlines 5" in front of my axle centerline. Check out the RBW, DrawTite and Reese sites....you can download the instruction sheets there.
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if you do a search,youll prolly bring up a post from me with almost exactly the same title

i ended up putting mine 6" in front of the axle centerline.
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If you are using a bolt in hitch (like you should be) the ball position will be determined by the manufacture of the hitch.


I recommend B&W.
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Old 11-25-2005, 08:30 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I am too much of a cheap-ass to buy one, so I built my own from a piece of 10 inch I-beam that now looks like a piece of channel with another piece of 1/2 inch plate welded to the bottom side. I was considering going 8 inches forward, but I guess I will back it off a couple of inches unless someone can give me a reason to stay with 8. If 5 or 6 is the general standard, then I guess theres a reason for that!!
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Old 12-02-2005, 03:10 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I only have around 2" in front of my rear axle. But because of the stupid ass first gen Dodge frames, that was pretty much the only place it could fit with a homeade 10" C Channel gooseneck. It seems to be working fine, but I have a baby gooseneck trailer.
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