Chances are, if you’ve ever seen a truck towing an RV or a horse trailer down the highway, you’ve probably seen a gooseneck hitch. You just may not know it. Though the name may sound a little silly, it actually describes the look of the hitch quite well.
Most hitches are classified into categories, depending on the load that they are able to safely tow. Class I and II hitches can carry simple loads of up to about 3500 pounds of trailer weight, while Class III and IV hitches are a bit more powerful with a max of 10,000 pounds of trailer weight. These hitches are generally weight-distributing hitches. Gooseneck hitches, however, are considered Class V hitches and above, which means they have the ability to tow up to 30,000 pounds.
The hitches that most people are familiar with are usually those that extend from the rear of the vehicle that is doing the towing. However, gooseneck and fifth wheel hitches operate a bit differently. A fifth-wheel hitch is similar to a gooseneck hitch in that both attach to the bed of a pickup truck, instead of its rear. Gooseneck’s use a hitch ball that rises up from the frame that is bolted to a truck’s bed. The arched arm from the trailer then locks into place over the hitch ball.
Because a gooseneck hitch is considered a Class V hitch and above, many people prefer the added strength in its towing capacity. Another reason people use gooseneck hitches is that, because of the nature of their design, they are able to make tighter turns that other hitch and trailer options.
If you’re looking for maximum towing capacity, the gooseneck hitch is one option to ensure that your trailer will get where it needs to go.