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DVFarms
Posted 2/8/2014 14:27 (#3673562)
Subject: Adding a gooseneck ball to semi tractor.


Northern Kentucky
Just wondering what you guys have done maybe a few pictures to get some ideas. I have 3 different trailers so I dont want to mess with changing the hitch. Tractor is a tandem day cab and has a sliding 5th wheel.TIA
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tomnwoh
Posted 2/8/2014 15:08 (#3673651 - in reply to #3673562)
Subject: RE: Adding a gooseneck ball to semi tractor.


curtice,ohio
change the hitch on the trailer . most trailer shops sell the adapter
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Pofarmer
Posted 2/8/2014 15:16 (#3673664 - in reply to #3673562)
Subject: Re: Adding a gooseneck ball to semi tractor.



I know you said you don't want to mess with changing the hitch, but that's what I do. Takes about 5 minutes, and I don't have a bunch of stuff cobbled on the truck.
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DVFarms
Posted 2/8/2014 15:29 (#3673684 - in reply to #3673562)
Subject: Re: Adding a gooseneck ball to semi tractor.


Northern Kentucky
I would have to buy 3 adapters since each trailer has a different style neck. One is square and the other two have different size tubes. That's why im trying to just add a ball.
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stricker78
Posted 2/8/2014 15:39 (#3673705 - in reply to #3673684)
Subject: Re: Adding a gooseneck ball to semi tractor.


Alliance, NE
We added a ball to our freightliner. it sets behind the fifthwheel between the frames. also added a brake controller. sorry no pics. Had a guy in town build it for us
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brangus02
Posted 2/8/2014 15:43 (#3673712 - in reply to #3673562)
Subject: RE: Adding a gooseneck ball to semi tractor.


South Texas
Don't own one, but always thought something like this would be the simplest...



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trailcutter
Posted 2/8/2014 15:48 (#3673718 - in reply to #3673562)
Subject: RE: Adding a gooseneck ball to semi tractor.


WC MO
your next questions might be what to do about the brakes and wiring unless you've already found the adapter plug. Found some past entries:

http://talk.newagtalk.com/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=367283&posts=7... ball&highlightmode=1#M2902377

http://talk.newagtalk.com/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=402791&posts=1... ball&highlightmode=1#M3452104

http://talk.newagtalk.com/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=348687&posts=8... gooseneck ball&highlightmode=1#M2735894

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trailcutter
Posted 2/8/2014 15:56 (#3673731 - in reply to #3673562)
Subject: RE: Adding a gooseneck ball to semi tractor.


WC MO
then there is this already made up for several towing applications:

http://popupgooseneckhitch.com/semi-multi-hitch





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260 AR
Posted 2/8/2014 16:16 (#3673766 - in reply to #3673562)
Subject: RE: Adding a gooseneck ball to semi tractor.


SE SD
I don't have to take it off to pull my grain trailer. Steel is one inch thick, eight inches wide. It is still a little high, wish it was a couple inches lower. Depends on the trailer. Threw that last pic in just for fun.:-)

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showboat
Posted 2/8/2014 18:36 (#3674095 - in reply to #3673562)
Subject: Re: Adding a gooseneck ball to semi tractor.


I like what 260AR has done. We did something similar. Had a ball welded to a large plate removed from an old pickup bed. Cut it to fit, and drilled a few bolt holes and bolted it on. BUT FIRST, we put a heavy channel iron on so that it would run just underneath the ball, to help support the weight on the hitch. Channel is bolted to the sides of the chassis frame, and ball/plate is bolted to the topside of the chassis frame. Everything is mounted a foot or so back of the fifth wheel. Works so far. We don't go "over the road" with it, just use it to pull a tender trailer down country roads. The most load we'd have is 3000 gallons of fertilizer plus the tare weight. showboat
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rough and ready
Posted 2/8/2014 18:38 (#3674098 - in reply to #3673712)
Subject: RE: Adding a gooseneck ball to semi tractor.


brangus02 - 2/8/2014 15:43
Don't own one, but always thought something like this would be the simplest...
--------------------------That will work in some cases but if you do not have a 40 foot trailer you jack your front axle up too to work correctly and more weight goes to the rear and you start blowing tires to do it correctly it needs to be down in the frame on a two ton truck check your trailer maf recommended height
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Kentuck
Posted 2/8/2014 18:44 (#3674114 - in reply to #3673562)
Subject: Re: Adding a gooseneck ball to semi tractor.



Central Kentucky
I think you will like the flexibility. Mine is down in the frame so as to stay out of the way of the king pin. The brake controller is an inertia type. No wiring or air lines to tap into. In some states goose neck trailers are treated differently as far as DOT. On a farm plated pulling unit the trailer does require a plate or inspection. If it was on the fifth wheel it becomes a tractor trailer. Nice to have the heavier pulling unit.
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Dusty Trails
Posted 2/8/2014 18:45 (#3674115 - in reply to #3673684)
Subject: Re: Adding a gooseneck ball to semi tractor.


Mount the ball behind the 5th wheel plate and down out of the way from the king pins on the trailers that you pull. Then you can pull both types. Most will have enough room between the frame rails and run some gussets or flange it and drill some holes.

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bushton4
Posted 2/8/2014 19:28 (#3674248 - in reply to #3674114)
Subject: Re: Adding a gooseneck ball to semi tractor.



used 1" plate welded it between the frame rails on my 6x6



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Pofarmer
Posted 2/8/2014 19:33 (#3674269 - in reply to #3673731)
Subject: Re: Adding a gooseneck ball to semi tractor.



That I like. How many $$$$$$.
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poorboy
Posted 2/9/2014 11:44 (#3675697 - in reply to #3673562)
Subject: Re: Adding a gooseneck ball to semi tractor.


Southern Alberta
I would not be welding the hitch in as the frame flexing will cause the welds to break eventually. Instead put verticle piece on each end and bolt to verticle part of frame.

What is every one doing for fenders on tractors? Rock throw onto back of tractor is a problem when I pull my gooseneck.
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bharzman
Posted 2/9/2014 14:40 (#3676193 - in reply to #3673766)
Subject: RE: Adding a gooseneck ball to semi tractor.


North Central Kansas
I can't find my photo. But I have one similar to this. But as he states, mine drops down. 1" plate. 4 bolts each side hold it on, and sits over the rear axle.
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