What is the Best Gooseneck Hitch for My Truck?
With a truck that turns the world under its tires and a trailer that can move a mountain in a day, you need a gooseneck hitch that creates a dependable connection that's ready to work.
There are three basic methods for equipping your truck with a gooseneck hitch. Whatever your heavy-duty towing needs -- work or play -- the following guide will help you select the best gooseneck hitch to get the job done.
What is your truck already equipped with?
Gooseneck hitches are uniquely designed for pickup trucks. As such, some trucks come with a towing prep package that supplies them with the necessary platform to streamline gooseneck hitch installation.
For your own truck, consider the following options to decide which is the best gooseneck hitch to meet your needs.
Three basic gooseneck hitch options:
A. Gooseneck puck system kit
Available for select pickup trucks only, this factory-ready system is the easiest way to equip your truck for gooseneck towing.
B. Traditional gooseneck hitch
For trucks that do not have a puck system, the traditional method for installing a gooseneck hitch is a set of under-bed brackets.
C. 5th wheel gooseneck hitch
If your truck is already equipped with 5th wheel base rails, you can easily outfit your truck with a CURT gooseneck adapter.
Option A: Gooseneck puck system kit
Many pickups today, specifically models from Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Nissan and Ram, are factory-equipped with a truck bed puck system. A puck system provides attachment points for both gooseneck and 5th wheel towing.
If your truck has a puck system, an OEM puck system gooseneck ball and safety chain anchor kit is the easiest way to equip the vehicle for towing a gooseneck trailer. The components drop into the pucks with simple quarter-turn anchors, and they can be removed and stored quickly whenever necessary.
Puck system required.
In order to use a gooseneck puck system kit, your truck must be equipped with an original equipment puck system, as pictured. If your truck does not have a factory puck system, these kits will not fit.
Additionally, the kit that you choose must match the make of your truck. Puck systems vary across truck brands.
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Option B: Traditional gooseneck hitch
If your pickup truck does not have a puck system, the traditional method for installing a gooseneck hitch is installation brackets and a gooseneck hitch head. The installation brackets bolt onto the frame of the truck, underneath the truck bed, and provide an attachment point for the gooseneck hitch.
CURT gooseneck installation brackets are designed for truck-specific application, mounting with as little drilling and as few modifications as possible.
Traditional gooseneck hitch setup:
Gooseneck hitch comparison
CURT offers a wide variety of traditional gooseneck hitches, including under-bed and over-bed options. Our Double Lock EZr™ gooseneck hitch is particularly easy to install and operate, while our OEM-style gooseneck hitches mount with no extra brackets needed. We also offer our original Double Lock gooseneck hitch, folding ball gooseneck hitches and fixed ball gooseneck hitches.
To learn more about CURT gooseneck hitches and to compare features, visit our Gooseneck Hitches Learn More page.
Option C: 5th wheel gooseneck hitch
Because a gooseneck hitch and 5th wheel hitch essentially occupy the same space in the truck bed, installing both at the same time is usually not possible. However, if you already have permanent 5th wheel base rails installed and would like to tow a gooseneck trailer, CURT offers 5th wheel rail gooseneck hitches.
A 5th wheel rail gooseneck hitch is essentially a 5th wheel / gooseneck adapter. It easily drops into any set of industry-standard 5th wheel base rails and provides a gooseneck ball ready for towing.
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Always abide by the lowest tow rating
It is important to remember that no matter which mounting option or gooseneck hitch you choose for your truck, towing capacity is very important -- not only the towing capacity of your truck, but of each piece of towing equipment.
As a rule, your towing capacity is always limited to the lowest-rated towing component, whether that is your truck, trailer, gooseneck hitch, gooseneck accessories or other part of the system.