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Old 01-19-2020, 01:15 PM   #1
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Sorry ... one more try on 5th wheel hitch for my Tundra

Sorry to bother all you kind folks again. After several weeks of reading posts here, asking questions, and talking with a local 5.0 owner, I decided to install a gooseneck and Andersen hitch into my 2019 Tundra w/5.5 bed. My rationale for gooseneck was a clean/flat bed when not towing. Most folks seem to agree that's they way to go. So, I called Trademasters and they sent me a quote. They, however, recommend a rail mounted hitch. This shouldn't be that hard. So, who votes for gooseneck and who for rail and why?
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Old 01-19-2020, 02:20 PM   #2
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Did Trademasters explain why the recommended rails instead of the under-bed ("gooseneck") socket? If not, why not ask them? There are legitimate advantages to each configuration, but the recommendation might have been for their convenience, rather than your benefit.
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Old 01-20-2020, 10:53 AM   #3
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So I can tell you what Trademasters told me concerning my soon to be mounted Tundra Crew Cab 2018.

They recommended the rail system for me. It is cheaper (that did not matter) but that the biggest difference is the rails stay mounted. You can still take out the hitch.

When I asked him what he would do for his own truck, he told me he would do it just like the quote. That the gooseneck is not necessarily the best way for me. They could have upsold me right there. A gooseneck system is almost $1,000 more.

I have not had the work done yet, not until May.

I hope that helps. This is not advice, since I really don't know yet. I am in the same boat as you, but Tundras are cool!


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Old 01-20-2020, 11:03 AM   #4
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If I remember correctly the gooseneck mount is also heavier by 40-50 lbs. That comes off your Tundra's payload. I thought the rails would be a pain but so far its been a non issue having them and they have not been in the way when using the truck for other things.
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We also find the rails a non-issue, and have no problem with the rails when the hitch is removed. They stick up only about 1" and are rounded.

The rail hitch is 11.5" narrower (side to side) and 7.5" shorter (front to back) than the gooseneck version, giving more room outside the dimensions of the hitch. The rail version also does not have angled plates, so stores more inside of the hitch.

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I had Trademasters install the B&W gooseneck Mount because we have chickens and I regularly haul pine shavings, mulch, etc in my truck when not towing. I did not want the hassle of cleaning that stuff around the rails.

The downside? The Anderson gooseneck hitch frame has a larger footprint than the rail mount. I am continually fighting it trying to pack other gear around it while towing. From a towing perspective I wish I would have gone with the rail mount. Those few extra inches make all the difference in a 5.5 foot bed.

So if you don’t regularly use your truck for loose, bulk materials, I would advise the rails.

Other than that, I love, love, love the Anderson hitch!
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So I can tell you what Trademasters told me concerning my soon to be mounted Tundra Crew Cab 2018.

They recommended the rail system for me. It is cheaper (that did not matter) but that the biggest difference is the rails stay mounted. You can still take out the hitch.

When I asked him what he would do for his own truck, he told me he would do it just like the quote. That the gooseneck is not necessarily the best way for me. They could have upsold me right there. A gooseneck system is almost $1,000 more.
Other than cost, there is still no reason provided for the recommendation. It will be interesting to hear what it is, if anyone gets that from Trademasters.
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Old 01-21-2020, 07:18 PM   #8
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We have been very happy with our gooseneck rails-esp that being senile citizens, we can lift/move the hitch out when we need room in the truck bed
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Some of the recent posts discuss the relative advantages and disadvantages of the two Andersen gooseneck hitches, the one that fastens to the truck via above-bed rails and the other that fastens using an in-bed gooseneck ball.

I researched both options for my Ford F250, 6'9" bed with factory-installed ball and puck system. I could have used the rail-mounted Andersen hitch because both Reese and Demco offer a Ford puck adapter that allows the use of rail-mounted hitches. (see etrailer.com)

Nevertheless, I decided to go with the standard aluminum Andersen Ultimate hitch that mounts to the in-bed ball even though its base is bigger than that of the rail-mounted steel version. There are two disadvantages of the rail-mounted version, 1) it's only offered in steel, not aluminum, and I'd spend significantly more money buying the steel base plus puck adapter than I would on the aluminum version alone.
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