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Old 04-14-2005, 08:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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UnaGoose v.s. B&W gooseneck hitch

Looking for input on these two hitches. The UnaGoose has a higher load rating (30,000# I believe) and it appears to be easy to install. For anyone that has the UnaGoose, how easy is it to remove the ball and does the ball fit tight without any play?

I pull an 20' gooseneck weighing 3800# loaded down with around 12000# of hay
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Re: UnaGoose v.s. B&W gooseneck hitch

I am getting ready to order the unagoose as soon as my truck is delivered(ETA 3rd wk of may)

The una-goose is rated at 40K, and the B&W is 30K. I like the simple/strong design of the una-goose. I asked several questions about the una-goose here and got some answers, but most people use the B&W hitch on this forum.
I would like to hear about how tight of a fit the ball and socket is also.
Maybe we can get a mass buy started. I am looking at becoming a dealer of the unagoose to get a discount off each hitch.
Retail is $399 hitch(drill type), $30 safety chain plate, $24 shipping
3 or more ordered and you can get the discount.

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Re: UnaGoose v.s. B&W gooseneck hitch

Im probly one of a few that uses the rail system. Goose and an air ride fifthwheel.
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Re: UnaGoose v.s. B&W gooseneck hitch

I just checked them out and they look interesting. I'm in the market also and I'm looking at this unit and the B&W...
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Re: UnaGoose v.s. B&W gooseneck hitch

The questions to ask yourself is, will I ever tow 40,000 lbs with my pickup. If the answer is yes, go una-goose. If the answer is no, you have a decision.

The reason I went with the B & W is all of the accessories. If I'm ever at an auction and they have a trailer with the old pin type gooseneck hitch (eyelet rather than ball) or a trailer with the ball mounted on the trailer, I can buy the correct adapter for my B & W and pull either one and probably get it cheaper because most folks don't have the hitch for those types of trailers any more.

Same thing if I decide to get a 5th wheel camper even though the B%W fifth wheel is a little pricey, I've still got that option.

With the Una-Goose, you have a really strong 2 5/16" ball, but it is single purpose and can't be adapted to other uses.

Just some things to think about.
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One more thing, I got my B & W for $325 and that included the chain hooks and the shipping. $399+ sounds a little steep for something to do the same job unless you need the added capacity.
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Re: UnaGoose v.s. B&W gooseneck hitch

Don't forget the option of the hay bail mover that can attach to the B&W.
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Re: UnaGoose v.s. B&W gooseneck hitch

The B&W is rated for 30,000 lbs. The Uni-Goose is rated at 40,000 lbs. What's your truck rated at again? Both hitches are rated higher than the truck, so weight ratings, in this case, don't matter.
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Re: UnaGoose v.s. B&W gooseneck hitch

Heavier rating means that it's got to be built heavier. I would prefer the heaviest one of the two, but still need input on the other differences between the two, ease of installation of the hitch, how easy is to remove the ball, does the ball have free play?
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Re: UnaGoose v.s. B&W gooseneck hitch

How difficult is the B&W to install on a 2004 F350? How long did it take you to install yours (if you've installed one)?
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Heavier rating means that it's got to be built heavier. I would prefer the heaviest one of the two, but still need input on the other differences between the two, ease of installation of the hitch, how easy is to remove the ball, does the ball have free play?

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So, going by that logic, you plan on getting an F750 to pull a tent trailer with, correct? There comes a time where there is too much overkill. I'll probably have my Man Card revoked for saying that, but there is truth in it.

FWIW, I know of a trailer that turned over a truck when the trailer got tipped over. It was hooked up with a B&W. We did the repairs on the trailer (horse trailer) and inspected the hitch. The framewok on the trailer was powder coated, as was the hitch. The frame of the trailer showed stress cracks in the powder coating. Insurance wanted everything like that replaced. No problem. The hitch showed absolutly zero bending or stress cracking. When compared to a brand new hitch, the peices were perfect. It still operated flawlessly. The hitch was straight as an arrow.

I also know of a guy that was running a backhoe up on his gooseneck equipment trailer, while attached to his one ton Dodge dually, through a B&W. The leverage of the backhoe on the rear of the trailer brought up the back of the Dodge three feet. Again, the hitch still works just fine.

Installation is very simple and straight forward with a B&W. I've installed quite a few. I have never seen a Uni-Goose in person, however, so I can't comment on how it is contructed or installed.

Imagine the back of a pick-up (loaded with assorted construction tools and materials) being hung in the air by the hitch. Imagine a truck turned over due to a trailer being turned on it's side. How much more strength could you want?
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Re: UnaGoose v.s. B&W gooseneck hitch

Thanks for the input on the B&W, I have looked at one.

I haven't saw a UnaGoose hitch, but if it has 10000 lb extra capacity
then it's got to be built heavier. Would I ever tow that much with my F250? No, but it's like my tractors (see my signature).

I buy John Deere's. They make cost more than a Kubota, or Massey but their frames are built heavier. On this black gumbo, clay soil, if it's not heavy, it will break and it's junk..........

As far as the B&W not being damaged in the accidents that you mentioned, a visual inspection ain't gonna cut it. Do you have a degree in metallurgy? How about x-raying that hitch and looking for fractures?

I would gladly pay the extra $70 for a better hitch (if it is better).
If I had wanted to go along with the crowd and buy the B&W, I wouldn't have even posted the question in the first place.

The purpose of my original question was to find out which hitch was the best. I am still waiting on comments on the UnaGoose from actual users or installers.
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The purpose of my original question was to find out which hitch was the best. I am still waiting on comments on the UnaGoose from actual users or installers.

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And you're not finding any, are you? I've been doing trailers, hitches, and wiring for over half of my working life (for lack of a better term), and I have never seen one. I've seen plenty in print, but never seen one installed and in use, in person. I could really care less which one you go with. You probably won't buy your hitch from me or the people I work for, so I've got nothing to gain by convincing you to install a B&W. Just throwing out my opinions.
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Re: UnaGoose v.s. B&W gooseneck hitch

the only difference I see is that the safty chains hook to the ball. Is that better or worse. ball goes so does safty chain.so what is good about safty chain hooked to ball.No safty chain plate in the bed but no safty chain if ball goes south.If i saw the pic. right u bolts hold it to frame. I think Id go turnball
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I have a B&W hitch in my truck and it has no play in it.
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