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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-01-2010, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Homemade Gooseneck Hitch

I peeked under my dad's 97 F250, and saw that it's basically just a piece of channel stretching from frame to frame. And the mounting rails that current manufacturers use (Custom Trailer Hitch Products, Custom Receiver Hitch, Heavy Duty Towing, Curt Manufacturing) are nothing more than just a piece of angle and a piece of steel with 2 end plates for bolt-up mounting to the side of the frame. Is the design utilizing a piece of channel (stretching across from frame to frame) that my dad's truck uses (and has for thousands of bails (often 11-12 6' bails at a time) and full loads of cattle) adequate enough to use on mine? I've heard the point loads on the frame (from the channel) causes high stress points that you want to be careful of, but just welding a piece of plate to the channel to create a uniform load would fix that. Just wondering what is acceptable practice. Thanks in advance.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-01-2010, 09:45 PM
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Re: Homemade Gooseneck Hitch

I don't think anyone in my family has ever bought a goose neck hitch.
They're too easy to make to spend any money for one...if you have the tools that is.
I made one a while back out of 6" C-channel with 3" angle iron on the ends welded to the frame....pulls a 34' deck-over with a back-hoe on it daily.

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I don't think anyone in my family has ever bought a goose neck hitch.
They're too easy to make to spend any money for one...if you have the tools that is.
I made one a while back out of 6" C-channel with 3" angle iron on the ends welded to the frame....pulls a 34' deck-over with a back-hoe on it daily.


My current hitch consists of a 1" thk plate sitting on top of the frame rails, with a 6" or 8" piece of channel welded underneath that for a little extra support in the middle. We've never had one rip out. Like Richard said, Everyone in my family builds there own. Plus now, I just bring the metal that I need home from work.... We use the ball/sleeve combo, not the ball/hex nut type. Either one will work.





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Re: Homemade Gooseneck Hitch

It is far better to bolt to the frame rather than weld to it. Welding creates a weak point.

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Re: Homemade Gooseneck Hitch

Bullsh!t...not if you know how to weld.
If that's the case...back halfs on drag cars and bagged trucks should be falling off left and right.

A weld done correctly will be the strongest point.

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Re: Homemade Gooseneck Hitch

we always make our own around hear aswell!

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A weld done correctly will be the strongest point.
Sorry, just not true. If load is distributed along a beam, any change in the beam's strength creates a stress point. I'm not saying welding always causes problems, since usually the frame is much stronger than needed, but I wouldn't weld a gooseneck brace directly at the point where the load is being applied to the frame.

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Re: Homemade Gooseneck Hitch

I've only been a certified welder since I was 17 and took my classes after hours during high school...I have no idea what I'm talking about.
Never welded a hitch to a frame, never back halfed a vehicle, never c-notched or airbagged a vehicle.....I'm totally clueless.

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Re: Homemade Gooseneck Hitch

I am a certified welder and that makes pretty much no sense. If welded correctly it will be fine. if that where true caterpillar would have a boat load of problems as i have welded there frames on the motor graters. Most frames are welded together somewhere. i have seen some very poorly welded stuff do some fairly amazing stuff.
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-02-2010, 04:13 AM
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Re: Homemade Gooseneck Hitch

Yes, it will probably be fine, but it cannot be the strongest point. Unbroken, there is no reason to get worked up, I wasn't attacking your experience or background.

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