Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Southern Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
5th wheels have less articulation ability vs goosenecks, The articulation issues aren't a *major* issue, but given some of the uneven ground that horse trailers may find themselves, every little bit helps.
A 5th wheel hitch consumes much more of the trucks bed vs a gooseneck which (in the case of horse people) is often better used for other stuff. Hay, water, gear, etc.
Gooseneck hitches have weight capabilities that far exceed most run of the mill fifth wheel hitches.
Gooseneck balls often "flip" out of the way, or are relatively easily removed making the entire truck bed usable. Even if left in the bed they consume a miniscule amount of space. 5th wheel hitches are a PITA to remove, take up a lot of the truck bed even when not in use, and are usually heavy.
I'm not anti 5th wheel - to the contrary, I think they're great (and they're a LOT easier to hookup vs GN's), but when it comes to stock/horse trailers, most of the above reasons is why you see GN's versus 5'ers.