I have a chev silverado 1500 4 x 2 with a crew cab (4 full size doors) and a short bed, 5 ft 8 in. I have only ever towed my 'tag along' trailer with it.
Recently I picked up a 2 horse gooseneck for a very good price, had it dropped off at my barn. I am getting very different opinions (from trailer shops) whether or not I can actually pull the trailer.
It has nothing to do with the size or power of my truck, but whether a truck with such a short bed can pull a gooseneck without issues.
There is an extension for the trailer 'foot' or coupler that I can get, but this is an older model trailer, and the coupler is permanent, non adjustable. In other words, it does not have a 'sleeve'. So in order for me to get the extension, I would have to get the trailer to a weld shop to modify the coupler tube.
I would like to find out before I spend the money getting a hitch installed in my truck! Lol
The problem is that these 'extreme short bed' trucks are fairly new, you didn't see them around 10 yrs ago.
One trailer place suggested I place the hitch in the proper place in the truck bed (over the axle), then back into the trailer at a 90 degree then a 45 degree angle to see if I have enough clearance. In other words, 'pretend' to hook up, and set up into the extreme angles.
The area I am at is not big horse country, so I am asking for opinions from other parts of the US and Canada.
Have you ever seen a shrt bed truck pulling a gooseneck?