A gooseneck hitch looks similar to a conventional hitch, utilizing a ball fitted in the truck bed and a round receiver on the trailer tongue. Larger than a conventional ball hitch, a gooseneck ball fits into a hole in the truck bed. The trailer tongue, which looks like a vertical section of pipe hanging under the trailer’s front end, is lowered over the ball and secured after you back the truck up under the trailer tongue.
A gooseneck hitch’s advantages include its greater towing capacity, compact size, and relative simplicity. Gooseneck hitches can pull more than 30,000 pounds, at least 3,000 pounds more than the best fifth wheel hitch. The ball hitch and safety-chain anchors take up very little space in the bed and are easy to install and remove. They’re also relatively light.