When you’ve got a job that requires 30,000 pounds of heavy machinery to be moved, the gooseneck trailer is your best friend. For those heavy-duty hauls, a gooseneck trailer can be a wise investment over other types of utility trailers like a fifth wheel trailer, since the latter uses unhinged plate hitching. Gooseneck trailers are some of the largest utility trailers manufactured.
Before you go out and purchase just any gooseneck trailer, let’s pump on the brakes for a second. While gooseneck trailers have multiple purposes and models, there are a few questions you should ask yourself in order to ensure you are making the right decision.
1. Does this type of utility trailer offer me enough space for my needs?
The last thing you need to happen when loading cargo is to find that there isn’t enough space for everything to fit safely in. Cramming equipment into a confined space puts your field personnel at risk, especially when placed in a fast-moving trailer. Make sure you have safety standards set in place to ensure your team is always driving slow and steadily.
At the same time, towing heavy machinery in a confined space can ruin the trailer and/or cargo as well. This can lead to more downtime to repair them both and, ultimately, less revenue generation for your fleet. Overcrowding your trailer could even overload it, causing too much pressure on your axles that can lead to ruin.
2. Gooseneck trailers can hold a lot of weight. So I don’t have to worry about overloading or underloading it, right?
Overloading (or underloading) any trailer can lead to a serious accident. Gooseneck trailers, as with all other utility trailers, come with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and a Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) on their VIN/label. Read them carefully and keep them in mind whenever loading your trailer.
Overloading your trailer can make coming to a stop very difficult and can cause a shift in weight across the utility trailer, causing failures to:
- Your hitch
- Your axles
- Your wheels
- Your tires
When your gooseneck trailer is underloaded, it can lead to a bumpy ride and potential damage to your equipment. This happens because the springs in the trailer are manufactured to be stiffer for more weight.
3. How difficult will it be to drive such a large utility trailer?
Driving and reversing in a large gooseneck trailer demands respect, and if you’re not careful, your trailer can end up in a ditch.
As with anything else in life, practice is key. Many experienced gooseneck owners recommend taking your towing vehicle with the trailer attached to a large, empty parking lot. Once there, you can set up traffic cones in straight, parallel lines and practice driving through and backing-up while remaining within the cones.
Once you’ve mastered that, try backing up in a curve with the same setup. Remember: practice makes perfect!
4. Is the hitch on my commercial truck ok? Or will I need to install another type of hitch on my vehicle?
Gooseneck trailers require a special gooseneck hitch which is installed into the bed of your truck. They are anchored there with a ball hitch to lock the trailer in place. This has made them popular with drivers as this allows for tighter turns.
5. Where can I get a great deal on a gooseneck trailer and other commercial truck accessories?
If you are looking for trailers parts and services, we have plenty of the name brand utility trailer accessories you need for the road ahead at great prices. Customization is also the name of the game here at Camco Wheel & Axle, so let us know what your ideas are and our experienced service technicians will work hard to fulfill your vision.
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