Gooseneck Trailer Hitches - The Sturdiest
you say ‘trailer hitch’ most people will automatically think of the typical
ball type. While this type is very common, the ball hitch won’t do for certain
kinds of hauling. A ball hitch is fairly strong but a gooseneck trailer hitch
is far stronger. For certain types of hauling, no other hitch will do.
Good examples of gooseneck hitches are the ones used
to haul horses or other livestock by pick up truck. Most people who haul
gooseneck trailer hitches. The hitch is placed in the truck bed above the
rear axle and the trailer is then secured to it.
Here are a few things to consider about gooseneck
- Gooseneck trailer hitches can often handle thirty thousand
pounds, making them one of the strongest trailer hitches on the market today.
They are used primarily to haul trailers that have front
end protrusions that stick out further from the front of a trailer than normal
Gooseneck hitches will
allow the driver to make sharper turns than someone who uses a ball hitch. This
is because of the way they are mounted in the middle of the truck bed and not to
the rear of the vehicle.
- You may have to remove the truck bed to install the frame
that will hold the ball in place. While this may take some extra time, it is
usually well worth the extra work.
You will most likely have to drill a hole in the middle of
the truck bed. Many people don’t want to damage their trucks for any reason, and
decide to use another trailer hitch. If you want to use a gooseneck trailer
hitch, there is really no way to avoid drilling the hole.
- The ball of the hitch must rise above the actual truck bed
in order to fasten anything to it.
- Many people need the flat surface of their truck bed when
they’re not hauling. They now make goosenecks that can fold down into the bed of
the truck. That way your truck bed will be flat when you’re not hauling.
- The gooseneck is more complicated and hard to install.
But, the rewards are worth the extra effort. They are also much stronger than a
regular ball hitch and can haul much more weight.
- You should make sure that the truck will be able to handle
the weight you plan to haul using your gooseneck. For instance, you might not
want to attach your gooseneck to a pickup that has minimal power and won’t be
able to haul your trailer.
As far as heavy duty trailer hitches go, the gooseneck
is second only to the fifth wheel hitch in towing capacity. The gooseneck has
its drawbacks (harder to install for instance) but they are often the only
kind of hitch that will do the job properly.
It is important to remember that your truck must be
able to handle the load you plan on attaching to your gooseneck trailer hitch.
This is important when hauling irregularly shaped trailers.
Like all truck hitches, the gooseneck isn’t made for
every job. Often you can install a regular ball hitch to do the job, but if
you plan on towing extremely heavy trailers, the gooseneck is often the way to
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