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Mechanical Gooseneck and a new way to make it easier.

Discussion in 'Trailers' started by Chaz Murray, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. Chaz Murray

    Chaz Murray Well-Known Member

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    http://youtu.be/8u_IW8g9aN0

    We made a new video of how to detach a Mechanical gooseneck but with a little twist...we have a new option that makes it a little faster. The gooseneck can be taken off and put back on in less than 2 1/2 minutes without a lot of effort!
     
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    Wow that is cool. Air activated fith wheel cool to. muzy
     
  3. Steve Frazier

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    Interesting! The company I worked for had an old trailer that had a "Z" mechanism that unfolded, but required a winch to be mounted to the truck. This looks much simpler
     
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    Wow that is a lot simplier than the removable low bed necks I used to use ..... and I do like the idea of the air hitch, I would hope they did alot of testing when things are full of mud and ice too ...... the only issue I would have is the permanently mounted low bed ramps on the truck, have seen them hang up when hooking up to other types of trailers
     
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    Is it that easy to hook-up when your out in the mud with a D8 on?
     
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    The procedure is pretty much the same, it just takes a little longer due to having to change your boots before getting back in the truck
     
  7. Sparkie

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    I'll just get out and undo pins...
     
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    I would much rather stay in the cab and let the pins undo themselves, very cool design.
     
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    Makes more ense for the short haul guys I guess. Whereas it'd take awhile to pay fo us
     
  10. Chaz Murray

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    This option is not for everyone.....the trailer that was used video, that customer has the goose neck off 5-10 times a day depending on the loads so it saves the driver a bunch of time with this option. Most trailers in our fleet we do not remove the neck for most loads since we load over the back 75-80% of the time so it really depends on the use of the trailer in the end. If you are long haul then this would probably be a little over the top but for short haul local work it would be a time saver.
     
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    It's hard for me to believe that you could get enough traction to get back under that trailer in the mud or snow or ice. I'm not saying it can't be done,I don't have any time on that style of neck. I just know how hard it can be to get hooked up with a hydro neck in bad conditions.
     
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    I used to wonder why the beavertails on almost all the lowbeds up north in areas like Prince George or Edmonton were always bent & screwed up, they were obviously loading big iron over the back even though they had detachable necks. And then I took a load up there in the winter & tried to detach and after chaining up the truck AND trailer and fighting to get out from under the trailer & then back under I knew, almost everything goes over the back or side, regardless of size, when your fighting snow& ice.
     
  13. Chaz Murray

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    That is basically a standard in this part of the world also, we do not take the neck off unless we have to. We purpose built the trailer with the intent of loading over the rear so if the machine will climb it and it is safe, it is going over the rear. About the only time then neck would come off would be for a paver or for some other low profile machine that just cant handle the break over angle of the rear end or that is just too squirly trying to load because of the controls of the machine may be too sensitive and or barely hanging on the trailer as it is.
     
  14. Dualie

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    They make a system to auto eject air lines for fire trucks while they are parked in the station house. They leave them tethered to shop air until they are started and rolling out the door and they automatically spit the air line and battery charge lines off. I wounder if you could mount a system like that to the neck and get by the DOT? with a four pin connector and enough slack in the lines you wouldn't need to get out the cab until you were fully disconnected.
     
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    Now that would be cool!
     
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    That would be a slick setup if I was working on solid ground all the time but could not work under most conditions I have loaded with.
     
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    you really can't say that without trying one
     
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    Agreed I picked up my loaded wagon in some pretty sloppy conditions. Not much snow and ice here in CA so i cant say how it will do there but my mech detach was better than any Hyd detach i ever been around.

    I seen one of Biggie's new heavy hauls that had pin on rear ramp sections that could be removed to trailers with deep kingpins. I even rigged up pins to turn my 5th wheel into a no tilt and not interfere with the lowbed ramps.
     
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    Well I am not an expert but know that slick clay or snow and ice would make any normal hook up a little difficult, with that rig it would be a mother of a problem. The first lowboy I ever had ran was a Hyster and that thing gave us problems new, goose neck would slide around if you were not perfictly flat. I had to hook up from a bob tail tractor like that setup shown and just reminds me of it.

    Also from the video it looks like the driver has to exit the tractor two times to uncouple, unless I missed something. I am not saying it is not a good thing but not my desire to have a unit like that, just personal preference and know what trailers have given me hell over the last 25 years and that looks like one to me.