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gooseneck or reg. hitch??help please

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cut4U, Aug 8, 2001.

  1. cut4U

    cut4U LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    hello, i am expanding my bus. for next season and was wondering if i would be at an advantage at having a gooseneck hitch trailor other then haveing a std. hitch. i will be trailoring 2 ztrs and 1 walk behind or 1 ransomes 723 front mower and 2 walk behinds...any info is helpful...thanks
     
  2. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,831

    Advantages of a Good neck trailer:

    A Goose neck trailer puts the tongue weight on all 4 tires of the truck, compared to way behind the truck axle with a regular hitch. You can make sharper turns also.

    Disadvantages of a Good neck trailer:

    You can't put as much in the back of your truck, not a big deal normally.
     
  3. cut4U

    cut4U LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    is it anyway easyr on the truck(havn a gooseneck)?
     
  4. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    What kind of truck are you pulling these with? With what you described, you should have NO trouble fitting all your stuff on to a 16 or 18 ft. trailer. If this is the case, then I'd just go with a regular trailer. With a gooseneck, it's a bit more complicated to hook up, and I don't know how your laws are down there, but here in Michigan, to pull a gooseneck, you're required to have a Class A CDL, which means you take the written test, go to a third party tester to take a driving test, (a few hundred bucks) and then you have to have a physical to recieve your med slip. After all this, it's back to the Seceretary of State to pay your fee for your actual license. I think a ball and coupling work better.:rolleyes:
     
  5. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    sounds to me like a regular hitch would suit you fine. unless you plan on hauling bigger machinery in the future, stick with the standard hitch.
     
  6. eskals

    eskals LawnSite Member
    Messages: 210

    I didn't know you had to have a class A CDL to tow a gooseneck in MI. There is an outfit near me that runs a crew cab F-350 dually with a gooseneck trailer with 4 bobcat ZTRs and 2 bobcat walkbehinds.

    Goosenecks are great for heavy loads. Much more stable and the weight is distributed better.

    Eric
     
  7. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    No CDL if trailer is rated under 10,001 lbs.
     
  8. 1stclasslawns

    1stclasslawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 565

    A gooseneck is easier on the tow truck, easier to back, easier to pull, easier to manuver you can put a 20 footer where you could only put a 16' bumper trailer. Yes it a little more difficult to hook up but it is a more secure hookup.

    When I get a new one I'm getting a gooseneck if I can.

    And I think the weight is under 26000lbs befor you need a class A CDL. The weight dosent change state to state because a CDL follows federal regulations, its like a federal drivers license.

    What girpes me about the CDL is I had to have one to drive a 1 ton delivery van but Mr, Rich Dude who spends 50 hours a year behind a desk can get in his $500,000.00 R.V. thats on a semi chassie with out one for 2 weeks and on weekends. But thats another story.

    Jim
     
  9. SCAPEASAURUSREX

    SCAPEASAURUSREX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 835

    I recently found a few reg hitches that are rated for 10,000lbs and up to 12,000lbs from draw tite and reese.. Just a little side info..
     
  10. cp

    cp LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    With all said unless your going to be hauling large tractors or skid steers I would stay with the standard trailer. You should keep in mind that not everyone has a fifth wheel setup so if your truck breaks down your trailer is down and if you decide to sell, well "Joe Blow" can not pull it..
     

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