Gooseneck vs Standard Trailer?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by thepawnshop, Oct 25, 2004.

  1. thepawnshop

    thepawnshop LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    I am in the process of purchasing my first skid steer and now am in need of a good trailer. What I was wanting to know was what was the advantage of a "gooseneck" trailer vs a "standard" trailer? I am planning on getting a 6 ton trailer if that helps at all.
  2. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    I dont own a goose neck trailer but I would think it would turn shorter in a tight area than a regular trailer. Plus I think it would make it more balanced to have the weight of the tongue over the rear axle verses on the rear bumper or the end of the frame
  3. Dodgemania

    Dodgemania LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    Pawnshop I've got a 6 ton gooseneck and really like it. Because the weight distrabution more towards the middle of the truck you get less herk and jerk out of the trailer. Alot of times on a standard trailer if you have it weighed down fairly well you'll get alot of back and forth motion. The only thing is is that it takes a little getting used to. I've always pulled tag a longs, so it was definatley different. Goosenecks are more expensive though. If your not going to be trailering it that often and your skidloader will sit on jobsite than maybe save yourself a few bucks and go with standard, but if you'll be hauling skidloader quite a bit then maybe gooseneck. About $350-400 for hitch installed.
  4. MP350

    MP350 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 185

    Pawnshop I just went through the same thing, go with the bumper pull type. The main reason is if go with the goose neck type and you break down you have to have another goose neck equipped truck to pull it.
  5. Eric 1

    Eric 1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,220

    Could not have said it better.
  6. blafleur

    blafleur LawnSite Member
    Messages: 229

    I too prefer the gooseneck for heavier weights, especially over 10,000 lbs. You do get a shorter turning radius, and can back it into places the bumper pull wont go. They ride much better and are a lot more stable. But you got to really watch those trailer tires when turning around an object, they cut several feet off of your turn. They have a different feel and require a little practice to get used to.

    I spend more time double checking my hook up on a gooseneck. If you forget to latch the ball or pin a hideaway hitch, and go to load a tractor, it will lift the hitch off of the ball and potentially move into the cab, as opposed to the tailgate with a bumper pull. It has also been responsible for many a customized tailgate when forgetting to drop the tailgate when unhooking. Just a couple of things to keep in mind.

  7. pfifla1

    pfifla1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    love my gooseneck, although mine is has 2 10k axles, it rides well, distrubtes weight better, turns better, and IMO is safer.
  8. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,915

    I pondered the same question before purchasing our skid-steer trailer. Then decided on the tag trailer. We got a 24 foot Felling, no dove tail, but extended ramps to 6 feet,yeah 6 foot ramps. This way we can get on the trailer with no attachments if need be. The reason for the longer ramps rather than the dovetail is that we don't loose that dovetail area for loading. With a dovetail, you cannot put any materials at that last 4 feet of trailer. We haul 5 to 6 pallets of sod, salt, or fertilizer at times.

    We can get our skid-steer, two buckets, forks, power-rake and auger all on the trailer at one time. The trailer is rated for 17,500 lbs. It was probably our best investment. Of course the price of $10 grand seemed mental for a trailer, but well worth it.

    No experience, but loosing the tailgate access and some storage area in the pickup box, with a goose-neck, turned me away from them. We usually fill the box up with rakes, shovels, plate compactor, etc.., and I just think it would be a little more of a hassle with the neck in the way. Our pickups hold the weight of the tag trailer quite well, and when properly loaded, pulls perfect. I know, from guys who have them, that the goose-necks pull a little more stable, but for our use, freeway driving up to an hour max, or the local work (mostly)our tag hauls sweet at 70 MPH fully loaded.

    Our next trailer will be a flat deck with intent of only going behind our International and a future dozer purchase.
  9. blafleur

    blafleur LawnSite Member
    Messages: 229

    You do lose some storage in the bed with the gooseneck, but still have quite a bit. But you gain a quite a bit of potential storage on the top of the trailer beams connecting the deck to the hitch.

  10. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    It'll come down to personal preference, obviously.

    I've got a 8.5'x26' flatbed, 14k, bumper pull.

    Biggest trailer I could find while still being a bumper pull. I haul a 4330 Kubota with an 11' Bush Hog Tri-Deck mower behind it.

    The problem I have with it, is that the frame on the trailer, the tongue, it too big.

    When you turn sharp, the "A-frame" tongue WILL catch the bumper and fold it into the bottom of the rear corner panel.

    Anyways, I've got to get a new bumper and fix both rear 1/4's now.

    It's not the fault of the trailer, I want a stiff frame. It's a 12" "I" channel all the way down the trailer, and then the "A-Frame" in the front, with the deck of the trailer built on the top of the I channel.

    My next trailer will probably be about a 30' gooseneck, so I can pull the tractor, along with a couple of ZTRs as well.

    Going back to Randy Scott's comment about not having a dove tail, my trailer has 22' of flat deck space, and then the last 4', you can pull a pin, and there are 2 sections side by side that pop up and lock into place, so the dovetail part becomes flat and you've got 26' of flat deck space. It's an ABU trailer out of North Dakota.

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