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Author Topic: LOOSE CHIPPER TRAILER KILLS FAMILY!  (Read 6942 times)

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Re: LOOSE CHIPPER TRAILER KILLS FAMILY!
« Reply #20 on: May 23, 2006, 02:47:51 PM »
VA-Sawyer,

What type of hitch woudl you recommed for a gooseneck?

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« Reply #21 on: May 26, 2006, 09:23:44 PM »
Ron,
I hate to say this, but I really don't know much about goosneck setups.  I have a little experience with 5th wheels, (My dad really likes his 20K Reese 5th wheel a lot .) , and a fair amount of tag-along experience, but no real experience towing with a gooseneck.
One thing I will say about towing setups... If you have a proper towing setup with a correctly loaded trailer and a properly adjusted trailer braking system then you shouldn't have any of that 'white knuckle' feeling while pulling a load.  Even with 14,000 lbs  of trailer behind his pickup, Dan says it is rock solid on the highway and he can almost forget that it is there.
The most common mistake I see, is people pulling a trailer that is close to the tow vehicles max rated load without using a Weight Distributing hitch. A W.D. hitch with a anti-sway rod is much more stable during a panic stop or when towing in windy conditions.  Another thing, don't skimp on the brake controller when towing electric brakes. Get a good one and learn how to adjust it for various tow weights and speeds. Ford really has a neat setup with the built in controller on the new Super-Duty trucks. It is tied into the powertrain computer and is constantly automaticaly adjusting itself for vehicle speed and braking load. It fixes the problem of needing to adjust the controller up for highway towing and dialing it back down in stop and go traffic to keep it from jerking you around.
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Re: LOOSE CHIPPER TRAILER KILLS FAMILY!
« Reply #22 on: May 27, 2006, 04:14:49 AM »
VA-Sawyer,

What type of hitch woudl you recommed for a gooseneck?

Thanks
Ron


I suggest staying away from the post and ball setup common on horse trailers for heavy loads. It is more convenient when the trailer is not being used but I have had bad experience with the trailer jerking back and forth because the post was flexing.  Mind you, the loaded trailer was almost 14000 lb. Fifth wheel is much better.
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