Gooseneck is a figurative term in the trucking industry and also a jargon used to describe the part of drop deck trailers. The removable gooseneck mechanism is commonly found on a drop-deck type of trailer like lowboys and double drop decks. Not all these trailers will have a removable gooseneck, but some other method of loading a shipment, such as ramps. Removable goosenecks are generally the most commonly available feature. Equipment of freight that may be driven on, pushed, or pulled on a drop deck type of trailer will benefit from the removable gooseneck feature, since these trailers create a ramp for roll-on and roll-off loading.
Some drop deck trailers cannot be loaded from the ground, it’s very helpful to have one that features the type of gooseneck that can be removed. The equipment or freight can be loaded or unloaded by driving right up onto the cargo area of the trailer from the front of the trailer.
It’s important to note that each type of trailer is not similar to the other types and that the dimension and weight capacity of each is based on the corresponding trucking specifications of a particular semi-tractor and trailer used.
Lowboy or Lowbed Trailer:
Commonly used to haul freight, a lowboy trailer is an unpowered trailer. These kinds of trailers are generally designed to carry and transport taller goods and items. Items or goods to be carried on a Lowboy Trailer are taller than the legal height of items that are commonly carried by flatbeds. Basically, a lowboy trailer has two axles and can haul around 40,000 pounds. Most new detachable lowboy trailers have a hydraulic system that operates a hydraulic ram which raises the trailer to hook the trailer unit after it is loaded. Some lowboy trailers consist of a beam type trailer which means the large heavy equipment is carried with a center (2-beams) under the piece of equipment allowing a taller load. This beam type lowboy has a gooseneck that hooks to the semi-truck. The beam trailer uses air brake system, and a hydraulic system.
Drop Deck Trailer:
There are various types of drop deck trailers available which include stretch single drop deck, stretch double drop and extendable double drop trailers. Stretch Single Drop Deck trailers are specifically designed to carry and haul freights that are very long for a standard or traditional step deck due to length restrictions. It also provides support and prevents overhanging.
Stretch Double deck trailer is generally used for carrying oversized shipments. Its lower deck allows to load products that can be as tall as 10 feet. It also comes with a so-called ‘well’, a longer piece at the trailer’s back deck and middle portion. The ‘well’ usually measures from 25 feet to 29 feet.
Removable gooseneck trailers are excellent for carrying tall and long freights. It comes with a detachable front, which allows the trailer to be dropped on the ground in order to create a ramp. They can go from 3 axles up to 20 plus axles for heavier shipments. Removable Gooseneck Trailers are more specialized so they render a more expensive usage. If you’re planning to buy a new or used removable gooseneck trailer for your specific requirement, get in touch with our professionals at Heavy Duty Direct.