Model: 14 Bales

STANDARD FEATURES

  • 37′ long, 102″ wide
  • Adjustable 2-5/16 (25K) ball coupler (hitch)
  • 3 – 7K spring axles
  • 2 single speed drop leg jacks
  • Electric brakes (all axles)
  • 14 bale in-line
  • 235 85 R16 radial tires with 8 hole wheels
  • Spare tire and rack
  • Sandblasted, primed with rust inhibitive primer, and painted with 2 coats of paint (red or black)
  • 5 year limited warranty
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New Online Parts Store!

Gooseneck’s Online Parts Store is now open! Whether you need electrical parts or simply hardware, we have you covered! Canvas Tarps Our canvas tarps here at Gooseneck Trailers are made for both small and large trailers…

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Upgrading Your Trailer Suspension Parts

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A trailer suspension system includes springs or torsion bars and other components that connect the vehicle to its wheels. Suspension is important because if it is weak this can lead to difficulty steering and controlling the vehicle, increased tire and shock wear and other problems.

Safety and Comfort

A combination of heavy loads and weak suspension often leads to difficulty steering and controlling the vehicle, increased tire and shock wear and other problems. This is not only uncomfortable, but it can be damaging and unsafe.

You should weigh your fully loaded tow vehicle and compare the numbers with manufacturer’s ratings, especially if it is riding low, when loaded before investing in suspension modifications. All vehicles are designed for a peak capacity called the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). The GVWR is how much weight a vehicle is designed to carry and includes the net weight of the vehicle, plus weight of passengers, fuel, cargo, accessories and hitch or pin weight applied by a trailer. The vehicle’s GVWR is the maximum allowable weight that can be placed on an individual axle determined by the manufacturer.

Using a commercial truck scale, drive the loaded tow vehicle with the trailer onto the platform, first with the front axle, and take a reading. Compare it to the front axle gawr, and then pull forward until both front and rear axles are on the scale. Take a reading and subtract the front axle weight from it. The result will be your rear axle weight. Compare it to the rear gawr. If you use a commercial scale with a multi-segment platform you might be able to get all of these readings at once because the scale records the weights for each segment. The information will then be on the printed data sheet you receive from the weight-master.

Finally, pull both the truck and trailer onto the platform and take a reading and compare the result to the gross combination weight rating (GCWR), which is determined by the manufacturer to the maximum weight of a loaded tow vehicle and its attached loaded trailer.

Components

A trailer suspension system includes springs or torsion bars and shock absorbers, as well as sway bars and other components that connect the vehicle to its wheels. If you intend to get the most from these components, understanding what each of them do is crucial.

The vehicle’s weight is supported by springs (or torsion bars). These springs compress and extend to allow the suspension to flex and react impacts such as bumps. Keeping the vehicle reasonably near or at the stock ride height means you maintain the designed travel before the suspension stop hits the frame and bottoms out, which translates into a smoother ride. The angles of the U-joints and drive shaft(s) change when the ride height of a vehicle is changed from stock, which can lead to issues of wear and vibration. As a result, your should be leveling the vehicle — both side-to-side and front-to-rear.

The “spring rate” is measured in pounds per inch of compression, and it determines how firm the ride is and how much it will sink when weight is added. Springs with a higher rate will not compress as much from a given weight as “lighter” springs. It is critical to note that heavier or “helper” springs do not increase load-carrying capacity and the vehicle’s recommended ratings should never be exceeded.

Leaf Springs

Leaf springs are usually used on the rear (and sometimes front) of heavier trucks, as well as on the front of many lighter four-wheel drives with solid axles. Typically, these springs utilize several layers of metal leaves bound together, so they operate as a unit.

A smoother ride is provided with two-stage leaf packs on the primary stage when the vehicle is unloaded and additional support when the secondary stage is employed. Aftermarket add-on leaves are available that can be bolted onto the existing spring if the vehicle rides slightly too low. Heavier replacement springs are also available. Variations in leaf width, number and thickness tailor the spring to the load.

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When Do You Need a CDL for Towing a Trailer?

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While requirements for obtaining a commercial driver’s license (CDL) license may vary slightly from state to state, the federal regulations are universal covering interstate transportation of cargo. This includes cargo that originates or terminates out of state even if you pick up and or deliver it in your state. Here are a few of the basic CDL license requirements for towing a trailer, as well as those specific to the state of Texas.

The vehicle you are driving as well as applicable federal and state laws (which may have have more stringent requirements) will determine the requirement for a CDL. There are three types of Commercial Motor Vehicles under state law requiring a driver to have a CDL.

Commercial Motor Vehicles Requiring a CDL

Class A

A Class A CDL license is required for any vehicle with a semi-trailer or trailer with two or more axles, including any combination of vehicles with a gross vehicle rating greater than 26,000 lbs. providing that the gross vehicle weight rating of the towed vehicle is greater than 10,000 lbs.

Class B

A Class B CDL license is required for any heavy straight vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 26,000 lbs. as well as any towing vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating less than 10,000 lbs.

Class C

A Class C CDL license is required for any vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) or that is used to transport hazardous materials.

Basic CDL License Requirements

Common requirements for CDL licenses include the following:

  • Age Requirements
  • Documentation, including proof of citizenship
  • Medical and physical standards
  • Language requirements
  • Written and knowledge tests
  • Skill and road test

Texas CDL License Requirements

According to Texas CDL license requirements, applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid Texas driver’s license, pass a vision exam and obtain a medical certificate. The transportation of materials across state lines is governed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). To drive a truck with double/triple trailers, additional endorsements may be needed. Endorsements may be needed to transport hazardous materials as well.

 

A CDL is not required under federal law for a vehicle or combination of vehicles with a GVWR or GCVWR of 10,001 lbs to 26,001 lbs., being driven interstate or intrastate. State laws, however, may have more stringent legal requirements and may require one. In some cases, the FMCSA does allow states to grant a farm exemption so long as the driver stays within 150 miles of home. Be sure to know the CDL laws of your state and for each state in which you drive. For more information about CDL requirements, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Gooseneck Trailers with the link below!

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Using Ventilation Systems for Livestock Trailers

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Transporting livestock can be necessary for multiple reasons, including: training, pleasure riding, competition, breeding, sales, veterinary treatment and so on. Livestock owners want to make the experience as stress-free, safe and healthy as possible for their animal passengers. Avoiding extremely cold temperatures is typically not a problem, as horses produce a great deal of body heat, especially if more than one horse is being transported. The situation that can be potentially harmful is exposure to hot air that is full of small particles that can irritate the horse’s respiratory system. Overheating can be prevented, as well as reducing exposure to dust, bacteria and mold, through continuous air exchange. Keeping air moving can help to ensure your livestock will travel in reasonable comfort and arrive at their destination in good health.

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