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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:06 am    Post subject: Gooseneck hitch collapsed Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I was driving down the road yesterday, with 14K pounds on my cow trailer. Hit a little bump, and boom. The trailer slid down the sleeve on the coupler. Luckily, I have a flat bed, or there would have been serious damage. Just readjust the height, and tighten those set bolts as tight as I can? Am I missing something?
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:10 am    Post subject: Re: Gooseneck hitch collapsed Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I would get a good look at the inside of the tube. I adjusted mine a little when I got it and it has been ten years. If it has too much rust scale inside, it could interfere with the friction which is all that holds it.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:00 am    Post subject: Re: Gooseneck hitch collapsed Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You're lucky that's all that happened. There's a custom hauler here who has a couple of trucks and aluminum trailers. His brother was driving one for him one day and got stuck in a farm yard. They hooked on to him with a FWA tractor and took off. The truck moved,but the trailer didn't. It folded the front of the trailer right up and the hitch was sticking straight out toward the truck.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Gooseneck hitch collapsed Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Set it to the height you want and drill a 1/2" or bigger hole thru the tongue and put a long bolt or pin thru the hole.
My 20K tandem dually trailer came with the two clamp bolts and a 5/8" pin going thru the side of the neck.
The inner tube as holes every couple of inches for height adjustments, the clamp bolts keeps the hitch tight.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Gooseneck hitch collapsed Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Destroked 450 wrote:
(quoted from post at 01:50:40 01/19/19)
Set it to the height you want and drill a 1/2" or bigger hole thru the tongue and put a long bolt or pin thru the hole.
My 20K tandem dually trailer came with the two clamp bolts and a 5/8" pin going thru the side of the neck.
The inner tube as holes every couple of inches for height adjustments, the clamp bolts keeps the hitch tight.


A grade 8 bolt would probably be strong enough wouldn’t it?
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Gooseneck hitch collapsed Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I would've thought it would've had a pin in it already. A 5/8 grade 8 bolt would work just fine. As Destroked said, the set screws should just keep the hitch from working.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Gooseneck hitch collapsed Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Could you cut a piece of pipe to act as a travel stop and slide it in before you slide the sleeve in?
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Gooseneck hitch collapsed Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Best Idea.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Gooseneck hitch collapsed Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Determined wrote:
(quoted from post at 21:20:13 01/19/19) Could you cut a piece of pipe to act as a travel stop and slide it in before you slide the sleeve in?


That is an excellent idea.
 
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