Mr. Truck 7-25-11 |

Mr. Truck 7-25-11

It’s a recession – theft is up. Are you an easy target? Protect your trailer as well as your expensive saddles, bridles, tools and flat screen TV. Goosenecks are different from bumper pulls, if you just lock the coupler, the thieves loosen the set bolts, slide out your adjustable coupler from your gooseneck and put their own back in and away goes your investment.

If you lock the coupler and lock the set bolts or set bolt and thru pin, then you have three keys for three locks. Another problem is the locks are on the outside. So the bad guys can beat on the locks with hammers, use cordless reciprocating saws and crowbars.

To the rescue comes GanderLock, just slide out the gooseneck coupler sleeve and slide in GanderLock. GanderLock locks the tube from the inside preventing your trailer from being used or misused by the bad guys. I haven’t seen anything like it.

A couple minutes is all it takes to drop the coupler and insert GanderLock.

Trailer theft doesn’t usually take place when you’re still hooked to the truck. So you’ll only need to use GanderLock when the trailer is setting. Which most trailers set still for months. Criminals watch your leaving home habits looking for an easy target.

Think about what happens when your trailer gets stolen, arguing with insurance companies, banks and the police. Can you remember what all you had in the trailer, saddles, bridles, TV’s, did you just buy new tires? I’ve been lucky not to many things stolen, but when it happens it makes you sick.

Thru pins on newer trailers are a good idea. Your trailer can’t drop unexpectedly that way going down the road and land on your jack or worse. I’ve had that happen a couple of times.

If you have an older trailer that doesn’t have a thru pin in the gooseneck tube, GanderLock comes with a template for drilling holes for a thru pin.

Taking the coupler tube out is fast and not hard, just loosen the set bolt or bolts and pull out the thru pin. Drop the tube, insert GanderLock and twist opening the bolts, push in lock and turn key.

You’d be surprised how fast a stolen trailer becomes a “homemade trailer” and re-titled in another state. It’s the old bear story where if you and your buddy are being chased by a bear, you don’t have to outrun the bear, just your buddy running next to you. If you have a good lock system on your trailer, the bad guys or gals will move on looking for the easy target.

GanderLock fits inside your 4-inch gooseneck stem, just twist the handle and pegs come out where the thru pin goes. Now the lock is inside the gooseneck main tube where thief’s can’t access it.

The man who invented GanderLock had two trailers stolen, his loss is our gain with a well made lock, Made in America.

For more information, please visit or call (972) 741-1779.


Kent Sundling (alias “Mr. Truck”) spent 20 years wearing out pickup trucks as only a farmer could. With over 1 million miles pulling trailers, Mr. Truck has a unique collection of truck and farm stories that will educate and entertain. Mr.Truck gave up his bib overalls and John Deeres in his quest to save the farm and moved to the big city to sell trucks. After selling trucks for 10 years, this farmer now writes for eight magazines and owns over two dozen Web sites, helping folks find the “Right Truck.” If you have a question for Mr. Truck, you may contact him at his Web site,

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