Mr. Truck 8-30-10
August 30, 2010
Do you know if your gooseneck coupler is latched? HammerBlow Bulldog couplers have been on the majority of gooseneck trailers for decades. We’ve all used them and cussed them when we have to pry the handle up to unlatch and teeter-totter on our belt buckles on the truck bedrail to reach in and get them latched or at least hope we have them latched.
Folks telling me about what they don’t like about their trailers and gooseneck couplers are a popular complaint. I hook and unhook my gooseneck every week, in the rain, in the snow and in the dripping heat lately.
It’s important to know if your coupler is latched and that the rough roads, called interstates, haven’t shook things loose. I found an after-market gooseneck coupler that shows you it’s latched and latches and unlatches from outside your truck bed. It’s a big improvement instead of yet another gadget with hooks for reaching the coupler latch.
It took a rancher and machinist from Iowa to build a better mouse trap. Gooseneck Easy Coupler is heavy duty, quality all the way, with a complete replacement coupler tube with a stainless steel latch, pin and springs.
A cable runs from the coupler to the spring loaded latch handle on the trailer. You can see it’s latched, and you can see the handle is open or closed with your mirrors going down the road. The spring locks onto the handle that you bolt to the side of your gooseneck where it’s handy to latch. Three stainless steel springs do all the work from sliding the bottom plate in place to locking the coupler latch pin.
The Gooseneck Easy Coupler replaces your adjustable coupler tube. You just loosen the set bolts, slide out your old tube and slide Gooseneck Easy Coupler in. It even has the through bolt holes for the newer Bulldog couplers on trailers made in the last five years. The latching parts are covered and all the moving parts are stainless so you don’t need to grease it.
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You can see the pin mechanism is flush with the ball plate from the drivers side. I like being able to monitor everything on my rig while going down the road, now I can see the trailer coupler is latched with my mirrors and go back to singing along with Willie Nelson.
No more climbing in your truck bed or leaning over the bed rail to latch the gooseneck coupler. You can see it from your truck cab and know it’s secure.
For more information, please visit http://www.GooseNeckEasyCoupler.com or call (319) 592-3736.
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, http://www.mrtruck.net.