Talbert Manufacturing celebrates the 75th anniversary of the release of its non-ground bearing removable gooseneck trailer. First introduced in 1947, the removable gooseneck technology revolutionized safety in the heavy haul trailer industry. Since its inception, Talbert has designed two different removable gooseneck trailers: the hydraulic detachable gooseneck trailers and the mechanical detachable gooseneck trailers.
The non-ground bearing hydraulic detachable gooseneck trailers were first introduced in 1962. The design increases safety throughout the loading and unloading process by offering clearance and stability. In years past, the trailer would sit upwards of 50 inches off the ground and load in the rear. The loading and unloading angle was so steep that the tipping point could be reached quickly without warning. The lower the trailer deck is, the better and safer the loading angle. That’s why Talbert Manufacturing hydraulic tail series decks can be lowered to ground height or raised to meet a shipping dock for safe loading.
Hydraulic goosenecks utilize a series of hydraulic cylinders to safely and easily lower and lift the deck when the trailer is attached to the truck. The design of the hydraulic detachable gooseneck has been adjusted by Talbert Manufacturing to meet the requirements of operators. In 1970, Talbert Manufacturing raised the bar with the launch of a new, patented hydraulic design called the Hydroneck.
In 1989, Talbert designed and patented the mechanical removable gooseneck trailer. The mechanical gooseneck trailers are more lightweight than their hydraulic counterparts and don’t require hydraulics to position them. This type of attachment option is typically used for double-drop trailers. The mechanical gooseneck trailers utilize front rollers and truck ramps to connect and disconnect the trailer from the truck. These are best suited for longer-distance trucking companies, where the load will be on the truck for several days and unloading will occur on a smooth, flat surface.