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Convert Ball-Hitch Trailers To Gooseneck
"I wanted an easier way to hook up to my two livestock trailers as well as my equipment trailer, all of which are equipped with ball hitches. I solved the problem by building a fifth wheel hitch that has a ball hitch built into it. It makes a gooseneck trailer out of an ordinary ball hitch trailer," says Syd Cooper, Bonnyville, Alberta.
  The L-shaped hitch is made from rectangular steel tubing. The top of the hitch is equipped with a pair of steel arms that pin onto the trailer tongue via a pair of steel tabs that Cooper welded onto the tongue of each trailer. The trailer's ball hitch fits over a ball at the base of the gooseneck.
   "It works slick and takes only a few minutes to switch from one trailer to another," says Cooper. "I've used this hitch for about 1 1/2 years now with no problems. I prefer a gooseneck hitch because the gooseneck distributes the trailer's weight more evenly on the pickup, which results in a smoother ride. Also, you can turn shorter. There's a lot of good used ball hitch-type trailers that can be bought cheap so I think my idea could help a lot of people.
  "I would be glad to send blueprint plans to anyone who's interested. Please send a pre-addressed stamped envelope."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Syd Cooper, Box 7464, Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada T9N 2H8 (ph 780 826-2526)

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2000 - Volume #24, Issue #4