1987 - Volume #11, Issue #2, Page #09[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Gooseneck truck trailersJunked 2-ton trucks make great gooseneck trailers, according to Clyde Lowe, Chanute, Kan., who's built four "truck" trailers.
"We cut the truck frame just behind the front springs and weld a gooseneck, which we build from scratch, directly to the truck frame. Then we mount a 200-bu. hopper box directly on the frame. I can easily pull the trailers with a ¥-ton Chevy pickup with a 350 engine and automatic transmission. They're equipped with tail, brake and turn lights for highway use. I've built two trailers with hopper boxes on them and two with flatbeds. They make the most stable bale hauling wagons I've ever used.
"I also built a trailer dolly from a truck front axle to pull the trailers with a tractor in the field, or with a pickup that's not fitted with a ball hitch. It's just a 2-wheel cart that hitches directly to the gooseneck and trails behind the tractor. Works great in muddy fields. I've never gotten stuck with a load of grain," says Lowe.
He notes that he's able to pick up junked trucks for anywhere from $50 to $200. He's interested in building the trailers for sale.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Clyde R. Lowe, Rt. 2, Box 140, Chanute, Kan. 66720 (ph 316 431-2534).
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