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Gooseneck Trailer Tips
I frequently use a gooseneck trailer around my farm. Usually there is nobody around to help me line up the trailer with the ball in the bed of my truck, says Tom Cogger, Washburn, Wis., who devised a simple method to make hookups easier.
  I set an 8 by 16-in., 1/8-in. thick steel plate against the base of the ball with the upper end of the plate resting on a 4 by 4-in. wood block I always carry with me. As I lower the trailer toward the ball, the gooseneck slides along the plate and right onto the hitch ball. It takes a little practice to get it right but it works great for me.
  I have another use for that wood block, which is tapered at one end. If I get a flat on my tandem axle gooseneck, I just drive one wheel up on the block which lifts the flat tire off the ground, making it easy to put on a spare. Works good even when carrying a big load, and eliminates the need for a jack.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Tom Cogger, 28745 S Maple Hill Rd., Washburn, Wis. 54891 (ph 715 373-2108).  

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #2