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Tow bar converts gooseneck into straight hitch trailer
"This homemade tow bar converts my 28-ft. long gooseneck trailer into a straight hitch trailer that I can pull with any pickup or tractor, or even my 3-ton grain truck," says Richard Brown, Indian Head, Sask.
Brown used 2 by 3-in. rectangular tubing to build the A-frame hitch which connects to the front corners of the trailer with two removeable 1-in. dia. pins. He welded a 1 1/2-ft. long upright post made from 4 by 4-in. tubing just behind the tow bar's hitch and welded a 2 7/8-in. dia. trailer ball on top of the post. This ball locks into the gooseneck trailer's coupler.
"The drawbar hitch makes our goose-neck trailer a lot more useful so that we don't have to own one gooseneck trailer and one bumper hitch trailer. It makes hauling bales a one-man job because we can use the same tractor to pull the trailer and to load and unload bales. There's no need for a second man to drive a pickup to haul bales back to the yard. We put a drawbar hitch on our 3-ton grain truck so we can pull the trailer behind the truck and haul heavy loads of hay long distances."
To uncouple the straight hitch, Brown simply unlatches the ball coupler and pulls the A-frame forward. C on tact: FARM SHOW Followup, Richard Brown, Box 1261, Indian Head, Sask., Canada S0G 2K0 (ph 306 695-2000).

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1989 - Volume #13, Issue #6