What Is a Gooseneck Trailer?

A gooseneck trailer actually gets its name from its hitch, which is highlighted by a long, arched “neck” section at the front. The unique coupler is designed to clear a pickup’s (closed) tailgate, and it connects to a ball (inside the bed) for a frame-mounted hitch that is positioned over the rear axle.

Gooseneck trailers can be much longer, wider, and heavier than most bumper-pull units, which allows them to carry more weight (upward of 30,000 pounds) without compromising stability. They’re typically used for commercial purposes such as hot-shot vehicle towing, agriculture, horse/livestock transporting, etc. They’re the go-to trailer on the diesel dragracing scene, in most instances capable of supporting two full-size pickups on a 40-foot deck.

When compared to its similar-but-different counterpart, a fifth-wheel trailer (hitch is mounted inside the bed), a gooseneck is less expensive and ultimately much less intrusive, affording owners more space in the bed for cargo.

Here are a few pros and cons about gooseneck trailers:


  • Not too invasive
  • Bed remains functional
  • Easy hook up and operation


  • Installing hitch requires drilling a big hole in the bed
  • Can be noisy
  • Not as stable as a fifth-wheel trailer

Taken from Motortend article here.

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