This Detachable Gooseneck Trailer Looks Wild, But It Works

If you think all trailers are the same, well, that’s just not the case. Beyond the differences between bumpers, fifth wheels and goosenecks, the levels of quality and innovation vary wildly from manufacturer to manufacturer. Davis Industries seems pretty focused on the latter, as this removable gooseneck with a hitch-mounted hydraulic lift is just plain neat.

When I saw this Black Diamond Unlimited demo video drop on my Instagram feed, I admit I was puzzled. It certainly caught my eye, but what benefit does this sophisticated hardware offer someone who owns a van? The answer, in short, is security.

The hydraulic cylinder is managed by a portable controller. It already has a low deck, and once the trailer head is detached, the front simply rests on the ground with a slight tilt. It does not require ramps and the loading process takes a long time.

Anyone who has loaded a piece of machinery onto a traditional trailer knows how much everything tends to shake, including the tow vehicle. Once when I loaded my 1963 International Loadstar onto a gooseneck trailer that was attached to a 2008 Super Duty, it shook parts under the hood of the Ford. That wouldn’t happen with the Davis Industries trailer; it’s designed to stay stable no matter how jerky the controls are on heavy equipment.

It can also haul a lot, as it is available with 10,000, 12,000 and 16,000 pound axle capacities. The brakes are electric, as the configuration is intended for vans. This type of trailer, which is classified as a removable gooseneck (RGN), is much more common in the big rig world. In these applications, they are ideal for towing oversized loads.

Finally, the David Industries RGN is significantly lighter than other similar trailers. The company says most 26-foot goosenecks weigh between 8,500 and 10,500 pounds when empty, while this one tips the scales at 6,400 pounds and retains the same load capacity. This is good news for anyone looking to tow more with something smaller than a semi-trailer, as long as they can handle the weight of the boom with the trailer axles all the way in. back. In short, it is lighter by necessity.

High-end examples of the trailer cost around $45,000 with the 16,000-pound axles. The one featured by Black Diamond Unlimited is for sale, and there appears to be another available in Virginia for around the same price. You can buy one or not, but it’s still a good product.

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