Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What's the Difference Between Gooseneck and Bumper Trailers?

A bumper trailer
A gooseneck trailer
Gooseneck and bumper trailers often have a lot of similarities; however, they are essentially two different trailer models.

You may already be familiar with bumper trailers since they are commonly used for hauling. Anything from landscaping equipment to furniture to personal items can be hauled with a small, simple bumper trailer. Larger bumper trailers like 8.5x20 enclosed trailers can be used to haul bigger equipment, vehicles, or just about anything else.

The gooseneck can handle those things as well, but the way the trailer is pulled is slightly different, due to its unique hitch placement.

Both types will help you pull small to sizeable loads, however, knowing which option is best will depend on knowing what's best for your haul. This can depend on several factors, including but not limited to: weight of payload, gross vehicle weight, common weather conditions in your area, road conditions, and so on.

Here is some information to help you get a basic idea of these two trailer models' key differences.

Hitch Placement

With bumper pull trailers, the hitch is attached to the frame of your tow vehicle. It is situated close to the bumper, hence coining the term "bumper" trailer. These trailers typically follow in the direction of the tow vehicle's wheels when turning, which means drivers may need to make wider turns.

Meanwhile, on gooseneck trailers the hitch is actually welded to the tow truck's bed, rather than being attached to the frame close to the bumper,. Additionally, the gooseneck's hitch needs to be welded under the tow vehicle bed so it remains secure. Thereafter, the hitch ball is attached. A gooseneck hitch reduces the turn radius, allowing the vehicle to make easier turns and can help reduce trailer instability (sway).

Vehicle Type

The type of vehicle used also differentiates bumper trailers from gooseneck trailers. In general, you have more choices with a bumper trailer; you can go with a truck or a sport utility vehicle - just ensure the truck or SUV can handle the load you intend to haul.

When it comes to gooseneck trailers, you must utilize a truck with the ability to handle your intended payload.

Pull Pattern

Another difference between the two is the way the trailers ride behind their tow vehicles. When pulling bumper trailers, the trailers usually moves in the direction of the tow vehicle's wheels when maneuvering corners. Gooseneck trailers have a reduced turning radius, allowing the trailer to cut in when the tow vehicle travels around corners.

The take home message is that both bumper and gooseneck trailers will help you get the job done - but you have to decide which features are most important to your towing needs.

At Trailer Showroom, we have both bumper and gooseneck trailers in a variety of sizes and models. We also custom build a variety of enclosed, fifth-wheel and other types of trailers. Contact us today at 877-45TRAILER or browse our website to learn more about our products.

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