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desirable features on gooseneck?

ive had a bumper pull trailer for many years and ive Finally decided im going to upgrade and purchase a new gooseneck trailer. Im going to go with pj brand gooseneck between 25 -30ft. What are some desirable features that you wish you had on yours. the little things that would make it nice. Also, is there much difference in the standard or lowboy decks? i was thinking about going with the lowboy, dexter axles. i also like the 2 flip up ramp dove tails. does the 3 ramp dovetail make that big of a difference? should i get electric or hydraulic over electric brakes? well any ideas, opinions, or experiences you could share would be great!

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Three ramp is for three wheeled tractors I think. A storage box for all of your straps is nice as well as a winch
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Three ramp is for three wheeled tractors I think. A storage box for all of your straps is nice as well as a winch
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i like the lowboy just makes the loads more stable.
as many tie downs as you can get.

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The brakes are electric over hydraulic, not hydraulic over electric, and I have
electric over hydraulic disk brakes on my 5th wheel RV and I am real pleased with them.
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Get the widest ramps you can find.

You never know what type of vehicle you might be driving or dragging up onto the trailer. I know I've hauled some loads that would either not be able to make it onto some manufacturer's skinny ramps - or would be too close to falling off with not enough margin for slight movement while loading to be comfortable with.

If they are flip up ramps, make sure you get some type of bars to hold the ramps vertical, if you have too long of a load to fold the ramps back over onto the dovetail section.

102" is the widest you can go, and sometimes you need every bit of that 102"



On my trailer, I had them build a deck over the gooseneck which comes in handy for other straps/gear/another pallet, etc.

If you get Dexter Axles - see if you can have them throw in a handful of the little rubber dust cover/filler plug thingies.

Out of the 4 on my trailer, I seem to be missing 3 already.
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2 speed jack or drop leg jack. Lots of tie downs. 17.5 rims and tires would be a big plus for me, They last much longer and can hold more.

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We are an independant Big Tex dealer and we deal with many gooseneck trailers and their features. The lowdeck option is always a plus for heavy loads. Also, look for trailers with torque tubes. Google Image Result for http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/attachments/trailers-transportation/179968d1285465809-load-max-rating-pict0697.jpg This will keep the 102" wides from tipping through sharp turns. Big Tex goosenecks 28' and above come standard with torque tubes. Also, if you're looking for a trailer with dual wheels, look for a wet axle. This may also be called an oil bath. This type of lubrication is favored over grease for heavy duty applications. Dual dropleg jacks is also a necessity for the 102" wides with heavy loads. If you're planning on putting more than 10,000lbs on the tralier then look for a two speed jack. As far as brakes go we always recommend electric. The electric over hydraulic do work well but will need to be maintained much more often. Options for our goosenecks include LED lighting, Deck over neck, 5' center pop-up dovetail with 5' fold up ramps, Three ramps with diamond plate on bottoms, Dual 2 speed landing gear and Electric over hydraulic brakes. Here is an ad for a trailer that contains much of these options. Big Tex Trailers 2012 22GN-32'+5 Check out some of our other goosenecks while you're there to get some ideas!
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i have a big tex 22gn. the things i would get if i did it again. would be 2 speed jacks pop center dove instead of 3 ramps. winch. and deck over the neck. for me i don't have a need for the 3rd ramp that often its just one more ramp to flip everytime. its all what you think you need.

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Definitely a storage box of some sort. Electric brakes. The only time electric over hydraulic is really the best option IMO is on a boat trailer. I bought a used hitch for a van or some truck or something on craigslist and bolted it to my trailer. With that I can slip in any 2" hitch including the one my 12Klb winch is mounted to and a hitch for carrying another trailer on top of your trailer.

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