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Talbert Celebrates 75 Years of the Hydraulic Detachable Gooseneck Trailer

Nov. 29, 2022 – Talbert Manufacturing is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its non-ground-bearing hydraulic detachable gooseneck trailer, which was introduced in 1962.

“Safety is the hallmark of our innovative trailer designs,” said Troy Geisler, Talbert’s vice president of sales and marketing. “Austin Talbert designed the first gooseneck trailer to address the troubling number of injuries and deaths occurring when loading and unloading equipment. Talbert has always been on the leading edge of safe, durable trailer designs.”

Over the years, non-ground-bearing hydraulic detachable gooseneck trailers have seen many design adjustments to increase safety throughout the loading and unloading process.

The changes offer ample clearance and stability.

In years past, the trailer would sit more than 50” off the ground and load from the rear.

The loading and unloading angle was so steep that the tipping point could be reached quickly without warning.

Having the proper loading angle is important. That’s why Talbert hydraulic tail series decks can be lowered to ground or raised to shipping dock height for safe loading.

Hydraulic goosenecks use hydraulic cylinders to safely and easily lower and lift the deck when the trailer is attached to the truck. Over the last 75 years, Talbert has adjusted the design of the hydraulic detachable gooseneck to meet user requirements.

In 1970, Talbert raised the bar with a new, patented hydraulic design called the Hydroneck.

The Hydroneck enables more options for balancing weight distribution.

Those trailers are customized with shims to help balance weight and safely distribute loads based on the load needs without having to rely on pre-set weight or height limits. Both the double-drop series and the lowboy series trailers can feature the Hydroneck.

While the Hydroneck is a popular connection option, some operators prefer the ratchet neck.

The ratchet neck features safety pins to secure the gooseneck with five or seven preset heights which, in some operations, can make loading and unloading easier. The pre-set heights are customizable to the application and operator need.

“When it comes to our trailers, there’s so much to consider outside the type of neck or trailer weight capacity. That’s why each trailer is built to the needs of the operator,” Geisler explained. “Each trailer we build and each innovation we come up with focuses on balancing operators’ needs when it comes to productivity and safety.”

With over 75 years of experience, Talbert heavy-haul trailers continue to strive for increased safety and usability. Trailer specifications are made to match the specialized uses customers require.

To learn more about Talbert heavy-haul trailers and specialized transportation equipment, Talbert’s online dealer locator or visit


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