Talbert Manufacturing celebrates the hydraulic detachable gooseneck trailer’s 75th anniversary


RENSSELAER, Ind. (Nov. 29, 2022) – Talbert Manufacturing, a North American leader in specialized heavy-haul solutions, celebrates the 75th anniversary of the release of its non-ground bearing hydraulic detachable gooseneck trailer. First introduced in 1962, the hydraulic detachable gooseneck technology revolutionized safety in the trailer industry.

“Safety is the hallmark of our innovative trailer designs,” said Troy Geisler, Talbert Manufacturing’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.”

The non-ground bearing hydraulic detachable gooseneck trailers have undergone a series of design adjustments since their inception in 1962 to increase safety throughout the loading and unloading process by offering ample clearance and stability. In years past, the trailer would sit upwards of 50 inches off the ground and load in the rear. The loading and unloading angle was so steep that the tipping point could be reached quickly without warning. The lower the trailer deck is, the better and safer the loading angle. That’s why Talbert Manufacturing hydraulic tail series decks can be lowered to ground height or raised to meet a shipping dock for safe loading.

Hydraulic goosenecks utilize a series of hydraulic cylinders to safely and easily lower and lift the deck when the trailer is attached to the truck. Over the last 75 years, the design of the hydraulic detachable gooseneck has been adjusted by Talbert Manufacturing to meet the requirements of operators. In 1970, Talbert Manufacturing raised the bar with the launch of a new, patented hydraulic design called the Hydroneck.

The Hydroneck creates additional customization options for balancing weight distribution. The trailers are customized with shims to help balance weight loads and safely distribute loads based on the load needs without having to rely on preset weight or height limits. Both the double drop series and the lowboy series can feature the Hydroneck.

While the Hydroneck is a popular connection option, some operators prefer the ratchet neck design. The ratchet neck features safety pins to secure the gooseneck with five or seven preset heights which, in certain operations, can increase ease of loading and unloading. These preset 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 find a dealer, use Talbert’s online dealer locator or visit www.talbertmfg.com to learn more about the selection of heavy-haul trailers and specialized transportation equipment, including fixed non-removable gooseneck trailers and mechanical detachable gooseneck trailers.

 About Talbert Manufacturing

Talbert has been building world-class heavy-haul and specialized trailers to rigorous customer specifications since 1938. The company offers complete lines of heavy-haul trailers and specialized transportation equipment for the commercial, industrial, military and government sectors. Its trailers and equipment are used in applications as diverse as renewable energy, aerospace, heavy construction, in-plant material handling, manufacturing and processing systems and much more. More information: Talbert Manufacturing, 1628 W. State Road 114, Rensselaer, IN 47978; 800.348.5232; sales@talbertmfg.com; www.talbertmfg.com; Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn.