WHAT ARE THEY LIKE TO DRIVE?
A well designed and engineered gooseneck will actually have a better turning circle than a float, and also be more stable to tow because their weight is based over the rear axle of your ute. This also means less work for your tow vehicle as the weight is evenly distributed. Simply put, they are better to tow than a float. Be aware that this only applies to goosenecks that are built by professional and experienced builders, as there is a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into making sure the balance of the gooseneck is perfect.
IT'S SO LONG - WILL I HAVE TROUBLE GETTING INTO PLACES?
As part of the length of the gooseneck is over the tray of your ute, you might find that it’s actually less total length than a big float option. The Professional ranges in length from 6.3m to 7.3m (dependant on what options you choose). Some larger floats you see will be 6m-7m in length if you include their drawbar, so will actually be longer when attached to your vehicle than a gooseneck. If you can get a large float into a location, you will get a gooseneck in.
WHAT ABOUT BRAKING? THAT'S A LOT OF WEIGHT BEHIND ME
Yes it is, but it’s no more than a the option of large float. We have been extremely diligent about keeping the weight of these goosenecks down to allow for two big horses and 250-450kg of horse equipment / feed / water and also gear and equipment needed by yourself. Still worried, just think about the big freight / cattle / milk truck and trailer units, like them you will have the best braking system that will comfortably look after all your braking needs.
WHY AREN'T THEY COMMON IN NEW ZEALAND?
Goosenecks are extremely popular in Australia and America, this is because historically they have always had the large vehicles available to tow them. It has only been in the past few years that New Zealand has had the availability of utes with enough towing capacity and gross combination mass to make gooseneck horse trailers a viable option. Previously you had to be able to afford an American style ute, and with parts not readily available for maintenance and repairs, they can be a costly option. Australia roads are similar to New Zealand roads (and most of the time in not so great condition), so we know these goosenecks are up for the task, unlike goosenecks or floats manufactured in other countries.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GET A GOOSENECK HITCH PUT INTO MY UTE?
This really depends on what system you want to put in. In our personal ute we have a foldaway gooseneck ball. This means when the gooseneck is not attached, we have full use of our ute tray. You can get gooseneck balls that stay permanently up, which are slightly cheaper. In general they are about $1000 more than a normal towbar is to fit and install.