The 216" gooseneck of the jeep including gooseneck extension was redesigned with a higher angle to provide more clearance for the rear of the truck tractor, especially just ahead of the landing gear. Also, the gooseneck slider track for the sliding fifthwheel was doubled in length from 60" to 120" to provide more loading options.
Owner Tom Stellman points out the reinforcing plate he requested at the transition of the gooseneck for the lowbed trailer. This type of reinforcement was formerly performed in the Catom Trucking shop after delivery.
Tom Stellman points out another reinforcing plate he asked the Talbert factory to add to the base of the detachable gooseneck. Greg Smith, Talbert VP sales & marketing, is at right.
Tom Stellman and Greg Smith point out the extended housing for the 4-inch cylinder in the neck, and the flat plates that surround the cylinder housing as "bump guards." A 6-inch longer cylinder was requested to provide more lift.
Todd Sauer, director of operations at Catom Trucking, points out where the forward crossmember in the running gear portion of the 65-ton lowbed was removed and a reinforcing member substituted below it. Such cutting and welding operations were previously performed in the Catom fleet shop in order to provide a lower "nest" for the construction equipment boom arms, such as a backhoe dipper stick.
A new addition to the Talbert lowbed for Catom Trucking is the optional Right Weigh load scales, for managing over-size loads so the operator can accurately identify the axle weights.
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