Connecting the gooseneck to the trailer shall be conducted with the gooseneck coupled to the prime
mover IAW para. 2-15 and the trailer lowered to ground level or resting evenly on wood blocks.
All persons not involved in the connecting operation must stand clear of prime
mover and trailer to prevent serious injury. Never stand between the gooseneck
and the trailer when the prime mover is being backed up to the trailer. Serious injury
or death may result.
To prevent damage to the equipment, the procedure to connect the gooseneck
should be performed by a driver working in cooperation with a ground observer.
Line up the prime mover with the trailer and note whether the holes in the lifting lugs (5) on
the bottom of the gooseneck base align and are centered with the lifting pins (4) on the front
of the trailer. The center lug (1) on the bottom of the gooseneck base should also be aligned
with the receiver "V" slot (2) of the trailer deck.
Unlatch the gooseneck base travel lock by pulling the gooseneck base slide bar handle (3)
fully out until the end clears the bar recess hole and rotate the bar handle counterclockwise
to lock in the released positioned.
Slowly backup the trailer until the gooseneck lifting lugs (5) contact the front of the trailer.
Rotate the slide bar handle (3) so that the travel lock latches. THE TRAVEL LOCK MUST
BE FULLY ENGAGED.