The Gatormade 24.9K 40 ft. Freight Hotshot Gooseneck is quite popular in the hotshot and freight industry. The Hotshot Gooseneck comes with standard features that make it a tough performer. It is a balance of long-term quality and value.
The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is 24,900 pounds. The gross axle weight rating (GAWR) is 10,000 pounds per axle. The weight of the Hotshot Gooseneck is 9,500 pounds. That means the carrying capacity is 15,400 pounds.
The 24.9K 40 ft. Freight Hotshot Gooseneck has two 10K oil bath Dexter Axles. Dexter Axles is a progressive and trusted leader in the automotive industry. Dexter Axles are designed and crafted to last for years. Since the Hotshot Gooseneck has Dexter Axles, it makes the trailer even more durable.
Gatormade pioneered their big ramp system, and they come standard on their gooseneck trailers. In eight years of their ramp system, Gatormade has seen success. Gatormade’s Hotshot Gooseneck has 8-foot ramps, and they have an 8,000-pound carrying capacity. Gatormade ramps have spring assist, and that makes it easier to load and unload your freight. Also, the trailer also has a dovetail. You can use the dovetail for loading, unloading, and working.
The flatbed on the Hotshot Gooseneck trailer is a platform that you can mount specialized equipment on, and this is well-suited for hotshot truckers. The flatbed trailer is 102 inches wide. The wood on the flatbed is also treated. You can haul any load you need to with a durable, quality, wooden floor. There is an open headboard on the bed of the trailer. The open headboard is aerodynamic. That provides load protection for every load you will haul.
Steps & Handles
While most trailers have a step on the side, the Gatormade Hotshot Gooseneck has steps and boarding handles at the front of the bed. The safety steps make it as simple as walking up the stairs in your home. Most trailers have the small step on the side. You can barely fit both feet on them, and there is not anything to hold on to when you are trying to get yourself on the trailer. If you think about it, side steps make it difficult to hop on your trailer, and they can be dangerous.
The safety steps and large handles make safer to get on and off your flatbed trailer. This is convenient for hotshot truckers who are loading, unloading, or just working on the bed of their gooseneck trailer.
The Hotshot Gooseneck comes equipped with Heavy Duty Spring Suspension (HDSS). The HDSS is ultra-heavy duty featuring million mile bushings and heavy spring hangers that are welded to the trailer frame. HDSS is safer than most spring suspension that is common among other trailers. Since it is welded to the hotshot trailer frame it is made to last and it is equipped to heavier freight.
Heavy-Duty Stake Pockets & Rub Rails
The Hotshot Gooseneck has heavy-duty stake pockets. This provides the Hotshot Gooseneck with strength and durability when you are carrying anything from concrete, brick, or lightweight equipment.
The hotshot trailer also has heavy duty rub rails. The rub rails are designed to “rub” against other objects (i.e. walls or highway barricades, etc.) to absorb impact and trauma. This protects the trailer from damage. The rub rails also protect the chains, straps, and ropes that are commonly used to secure cargo on the trailer. You can transport your load safely and easily with heavy duty stake pockets and rub rails.
I-Beam & Torque Tube
The Hotshot Gooseneck has a 14-inch I-Beam on the mainframe and neck. Most other trailer manufacturers use a 12-inch I-Beam. The larger the I-Beam, the more support the trailer has. The Hotshot Gooseneck also has bracing under the trailer bed and the gussets from the side of the bed connected to the I-Beam. The Hotshot Gooseneck does have a torque tube.
A torque tube is meant to compensate for the weight on the trailer. A torque tube will prevent your trailer’s frame from getting frame fatigue and frame flex. If your trailer gets frame fatigue or frame flex, it can start shaking as you are driving down the road. This is dangerous for you and for other drivers.
LED Lighting & Reflective Tape
The Hotshot Gooseneck trailer comes with all LED lighting (including a light bar on top of the headboard) and reflective tape. Both the lighting and tape ensure your trailer is properly lit and visible while traveling on the road. All of the lighting and tape is approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Since the lighting is DOT approved, that means the lights are legal throughout the United States and Canada. This gives truckers peace of mind knowing their trailer is up to standards, and they will not have to worry about a fine.
Spare Tire & Fire Extinguisher
The Hotshot Gooseneck also comes with a mounted spare tire and a mounted fire extinguisher (on the driver side). I am fairly sure no one ever plans on getting a flat tire on the road or putting out a fire. When you are stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire, you are not making money. This can be damaging to your business.
If you are stuck on the side of the road with a fire, it is very dangerous. If you do not have a fire extinguisher, you are putting your life in jeopardy. When your gooseneck trailer has the both of these things, it is vital to your business and safety.
Preformed Wire Harness
The Hotshot Gooseneck is protected in a preformed wire harness to resist harsh weather. There are various wires that allow the transfer of power for the lighting, as well as the auxiliary function such as an electric trailer brake controller, backup lights, or power supply for a winch, or interior trailer lights.
If your gooseneck trailer is not equipped with a preformed wire harness, the wires are susceptible to being ruined. When your wires are ruined, your trailer cannot function properly. You cannot use the brake controller, backup lights, power supply, or the trailer lights. That can be dangerous for you and other drivers on the road. The Hotshot Gooseneck has all its wiring sealed to protect all the wires and keep it safe.
Powder Coat Paint
Powder coat paint is the latest in the trailer manufacturing industry. The Hotshot Gooseneck comes standard with a powder coat finish. The powder coat paint makes the trailer look very clean. The trailer is shiny and has a matte look to it. At Gatormade the powder coat finish is applied by baking it on the trailer. By baking it on, this gives the gooseneck trailer a smooth finish. Every metal part of the gooseneck trailer is covered. The paint coverage is complete, and it is made to last for years to come.
40-foot Overall Length
14-inch I-Beam Main Frame Construction
Safety Steps & Boarding Handles on Both Sides
Powder Coat Paint
GVWR: 24,900 pounds
GAWR: 10,000 pounds per axle
Trailer Weight: 9,500 pounds
Carrying Capacity: 15,4000 pounds
2 X 8 Pressure Treated Wood Flooring
Locking Chainbox on Front
LED Work Light Bar
Two 10,000 pound Dexter Oil Bath Brake Axles
16-inch 235 80R 16 10-ply Tires Mounted on Silver Wheels (Radial Tires)
2 Heavy Duty Spring Loaded Dual Speed Jacks
Bracing Under the Trailer Bed (Gussets from the Side of Bed Down to I-Beam)
Preformed Wire Harness (Resists Harsh Weather)
DOT Approved Light Package & Safety Breakaway Kit (Legal in all U.S. & Canada)
Heavy Duty Stake Pockets & Rub Rails
Open Headboard for Load Protection
Chrome Wheel Stimulators
Under the Deck Steel Tool Boxes
6 ft. X 8 ft. Deck Over
14-Ply Radial Tires
8 ft. Slide-In Loading Ramps
Removable Stake Pocket D-Rings
Sliding Ratchets with Straps
Taller Gooseneck Coupler
Additional Welded Rings
5th Wheel Gooseneck Coupler
Two 25,000 pound Dual Speed Jacks with Spring Loaded Feet
BIGFOOT Hydraulic Jacks
Upgraded to 12K Dexter Axles with Disc Brakes
Mounted Spare Tire
Also Available Length 35+5 with 40-inch Wide Loading Fold Over Ramps (40 ft. Overall Length)
Factory Direct Sales
You can buy this 24.9K 40 ft. Freight Hotshot Gooseneck from Gatormade Headquarters. When you buy a Gatormade trailer, you are getting a factory direct sale. There are no dealerships. This works out in the buyer’s favor. Since there are no dealerships, there are no dealer markups. You are buying straight from the factory, and you can get the trailer at the wholesale price. You really do get the best bang for your buck by buying from the factory. The factory is located in Somerset, Kentucky. This location allows convenient access to factory direct locations in the northern and southern parts of the United States.
Even if you cannot make the drive to Somerset, Kentucky to pick up your trailer, there are seven factory direct locations. A Gatormade salesman can have your trailer sent from the factory to any factory direct location with no charge added. There are factory direct locations in Mt. Orab, Ohio; Marietta, Georgia; Nicholasville, Kentucky; Byhalia, Mississippi; Salisbury, North Carolina; Ocala, Florida; and Ruffs Dale, Pennsylvania. Each location offers gooseneck trailers, and there will be helpful salesmen who can get your trailer hooked up, and you can be on your way to hauling your loads.
Editor’s Rating: 9.5/10
The Gatormade 24.9K 40 ft. Freight Hotshot Gooseneck has quality features, and it will provide long-lasting service to any hotshot trucker. The features like HDSS, Big Ramps, and powder coat paint come standard on the Hotshot Gooseneck. Those features are upgrades on most other trailers on the market, or they are not even offered.
The downside is that there is only one factory in Somerset, Kentucky. Gatormade does not have a large dealer network, and you cannot just go to a local trailer dealer near you. With that being said, the factory-direct price is the best value out there.
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