Built in Airbag: This hitch directs the tow resistance through an airbag, producing a smooth ride. The cure for choppy, bouncy, buckled, rough & busted up roads. No more booms, bangs and jerks when towing your gooseneck
Includes complete Shocker Gooseneck Surge® air hitch with built in airbag, replacement inner tube stem & 30,000 lb Shift Lock™ gooseneck coupler for 2-5/16″ ball.
The Shocker Gooseneck Surge® air hitch & coupler is the ultimate in smooth gooseneck trailer towing for your Merritt gooseneck trailer. Featuring the all new Patented Shift Lock™ 30K coupler for a 2-5/16″ hitch ball and fits the Merritt gooseneck livestock trailers. The Gooseneck Surge air hitch & coupler with built in airbag is the only air ride hitch to exclusively work in a forward and back motion, which is often times this is the biggest jerk you feel when towing gooseneck trailers. The shock absorbing hitch & coupler for a gooseneck trailer is made for smooth and safe towing on your pickup, trailer and contents. Works great on gooseneck style trailers made by Merritt Trailers. Whether you are a occasionally towing your gooseneck or towing all over the country. This gooseneck air coupler is sure to make the trip smoother for your and your cargo with it’s road shock absorbing design. Works great on gooseneck style trailers. Completely replaces your factory inner tube stem & coupler with the Gooseneck Surge Air system & coupler. Installs in minutes.Made by Shocker Hitch® USA in Arthur, ND.
Note: Merritt gooseneck trailers have round stems that are 100mm (3-15/16″) with angled/slotted pin holes at 20-30 degrees. The Shocker gooseneck surge air hitch & coupler attaches easily to your gooseneck trailer. Replacement inner tube stem has 3 adjustment holes and the coupler extends 3″ forward from factory location or you can also order it 9″ forward for short bed pickup trucks. Not sure what size round gooseneck stem you have? Check out our gooseneck stem selection guide.
Shock Dampening Action: Shocker air hitch effectively absorbs the jerking, tugging and damaging forces experienced with a typical hard connection when towing trailers. There is no reason to beat yourself or your equipment up with a hard connection.
Adjustable for Tow Weight: The air bag sits behind your gooseneck hitch and out of the way. You will find the advantage of the Air Shocker is your ability to adjust air pressure for best ride and load control. View our Shocker Air Pressure tuning guide.
Shift Lock™ Coupler: 30,000 lbs rated, Patented gooseneck coupler. The only gooseneck coupler that captures ball on both sides. At a glance, you can see if the coupler is locked on the ball. Easy to use handle to hook up and disconnect the coupler from the ball.
Saves Fuel: By using a gooseneck Surge Hitch, you may save as much as one mile per gallon. When we developed the Surge Hitch our intention was to give a smoother ride, period. We perfected that and never considered the other benefits. Customers using the Surge hitch started calling with reports of better fuel mileage.
Adds Life To Your Vehicle & Gooseneck: By reducing wear and tear on driveline and frame! Treat yourself, your equipment, your passengers and your horse to a much smoother ride. You’ll never go back to the ‘old days’ of continual bumps, jerks, and vibrations.
Air Ride Hitch Technology: Shocker Air is designed with a built-in air bag for a smoother towing experience. Just add air depending on the weight of your 4 Star trailer and its’ contents.
Simple Pivot Design: Uses a rocker arm pivot design which produces a front and back motion, much different than other cushion hitches on the market. Our design eliminates the need for parallel linkages, shock absorbers, torsion arms and other over engineered gadgets.
Improves Safety: By giving you improved control of your tow vehicle and trailer. The Gooseneck surge air hitch system allows for better control of your pickup and the trailer it is towing.
Saves Money: By reducing trailer breakage on both the trailer and the trailer contents! The Shocker hitch absorbs the damaging forces experienced with a typical hard connection. This greatly reduces the chances of breaking welds and doing other long term damage to your equipment.
Provides Comfort: With a smoother ride! Travel a lot on concrete highways? No more jarring every time you cross a section divider. Your Shocker air hitch absorbs the thumps, bumps and jerks you feel when towing your gooseneck trailer.
Shocker Gooseneck Surge Air Hitch & Coupler Videos
Install a Gooseneck Surge in Minutes
How The Gooseneck Surge Air Hitch Works Video
Gooseneck Surge Hitch for Stem Selection Video
Shocker Gooseneck Surge Air Hitch & Coupler Installation
When used properly these Gooseneck surge air hitch will make noticeable improvements in your gooseneck trailer towing quality. Giving both truck and trailer a smoother ride with less trailer fatigue and breakage.
Install a Gooseneck Surge in Minutes
How to Air Up Gooseneck Surge Air Coupler?
Gooseneck Surge Air Pressure:
This is a LOW-PRESSURE hitch, that works by tow resistance.
Set air pressure at approx. 15 psi, then test drive.
Increase pressure in 5 psi increments until optimum results are found.
Typical air pressure range is 5 – 15 psi.
Note: When towing heavy trailers or trailers with high wind resistance it may be necessary to increase air pressure in the Shocker.
Maximum Pressure: Do not exceed 100 psi in the air bag, as it may damage the air bag.
Maximum weights for Shocker Surge: 30,000 lbs GTW & 7,000 lbs Tongue Weight for Patented 30,000 lbs Shift Lock™ coupler for 2-5/16″ gooseneck ball (Offset 2-5/16″ coupler tongue weight is 6,000 lbs). 40,000 lbs GTW & 7,000 lbs Tongue Weight for Patented 40,000 lbs Shift Lock Coupler for 3″ gooseneck ball. For the QuickAir 5th To Gooseneck Air with Shift Lock™ coupler for 2-5/16″ gooseneck ball it is 24,000 lbs GTW & 6,000 lbs Tongue Weight. Patent #’s 11,370,257 B1 & D898,628.
Safety Notice: The Shocker Hitch is a heavy-duty unit, however, it is imperative that any weight capacity ratings are not exceeded on the ball that is mounted on your tow vehicle, or the Shocker Hitch. V-19 rated. Do not exceed G.V.W.R. of ball being used.
We want you to have the best possible towing experience with your product and proper installation is important. If you need help, we are here for you. Just give us a call at 701-707-2666 or use our contact us form. You can also look up the item’s product page on our website and view the installation tab. Most products on our website have a set-up guide and installation video.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions on the Gooseneck Surge
How do I know the Gooseneck surge with fit my gooseneck trailer? There are two things you need to know. What kind of stem your gooseneck trailer has and what kind of ball your pickup has. You can also find the hitch you need by using our Gooseneck Trailer MFG guide.
What is the Gooseneck surge tow rating? 30,000 lbs towing capacity with Shift Lock coupler for 2-5/16″ ball / 7,000 lbs tongue weight & 40,000 lbs towing capacity with 40K goose air with Shift Lock coupler for 3″ ball. With a 30k Shift Lock coupler its 30,000 lbs towing capacity & 7,000 lbs tongue weight.
How long will the airbag last? Our air spring bags are an industrial bag and will last for years and years. They are similar to truck airbags but have been beefed up internally for our towing applications.
Is there a way to lock the Gooseneck coupler? Yes, we do carry a gooseneck coupler lockspecially made for our surge hitch as well as a stem set bolt lock. You can check those out here: https://shockerhitch.com/product/sl-gooseneck-coupler-set-bolt-locks/
Can you really install the Gooseneck Surge in a couple of minutes? Yes check out the install video.
What do your mean when you say straight or angled / slotted pin holes? We are wondering if your gooseneck stem has holes that are straight across OR if it is slightly angled 10-30 degrees, where the stem hitch pin is off set or at an angle. Below is a picture of an angled stem, which we would use a stem with slotted holes to fit this angled pin. See our gooseneck stem selection guide.
Will it work with my flat bed pickup with recessed in a flatbed pocket? Yes, see install tab and fitment guide for recessed ball.
If I Order a gooseneck surge air hitch & coupler, what all comes in the box? Includes a complete replacement gooseneck stem, surge air hitch system & coupler along with clear-cut installation instructions.
How long will it hold air? This is a sealed air system that will hold air for weeks or months. If you haul the same trailer with the same load weight, it should be good for quite some time.
How strong is the center pivot bolt? The main pivot bolt with grease zerk, or center pivot bolt, used on the gooseneck hitch, is a custom made 1 inch diameter 1045 medium carbon steel bolt. Strategically heat treated to prevent wear and includes a machined grease passage for easy lubrication and maintenance. It should be noted that the yield strength of the 1.25″ pivot bolt exceeds the rating of the gooseneck hitch.
How often do I grease it? The grease does not just lube the pivot; it also keeps water and dirt out. You cannot over grease it, once every few months should do it.
How does the air ride work? The air shocker is like a teeter totter. One end is an air bag, a pivot in the middle, and a ball at the other end. This gives a “pillow” effect at the ball end.
How much does an Shocker gooseneck surge weigh? The Gooseneck Surge Air Hitch & Coupler weighs 95 to 100 lbs depending on the model.