Shocker Gooseneck Air Hitch & Coupler for Big Tex Trailers

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Rated 4.80 out of 5 based on 20 customer ratings
SKU: SH-Gooseneck-BigTex


Product Description

  • Smoother Safer Towing: Improves your ride, reduces wear & tear on pickup & trailer made by Big Tex Trailers.
  • Easy Install: Completely replaces your factory gooseneck stem & coupler with Gooseneck Surge Air System & Coupler. Installs in Minutes.
  • 30,000 lbs & 6,000 lbs tongue weight: Available with 30k dual latching Shift Lock gooseneck coupler.
  • Absorbs Road Shock: Helps eliminate tugs, jerks & bumps felt when towing on rough roads or concrete highways.
  • Built in Airbag: This hitch directs the tow resistance through an airbag, producing a smooth ride.
  • Air Ride Technology: Protects your truck, gooseneck trailer and the contents with a smoother, safer tow. Heavy loads, just add air. The cure for choppy, bouncy, buckled, rough & busted up roads. No more booms, bangs and jerks when towing with your gooseneck.
  • Choose Square or Round Stem: With angled / slotted holes for the pin.
  • Fits 2-5/16″ gooseneck hitch balls: & has 3 height adjustment holes. (Standard Shift Lock™ coupler extends 3″ forward from your factory coupler or choose 9″ extension for short bed pickups)
  • 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.
  • Have a different trailer brand? Click this link to Find Your Gooseneck Surge Air Hitches by Trailer Mfg

Air ride upgrade for your Big Tex gooseneck trailer. The air ride Shocker Gooseneck Surge® air hitch & coupler is the ultimate in gooseneck trailer towing for your Big Tex gooseneck flatbed, flatdeck or dump trailer.  This shock absorbing cushion hitch 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 built in airbag filters the road shock through the airbag creating a smoother, safer towing experience for you, your pickup, your trailer & contents. Featuring a 30K patented Shift Lock™ coupler for 2-5/16″ hitch ball and this gooseneck air hitches shock absorbing design for a Big Tex gooseneck trailer creates a smooth and safe towing experience whether you occasionally tow or are a hotshot driver towing across the country. Works great on gooseneck style end dumps, flatbed, horse trailers and more. . Completely replaces your factory stem & coupler with the Gooseneck Surge Air system & coupler. Installs in minutes. Manufactured by Shocker Hitch® USA

Note:  All Big Tex gooseneck trailer have round or square stems that are 100mm (3-15/16″).  The square gooseneck stem has a crank on top. The Gooseneck surge air hitch attaches easily to those stems. Replacement 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. A Big Tex gooseneck trailer with round stem has set bolts for centered and angled holes. The Big Tex gooseneck with square stem fits the crank style jack

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 PSI Air Pressure tuning guide.

Shock Dampening Action: Shocker air hitch effectively absorbs the jerking, tugging and damaging forces experienced with a typical hard connection when towing trailers.

Adds Life To Your Vehicle & Gooseneck: By reducing wear and tear on driveline and frame! Treat yourself, your equipment, and your passengers to a much smoother ride. You’ll never go back to the ‘old days’ of continual bumps, jerks, and vibrations.

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.

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 trailer and it’s 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 as well as the valuable cargo you have inside the truck and trailer.

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.

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. Claims of up to a mile per gallon are pretty normal. The question is why? Trucks manufactured over the past ten years or more have a very sophisticated on board computer. The computer senses a jerk or load increase and gives the engine more fuel. This process happens many times in a second. By reducing the jerks, the computer will give the engine less fuel. The other contributing factor is cruise control. If your trailer bucks the cruise control will increase speed. When the buck stops, the cruise control reduces speed. This sets up a cycle of accelerating and decelerating, again using more fuel. A Shocker Surge Hitch can reduce this effect and give you a much smoother ride.

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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. 5 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.

Gooseneck Surge Stem Selection Guide Video

Download Gooseneck Surge Installation Manuals

Maximum weights for Shocker Surge: Towing capacity = 24,000 lbs Tongue = 6,000 lbs | Tow Capacity is 30,000 lbs for Wallace Forge Coupler 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. Use only a 2 5/16″ dia. Ball. V-19 rated. Do not exceed G.V.W.R. of ball being used.
Gooseneck Surge Diagram
Gooseneck Surge Diagram


  1. Take a vertical measurement from the bottom of the ball coupler tube to the bottom of the trailer frame sleeve. This dimension will be used to set the Shocker Gooseneck Surge Trailer Hitch
  2. Remove pins or loosen locking bolts on the trailer frame sleeve, and remove the existing coupler tube.
  3. Slide Gooseneck Surge Shocker Hitch insert tube inside the trailer frame sleeve with the air bag toward the rear of trailer.
  4. Hold or support Shocker at vertical measurement noted in Step #1. This should duplicate the previous ride height of the trailer. Shockerhitch must be properly aligned, (parallel with trailer), to maximize its benefits. Note: If your trailer coupler tube is equipped with a pin or pins, the correct pin location must be marked in the Shockerhitch insert tube and have a qualified machine shop drill / machine the pin holes.
  5. Torque locking bolts to your trailer manufacturers’ recommended specifications. A spacer kit is available for some applications.
  6. Lubricate: Oil the coupler shaft, grease coupling ball socket, and grease the hitch ball to REDUCE WEAR AND IMPROVE SHOCKER ACTION. Main pivot grease zerk should be greased periodically for maximum bushing life. ( Simply, you cannot over-grease it! )
  7. Hook up the trailer by simply lowering the coupler onto the ball. (Handle will snap open & shut automatically). To release trailer: Pull handle up and hold while raising trailer.
Flatbed Recessed Gooseneck Ball Fitment Guide
Flatbed Recessed Gooseneck Ball Fitment Guide

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Installation Issues

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 airbags 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 lock specially made for our surge hitch as well as a stem set bolt lock. You can check those out here:

Can you really install the Gooseneck Surge in a couple of minutes? Yes check out the install video.

How much air do I put in the gooseneck surge air hitch?  See air pressure video in install tab.

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. Literally you can install this in 2 to 5 minutes.

How long will it hold air?
This is a sealed 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 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 93 to 100 lbs depending on the model.


This product is back the Shocker Hitch Manufacturer Warranty and the Shocker Hitch Guarantee.

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Questions and answers of the customers

    Do you make them for recessed ball on a flat bed truck?
  1. 0 votes
    Q Do you make them for recessed ball on a flat bed truck?

    Yes, our hitches do work with recessed balls. However the minimum size of the GN ball pocket needs to be at least 12" Wide x 12" Length. Also the ball can only be 2" down from the top of the bed to the top of the ball. Please see attached diagram. 

    [caption id="attachment_838" align="alignnone" width="980"]Flatbed Recessed Gooseneck Ball Fitment Guide Flatbed Recessed Gooseneck Ball Fitment Guide[/caption]
  2. Can this be turned around to move trailer forward on a long bed?
  3. 0 votes
    Q Can this be turned around to move trailer forward on a long bed?
    A No, you can not turn the gooseneck hitch the other way.

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20 reviews for Shocker Gooseneck Air Hitch & Coupler for Big Tex Trailers

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Customer Reviews

  1. I’m still on the fence regarding this hitch. I believe I was just expecting too much out of the hitch and slightly disappointed. The one thing that I was hoping the hitch would do is eliminate some of the bucking while on concrete interstates, however I do believe it has improved somewhat but the gooseneck still is pretty rough while on rough roads.
    The one thing that I have noticed An improvement on is the tightness in my neck,
    After a long day of driving I was experiencing sore neck muscles and tightness in the muscles, after installing the hitch this has improved. I have only had the hitch for a week or so but have already logged about 5000 miles, I will need more time to have a full review but for now the three stars is the best I can do

    – Jimmy Frady
  2. Awesome design, awesome performance. 100% would recommend!

    – Chris
  3. Very noticeable improved less bumpy cab ride when towing deadhead with my goose neck trailor, thumbs up thus far

    – Glenn K
  4. Just installed. Still trying it out on a 1500 hundred mile trip. So far I can feel a smoother ride. I just need to play with my air bag pressure
    So far so good

    – Adrian
  5. 100 percent recommend this, The Construction and Engineering on this product is high quality, U.S.A made. And will definitely save your back and your equipment especially driving on concrete roads. The installation was easy. I did it alone but would recommend an extra set of hands.

    – Dan leisey
  6. Man, it just works! It is worth the money for the product and the quality.

    – KB
  7. This product works great, what a great product makes a unbelievable difference when using the gooseneck airshocker

    – jeff k
  8. So far I have only used it on my empty trailer. And I have 18 lbs in the air bag. But it’s a lot better.

    – Arthur Weir
  9. Very well built, heavy duty manufacturing. I have had it for a couple months now, and I’m not easy on it. Always hauling 20-30 k with my trailer.
    Great customer service.

    – Lowell E Forken
  10. I bought two of these units for a dump trailer, and a 40’ equipment trailer. There’s a night and day difference towing. It does take a little bit of time to get the pressure right, but it’s worth the investment.

    – Chris Baragar
  11. First off these guys offer a product I’ve only tried for a few weeks and I can be more pleased. Second their customer service is outstanding I made a mistake on my order and they were quick to fix it. Third it’s an American company I always support the hard working citizens of our great nation. I will continue to do business with them and you should as well.

    – Albert South
  12. Amazing product!!! I Loved mine

    – Kari Kasey
  13. The shocker hitch improves my towing, the tugging when stopping and pulling off is eliminated. Much smoother ride it is worth the money!

    – Romesher Rudolph
  14. Great product!

    – Warren P
  15. Just the air hitch my big tex trailer needed. Smooth sailing now.

    – Quin Randle
  16. Really helps smooth out towing. A must have for any gooseneck. Could have used this 10 years ago.

    – Erick Brodie
  17. This air gooseneck coupler has made my big tex trailer tow much much better. My back thanks you.

    – Olie Johnason
  18. We’ve had our 35′ gooseneck for 7 years. Cannot believe how much better it pulls and rides now with the Shocker. Should’ve purchased a long time ago!

    – Jeff
  19. Smooths out the ride immensely

    – Anonymous
  20. If you reading any of the reviews you obviously are dealing with some rough rides. Make this purchase! You will not regret it! AMAZING how much this improves the ride! I was getting jerked around like I was having a seizure sometimes and the first ride with this was beyond night and day! I’ll be getting another for my other gooseneck soon! Thanks!!

    – Dean Rovedo

Weight / Dimensions

Weight 92 lbs
Dimensions 30 × 24 × 12 in
Select Gooseneck Inner Stem Size & Pin Type

Round 3-15/16" Angled Pin, Square 3-15/16" Top Crank

Select ShiftLock Gooseneck Coupler

30K Coupler 9"Offset, 30K SL Coupler

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