Adventures In Drive-Away Transport

RapidHook Transportation Mach II Transport Trailer

RapidHook Transportation Mach II Transport Trailer

This is “Martha” our work horse of a trailer.  Martha is a RapidHook Transportation Mach II Trailer designed and built by my husband, Joe Bockenstette.  There are eight of the RapidHook Transportation Mach II Trailers running the interstate system in the United States.  The first one was built in 2001 and is still in use today.

Our “chase” vehicle is fully mounted atop the trailer while we are in delivery mode.  Transporting four Class 8 trucks at a time.  I have a Boom that is stored on the back of the trailer, as seen in the photo above.  It is sticking out the back of the trailer and hangs over the deck plate of the rear truck.  The Boom is fully hydraulic and was designed and built for me by my husband.

When we reach the delivery point the pickup comes down from the trailer and is then attached via a hydraulic tongue on the front of the trailer to a ball hitch on the back of the pickup.  Once the trailer is fully on the ground and disconnected from the back of the towed truck we travel to our next destination and start the hook up process all over again.

You can read about our adventures as we travel the highways in used, and sometime badly worn, trucks.  We will have fairly uneventful days with landscape vistas that show the stunning beauty of this country.  We will have days when “Murphy” of Murphy’s Law is bored and decides to hitch a ride with us.  Those days are fraught with one trial after another and you can be sure that I will be reporting to you in Full Drama Queen Mode.  When Murphy travels with us I become the Drama Queen on center stage where you will have front row seats.

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9 responses to “Adventures In Drive-Away Transport

  • Ball hitch

    I always visit your website and I really love the content. Thank you for sharing such beneficial articles!

  • brent

    I’m interested in your trailer. If you could send me some info on it I would be very much obliged. Thanks Brent

  • Fitzcarraldo

    I remember seeing this trailer once at the Coldiron storage yard in Racine, WI sometime around the holidays in 2002. I had seen a few blue ones before, but thought yours looked considerably more impressive. I moved singles while pulling a tow vehicle from 2001 to 2009, and now enjoy re-living the job vicariously thru your posts.

    • Message In A Fold

      Thank you for your comment. I appreciate you. And welcome back to Drive-Away, if only through this blog 🙂

      We did get up in Racine, Wisconsin frequently. That was about the time the storage lot was filled to bursting with tan JB Hunt cabovers.

      I bet you have stories of your own to tell 🙂

      Thank you, again, for leaving a comment.

      Leslie

  • Kraig Smith

    Hello…. nice looking trailer and extra boom…My wife and I are very interested in the two if we could get some more info on them…..Thank you

    • Message In A Fold

      I’ve forwarded your comment to my husband and he has sent you an email.

      I’m not much help here. He’s the one to ask questions of. I’m just a follower and seeker of “Blog Fodder” 🙂

      Thank you for your interest and for reading my blog. I appreciate you.

      Leslie

  • Garry

    Hello,I have follow ur threads for awhile now.I have been doing driveaway for a year now and want to buy a boom trialier.Information on the web is very limited.I would appreciate any help U can give me in finding where to purchase theses trailiers.

  • David Bertrand

    Hi my name is David Bertrand and would like to find out if it is possible to bye one of your boom trailer systems?
    WE ARE IN Canada and have a truck delivery company and we have many tractors to move across country.
    Any help or information on your system would be greatly appreciated.
    Do you have a used one kicking around or how long to get a new one up and operational?

    Thank You in advance for your help.
    1-519-535-8081 anytime

    • Message In A Fold

      Mr. Bertrand. Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog, I appreciate you reading my posts and your interest in my husband’s trailer.

      I have passed on your question to my husband and he would like to help you. He is, currently, on the road with his trailer and would like you to email him at “boknstet@mac.com”. He has three trailers that he would like to discuss with you and find out what you needs are.

      Please contact Joe at “boknstet@mac.com”. Thank you, once again.
      Leslie

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