In the late 1970s, TowHaul’s founder, Frank Smith, developed his first heavy-duty, off-road lowboy trailer for the mining industry. In the mid-1980s, he designed his first TowHook to recover disabled haul trucks on a mine site. These were incredibly important developments to help mines however asking a mine to dedicate one truck for a trailer and another for a tow truck was a high hurdle.
It was in the early 1990s that the game changed. Smith wondered why the TowHook could not be the Gooseneck. He had his Eureka moment while reading about the first lunar landing and how the spacecraft used retractable locking latches to dock.