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Christmas Gifts for Men and Women

There are two types of people.

Those who start Christmas shopping before Halloween and those who wait until the week before Christmas.

There’s also a third group, reserved only for the organized planners, that begin their shopping before spring. My mom falls into this elite category. Maybe one day I’ll get there, but for now, procrastination always seems to win.

Whether you’re a procrastinator, planner, or somewhere in the middle, we’re hoping to help you check one or two people off your list. We’ve compiled a list of Christmas gifts for men and women that you can get right here at our store next time you’re passing through.

Here’s the thing: You don’t need to own a trailer to benefit from this list. There’s truly something for everyone and in every price range!

Christmas Gifts for Men

The Perfect Bungee $6-$10The Perfect Bungee: the perfect Christmas gifts for men

The. Best. Bungee. EVER.
Claimed to be “Not your dad’s bungee”, The Perfect Bungee has stretched our expectations. (Pun intended.) This product is made in the USA and comes with a LIFETIME guarantee!

Pivot Hitch PinMaster Lock Pivot Lock Hitch Pin $13

Here is an inexpensive stocking stuffer idea. This 5/8 Hitch Pin won’t rust and is made to reach all receivers.

WeatherTech Floor Mats $30-$300WeatherTech Floor Mats: Christmas gifts for men and women

Now here’s a product I especially LOVE! They can handle all the pets, mud, coffee spills and kids that you have. They are easy to hose off and help maintain the condition of your vehicle. I can’t recommend these enough!

Take a look at your options and give us a call when you’re ready to place your order. We typically get these in within a couple days so there’s still time!

Trailer Only Chock: Christmas gifts for menCondor Trailer Only Chock $200

Useful for those who travel with their motorcycle or dirk bike, the chock is stable and secure, and easy to use.

B&W Tow and Stow Ball Mount $225Tow and Stow Ball Mount

These are the perfect Christmas gifts for men and women who do tow trailers! This is a new, hot item in our store! Its genius design simplifies the process of getting hooked up or changing trailers.

Weigh Safe HitchWeigh Safe Hitch $230-$300

Hands down, this hitch is a customer and employee favorite! It makes the world of difference on the ease and safety of towing. So we think it’s one of the smartest towing investments you can make.

Read more here and see why everyone is raving about this product!


Support local small business this Saturday, November 30, on Small Business Saturday! We’ll be open and happy to help you however we can! Whether you’re picking up a couple bungee cords to stuff some stockings, or making an investment with that Weigh Safe Hitch, we hope we can help you with your Christmas shopping this year.

Send us a Facebook message or give us a call at 616-538-2290 if you have any questions! Have a great Thanksgiving this week!

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-Ally Mollenkamp

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DIY: Repack Wheel Bearings

Repack Wheel BearingsIt’s one of those “adulting is hard” chores that just has to get done whether or not you feel like it.

And hey, if you don’t want to do it, bring it in! Cory can repack wheel bearings like it’s his job. Well, I suppose technically it is his job.

Anyways.

If you’re here, then you’d probably rather DIY and save some money. That’s great! We put together this quick step by step tutorial to help you along the way.

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Why you NEED to Repack Wheel Bearings

The wheel bearings need to stay well lubricated to work properly while bearing the weight of your trailer. Unfortunately, over time the grease breaks down, especially if water works its way inside the bearings. Therefore, it’s important to repack wheel bearings with grease on a regular basis.

It is recommended to do so every year or 10,000 miles. We are more than happy to do this for you at our shop; we take pride in providing the best trailer service in west Michigan. But we’re also happy to help out the DIYers at home!

5 Steps to Repack Wheel Bearings

Before you begin, you will want to have all your materials out and ready to go. Here is a complete list of everything you might want to use.

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-Hammer
-Needle-nose pliers
-2 Jack stands
-Large flat head screwdriver
-Large adjustable wrench
-Wrench for lug nuts
-Solvent
-New cotter pin
-Bearing grease
-Gloves, clean rags and small pan

Some of these things can be substituted with a different tool, however having all these things on hand will help you do get the job done in a quick and somewhat* clean manner. Once you have these things it’s time to get in and get your hands dirty!12StepsBearing

Step 1: Removal

With the axle raised on a jack, remove the wheel and then the dustcap. The flat head screwdriver will work to take off the dustcap. Next, remove the cotter pin by unbending it and pulling it our with your needle nose pliers.  And finally remove the rear bearing.

Step 2: Cleaning 

Now it is time to take the seal out of the bearing. There are several ways to do this but we recommend simply prying it out with your flat head screw driver. Once that is out, you can remove the inner bearing as well. Use solvent to clean all the old grease off of the bearings, races, seal and hub surfaces. It’s important that you clean all parts thoroughly!

Step 3: Repacking

Once everything is out and clean, you can do the actual repacking. Do this by putting a glob of fresh grease on your palm and begin working it into the bearing. Make sure that it is fully packed and no gaps remain. It’s also ideal to add another layer of grease around the rollers, on the bearing race surfaces on the hub and the bearing’s faces. Basically, anywhere you can put new grease; do it.

Grease= good.

Step 4: Replacing

Once you’re done playing in the grease, tap in a new seal, ensuring that is is even and snug.

Step 5: Assembly

Really, the only thing left is to just put it all back together. Place the drum back on the axle (maybe add yet another glob of grease to it’s face). After the careful placement of the thrust washer and spindle nut, the drum should easily spin on the axle. Insert the new cotter pin and cover with the dustcap. After putting the wheel back in place, you’re done!

Well… with that one wheel, anyways.

Grandville Trailer Mechanic

Here is an additional list of tips to help you get the job done perfectly.
-If your trailer has been in storage for some time, it still needs this service done. Grease will break down on a parked trailer, too.
-Don’t torque the spindle nut when you are re-assembling. It will crush the bearings. Just make sure it is snug.
-Always replace the cotter pin.
-And just in case you happen to be “that guy” stranded on the highway, we think it’s a good idea to carry an extra set of seals and bearings, all which you can find in our store.


Trailer Service at Grandville Trailer

This simple task should take you about an hour to complete and is something that most people can do on their own at home. However, if you can’t find the time or space to do it yourself, need to bring your trailer in for another reason anyways, or are just having a bad Tuesday, we are more than happy to do this for you!

That’s what we’re here for!

Do you have an extra set of seals and bearings stored in your truck or trailer? If you don’t, you might consider swinging by and grabbing some. If you want to tackle this project at home, we are more than happy to answer any questions you have while you are here!

At Grandville Trailer, we’re pullin’ for ya! 

-Ally Mollenkamp
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Mustang Restoration, A Labor of Love: Part 8

mustangI know some of you have been looking forward to this. We’ve spent a lot of time talking about this Mustang restoration and the process that it’s been through. Thirteen years and eight blog posts later, the final product is here!

If you want a recap or if you haven’t seen the original car, catch up with the first seven parts. Each section is full of pictures from this decade long project.

Part 1: Acquisition
2: Dis-assembly
3: Media Blasting
4: Sheet Metal and Bodywork
5: Paint
6: Interior
7: Final Assembly

Mustang Restoration: The Test Drive

Remember this old thing? (The car, not the people.)

original 1967 MustangHere it is again.
The 1967 Mustang Coupe, Fully Restored:

Dave and Andrea have been having a lot of fun with the Mustang this year. At this point the coupe has over 1800 miles on it and I’m sure it’s visited several ice cream shops. They even took it out on Christmas Day to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather.

restored mustang

It’s been a great joy to have finished the car after so long, but there are still a few improvements to be made. As mentioned in the video, there are some small leaks that Dave will have to chase down this winter. He also never got around to installing the center console shift indicator. Once he gets that done, he’ll  hook up the reverse lights and clean up the wiring under the hood.

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The Finished Mustang Restoration

I imagine this car will never truly be “finished.” By the time Dave completes these final touches, he’s sure to come up with further improvements. It’s in his blood. But for now, Andrea is thrilled to have her very first car back and more beautiful than ever! So I leave you with a final picture to wrap up this love story. A tribute to the past thirteen years and the journey that Dave has been through with this car. The 1967 Mustang Coupe lives on as does the love of this special couple.

mustang restorationAren’t they cute?


Are you working on a restoration project? Check out these step by step instructions from Ford on how to start a Mustang Restoration project!

**Update** This post was originally posted in 2016. Shortly after this post, the car was parked in the pole barn at the Tosh’s when a tornado came through. A tree fell on the barn and damaged it severely, but the car survived without a scratch! It’s been over 3 years and they are still enjoying this car! The restored mustang continues to bring joy to many! Thanks for reading!


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Classic Mustang, A Labor of Love: Part 7

For everyone who has been following along with this story. To those who have known Dave for any period of time. For anyone just joining us now, I have wonderful news for you today:

The car is finished.

Hallelujah and thank you, Jesus! Dave has finished this insanely long project and she is absolutely beautiful.  He is still fine tuning the car and working out a few kinks, but as of right now, he has put over 400 miles on the classic mustang. And now we are playing catch up to give this car the full, proper story that it deserves. This is part seven out of eight parts. If you’d like you can catch up on the first six parts, or at least browse through the pictures.

Part 1: Acquisition
2: Dis-assembly
3: Media Blasting
4: Sheet Metal and Bodywork
5: Paint
6: Interior

Classic Mustang Restoration Part 7: Final Assembly

After Dave finished adding the sweet details to the interior, he went on to put the car all back together. First he had to make sure that the body panels all lined up, which took him a long time. It took a lot of adjustments, but he got them just right and put them back on along with the bumpers.  He installed the windshield and rear glass as well as the glass windows in the doors.

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Restored Engine in Classic Mustang

He also did the electrical work and made sure everything was hooked up properly. This included headlights, tail lights and back up lights. Thankfully they went together fairly easy. He had the engine rebuilt at CD’s Engine Service where the guys did  great job. He opted to install an electronic fuel injection instead of a carburetor. The EFI’s computer was all plug-n-play which was pretty simple.

ford mustang engine

The front of the engine took a lot of adjusting. Dave went through two different alternator brackets, three sizes of alternator belts and three different radiator fan spacers.
Ford Mustang EngineUnderneath the car was asking for some serious upgrades, too. He installed an automatic overdrive transmission along with long tube headers and a MangaFlow exhaust. The headers took some bending and tweaking in order to fit just just. The work was well worth it, though, the car sounds awesome!

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Polishing the Exterior

To give the car a nice glow, he wet sanded the exterior and buffed it out. Now, everything about this Mustang is amazing! It has been turning heads, widening eyes and dropping jaws for about a month now.

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Classic Mustang

Well there she is! I told you she was beautiful!

Now you’ve got to see our final post so you can hear it and see it move! We’re wrapping this story up with Part 8: The Test Drive.

Thank you for following along with this story! Dave and Andrea are so excited to be driving their new car and we love having it parked outside of Grandville Trailer from time to time. Come and see us soon and share this post for your car-fanatic friends!

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1960’s Mustang, A Labor of Love: Part 6

We’re excited to show you the interior of this 1960’s Mustang in this post. But if you want to see the full progress of the car, get caught up real quick with the first five parts. Each one includes a lot of pictures to illustrate every step of the restoration.

Part 1: Acquisition
2: Dis-Assembly
3: Media Blasting
4: Sheet Metal and Bodywork
5: Paint

1960’s Mustang Restoration Part 6: Interiororiginal mustang seats

Dave wanted to keep as many original parts as possible. He kept the old seats but did quite a bit of work to them.

The original car only had lap seat belts in the front with no seat belts in the back. The front seats also had no head support.

Because of the years of sitting in storage, the interior had a tremendous need for a face lift.

After adding new padding, side support, higher backs and headrests to the front bucket seats, Dave went on to re-upholster all the seats.


There was an obvious safety issue with the original front seat belts and lack of seat belts in the back. Dave had looked forward to taking his grand kids for rides, so of course, safety is important. (No complaints here!) He installed 3 point seat belts on all the seats making them much safer (and legal.)

ford mustang refurbished seats restored ford mustang back seat

new seat beltsnew seat belts

Restored Dashboard for the 1960’s Mustang

Then he restored the original factory center console and added a stereo from Custom Audio Sound to jazz it up. The stereo looks like an old fashioned radio but has more modern electronics.

old fashioned stereo

1960's Mustang restored dashboard

He installed a new gauges set from a Michigan company called Classic Instruments.  They went well with a one-piece molded headliner from Mustangs to Fear.

1960's Mustang gauges


1967 Mustang interior

Because of the black interior and the plans of summer cruisin’, Dave opted to install an air conditioning unit that he purchased from Classic Auto Air.

He also got a custom steering wheel and new floor mats that add a lot to the interior!

1960's mustang custom steering wheel

mustang floor mats

Dave contacted our trailer light supplier, TecNiq to get some LED lights for the interior. Then he upgraded to a modern wiring harness from American Autowire to make everything run properly. The result is pretty awesome! I guarantee you will want to take this car for a spin when you see the finished product!

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Jump over to our next post to see the FINISHED CAR! Part 7 has the final assembly and Part 8 is where you get to see the test drive.

This post is full of resources for anyone else that is working on a car or looking for upgrades. Would you please share this post on your Facebook so that your friends can see Dave’s project and use these resources? Thank you!

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Ford Mustang, A Labor of Love: Part 5

If you’re just joining us, take a moment to catch up and see the pictures in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

Ford Mustang Restoration Part 5: Paint

We left off last time when Dave had just gotten all the pieces of the car back from Spankys Collision Repair. Per request by Andrea, the skilled body shop had painted the car Phoenician Yellow. And here is the beautiful paint job on the car shell:

mustang paint job

1967 mustang painted

Dave anxiously and carefully brought the pieces home and put the body back together. It was so rewarding to see the mustang starting to come together!

60's mustang restoration

phonetician yellow mustang

phonetician yellow

Then he dressed the car up with new fenders, lights and an antique license plate.

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Ford Mustang Paint Job

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Doesn’t it look great? We all got pretty excited at this point to see the car with a beautiful new paint job.

Maybe now  Dave will actually get it finished?

For 10 years now, Andrea had been dreaming of cruising through town on a warm summer’s night to go get an ice cream cone. Thankfully, her dream was about to come true!

The inside of the Mustang was looking just as good as the outside. So check out our next post in Part 6. You’re going to love those pictures!

To all of our loyal readers: Thank you for following this story! This car is very special to our family and Dave is thrilled to be able to share it with you all.

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60’s Mustang, A Labor of Love: Part 4

60’s Mustang Restoration Part 4: Sheet Metal and Bodywork

Catch up on this awesome story with Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. You really don’t want to miss the shorts that Dave is rockin’ out in Part 1.

After getting the car sand blasted at Kremers’ Painting and Graphics in April of 2010, Dave continued with the sheet metal and bodywork for the whole next year. Like any car restoration, this is the most labor intensive part. He spent an immeasurable amount of time in this phase, in order to get the perfect outcome and not a Bondo Buggy.

60’s Mustang Sheet Metal Work

First, he cleaned up the few rust spots. Then he replaced the floor boards, and patched up the fenders, doors and quarter panels. This involved hours of cutting, pounding, welding and grinding (and probably quite a bit of beer.)
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Body Work

As the car was still on the rotisserie, he sealed up all the welds and painted the bottom of the car.

bottom of 1967 mustangPainted mustang

Once he got the car back on the ground he went ahead with installing the new suspension, disc brakes, shocks and springs. It was nice to be able to move it around again and keep it out of the way when he needed the space for something else.

60's mustang body work

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Taking a Break

In May of 2011, Dave’s finances were required elsewhere as he needed to pay for a wedding (sorry, Dad!) At the same time, he was going through a major career change. Dave had already been interested in buying Grandville Trailer for a couple years. After Kevin (previous owner) passed away, Dave spent more time working at Grandville Trailer and eventually went on to purchase it. During this time he was still running his counter top business, Tosh’s Tops. When the opportunity arose to sell it, he made a rather quick sale. It was then that he was able to focus solely on Grandville Trailer and devote all his work energy to making it the business it is today.

Tosh’s Tops is still thriving and now goes by the name Rush Creek Surfaces, check it out!


After three years of intense business changes, it was time for Dave to get back to work on the car. In the spring of 2014 he continued the body work. He spent many nights and weekends block sanding so the car would be ready for paint. He then assembled everything together to make sure it all lined up. When it was as close to perfect as he could get it, he disassembled it to be painted.

block sanding Mustang

 block sanding car

 block sanding mustangblock sanding before paint

Next step: Paint

When it was ready for paint, he brought the 60’s Mustang to a local body shop: Dekker’s Collision. Although we all tried to talk her in to red or black, Andrea’s choice of color was Phoenician Yellow. Being a labor of love, Dave followed her request.

Once the pieces of the car were painted, Dave carefully brought it all back home to his barn. The car shell, fenders, doors, trunk, hood and all the other pieces were ready for the reassembly process.

Check out Part 5, where you can see some of the beautiful paint job and something that is starting to look a bit more like a car. And don’t forget to share this with your car enthusiast friends!

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A Labor of Love on the Old Ford Mustang: Part 3

Old Ford Mustang Restoration Part 3: Media Blasting

But first, have you read Part 1 and Part 2?

We left off in 2005 when Dave took apart the old Ford Mustang. A whopping 5 years later he picked up where he left off. It was April of 2010 when he continued his work on the car.
old Ford Mustang  restoring mustang

Dave brought in the ‘Stang to be sand blasted, with no idea what shape the car would be in when he got it back. He didn’t know if he would have to deal with a bunch of hidden rust holes before continuing. When he got the car back from Kremers Painting and Graphics, he was very pleasantly surprised! The car was in remarkable shape, especially after decades of sitting in storage.
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After further inspection, he did find there was some rust on the corners of the doors, fenders and quarter panels. The floor boards needed to be replaced because of several pin holes, but that was the extent of the damage and better than he expected.

mustang media blasted

Once he got the car back, he borrowed a rotisserie from a fellow classic car enthusiast. He was able to place the old Ford Mustang on the rotisserie and turn the whole thing over with just one hand. This made it much easier to continue his work. What an awesome invention!

Mustang on rotisserie

While the car was on the rotisserie, he was able to do all the sheet metal and body work. Continue reading with Part 4 to see those awesome changes!

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A Labor of Love, Mustang 1967: Part 2

Mustang 1967 Restoration Part 2: Dis-Assembly

Did you miss Part 1? No problem, catch up right here!

After Dave got the pole barn built, he was ready to start the Mustang 1967 restoration project.

The summer of 2005, he began the process of taking the car apart. Being the family man that he is, he tried and failed to get the kids involved. (Sorry, Dad! If I could go back in time I would choose to be of much more help!)

dis-assembled Mustang 1967

Despite the decades of sitting in storage, the car was overall in good condition. It had plenty of mouse droppings, but not a whole lot of rust. After the summer, though, Dave got busy again with Tosh’s Tops (the counter top business he had at the time. Now called Rush Creek Surfaces) He lost time and interest and left the old pony to sit in the barn.
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Dave labeled all the parts and hardware and put them aside. He still frequented his barn on nights and weekends. Putzing around on his truck, fixing the go-carts that we continued breaking, and cleaning out a deer or two every year. Meanwhile, Andrea began to wonder if she would ever get to cruise into town for ice cream in her shiny pale yellow Mustang.
1967 mustang before restorationThere was still a lot of work ahead of him and- spoiler alert: he finished it and it’s absolutely stunning! You’ll love the finished product!

Keep reading with Part 3: Media Blasting!

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The Best Snowmobile Trailers in Michigan

NEO Snowmobile Trailers

Some of you are soaking up the last few weeks of summer and hot afternoons. Some of you are in the middle of back to school shopping and preparations. But it’s already a new season here for us: Pre-ordering snowmobile trailers.

I was lucky enough to grow up in a house with Dave. His passion for snowmobiling provided many thrill rides in the fresh powder and learning to drive them ourselves. He has taken several long trips through Michigan on his snowmobiles- I’m sure he’d love to tell you about them next time you’re at GT. Being a snowmobile rider himself, he knows a good snowmobile trailer when he sees one. We’re proud to have this option at our store and our customers are so happy with these year after year!

NEO NAS All Sport

Features of the Aluminum Snowmobile Trailer

Being over 24 feet in length, this snowmobile trailer is able to hold 3 sleds and all your gear. Not to mention all your other toys throughout the rest of the year. Like all NEO trailers, it is made with aluminum and comes with LED lights. Aluminum is the perfect material because it is lightweight and doesn’t rust. LED lights are a must because they can withstand extreme temperatures, last a REALLY long time, and hey- they’re good for the environment too. The drop leg tongue jack is easy to use and the flush lock curbside door allows a third and easy entrance.NEO Snowmobile Trailer

This snowmobile trailer is incredibly designed and one of the best looking products on the market. And the best part? Like all NEO trailers, it is very affordable. We are convinced that this is the best choice for any snowmobile owner. Feel free to see what NEO trailers we have in stock, but keep in mind that we often custom order these for our customers too!

Pre-order Yours Today!NEO Trailer Virtual Designer

Head over to NEO Trailer’s website and design your own snowmobile trailer, they have so many styles to choose from! Stop by or give us a call at 538-2290 and we’ll get started on ordering yours!

FYI: Order before August 16th and we’ll hook you up with FREE upgrades! A $500 Value!

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At Grandville Trailer, we’re pullin’ for ya!
-Ally Mollenkamp
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