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Best Utility Trailer Brands

The Best Utility Trailer Brands

Many of the people in our community rely on a utility trailer for work, hobbies, home projects and play. So we do our best to have the greatest, and most diverse selection with varied prices. There’s something for everyone. Our options of utility trailer brands range from $1,195 to over $5,000.

They are made from aluminum, steel, wood, and even polymer. You’ll find single and tandem axles, some with no sides, and all the way up to 24″ sides. These trailers are used for construction equipment, landscaping, moving, and hauling away debris and yard waste. They are used by home DIYers, weekend travelers and hardworking contractors.

Our selection of utility trailers support a wide variety of needs and lifestyles. We’re here to bring you the most affordable models that will last for years. So take a look at the brands we carry- the brands that we believe are the best when it comes to utility trailers.

Our Favorite Utility Trailer Brands

Diamond C

Diamond C has become well known in Michigan because of their strong and high quality trailers. This is one of our customers favorite utility trailer brands. Check out this recent article that covers the 5 basic models of Diamond C trailers, including utility trailers: Diamond C Trailers: Quality That’s Affordable.

Diamond C offers the most variety in size and price when it comes to utility trailers. Our smallest is a 5×8 and they range all the way up to 8×18. These steel framed trailers are exceptional in strength and quality.

FLOE CargoMax

The FLOE Cargo Max is one of the best designed utility trailer brands on the market! The 5×8 weighs only 290lbs but can carry up to 2,200lbs. The polymer bed is extremely resistant to any kind of impact and the lightweight aluminum frame won’t ever rust.

The various sizes offer a wide range of possibilities for this trailer. You’ll love the versatility and the ease of use with the FLOE CargoMax!

Read more about this utility trailer brand here.

Aluma Trailers

Aluma makes trailers that will last for years to come. We love them because aluminum does not rust and weighs much less than steel. If you just need a trailer to haul smaller equipment for your business or hobbies, Aluma might be the perfect fit for you.

Read more on Aluma Trailers here and then check out the many models we have to choose from! We try to keep a large variety on the lot, but there’s even more options on their website. We are always able to special order something that we don’t have in stock and get you exactly what you want.

Sport Haven

Sport Haven utility trailers start with an aluminum frame, wood deck and ramp gates. We have various sizes ranging from 5×8 to 7×16 with single and tandem axles.

For a tougher option, choose one with a steel frame that’s covered in aluminum. You’ll have all the strength of a steel trailer with the long lasting, rust free perks of aluminum. Many come with a bi-fold gate that will improve the ease of loading and unloading while cutting back on wind resistance while towing.

These well designed trailers are a fantastic option for someone looking to spend $1,795- $4,400. You can get one tailored to your own needs because they offer many different options.

Nation Tank & Trailer

Nation Tank & Trailer is a newer company built by some of the most experienced in the industry. Their ever growing line of trailers are priced low, but built to work hard.

These utility trailers are made from steel with a powder coat finish and most are completed with wood decking and siding. They are perfect for hauling small equipment and doing projects around the house or your small business.

We try to keep a diverse lineup of utility trailers from Sport Haven, Nation Tank & Trailer, FLOE CargoMax, Diamond C and Aluma. These are the best utility trailer brands because of the high quality and competitive pricing. If we don’t have the trailer you want in stock, click on the links in the list above to browse through these manufacturers products. Give us a call if you see something you like and we can order it for you!

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We’re pullin’ for ya!
-Ally Mollenkamp

Fighting Childhood Hunger in Michigan: How You Can Help

Edit: with the school closings this year, Hand2Hand is joining the efforts of schools and food pantries to keep our children fed every day. And they could use your help. Click the link below to see what food donations they’re asking for and drop them off at the storehouse in Hudsonville. Your donations will make a wonderful, lasting impact in the lives of children in our community!

Want to help while really committing to social distancing? A monetary donation is another great way feed these precious kids! Hand2Hand’s volunteers will use that money to buy and pack the supplies themselves. Click the link below to give a gift that will provide food and security to kids in need!

Donate Food
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Hand2Hand has grown tremendously since this was written four years ago! Here’s the annual report from 2019:


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Twenty percent of children in the United States don’t have enough food to eat. 

1 out of every 5 children.

These kids live on your street, or just around the corner. You drive by them on your way to work. They are in your child’s class at school. Often, they don’t know where their next meal will come from. They are hungry, worried and silent, but that doesn’t mean no one is listening.

In an effort to narrow these jaw dropping numbers, many organizations have joined the fight to help end hunger in the United States.

Nationwide, all of these organizations combined are helping over 20 million children receive either a free or discounted lunch during the school week. While the assistance that these kids receive during the week is certainly a huge blessing, it still raises a big question.

Where do those same kids get proper nourishment on the weekend?  h2h_logo_2013-294x300

This is where Hand2Hand steps in.  Hand2Hand is a local organization here in Jenison, Michigan (just a hop, skip and a jump from Grandville Trailer) that was founded in 2008 by a woman named Cheri Honderd.

Cheri Honderd, Founder and Executive Director

Cheri Honderd, Hand2Hand Founder and Executive Director

During her childhood, Cheri’s parents struggled to find employment. She can relate to the children in her community who don’t always know where their next meal is coming from. Her growing awareness of children going hungry caused her to take action.

Cheri’s passion, dedication and the growing team of  volunteers make the Hand2Hand vision a reality!

Hand2Hand’s mission is “to deliver hope to hungry children by mobilizing schools and churches to provide nutritious food over the weekends”.

The Hand2Hand organization not only bridges the gap of weekend hunger, they also show these kiddos that they are cared for, and that there can be a “constant” in their life.

Recently, Grandville Trailer had the opportunity to partner with Hand2Hand, in helping them fulfill their dream of having a “Hope on the Move” trailer.

The brilliant idea behind their “Hope on the Move” trailer is to bring the donation center to you, and make donating even more accessible.  Their hope is that different groups will host the trailer in their neighborhood or at their workplace.  The trailer would then become a 1 to 2 day mobile “drop off” location for anyone willing to donate food to the Hand2Hand ministry.

We were so excited to have the oppourtunity to play a small part in this growing organization. We are inspired by their work and thankful for the love they extend to the children in our community.
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What started as an idea in 2008, with 19 children being well nourished over the weekend, has grown to 3692 children, and a partnership with 85 Michigan schools and 59 Churches.

In 2016 Hand2Hand is on track to partner with 12 more schools and 9 more churches, and with the help of the Lord, faithful volunteers with servant hearts, and loads of donations, hopefully their impact can spread even farther than West Michigan.


At Grandville Trailer, we’re pullin’ for ya!
-Meagan Wiersma

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Diamond C Trailers: Quality That’s Affordable

Diamond C Trailers

Diamond C Trailers are manufactured in Texas by a Family owned and operated business. We chose to bring them to Michigan five years ago because we were impressed with their quality and workmanship. We think you’ll like them too. That’s why we continue to stock them and add more models to our inventory.

An Overview of Diamond C Trailers

With over 40 models, Diamond C continues to create top quality trailers for affordable prices. We love selling them and our customers love buying them. Ranging from small utility trailers to full size car haulers, these are all steel, open, flat bed trailers. You’ll find that each one is thoughtfully designed and expertly manufactured to be more durable and functional than ever before.

Simply put: Diamond C Trailers are strong, functional, affordable, and good-looking. Basically the super models of open trailers.

Let’s take a quick look into the five basic models of Diamond C Trailers. From there you can see what similar models we have in stock and what we can special order for you from the Lone Star State.

1. Utility Trailers

Diamond C Utility Trailer

These basic, versatile utility trailers start out at only $1,395. With so many options and sizes to choose from, you’ll love all the use you can get out of this multipurpose trailer.

But take a look at the ten other models along with this one. You’ll find heavy duty trailers, landscape trailers, high sided options and several kinds of ramp gates.

In Stock Diamond C Utility Trailers
More Single Axle Models
More Tandem Axle Models

2. Dump TrailersDiamond C Dump Trailer

As I’m writing this, dump trailers are leaving the lot left and right. With spring coming, people must be getting ready for a new season of work. Whether you need a small one to #dowork at home or a commercial grade trailer for your business, Diamond C has something for you.

There are many optional features to customize your trailer to fit your needs. One of the newer features we started carrying is the Telescopic lift. Check it out in the video below- it’s pretty cool!

In Stock Diamond C Dump Trailers
More Models

3. Car Haulers

Diamond C Car Hauler

“Are you a commercial auto transporter, weekend drag racer, or classic car collector in need of a car hauler? Diamond C’s versatile lineup of auto and flatbed car trailers are ideal for transport trailer applications, with solutions ranging from the basics to unique show-car builds. Customizable options include steel or wood floor, electric/hydraulic powered tilt, recessed tie downs, rock shields, aluminum trim packages, gooseneck packages, custom paint jobs, and much more.” -Diamond C

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4. Equipment Trailers

Diamond C Equipment Trailer

All of Diamond C’s equipment trailers are built to work hard and designed to keep up with your work schedule.  The wide variety of models are perfectly crafted to give you all the support you need for your equipment.

The equipment trailers range from general duty to extreme duty and come with tilt beds, dove tails or ramps. All (except the Single Axle Hydraulically Dampened Tilt Equipment Trailer– say that five times fast) come with tandem axles and the standard steel frame.

In Stock Equipment Trailers
More Models

5. Gooseneck Trailers

Diamond C Gooseneck Trailer

“We design, engineer, and optimize our own U.S. Patent Protected I-Beams to fit each Fleetneck model. Fleetnecks are stronger yet lighter, featuring the best strength-to-weight ratios of any steel frame gooseneck trailer on the road. Highlighted options include our industry best 12′ Hydraulic Dovetail, 44″ Wide Max Ramps, up to 44′ length, Air Ride Suspension, and Sway Control.” -Diamond C

While we don’t keep gooseneck trailers in stock (if only our lot was bigger!) we can definitely special order any model for our customers, so check em out!

Browse Gooseneck Trailers

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Also, take a look at Diamond C’s Pintle Hitch Trailers and Step Deck Trailers and let us know if you have any questions.

These trailers really are extremely high quality and so affordable. It’s been a joy working with Diamond C for the past five years and we feel good about promoting and selling their trailers. Take a look at our full Diamond C inventory and shoot us a message or give us a call if there’s anything we can help you with!

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We’re pullin’ for ya!
-Ally Mollenkamp

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Trusted Trailer Repair and Service

When you’re past that one year mark of getting your trailer bearings repacked and you don’t have time to get it done, give us a call.

When a deer jumps into your lane, smashes though your trailer and lands inside (it’s happened) give us a call.

When you’re itching to upgrade your trailer with new lights, tires, or Caliber Low Pro Grip Glides, give us a call.

When you need to diagnose a new problem and get a trusted opinion about the trailer repair you need, give us a call.

When it’s 3am and you can’t sleep because you’re wondering if your brake controller is installed correctly…. wait until 8:00 and then give us a call.

This is why we’re here. Our highly experienced mechanics specialize in full trailer repair and service. We’re dedicated to getting you back on the road and back to what matters to you.Trusted Trailer Repair and Service

Scheduling Your Trailer Repair

Service Garage

Cory: Head Mechanic

Call us at 616-538-2290 to make your appointment. A lot of people will drop off their trailer on their way to work and pick it up on the way home. Sometimes we need extra time, depending on what the job is and what parts we need. Cory, our lead mechanic, is great at getting your trailer back to you on the same day.

It’s best to have an appointment, however we understand that life happens and things break when you don’t expect them to. We’ll do our best to get you in last minute if this happens to you. But sometimes we’re just not able to. Take a look at some of the services we provide and then give us a call!

***Note: Get your bearings repacked every year or 10,000 miles. Even when it sits in storage, the grease breaks down over time. It is MUCH cheaper to be proactive on this rather than having to be reactive on the side of the highway. Here’s a DIY tutorial, but keep in mind we can do this as well if you’re unable!

***Another Note: We no longer install hitches. But we sell then and we can answer your questions.


I could brag all day long on our service garage and the trailer repairs they do, but I suppose it’s better to let our customers do that.
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Trailer Repair Testimonials

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“I work for a non-profit called Camp Casey. We provide free horseback riding for kids with cancer and rare blood diseases here in West MI. We own a truck and horse trailer that we use to bring horses to children’s homes for day camps.
I needed my trailer looked at for a general inspection and general maintenance. I also wanted to get a quote to install a trailer break controller.
I’m very happy to have found a reliable local trailer service shop. I need my equipment to be safe and reliable for when we are delivering happiness on horseback to our children that we serve. Grandville Trailer has given me peace of mind when it comes to my trailer, I’m very thankful for that.”
– Nikki P
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“I came in without an appointment and they were able to fit me in to see what was the problem. They were not able to fix my problem but told me exactly what was wrong and how to fix it. And they did not charge me one cent.  I Greatly appreciate you guys. There’s till good people out there in this world.”
– CJ
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“I was picking my boat up from Muskegon and taking it home to get it ready for the fishing season when a bearing acted up. So I called, and while they were booked for several days, they got me in. They took care of it, and had me back on the road in about an hour. You don’t get customer service like this these days! THANKS GUYS! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!”
– Jim A
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We have the trailers, the rentals, the parts and accessories, and the trusted service department. Grandville Trailer is your one stop shop when it comes to towing and we truly want to make this part of your day easy for you. So stop by or give us a call and let us know what we can do for you!

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Sport Haven Trailers For Snowmobilers

Sport Haven Trailers for Snowmobilers

This has been a weird winter so far. It’s my first winter back in Michigan after eight years of living in other various places. And I’ve got to be honest: this is not the winter I remember!

I’m not complaining though. I didn’t exactly miss the icy roads, the absent sun and cleaning off my car after a 30 minute errand. So I’m in no rush for the inevitable.

I know I’m not alone in this but I also realize that many Michiganders are praying for all the snow so they can bust out the snowmobiles. If you’ve got any snowmobile trips planned, we know just the thing to get you there. We’ve got the best selection of snowmobile trailers in Michigan, but today I’d like to highlight Sport Haven Trailers.

Sport Haven Trailers

Sport Haven Trailers

We’ve been carrying this brand for several years and they keep on improving their product! The 2020 model has a sleek, new look and is extremely popular this year.

Sport Haven Trailers

Sport Haven Trailers for Snowmobilers

Aluminum Construction

Aluminum is the perfect material for a snowmobile trailer. A 12′ Sport Haven trailer weighs 900lbs while a similar trailer made from steel can weigh 1,500lbs. A lightweight trailer is easier to tow and can lower your gas mileage.

But the best thing about these aluminum trailers is that they wont rust! Through all kinds of Michigan weather, your trailer will keep its clean look and maintain its resale value for later on.

Sport Haven Trailers

New Features

  1. Slide channel tracks for tie downs. You’ll be able to tie down your sled no matter its size.
  2. 3500lb Dexter Torsion Axle
  3. Swivel jack with wheel
  4. .030 Screwless aluminum panels
  5. Rear ramp door with ramp extension
  6. Front access door 21in X 64in and driver’s side fuel door
  7. Aluminum stone guard and LED lights
  8. ST145/R12 LRE Tires

Sport Haven Trailers for Snowmobilers

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Affordability

Sport Haven Trailers continues to be a quality and trusted brand. We love selling something that is well built and our customers love the price!

To see our full inventory of Sport Haven trailers, click here. If you want to browse more models, head over to Sport Haven’s website. Stop by or give us a call if you’re interested in ordering something we don’t have in stock. We’re happy to help you get the perfect trailer!


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

Ally Mollenkamp


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Meet the Team

Management

Dave is the owner of Grandville Trailer and he seems to know just about everyone in west Michigan!  He’s fun, kind, generous and everybody’s friend. Dave runs a fair and honest business. He genuinely loves his job and seeks to do right by his customers and employees. On his few days off, he hunts, travels, spoils his grandkids and cruises around in his fully restored 67′ Mustang.

Service Department

Grandville Trailer MechanicCory is our lead mechanic and does a fantastic job working on our customers trailers! Among other things he repacks bearings, replaces electric and hydraulic brakes, and repairs damaged trailers. (See the full list of services we provide here.) Cory is very talented and works quickly to get your trailer back on the road!

Sales

Greg is the son of Dave and Andrea. He’s a goofy guy with a love for people. While keeping things fun at work, Greg also works hard and is very helpful to our customers. He does the bulk of our ordering and inventory and can answer any of your trailer questions. He spends his free time with his beautiful wife, 3 year old son and his new baby girl. He also enjoys disc golfing, and scoping out new breweries in Grand Rapids. 

 

Lance has been on our sales team for a few years and has proven to be an integral part of the team. He is very sincere and works hard to ensure that customers are satisfied. Along with sales, he also manages the service garage, so call Lance to schedule your trailer maintenance! He is a true Michigander at heart and loves his sports, especially basketball and golf.  He and his lovely wife are expecting their second child soon and we are thrilled for them! We are grateful to have Lance on our team and hope he sticks around for a long time!

 

Zach is our newest salesman and has made a great addition! We appreciate his work ethic and the way he jumped right in and learned the business. Zach has been serving in the National Guard for almost six years and also enjoys cars and racing. AND he is newly married this month so tell him “Congratulations” next time you stop in!

Behind the Scenes

Ron is Grandville Trailer’s trailer master. He is the one who oversees the coming and going of trailers. He keeps our lot nice and tidy by organizing the trailers, taking photos of new inventory for our website, prepping the trailers for the lot, and keeping our inventory clean.  He also cuts the grass, and takes care of all other building maintenance needs.  Ron is an essential part of our team and we’re so glad to have him here working hard every day!

 

Brendan is a student at Cornerstone University. He spends his summers and Saturdays working at Grandville Trailer. Brendan works hard and does it all! He helps Ron on the lot, moving and washing trailers. He keeps our store clean and helps customers with their questions. His smile and cheerful attitude is seen and appreciated by all!

 

Andrea is Dave’s wife and she has been by his side through it all.  They work together in running this awesome dealership.  Andrea does all of Grandville Trailer’s bookkeeping and a whole lot of paperwork. She spends a lot of her time quilting, working out, spoiling her Grand babies, and just loving on all the people in her life. Grandville Trailer is blessed to have her around and so is her family!

 

I’m Ally, Grandville Trailer’s Internet Marketing Strategist. I’m a wife and homeschooling mom to three kids. I love the Lord and I love getting connected with people. I spend my afternoons with a cup of coffee, writing blog posts, sending newsletters and having fun on social media with our followers. I’m here to keep our customers informed and would love to get connected with you! 

 

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Thank you, customers and friends, for your continued business and loyalty! We’re thankful for you and happy to serve you!

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

 

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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We’re pullin’ for ya!

-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.

Materials Neededwheel-bearings
-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.

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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.

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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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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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