Ten Tactical Tips for Trailer Tires in Grand Rapids

How often do you see bits of ripped rubber blown all over the sides of the highway? It seems like you can’t go a mile without seeing the remains of a blown tire. STX_3414Especially in West Michigan where the roads are so patched over, they might as well be dirt and the harsh weather is so unpredictable.

We get so caught up in what we are towing that sometimes we forget about the very things that keep our trailers moving! I’m here to remind you not to forget about your trailer’s tires. They are important.

In our store, we have a whole room devoted to trailer tires. Every 3 weeks or so, Dave makes a trip down to our trailer tire supplier in Indiana and brings back a load of tires. We carry a variety of Loadstar tires from Americana. We’ve got the best selection of trailer tires in Grand Rapids, so keep us in mind as you are winterizing your trailer.

Here are the Tires from Americana. We stock many from the Kenda Karrier ST Radial KR03 list, the Kenda Loadstar K550/ST BIAS list and the Kenda Loadstar K353 list. The ones that we carry are by far the most popular, but our stock is not limited to these. We are happy to order and pick up specific sizes for you. We can even deck out your trailer and order tires with custom aluminum rims!

We carry such a variety because every trailer is different, therefore requiring different tires. This is something that our staff would be happy to help you with if you have any questions.

But without further ado, here are Ten Tactical Tips for Trailer Tires in Grand Rapids.

CIMG39981. Trailer Tires ≠ Vehicle Tires. The tires on your truck are designed to accelerate, steer, and have traction on the road. Trailer tires are designed to be pulled and just go along for the ride. You should never used a trailer tire on a car or vise versa.

2. Inflate? Indeed! The leading cause of trailer tires failing on the side of the highway is underinflation. Pump those babies up! You can check the sidewall of the tire to see the maximum inflation.

3. Size matters. Ensure that all your trailer’s tires are identical in size. You might run into some problems if you don’t.

4. Change is important. Tires need to be replaced on a regular basis, regardless of what they look like. We recommend every 3-5 years, depending on how much you use your trailer.

5. Go the distance. Adding to tip #4, you can also gauge when it’s time to change your tires by keeping track of how many miles you are putting on them. Depending on the tire, it’s time to change them anywhere between 5,000 and 12,000 miles.

6. Watch your weight. The joined weight capacity of your tires should still exceed the weight of your loaded trailer by 20 percent.

7. Weakening over time. The weight capacity of your tires will slowly decrease over the years of use.

8. It’s getting hot in here. The heat on your tires caused by operation will, sadly, weaken the structure and integrity of the tire. Time, heat and the elements will eventually break down your trailer tires and they will need to be replaced.

9. How to measure bolt patterns. Here is a handy little graphic to help clear this up. Bolt_Circles_210. Make them last. With so many things that can ruin, wear and tear your trailer tires. Here are few tips to keep them in great shape as long as possible. Keep a close eye on your tires and care for them frequently to make them last and get your money’s worth out of them.

  • Check your tire inflation often, especially before going anywhere further than across town. Keep your tires at their maximum inflation rate. Deflation= friction= heat= worn out tires.
  • Only wash your tires with water and mild soap. Tire cleaners made with alcohol or petroleum distillates will eat away at your tires.
  • When you check your tire’s inflation, also check the actual treads for things like bulges, cuts and punctures.

Trailer tires are different than the tires on your car or truck. They need special care and they need to be replaced often. Our awesome staff would be happy to answer any questions you have. For the best selection of trailer tires in Grand Rapids, head in to Grandville Trailer.

This weekend, make sure you check your tire inflation and general well-being of your tires. We don’t want our friends to be stranded on the highway at all, let alone this winter. It might be a good idea to get your trailer tires replaced before the serious snow comes, or to at least purchase a spare.

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

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4 Key Benefits of the Curt Triflex Brake Control #51140

When it comes to towing products, one of our favorite brands is Curt. We know we are providing the best for our customers when we stock our shelves with their brand. Their American made products have gone through rigourous testing and engeniering. They use the best materials and manufacture trustworthy and durable products.

The one that I specifically want to talk about today is the Curt Trifelx Brake Control #51140. 715g4q5mrgL._SY355_

We have been so impressed with this brake control and our customers who bought this have been satisfied with it as well. Whether you pull a camping, utility or boat trailer in Grand Rapids, or anywhere in West Michigan, this accessory can serve you well. This compact device will easily mount above or below your dashboard and will automatically adjust your 2-8 brakes to keep your towing experience safe and smooth.

4 Key Benefits of the Curt Triflex Brake Control #51140

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The Triflex brake control comes with all the mounting hardware needed and will only take a few minutes of your time. It’s ability to mount in a variety of angels allows you to place it above or below your dashboard, wherever you think is best. Just find a stable surface that you can easily reach while sitting in the driver’s seat. Once it’s mounted, you will need a Curt wiring harness to connect the control to your vehicle’s wiring. (Yes, we carry these too!) If your vehicle does not have the plug available, you will need to hard-wire in the brake control.

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The brake control has a triple axes motion sensor and it automatically adjusts your brake output. This makes going up and down hills a lot easier and produces smooth and precise stops. There is also no setup required with it’s automatic calibration and leveling. It’s so easy to use and will make such a big difference on your towing experience!

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Even though we don’t sell some of these trailers you see on the side, I’d still like to talk to those of you who pull them. (By the way, for those of you with boat trailers in Grand Rapids, we do carry parts in our store for you, too!) If you are taking a trip with your camper to the mountains, this products will assist you throughout the terrain. If you are pulling your boat trailer in Grand Rapids and out to the lakes, It will help you navigate the beautiful, curvy roads along the shore. And if you’re pulling ANYTHING through our unpredictably snowy weather, this device will aid in keeping you, and your precious cargo safe. The Triflex brake control will benefit anyone pulling anything.

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One of the biggest reasons we encourage trailer owners to check out this gadget is because of the added safety it provides. Especially now that we’ve had our first snowfall, one of the best things about the Curt Triflex brake control is that it decreases your stopping distance. If it lowers your chance of getting into a wreck, isn’t that alone worth the small investment? Also, on the side of the brake control there is a nob to control it’s sensitivity. This way, you can ensure it is at the optimal level for the weight of your load and the conditions you are driving in.


Instead of explaining to you exactly how this tool works, take a look for yourself. This is Curt’s video of their handy product. Plus you’ll learn about a few more of it’s features like the power adjustment and the sleep mode timer.

Add this to your Christmas list or swing by Grandville Trailer to get your Curt Triflex Brake Control. Winter is practically here! What else do you need to do to get your trailer ready?

At Grandville Trailer, we’re pullin for ya!

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