5 Useful and Unique Gift Ideas For Men

Well I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Hopefully now you are well rested, a few pounds heavier and starting to feel the Christmas spirit! (That is, if you weren’t already.) I know many of us here have already been preparing for Christmas for a while now, and we wanted to help you do the same. We have many items in our trailer supply store that would make awesome Christmas gifts! So we have compiled a list of our top 5 gift ideas. This year, take a break from the ties, socks and screwdriver sets. Give the men in your life something fun and useful.

1. IMMI CargoBuckle

CargoBuckle are the longest, most durable ratchet straps you will find. Because they are self-retractable and they have an easy-release lever, they are also the simplest ratchet straps to use. Weather resistant and extremely versatile, any man would love this gift.

2. Swift Hitch Portable Camera System

This Swift Hitch Camera is geared towards all trailer owners. The magnetic camera quickly mounts to the back of your truck and the handheld monitor guides you to your trailer perfectly. It has an incredible battery life and several other features. It’s very easy to use and will save a lot of headache when hitching up a trailer. It’s the perfect gift for any trailer owner!

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

TrailerOnlyLG__14305_zoom4. Condor Trailer Only Chock

Do you have a friend or loved one that rides a motorcycle or dirt bike? Take a look at this wheel chock. This device is great to secure any bike of any size and it’s sturdy enough so that only one person needs to be there to load and unload. We carry the all black version of this brilliant invention.

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These are perfect for someone towing a fishing boat, snowmobile or car trailer. For someone that plows in the winter or who goes camping in the summer. Or for anyone who just loves any extra safety feature. Milenco’s mirrors are made with high standards and are designed to fasten to your mirrors and lengthen your view behind you. We carry select models at Grandville Trailer and we always recommend that trailer towers use these!


We hope you got some creative gift giving juices flowing with our 5 ideas! We stock all these things in our store and we have a lot of other items that would make awesome gifts as well:

We’d love to hear from you. Are any of you hoping to see one or two of these items under your Christmas tree? Is there something else you are asking for that might be found in our  trailer supply store? At Grandville Trailer, we’re pullin’ for ya! unnamed

Why You Are So Important

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and it has a lot of us in a sappy, thankful mood. In the midst of Thanksgiving dinner preparations, Christmas shopping and hunting, I wanted to write a cliche post on what we’re thankful for this year.

It’s been two years now with Dave as the owner of Grandville Trailer and we have seen so much growth in those years. We are so thankful for the incredible team here that we get to work with week after week. And we are so thankful for the amazing customers that we have the privilege of serving. Shop 014

Month after month we are setting new records on our sales. And month after month we are blown away with God’s blessings and provisions! We have had several out-of-state buyers and countless west Michiganders purchasing trailers from us. We have been so blessed by our customers as well as our many new suppliers. Grandville Trailer remains a fun and cheerful place to do business and we can’t wait to see how our business will change and grow in the next two years.

To all of our loyal customers, and supportive friends and family: We are so thankful for you! 

Seriously, Grandville Trailer would not be Grandville Trailer without you. We wouldn’t be seeing this tremendous growth without you. We just wouldn’t. We value each of you and we want you to know that you are important to us. So from all of us here, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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A Labor of Love: Part 2

Mustang Restoration Part 2: Dis-Assembly

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

After Dave got the Mustang in his possession and got the pole barn built. He was ready to start the much anticipated project.

The summer of 2005, he began the proccess 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!)

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Despite the decades of sitting in storage, the car was in good overall condition. It had a lot 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.) He lost time and interest and left the mustang 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. All the meanwhile, Andrea dreamed of cruising into town for ice cream in her shiny pale yellow Mustang.
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Next month we will bring you Part 3: Media Blasting. Stay tuned!

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

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4 Amazing Caliber Products For Your Snowmobile Trailer

This post is about snowmobile trailer accessories. But first I just wanted to say that I hope you all had a great opening day weekend! I hope many of you were successful, as some of our guys were! I will share their deer pictures with you later on this week.

But like I said, hallelujah, snowmobile season is also here! I’m sure this will be the first week that many of you get out those sleds and hit the fresh powder. If you are looking for a snowmobile trailer in Grand Rapids, come check out our store. We currently have about 30 of them that are equipped to carry snowmobiles as well as any of your other toys.

We are also stocking some new products from Caliber. They make some awesome accessories and we are happy to have them as a new supplier. For those of you with snowmobile trailers, stick around. You’re gonna love the 4 new products that we have in our store. And for those of you who have loved ones with snowmobile trailers, there are some great Christmas gift ideas here. Here is a video overview of what we have:

4 Amazing Caliber Products for Any Snowmobile Trailer in Grand Rapids

Poly Shield III

This shield lives up to it’s name as it is virtually impossible to crack and it protects your snowmobile or other toys from all the salt and damaging debris on the roads. It is well worth the investment as it’s protection will help hold the resale value of your possessions. Here is more on this product:

LowPro Grip Glides

We love this product because of it’s versatility. It is designed to be useful for both snowmobiles and ATV’s. It provides traction for when moving ATV’s and decreased friction for your snowmobiles. Check out the rest of it’s features here:

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Edge Glides

These are great for making the ground-to-trailer transitions easy and smooth. They are inexpensive and would make a great Christmas gift for any snowmobile trailer owner. We carry every size except for the 13524.

Trax Grabbers

This will make loading your snowmobiles much easier as well as walking up the ramp! This product is made strong and durable and will also make a good Christmas present. Check out this video to see a cool demonstration of the Trax Grabbers.

Well these products are cool, but are you wondering what specific sizes of these products will be compatible with your trailer? No Problem. On their website is a handy little tool called the Configuratior. Here you can see exactly what parts to get for your trailer or as a gift for someone else’s trailer.

Well there you have it! 4 new and awesome products from Caliber at Grandville Trailer. We have the best selection of snowmobile trailer in Grand Rapids and now the accessories to go along with them. We wish everyone a fun and safe winter full of snowmobiling bliss.

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

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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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