How NOT To Tow A 5th Wheel Trailer

So camping season is here and I would assume that many of you have already been camping or have plans to do so in the near future. Some of you will stay in tents and some of you will pull campers and 5th wheel trailers. No matter what you’re camping in and how you plan on getting there, please make wise decisions!

I know I sound like your mother but let me explain.

Actually, just take a look at this picture and I won’t really need to explain:

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Apparently this guy woke up that day and thought “Who needs a pick up truck and 5th wheel hitch to pull a 5th wheel trailer? I’ve so got this.”

Here’s a closer look.

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Now before you say all kids of bad things about this guy, let me tell you a few possibilities that I thought of that would explain why he chose to do this:

  1. His truck broke and he HAD to go on this camping trip.
  2. The campground was so close to home so he just drove slow and made no sudden movements.
  3. He just bought the camper and needed to get it home.
  4. His wife kicked him out and he needed to take all his dear possessions.
  5. He just didn’t know that this set-up was dangerous and, well, stupid.

I’m sure that there are a hundred explanations as to why this was done. But the truth is that this was dangerous! That truck was not meant to pull that 5th wheel trailer. So many things could go wrong with a set up like that. But hey, at least he thought to give it a little extra support with a block of wood.

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Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) I do not know how this particular situation ended. But can we please learn from this guy’s mistake? Next time, call a buddy, use a tent, borrow a truck, or just don’t go. I promise you that your camping trip is not worth risking your life and those lives around you on the highway.

Be smart.
Be considerate.
Follow the rules.
Don’t be an idiot.

And seriously, I’ve been on a major roll with the safety topics. Maybe we should dub June “Trailer Safety Month.” I’m sorry if I’m starting to sound like a broken record, I just want people to be smart and stay safe! For more super fun safety posts, you can read 6 Effortless Ways To Ruin Your Utility Trailer, and Is Your Cell Phone Affecting Your Driving?

One more thing:
No, we do not sell 5th wheel trailers or any kind of campers at Grandville Trailer, but we do service them! We don’t work on any interiors but if you need work on the brakes, bearings or exterior lighting, we would love to have you stop by! You can take A Quick Look Into The Best Trailer Service In Grand Rapids and watch an informative video by Greg. We hope to see you soon!

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

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5 Irresistible Features on the CJ Heavy Hauler Dump Trailer

Hello everyone! This post is coming to you as we journey from Nebraska to Michigan. It’s always good to visit the homeland and see friends and family. Not to mention swinging by the store to visit and get some new pictures. It’s going to be a quick trip packed with many great memories. I mean, it’s not every day that your brother gets married, right?

I’ll save the wedding talk for another time. Today I really wanted to write about dump trailers. That’s right. I know dump trailers are typically built for messy jobs, but this particular trailer does the job in style. It is filled with many great features and is, might I say, a tad irresistible. Here’s my latest video highlighting the CJ Heavy Hauler: Stock #140004.

As you can see, it’s a pretty serious trailer as far as dump trailers go. There is much more to talk about than what can fit into a short video. This trailer has some features that weren’t even displayed in the video. So I would like to elaborate on 5 aspects of this trailer.

5 Irresistible Features on The CJ Heavy Hauler Dump Trailer

1. Breakaway Kit With Charger

The breakaway kit is great because it gives the trailer an extra measure of safety. It’s battery powered and automatic. In the unfortunate situation of having a trailer break off of the tow vehicle, the breakaway kit will activate a switch that sends power to the trailer’s brakes. This slows down the trailer as soon as possible rather than letting it fly off into the ditch. Because this device runs on battery, it also comes with a charger to keep it going strong.

2. Split Spreader Gate

A gate like this is pretty much necessary for a dump trailer. It opens in two ways. The doors swing open like a typical swing door trailer. The doors also lift up from the bottom to allow dirt or gravel to be spread out in it’s destination.

3. Slide in Ramps

This trailer is designed to serve other purposes as well. The ramps provide the option of hauling work equipment or even toys for when the job is done. The bed is also equipped with 4 D-rings to help tie down anything your hauling.

4. Power Up/ Power Down Hydraulic Pump

This is great because it allows you to stay in control of your trailer as you dump and spread heavy loads. The power down hydraulics keeps the bed moving smoothly until it has returned to its starting point. Another handy feature of this pump is the 20′ control cable. This gives you the freedom to supervise your trailer right next to it or from a distance. You can even manage the trailer from the inside of your truck.

5. Locking Toolbox With Divider

No doubt this will come in handy. You can keep all your extra work gear and tools with your trailer in a big solid steel box with a lock on it. The toolbox stays down while the trailer tips up to dump.


There’s no doubt that this dump trailer was designed for those who are serious about dumping. But if those 5 features weren’t enough, here’s 5 more:

  • Tandem 3″ Cylinders with 2″ Shafts
  • 7k Square Drop Leg  Shaft
  • LED Lights with Sealed Wire Harness
  • On Board 110v Batter Charger
  • Spare Tire Mount

If you are on the hunt for a great dump trailer, I hope this one tops your list of possibilities. We would love to have you stop in and check it out and ask all your questions. The guys are always working towards being helpful and informative without pushing someone to buy a trailer. They would never want you to buy something you don’t need and I think they do a great job! I am a little biased, but our reviews can back me up. If you would like more information on this dump trailer, you can see the full listing here.

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So maybe our guys won’t be sales-y, but I might be once in a while. It’s just because the more I learn about trailers, the more I appreciate them! Anyways, if this trailer isn’t big enough for you, we have another! It’s pretty much the exact same trailer but a little bigger. This is a 14′ Dump Trailer with just a few upgrades. It’s all about heavy duty and completing big jobs. I really don’t think you’ll be disappointed with either of these CJ Trailers. You can see this 14′ Dump Trailer and all its information here.

Well I think that’s enough talk about dump trailers for today. I’m going to close up shop as were are getting close to our destination. If you see Greg around anytime soon at Grandville Trailer, make sure to give him a big Congratulations! He will be getting hitched tomorrow! (See what I did there?)

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and we hope to see you soon!

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

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Is Your Cell Phone Affecting Your Driving?

cell-phone-car_edited-1Hello friends! I hope you are all doing well, enjoying the outdoors and summertime. I guess I’m on a safety kick here. I’m piggybacking this post off of the last one I did: 6 Effortless Ways To Ruin Your Utility Trailer.

I know this topic has already been drilled into you, but I suppose that’s because the problem will unfortunately, probably never resolve. We have a story from a customer to share with you today. But before I get to that, I’d like to break the ice with some alarming statistics that I pulled from EdgarSnyder.com. (I should also mention that these coincided with all the facts I read on other websites as well.)

  • The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.
  • 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
  • Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving.
  • Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
    ~Edgar Snyder and Associates 

texting-while-drivingScary stuff, huh? Some of it is hard to believe. It’s crazy to me how something that seems second nature to us can be so deadly. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of thinking you can manage your phone and your driving simultaneously. You may think: “Oh I’ll just glance at this text real quick and send a reply at the next red light.” Or: “I just have to find this contact and get the call going and I will be good to go.” (By the way, I just thought this photo on the right was funny.)

Here’s the thing.

No one using their phone thinks they’re about to crash.

Everyone thinks they have it under control just like everyone seems to think they are a good driver. We don’t anticipate for these accidents to happen. You don’t know when someone is going to stop in front of you or swerve towards you. And the scariest part is that it only takes one time. Just 3 seconds of having your eyes off the road is enough to seal your fate.

The whole reason I am bringing this up today is because of an accident a customer was in. It was an accident that didn’t have to happen and it could have been a LOT worse.

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Our customer was on the highway, pulling this horse trailer.

Did that make you cringe a little?

I know it made me uneasy. But, THANKFULLY, there were no horses in this trailer. **Big sigh of  relief**

Anyways, as he we was driving, he was side swiped by another vehicle.

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The other driver was an expecting mom. And that’s where I cringed again. THANKFULLY, her and the baby are presumed to be just fine. Unfortunately, this woman was texting as she was driving. Her recoil from hitting the horse trailer sent her crashing hard into the ditch and the damage to the trailer was pretty extensive. Unable to keep moving, our customer had to find other means of transporting his trailer. That’s when he got it onto a flatbed tow truck and brought it to us.

unnamed (1)The impact on the trailer ripped off the heavy duty fender as you can see in the left two pictures. It also broke the axle spindle off and tore up the wheel. Unfortunately, it also destroyed the second axle to the point where it couldn’t be repaired. Once again, I was so relieved to hear that the trailer was empty and that everyone involved were okay. This accident could have been so much worse on so many levels. Lives could have been lost and more vehicles could have ended up in the mix.

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You have to wonder what this expectant mom felt after this accident. I’m not here to pass judgement or condemn texting drivers. I just want everyone to REALIZE what a couple innocent glances at a phone can really do. Being safe on the roads isn’t just about getting from one place to the next in one piece. Most of us encounter hundreds of other vehicles every day. Putting down the phone is about their safety too.

Don’t wait until you get in a wreck to stop using your phone while behind the wheel. Please be smart and give your driving your undivided attention. We have all heard stories of lives lost and we’ve all seen pictures of distorted faces after a car crash that could have been prevented. I guarantee that not a single one of those text messages or phone calls was worth the consequences.

Have you or a friend ever been in a car crash that resulted from a text message? Comment on this link on our Facebook Page and share this post! If this post makes just one person decide to stop using their phone on the roads, I will be happy with that. 🙂NATDA_ProudMember15_transB

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Six Effortless Ways to Ruin Your Utility Trailer

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Trailers are fun to buy and most of us have money to buy as many as we want, right? So it doesn’t really matter how well we take care of them. In fact, the quicker they need a replacement, the better. That means that you can just go buy another one. So let me help you out and tell you the 6 most common (and accidental) ways to destroy a trailer.

6 Ways to Wreck A Utility Trailer

1. Overload Your Utility Trailer

This is by far the quickest way to ruin a trailer. Every trailer has a weight capacity and it often gets overlooked. More importantly, your tow vehicle has a limit to be considerate of. Exceeding your vehicle’s weight limits can result in dangerous consequences like tire blowouts, busted suspensions and even brake and transmission failure. For those of you who do want to keep your vehicle and trailer in tact, you can learn how to find your vehicle’s weight ratings here.

Overloading your trailer can be a double whammy. You’ll be back at Grandville Trailer to purchase a trailer and we will send you over to D&L Auto Sales for your new tow vehicle! And while we’re on the subject of overloads, check out our rental trailer video which displays several overloaded vehicles. Enjoy!

2. Don’t Repack Your Bearings

It’s not important anyways, right? Rusty trailer wheel bearings aren’t a big deal. And if they do fail while you’re on the highway, it will just be a fun experience for everyone! There’s lots of nice people that will be happy to pull over and help. Let’s be honest, skipping this little step will definitely help you to achieve that “roadside experience.” But if you would rather be one of those people who don’t break down, you can read 5 Steps to Repacking Your Trailer Bearings. Better yet, bring it in and have us do it for you. Our service guys are the best bearing re-packers in West Michigan!

3. Don’t Check Tire PressureTyre Inflation

Here’s another opportunity to break down on the highway! All you have to do to blowout your tires is make sure they are a bit under-inflated. It also helps if they are worn out and if you drive fast. It’s really just that simple. However I have heard that some people do like to take care of their trailer tires. If that’s you, you can read 10 Tactical Tips for Trailer Tires in Grand Rapids.

4. Load Unevenly

They say to load your cargo evenly throughout your trailer with about 60 percent of the weight in front on the axle. Weight in the front keeps pressure on the hitch, helping the tow vehicle and trailer to stay connected and maneuvering smoothly. So theoretically, for rough and dangerous towing, all you have to do is put a bunch of really heavy stuff in the back. Easy enough.

download5. Ignoring Those Rust Spots

It just adds character, right? To step it up a notch, you can avoid washing your trailer all together, especially in the winter. After driving through the slushy roads, the salt will eat your trailer right up. Not rinsing it off will cause it to corrode faster. It’s really pretty easy to take care of rust spots, but it’s even easier to just leave them alone and let them spread!

6. Drive Recklessly

This is the most obvious way to ruin your trailer. And this is where I’ll stop joking around. Everybody knows that driving fast with a big, heavy trailer attached to your truck is just not good common sense. Yet somehow, it still happens all the time. It baffles my mind when I see a truck and trailer flying by, weaving in and out of lanes. I know we all have important places to be, but putting other’s safety in jeopardy will never be worth any extra time you may make up for on the  highway.


I certainly hope that none of our readers fall under these categories. And if so, I hope you will reconsider and take better care of your trailer and tow vehicle. Taking proper care of your truck and trailer will aid in keeping yourself and others safe on the road.

Besides driving off a cliff or using a sledge hammer, can you think of any other ways to ruin your utility trailer? What did I miss? You can comment on this link on our Facebook Page. Thank you and have a great week!

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

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