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The Best Enclosed Trailers

We have enclosed trailers that cover a wide range of towing needs. Made from steel or aluminum, in every price range, our cargo trailers are used for all kinds of work and play.

The Best Enclosed Trailers

In this article, I’ll be highlighting three of the best brands for enclosed trailers: Cross, Formula and NEO. Each of which we carry. Every one of these manufacturers offer many different models and upgrade options. Take a look at their websites and give us a call to make a custom order. Or browse through our available trailers to make a purchase today!

Cross Trailers

Cross makes high quality steel framed trailers that can be completely customized to fit your specific needs. From 4ft cargo trailers to tandem axle car haulers, Cross has options for everyone at every price point.

No one says it better than their happy customers:

You can tell that the people who built this trailer really care about quality. Even the small things. This is the third trailer I have ever purchased. Time will tell, but this seems like the best one I have purchased…by a long shot.

Travis – Colorado

I give Cross full recommendation! It is a great trailer. I had one problem with the trailer. Cross stepped up worked with me to get the problem corrected. They took care of the bill and treated me great. I wouldn’t buy any other brand of an enclosed trailer but a Cross!

Lewie – Missouri

Cross Trailers Gallery

One thing that makes Cross Trailers stand out from other brands is the Aegis System they use to create lasting, screwless, weather resistant exteriors. You’ll notice from the pictures above that Cross’ enclosed trailers all have that smooth, professional look. They promise the exterior of your trailer will maintain its quality through years of use and weather changes. Click here to see how it works!

Formula Trailers

Formula is our newest line of enclosed trailers! Grandville Trailer is the only place you can get them in southwest Michigan. We are so impressed with the quality and of these trailers and the professionalism exhibited by the company. They are a great option for hauling work equipment, outdoor gear and recreational vehicles!

Formula has several models, with the three most popular being Traverse, Conquest and Triumph.

Think: good, better, best.

Customers love the fact sheet that is on the inside of every trailer. This brochure lists the model, size and included standard features. It’s a small thing, sure, but it can be so helpful when you’re here comparing options.

The online Trailer Owner Manual is another helpful resource from Formula. It’s available to you anytime you have a quick question about your trailer.

Keep scrolling for a look at these three models of enclosed trailers and to see what we currently have in stock.

Formula Traverse

The most basic model allows you to get some great options without paying for what you don’t need. Standard features include: aluminum frame side door, LED lights, interior dome light, radial tires and even a three year structural warranty.

Take a look at the video below highlighting the Traverse model!

Formula Conquest

Formula’s mid level trailer packs in even more great options without taking the price too high. In addition to the standard features on the traverse, the conquest also has: a 2,000lb rated jack, 24in stone guard, full height cross members, side wall vents, tubular walls and a five year structural warranty.

Watch the video below to see all that’s included!

Formula Triumph

Made for those who need more strength and versatility out of their trailer, the Triumph has the most features. It’s the toughest of the three and is equipped with options like: triple tube tongue, screwless exterior, RV flush lock, water resistant 3/8 high performance walls and more!

Take a look below. These are really nice trailers!

Formula offers a wide range of additional custom features that can be added to any of these models. They have a really great page on their website where you can see pictures of these options right here. The best part about having your trailer custom built is that you are able to get EXACTLY what you want without paying for anything extra. If you have time to wait for a custom order, check out their website and give us a call! Otherwise, click the link below to see what we have in stock right now.

NEO Enclosed Trailers

Neo Trailers are best known as all sport trailers. But don’t be fooled, many local businesses have a NEO for their work trailer. Made from all aluminum, they are more lightweight than their steel equivalent. All NEO trailers are made in Sturgis MI and you’ll find that they are extremely high quality for the price point they are at.

Take a look at this exerpt from a recently written article on the quality and value of NEO Trailers:

Thanks to the high quality craftsmanship, varying custom options and competitive pricing, NEO Trailers has become one of the top selling brands at Grandville Trailer.  NEO’s engineer department is continually creating new standard and optional features. By staying ahead of other manufactures and maintaining the same great prices, NEO continues to supply us with trailers that our customers love.

Click the button below to read more about what makes NEO stand out among their competitors.

NEO Trailers Gallery

NEO’s engineering team is constantly coming up with new ways to strengthen and improve their trailers. The result is stunning trailers with plenty of practical options for our customers. Their website makes it fun and easy to design your trailer and pick out what features you want. Head to the virtual designer, where you can select the model and design the exterior. Then click the green “Create Your Worksheet” button at the bottom to get into the important details.

If you’re looking to upgrade your current enclosed trailer, check out NEO’s line of aluminum cabinets right here.

Don’t have time to wait for a custom NEO trailer? Hit the button below to see what we have available!

So many people rely on quality, enclosed trailers. That’s why we’ve selected only the best brands to carry at our dealership. Our team is always happy to answer your questions and help you find the right fit. Give us a call today at 616-538-2290 or stop by to see what we have in person. We hope to see you soon!

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Thanks for reading!
-Ally Mollenkamp

How To Hook Up A Trailer

If you’re new around here or around towing in general, you might not know how to hook up a trailer. And that’s ok. What might be intuitive for some, can be a source of uncertainty and anxiety for others (guilty).  

All the more reason to be prepared, right? 

In this article, we’ll go over all the steps to getting it done right so that you can confidently move forward to your destination.

Let’s get right to it!

How to hook up a trailer

How To Hook Up A Trailer

First I’d like to note that you can do this by yourself, especially if your vehicle has a backup camera. If not, it’s always easier if you have that second person standing by to help you. So grab a co-worker, spouse, or neighbor and ask them to be your spotter.

1. Match the ball size to the coupler.

Before you do anything, you need to know that the ball and coupler will fit together. The diameter of the ball is almost always stamped on top with the most common size being 2 inches. Likewise, the coupler on the tongue of your trailer will have the required ball sized stamped into it along with the trailer’s towing capacity.

If these two numbers don’t match, STOP. You cannot tow a trailer with a ball that doesn’t fit. Doing so is dangerous, illegal and downright irresponsible.

Before proceeding, you’ll need to head to your nearest auto parts store and get the right sized ball. If you’re located in West Michigan, stop by Grandville Trailer, where our guys will get you taken care of. They are always happy to answer any questions you may have about how to hook up a trailer.

Tow and Stow Ball Mount
Known to be “The last hitch you’ll ever need,” The Tow n Stow adjustable ball mount comes with 3 different sized balls all in one so that you never need buy and change out your hitch for different trailers. Best of all, it folds under your bumper for easy storing! Available at Grandville Trailer.

2. Raise and Unlock the Coupler

Because you will be positioning your vehicle’s ball mount under the trailer hitch, you need to ensure that the trailer’s coupler is high enough for the ball to fit underneath. Also make sure that the lock on the trailer is flipped up in the unlock position.

Need a visual? Check out this great tutorial from Aluma Trailers!
Side note: we are an Aluma Dealer!

3. Back Into Place

Thankfully, most vehicles now have the backup camera on them. If yours doesn’t, this is the part where it’s nice to have a helper. Have then stand next to your trailer hitch and back up slowly until they tell you to stop. You want to stop when your ball is directly under the coupler. Depending on your vehicle, sometimes you can lean out of your window far enough to actually see your hitch lining up.

If you don’t have a camera, spotter or the ability to see your hitch, you’ll have to perform the old stop and check routine until you have the right position.

4. Lower Coupler and Connect

This is when you’ll lower your trailer hitch until it’s secure over the ball. If it’s lined up correctly, you’ll be able to easily put the lock back down.

Once the coupler is locked onto the ball, there are two very important connections that need to be made.

  • The Safety Pin: Never forget the safety pin! This will go right back into the lock on the coupler to keep it from coming undone on the road.
  • Safety Chains: Cross the chains once under the hitch and then connect them to the receiver. This creates a safety net for your trailer hitch in the unlikely event that it does come undone. There needs to be some slack in the chains but not enough to come close to the ground. If your chains are too long, do not wrap them around the hitch. Shorten them to the proper length.
Here’s another look at how to hook up a trailer by Curt Manufacturing. We also carry Curt products at Grandville Trailer!

5. Electrical

Lastly you need to ensure that your trailer’s electrical is hooked up to your tow vehicle. This is not optional, as it is a Michigan law that your trailer have at lease one working taillight. Before you hit the road, test your running lights, brake lights and turn signals to be sure they are working. The same rule of the safety chains applies to your trailer harness. Make sure there is enough slack to make the turns but do not let it drag on the ground. For a quick fix, you can use a zip tie to connect it to the hitch to hold it off the ground.

Is your tow vehicle wired for towing? Give us a call and we can do that for you!

Once everything is properly hooked up, you’re ready to go! Remember to drive a little slower, allow for longer stopping distances and give yourself more room for turns when possible. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and DON’T EXCEED YOUR WEIGHT LIMITS!

Loading Your Trailer

Proper loading is just as important as correctly hooking up your trailer. Weight distribution is key to having a safe drive to your destination. Take a look at this excerpt from an article on the topic:

“A quick YouTube search on improperly loaded trailers can have you cringing and second guessing your ability. With too much tongue weight or negative tongue weight, a trailer is prone to swaying until it loses control. This results in the trailer jackknifing or flipping, sometimes flipping the tow vehicle too.

Too much tongue weight will weigh down the back tires of your vehicle and push your vehicle around, making it harder to steer and brake. On the contrary, when the the load is placed too far back, the tongue weight will be too light. Then the trailer is likely to start swaying on the highway.”

If you have any questions about how to hook up a trailer, give us a call! Our guys are always happy to help. We also have a great selection of trailer parts and accessories, including weight distribution hitches, tongue weight scales and so much more. We hope to see you soon!

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




Neo Trailers: Customizable and Affordable

NEO Trailers: Customizable and Affordable

We brought NEO Trailers to West Michigan in 2014. 

And we’re so glad we did. 

Thanks to the high quality craftsmanship, varying custom options and competitive pricing, NEO Trailers has become one of the top selling brands at Grandville Trailer. 

This article will highlight SOME of the standard and optional features available to you when you choose NEO. If you’d like to see the complete list of options, you’re going to want to head to NEO’s virtual designer. At the bottom of that page you can select the model you’re interested in and hit “create your worksheet.” The link for the virtual designer is at the bottom of this page.

**Note: NEO Trailers makes fully enclosed, aluminum cargo trailers. If you’re looking for something else like a dump trailer, equipment trailer, open utility trailer, etc; then take a look at our other inventory! 

Otherwise, stick around to see what makes these trailers stand out from all the rest.

Standard Features on NEO Trailers

NEO’s engineer department is continually creating new standard and optional features. By staying ahead of other manufactures and maintaining the same great prices, NEO continues to supply us with trailers that our customers love.

The NAS is a popular choice. Here is a great walk-around video where you can see some of the standard and optional features. Check NEO’s website for a few more videos like this.

No matter what model you select, NEO trailers are always a great value. But right now, we have nothing older than 2020 which means you’re getting all the latest and greatest standard features.

Here are some of the standard features in 2020 that make these trailers so different from other brands:

Aluminum Construction

Aluminum is a really good material for trailers. Even though it’s not as strong as steel, it’s plenty supportive enough for hauling UTV’s, snowmobiles and show cars. (We typically recommend an open, steel trailer for those hauling heavy landscaping and agricultural equipment.)

Aluminum is lightweight, which means you can spend more of your vehicle’s payload capacity on your actual cargo. It also improves on MPG and DOES NOT RUST.

V-Nose or The New Bull Nose

I’ve seen a lot of debate on whether or not a v-nose trailer is actually more fuel efficient than a flat front trailer. Years ago, NEO conducted their own research and found that a v-nose truly ensued better gas mileage by 20%. Now you’ll find that all models come standard with a v-nose.

One exception is the new Bull Nose Auto Trailer. Giving you the best of both worlds, this new design offers more space in the front while maintaining that aerodynamic slant.

24 Inch Stone Guard

A nice touch added to all the trailers, the stone guard will act as a shield to your trailer from all kinds of rocks, salt and debris.

Bonded Screwless Exterior Skin

This is where NEO’s design team really takes it the extra mile on craftsmanship. I’m always blown away when I see how sleek and classy these trailers look compared to other brands.

Dexter Spring/Torsion Axles

NEO has chosen Dexter to supply them with all their axles. Dexter is a fantastic and reputable company that has been creating trailer and recreational vehicle parts for 60 years. The type of axle depends on the model that you choose. However if the trailer you’d like comes standard with a spring axle you can always choose to upgrade to torsion.

NEO Trailers

NXP Stainless Steel Latch (Select Models)

This easy to use latch comes standard on several models. Those models with the basic latch can always be upgraded with the NXP latch. They promise that the latch won’t rust and is hard to break into.

Exterior Grade Plywood Floor

We like it because it’s durable, weather resistant and moisture proof. It won’t rot it’s made to be outside and driven on.

LED Lights

Any and all lighting on your NEO trailer will be LED. Most of the trailer industry has made the switch to LED lighting because it’s more efficient, causes less pollution, and will outlast any other lighting.

Optional Features on NEO Trailers

I’m amazed by how many ways you can choose to customize your trailer. NEO offers a huge variety of add-ons to give you exactly what you need. Take a look at what they have to say and then read on to see some of the most popular options:

Each trailer model has a variety of options available so you can customize your trailer for your specific needs. Due to variations in dimensions and option placement, some options are not available on certain models so it is important to first determine the model you’re interested in and then click the VIEW/PRINT OPTIONS WORKSHEET to see a customized list of what you can choose for your trailer.” -NEO

Cabinets

If nothing else grabs your attention, you’ve got to take a look at NEO’s line of cabinets. Created in house, these cabinets are made from the same aluminum as the trailers and make a world of difference in your towing experience. Having a place to put your tools, helmets, clothing and other necessities means that you can stay organized at your campsite or job site.

If you’re not actually in the market for a new trailer just yet, you can order JUST the cabinets and install them in your existing trailer. Click on the link above to browse cabinets and let us know if you’d like or order some!

Spring Assist Ramp Door & ProFlap

The ProFlap was designed by the Engineers at NEO and is a popular option for a ramp door. You can see in the picture that there is no piano hinge on the ramp. This creates a clear, smooth path for loading and unloading. It especially makes a difference when transporting snowmobiles.

Exterior Color and Design

Everything that NEO makes is finished beautifully, but there’s always the option to choose your own color(s) and design. Whether it’s for your business or if you’d just like to match your truck, they’ve got the options to get you the look you want.

Front Ramp Door

A front ramp door in addition to the rear ramp door provides much more versatility and ease of use. If you’re hauling one or more recreational vehicles, you may want to check out this option.

NEO Trailers

Additional Doors

Adding a 14″x14″ fuel door means that you can fill up your sleds inside your trailer when you’re stopped filling up your truck. Or add a 30″x24″ generator door for more adventuring options or work possibilities.

Lights

There are quite a bit of options here for interior and exterior. Loading lights, additional break lights, flood lights and cabinent lighting are all popular options. NEO uses only LED lights which burn efficiently and last a long time.

Electric Add-Ons

Again, NEO offers a lot of really cool custom options here. Add an AC unit and stereo receiver with Bluetooth if you plan to sleep in your trailer overnight for ultimate adventuring.

Interior Wall and Ceiling Options

Give the interior of your trailer a more finished look with aluminum or vinyl siding and some trim. Choose from white, black, green and more.

NEO Trailers

Exterior Features

NEO’s options here are extensive and unique. Some of the most popular features that get chosen are ladder racks, Pro Stabilizer jacks, higher stone guards, awnings and windows.

Interior Features

You can customize your trailer with things like D-rings, kick plate, E Track and even insulation. This is where you can decide on exactly what you need without paying for what you don’t want.

Virtual Designer

At the beginning, I mentioned the new virtual designer on NEO’s website. It’s a great chance to see what your trailer can look like before you even order it. Simply choose the model you’d like, color(s), and design. Then pull up the Trailer Order Worksheet and select the custom options that you want.

I’d encourage you to browse their website too. They have a lot of excellent pictures and videos that can help you in deciding what’s right for you.

As always, please call us at 616-538-2290 or email Sales@grandvilletrailer.net if you have any questions or when you’re ready to place your order. We’re here to help!

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The Tongue Weight Scale That Saves Lives

Towing can be dangerous and even fatal when it’s not done right. By using a good tongue weight scale, you can safely and confidentially move forward with peace of mind

The Problem:

A lot of people don’t know how to properly hook up and load a trailer. Some will settle for only one safety chain or no chains at all. Some will even forget the safety pin when in a hurry. (I know- I was shocked too, but it definitely happens.)

But honestly, even the most experienced drivers might not load the trailer correctly when distracted or rushed. We all have those days, it happens to everyone.

Sometimes the results can be deadly.

Negative tongue weight, tongue weight scale

A quick YouTube search on improperly loaded trailers can have you cringing and second guessing your ability. With too much tongue weight or negative tongue weight, a trailer is prone to swaying until it loses control. This results in the trailer jackknifing or flipping, sometimes flipping the tow vehicle too.

I watched dozens of these accidents and heard stories from a few drivers that were unfortunate enough to lose control. One of the most common causes was too much tongue weight or too little tongue weight. When they were loading they were rushed, didn’t have to go too far, or just didn’t realize it would matter.

Weight Distribution

Too much tongue weight will weigh down the back tires of your vehicle and push your vehicle around, making it harder to steer and brake. On the contrary, when the the load is placed too far back, the tongue weight will be too light. Then the trailer is likely to start swaying on the highway, as seen in the video above.

The thing is, and please hear me on this:

Sometimes it’s just a few inches that makes all the difference. Sometimes it’s hard to even see that it’s off.

Don’t be this guy with too much tongue weight.
Or this guy with too little tongue weight.
Because you might end up with your life at risk like this guy.

The pictures above remind me of Goldilocks and The Three Bears. The first trailer had too much tongue weight. The second trailer had too little tongue weight. But with Weigh Safe it was juuuuuuuust right.

Seriously though, these accidents are scary and often fatal to the driver, passengers and nearby cars. They are also preventable.

Here’s another video for all you visual learners (you’re my people.) Quick side note: this video is from Aluma Trailers, one of our aluminum trailer suppliers.

The Solution: Weigh Safe’s Tongue Weight Scale

It’s a hitch that has a scale built right in to tell you if you have too much or too little tongue weight. It takes all the guess work out of loading and ensures that your cargo is safely distributed. I love that it’s all one product and there’s no need for a separate scale!

Weigh Safe has a lot of cool products and I’d encourage you to check them out here. Today I’m going to highlight the most popular option, the Drop Hitch. Already have one? Check out some of our other popular products right here.

Otherwise, read this excerpt from Weigh Safe to see how it works:

Weigh Safe Drop Hitch

weigh safe drop hitch with two ball sizes

“The Weigh Safe Drop Hitch is the one and only trailer hitch with a built-in scale that signals you to adjust your load before you hit the road, resulting in a much safer and enjoyable towing experience. Before this ball mount, gauging your trailer’s tongue weight was a hassle. You had to rely on inefficient bathroom scales, make a trip to the weigh station, or purchase a separate tongue weight scale. But with the Weigh Safe’s built-in scale, measuring your tongue weight is as easy as coupling your trailer to your ball mount.

Simply hook-up your trailer to the Weigh Safe ball mount just as you would any other ball mount. The weight of your trailer will push down on the hitch ball, which in turn pushes down on an internal hydraulic piston that sits on a bed of oil. When the piston drops into the oil, the pressure reading is sent out to the scale.” -Weigh Safe

Weigh Safe Drop Hitch with tongue weight scale

Drop Hitch Features

I tell ya, it is so nice to have complete confidence that everything is loaded in the right spot. Every. Single. Time. This tongue weight scale is truly a game changer.

It saves time and saves lives.

We love the drop hitch for this amazing safety feature, but also the versatility it offers! The Weigh Safe drop hitch comes with two different sized balls and an adjustable height. This allows you to safely haul multiple sized trailers and it gives you the ability to match the height and ball every time.

Weigh Safe Drop Hitch with tongue weight scale

This hitch is made from billet aluminum and it will be the last hitch you ever need to buy. It has all the strength you need and is weather resistant. You can opt to buy it with a shaft size of 2″, 2.5″ or 3.”

Made In America

Weigh Safe is an American company and all their products are made in the USA. Their hitches are well known and we are happy to carry them and and recommend them to our customers.

I can’t recommend this hitch enough! Click the button below to see more product details. You’ll find several informational videos, reviews and more specifics. Let us know if you have any questions! We carry these at our store and we are here to help!

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-Ally Mollenkamp

 

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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-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
Donate Money

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


Hand2Hand

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.
new hand 2 hand

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.

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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

If you’re past that one year mark of getting your trailer bearings repacked and you don’t have time for a trailer repair, 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.

If 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.

But if 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

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. Our guys are 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.
Grandville Trailer Mechanic

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’re Here For You

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!