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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!

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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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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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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!

 

A Homemade Trailer Worth Talking About

The Lawley Pop

We have something really cool to share with our readers today! This is a project from one our our customers, Kenn. Kenn is a retired west Michigan business owner with a passion for boats. He has a replica of the boat launch that was designed by George Lawley in 1907.  The boat here was built by the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Grandville, MI. The original boat had a 5 horse power engine that popped when it ran, so it was named “The Lawley pop.” (Pronounced “Lolly Pop”) This boat was started in 2013 and Kenn took over and finished it. Here is the finished product

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But Kenn didn’t stop there. What he really wanted was to bring his boat to boat shows throughout the US. He took the matter into his own hands and built his very own boat launch aluminum trailer. IMG_1327

The Hauler

Kenn also wanted an enclosed trailer to protect his boat when traveling to his boat shows. That’s when he came to us. He bought a trailer from Aluma through Grandville Trailer and he went to Iowa himself to pick it up. Here is the model that be bought from Aluma. 7814st-utility-trailer As you can see, this is not an enclosed trailer. Kenn bought this as a base so that he could build the exact aluminum trailer that he wanted. He built an aluminum frame on this trailer and then sided it with aluminum sheets. He even finished it off with Aluma decals.  And for the top, he had a vinyl snap-on cover made for it. 050 (1) 055             019 016

The Final Product

The two trailers work together perfectly to protect his boat and launch it into the water. The homemade boat trailer goes into the aluminum trailer on an electric winch system. 013 014             008 (1) IMG_1321

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We think that Kenn did an awesome job on his boat and trailers! I’m thrilled that he shared his story and all these pictures with us. So far he has won 2 awards in the 3 shows that he has entered. Best of luck to you Kenn! Please keep us updated on all your future projects!


Do any of our other readers have any custom trailers to share? Weather you made improvements yourself, or ordered it specifically for your needs, we want to hear about it and see a picture!

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

Inside Grandville Trailer

I just want to take a minute to talk about our store. Dave and Andrea Tosh took ownership of Grandville Trailer in 2012. They have poured a lot into making the store look as good as it does. They have also worked hard on the inventory inside of the store. We really want our business to be a place where our customers can come for everything they need. We want to ensure you the capability of coming to once place for your trailer service, parts and trailers in Grand Rapids. Before I tell you about what we stock, here are some pictures to show you the transformation of the outside of the store. We are really proud of this!

Grandville Trailer in 2012:

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Grandville Trailer today:

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Our sign also had a makeover of it’s own.

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I recently did a post called More Than Trailers as just a basic overview of Grandville Trailer. But now I want to go a little more in-dept into what we actually have in our store. We like to say that we are a trailer owner’s “One stop shop”. We want to save you from the hassle of searching all over town for what you need. That’s why we have worked so hard to keep our store well stocked. We pay attention to what’s new on the market as well as what our customers come looking for. Here is a list of what you will find in our store. Keep in mind that we have even more that what is on that list. But here are just a few of our main items that every trailer owner should be familiar with.

Tires

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We have a whole separate room stocked with tires for your trailers. Every 2-3 weeks, Dave (owner) takes a trip to Indiana to our tire supplier. He comes back each time with a load of 50-100 tires. That’s quite a load! Good thing we sell trailers, huh? So keep us in mind when you need new tires on your trailer.

Locks

It’s a small, inexpensive item that just may save you from losing a large possession. We really encourage all trailer owners to take this extra precaution to protect their property. We carry these right in our store, so when you come in for any parts, accessories, or service, please consider grabbing a lock as well.

Ball Mounts

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Here is another thing that we like to keep well stocked. A lot of our ball mounts are top quality and made by Curt. These are big sellers here, and for good reason. We have a wide range of models so that you can have the best selection possible. So check with us instead of searching all over town.

 

Tongue Jacks

This is a necessity for every trailer, so you bet your bottom dollar that you can find them in our store. Once again, we have a wide variety to ensure that you can find exactly what you’re looking for.

Swift Hitch Portable Camera System

This is one of our newer products that we can’t get enough of. It is super cool, so handy, and you’ll wonder what you ever did without it. We have had  lot of fun playing with ours. It is very durable and user-friendly. I don’t know why someone didn’t think of this sooner! We love it so much, I wrote about it a couple weeks ago. You can see that post here. We have this on display by the counter in the store, so feel free to play around with it next time you’re here.

LED Lights

LED lights are a great way to give your trailer a sensible, modern update. For one thing, they last for a really long time… I mean, it’s really kind of ridiculous how long they last. We’re talking 10-20 years! Thanks to the fact that they are mercury free, they are much better for our Pure Michigan air. They are perfect for trailers because they can withstand extremely cold temperatures and they are resistant to shocks and vibration. Low maintenance, durable, and long lasting. Why wouldn’t you switch to LED?

Well there you have it. Some of our favorites and top sellers. Check out this video for a peek into our store.

We’ve been working hard and we will continue to do so. We’re proud to have the best parts, service and trailers in Grand Rapids. Happy as we are about how our store is looking, we’re not done. We just purchased the tattoo shop next to our lot. We contemplated learning another trade, but decided on sticking with trailers. Instead, we will be tearing down the building and extending our lot so that we can keep a bigger stock! Stay tuned as we move forward. We’re pretty excited about this! But for now, we’re just enjoying telling everyone that we bought a tattoo parlor!

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

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More Than Trailers

At Grandville Trailer, we take pride in what we do. Our small and honest business thrives on loyal customers like you. We are family owned and operated and serving all of west Michigan. Whether you’re looking to buy a trailer, or you are in need of parts or service for your existing trailer, Grandville Trailer is the perfect place for you.trailers1

Because we’re the leading Grand Rapids trailer supplier, we work hard to make our store a one stop shop for all your trailer needs. Here are a few ways that we can serve you.

  • Service department– Our knowledgeable team is experienced in all kinds of trailer repair and maintenance.
  • Parts and accessories– Instead of searching the
     town to find the part you need, come to us first and we’ll get you hooked up.
  • Trailer Rentals– For your weekend trip or project.
  • Trailer Sales– We have all the major brands and styles.

Watch this short video to see more of this Grand Rapids trailer store and let us know what we can do for you.

At Grandville Trailer, we’re pullin for ya!

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