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Learn about the towing and truck accessories that make all the difference!

Caliber Snowmobile Products Buying Guide

We carry a wide variety of Caliber snowmobile products that will completely change the way you use your trailer. Each of these products will increase the ease of which you load and unload your snowmobiles and other vehicles. They also add safety and protect your trailer, helping to maintain its value.

This is where you can find all the best accessories for your snowmobile trailer in one place. Get the information you need to buy only the products that make sense for your trailer and your specific setup.

I’ll add a picture and a brief description of each product and then a link for you to get even more information. Every link will take you to the product page on Caliber’s website where you can find more pictures, pricing, videos and general information.

Caliber snowmobile products buying guide

Caliber Snowmobile Products

“We develop products that address the ATV, snowmobile, and marine trailer markets. Our product line has grown to include a broad range of innovative products addressing the desires of power sports industry participants throughout the world.

Caliber is dedicated to producing the highest quality products and we stand behind them. All Caliber products carry a limited LIFETIME warranty against defects in materials and workmanship, and normal use breakage.

-Caliber

Click on each link to get all the details and to see each product’s video. All Caliber products are made in the USA!

TraxMat

The TraxMat provides great traction on your trailer for loading and unoading your snowmobile. It will protect your trailer floor from studs and the grooves on the bottom will prevent your trailer from rotting.

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The Traxmat comes in two sizes: 54″ or 72″ long and has a lifetime warranty! Get the details watch the informational video by tapping the button below.

LowPro Grip Glides

This versatile product makes a lot of things possible. They make loading anything so much easier: snowmobiles, ATVs, UTVs, dirtbikes, snowbikes and motorcycles. But they were first made to prevent slips and falls on ramp doors and tilt beds.

There are quite a few sizing options here that start at $49.95. So check out all the ways the LowPro Grip Glides can improve your trailer.

LowPro Glides

Get the glides without the grip. This means that you can maneuver your sleds easier while still maintaining a space that’s easy to walk on and use for other things.

There’s a lot of sizing options here so you can tailor your order to fit your needs. Caliber’s website has a great configuration tool to determine what size products will fit your trailer the best. Check it out!

Poly Shield III

The Poly Shield is designed for tilt trailers and is made to protect your snowmobiles, ATVs and motorcycles from road debris and salt. It’s extremely durable even in the coldest temperatures. It’s simple to install with the tools you have at home and easy to take off when you don’t need it. Get the details by tapping the button below!

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Trax Grabber

This product is made for you to have traction when loading your snowmobiles. The strong and flexible material is guaranteed not to crack, break or wear out. It’s specifically designed to fit all tracks and can be easily modified to do so.

Flex Glides

One of the most versatile Caliber snowmobile products! The Flex Glides come in packs of 8 that can be divided up, and manipulated to fit your trailer and your specific setup. They act as a guide for your snowmobiles, improving your mobility during loading and unloading. You’ll notice in the picture below that these come in both high profile (next to the trailer wall) and low profile (tracks in the middle of the trailer.)

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Check them out and get them at Grandville Trailer!

There you have it.

Our favorite snowmobile trailer accessories from Caliber. If you didn’t see what you’re looking for, take a look at at some of the other parts and accessories that we carry right here. Some other popular products are the Weigh Safe hitch, WeatherTech floor mats and Curt brake controllers.

Give us a call at 616-538-2290 if you have any questions. We’re always happy to help you find what you’re looking for.

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

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.

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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

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“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.

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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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We’re pullin’ for ya!
-Ally Mollenkamp

 

Christmas Gifts for Men and Women

There are two types of people.

Those who start Christmas shopping before Halloween and those who wait until the week before Christmas.

There’s also a third group, reserved only for the organized planners, that begin their shopping before spring. My mom falls into this elite category. Maybe one day I’ll get there, but for now, procrastination always seems to win.

Whether you’re a procrastinator, planner, or somewhere in the middle, we’re hoping to help you check one or two people off your list. We’ve compiled a list of Christmas gifts for men and women that you can get right here at our store next time you’re passing through.

Here’s the thing: You don’t need to own a trailer to benefit from this list. There’s truly something for everyone and in every price range!

Christmas Gifts

The Perfect Bungee $6-$10The Perfect Bungee: the perfect Christmas gifts for men

The. Best. Bungee. EVER.
Claimed to be “Not your dad’s bungee”, The Perfect Bungee has stretched our expectations. (Pun intended.) This product is made in the USA and comes with a LIFETIME guarantee!

Pivot Hitch PinMaster Lock Pivot Lock Hitch Pin $13

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

WeatherTech Floor Mats $30-$300WeatherTech Floor Mats: Christmas gifts for men and women

Now here’s a product I especially LOVE! They can handle all the pets, mud, coffee spills and kids that you have. They are easy to hose off and help maintain the condition of your vehicle. I can’t recommend these enough!

Take a look at your options and give us a call when you’re ready to place your order. We typically get these in within a couple days so there’s still time!

Trailer Only Chock: Christmas gifts for menCondor Trailer Only Chock $200

Useful for those who travel with their motorcycle or dirk bike, the chock is stable and secure, and easy to use.

B&W Tow and Stow Ball Mount $225Tow and Stow Ball Mount

These are the perfect Christmas gifts for men and women who do tow trailers! This is a new, hot item in our store! Its genius design simplifies the process of getting hooked up or changing trailers.

Weigh Safe HitchWeigh Safe Hitch $230-$300

Hands down, this hitch is a customer and employee favorite! It makes the world of difference on the ease and safety of towing. So we think it’s one of the smartest towing investments you can make.

Read more here and see why everyone is raving about this product!


Support local small business this Saturday, November 30, on Small Business Saturday! We’ll be open and happy to help you however we can! Whether you’re picking up a couple bungee cords to stuff some stockings, or making an investment with that Weigh Safe Hitch, we hope we can help you with your Christmas shopping this year.

Send us a Facebook message or give us a call at 616-538-2290 if you have any questions! Have a great Thanksgiving this week!

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We’re pullin’ for ya!

-Ally Mollenkamp

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Curt Hitches and Brake Controllers

At Grandville Trailer, we love and recommend Curt hitches to our customers. Their products are top of the line and made to last! Because Curt is confident in them as well, most products come with a pretty great warranty. We carry a lot of Curt’s products right here in our store. Here are a few of our favorites!

5th Wheel Curt Hitch

This is the Curt 5th Wheel Hitch; model Q20. When talking about 5th wheel hitches, it’s pretty much the best of the best. It has a 20,000lb maximum towing weight and 5,000lb maximum pin weight. It’s built strong and solid and will give you a smooth, quiet towing experience. Its spherical axle bearing allows a full 360 degree head movement and the Carbide Black Powder Coat finish gives it extra durability. But what really makes this hitch stand out is the full 10 year warranty that comes with it. So if you’re in need of a 5th wheel hitch, save yourself some time and headache and come see us at GT. We’ll hook you up with this Curt hitch. Check out this video if you want to know more about it.

T-Connector Wiring Kits

The best thing about these kits is how easy they are to install. Make sure you have the right model for your vehicle and you won’t have to do any cutting, splicing or soldering. These kits are also cool because they come with a dust cover and a 1 year warranty. Oh, and did I mention that they’re made in the USA?

Brake Controls

It’s pretty clear to us that Curt likes to offer products that will create a smooth, easy towing experience. Their brake controls do just that, especially the Triflex brake control. Its triple-axis motion sensing allows for a smooth, controlled, precise stop. Like other Curt products, the Triflex is so easy to use and it comes ready with all the mounting hardware. It also has a limited lifetime warranty! See what Curt has to say about their new product in this video.

Curt Hitches and Ball Mounts

We like to keep Curt hitches and ball mounts on our shelves because we believe they are top of the line. After the hitches are welded, they go through several different stages to get them smooth and strong. They are finished with a liquid A-coat and a powder coat finish before setting in the oven. Curt also makes a wide variety of ball mounts so that you can get the perfect fit. We carry many models in our trailer supply store but if you ever need something different, we are happy to order it for you.

Here is a great video by Curt on how to select your trailer hitch.

And here is their video on how to choose your ball mount and trailer ball.


Browse Curt Hitches

Get the right model by looking up your vehicle here to find a hitch that will fit. Call or email us with any questions. We would be happy to help you find the right model!

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At Grandville Trailer, we’re pullin’ for ya!
-Ally Mollenkamp
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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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4 Trimax Products That Will Help a Trailer Owner to Sleep at Night

Trimax Locks

Okay Trailer Owners, time to talk about something a little more serious. There is an upsetting and frustrating trend that has been growing.

I am calling it the “Stolen to Homemade Movement.”

It’s pretty much exactly how it sounds. It’s when someone steals a trailer and eliminates the identification number. They then register it at the Secretary of State, claiming it as a homemade trailer. Can you imagine going to hook up your trailer and realizing that it is just gone? Apparently all kinds- big and small trailers are up for grabs. Many people have lost not only trailers, but their valuables as well. Lawn equipment, ATVs, boats, cars and even horses!

Like I said, it is extremely frustrating that we even need to worry about this- protecting something that is rightfully ours- but we do. And so, this is where Trimax comes in. We carry several of their locks because we think  they are the best when it comes to securing your trailer. Here are a few of our favorite products that you will find on our shelves.

Coupler Locks

Some of their most popular products are the Universal Unattended Coupler Locks. We have both models; the UMAX 100 and the UMAX 50. They are extremely durable and designed to fit all couplers. Easy to install and exceptionally difficult to break, customers have been very happy with the locks that Trimax has designed. Here is a short video that demonstrates the simple installation process.

Wheel Chock Locks

Another great product by Trimax is the Wheel Chock Lock. We carry the TCL75 model, and this product is one that everyone seems to love! Like the coupler locks, it is SO easy to use and it’s great for big and small trailers alike. It literally takes seconds to place on a wheel of your trailer when you park it. Here is short video about this lock, I think you’ll be impressed.

Door Locks

At Grandville Trailer you will also find several door locks made by Trimax. Like the other Trimax locks, they are hefty and durable. A tough cookie to crack. Not only do you need to protect your trailer, you most likely want to protect your possessions inside your trailer. If you haven’t placed a lock on your trailer door yet, or are looking for an upgrade, consider stopping by Grandville Trailer for a Trimax lock. Here are a few pictures of their top sellers.


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Receiver Locks

One last awesome product by Trimax that we carry are their receiver locks. After a quick setup, these locks are easy to use, effective and will make you feel like you’re cracking the Da Vinci Code. Take a moment to watch one more video and see how these work on your trailer.


We have heard several stories from devastated customers who have had their big and small trailers stolen or broken into. Customers who wish they would have paid a small price to protect what was rightfully theirs. Your boats, toys, work equipment and belongings are important to you and no one should feel like they can take them. Honestly, I don’t like the fact that there is even a need for us to sell locks. But there is, and thankfully, Trimax has some great products. That is why we have chosen to offer their locks to our customers to provide them some security. If you haven’t placed any locks on your trailer yet, it’s time to think about doing so.

Often times, having a lock on your trailer just works as a visual deterrent. Let’s end the Stolen to Homemade Movement and hold on to what is rightfully ours. Stop by and get a lock for your trailer- before it’s too late!

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

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4 Reasons Every Utility Trailer Needs a Gorilla-Lift

Gorilla-Lift

One of our favorite products in our store is the Gorilla Lift. It is a tailgate lift assist for your utility trailer and it has been on the market for 5 years improving the lives of trailer owners. Its a fully enclosed lifting system that will take off 100% of the weight of most tailgates. Here is Gorilla-Lift’s (cheesy, yet informative) video of their product:

4 Reasons to Install a Gorilla-Lift

1. Adjustable for varying sized tailgates: It’s designed to not let heavy tailgates fall to the ground and to keep lighter tailgates from popping up off the ground. When it is installed properly, it’s meant to give the tailgate a floating effect when going up and down. It works on tailgates 4-6 feet tall.

2. Attaches to both sides of the tailgate: This is helpful for a few reasons. It will keep the pressure even on both sides to prevent the hinges from deteriorating in an untimely manner. It will also stop the tailgate from warping. And it acts as a secondary support; in the rare event that one side would fail, it will keep the tailgate from smashing to the ground. Overall, the thorough system should allow your trailer’s tailgate a longer life.

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3. Prevents injury: Most utility trailers have pretty heavy tailgates. My guess is that there have been quite a few broken toes and worker’s compensation claims thanks to tailgates being dropped. This can also be beneficial if you have little hands that like to help you often. It’s one less “accident waiting to happen.”

4. Easy install: The Gorilla Lift comes with the hardware to attatch it, however you can also choose to spot-weld it to your utility trailer. But at Grandville Trailer, we can make it even easier for you. Come to our store where we have these in stock and we will be happy to install it for you. The lift does work best on utility trailers with side rails 10-24 inches high.

Gorilla-Lift-6If you want to know more about the details of the Gorilla-lift, you can read about it on their website.

***I spent some time reading some reviews online and I’m blown away at how much customers are really appreciating this product. It seems to be making a big difference in the lives of trailer owners! The most common comment I see on this is how much of a “back-saver” it is. If you want to see some reviews, you can look here and here. Go ahead and see for yourself why everyone loves this product so much! And come see us when you are ready to have one installed on your utility trailer.***

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

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