It was 1985. They were in college and it didn’t take them long to fall in love. She needed a car and he found one for her. And she drove it throughout college, mostly on the weekends to go back home.
(I’m not even going to comment on the shorts)
(In the background, you’ll notice Dave’s ’67 Mustang Coupe)
But the car wasn’t ideal. The engine ticked and knocked and overheated all the time. The manual drum brakes had a mind of their own. The car tended to swerve when she pressed on the brakes but she kept driving it anyways. Soon they were married and trying to make ends meet. So they sold the car to her dad, and he parked it in his barn. And for 16 years, there it sat, that 1967 Mustang.
It was 2003 and Dave and Andrea had an itch to get that old car back out. She dreamed of driving a restored mustang and the project sounded like a fun challenge to him. He asked her dad if he could buy it back. Her dad insisted that they just take it, he felt bad for letting it sit there for all of those years. So Dave hauled it back home!
But before he could begin the project, he needed the space. So he did what any logical man would do and built a barn in the backyard! A barn that has held many cars, trucks, snowmobiles, go-carts, quads, and hunting trophies over the years. It has served him well! Once the barn was up, he was ready to begin the long and dedicated process of restoring his honey’s dream car.
The project took over 10 years to complete and the 1967 Mustang now looks like an entirely different car. Read through this 8 part series and see the transformation!
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?
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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“What’s the difference between a leaf spring and torsion axle?”
This is a very common question that our customers have when purchasing a trailer. Leaf spring vs. torsion axle; which one is better? We’d like to take a moment to educate YOU, the buyer on each of the two suspension types. Consider it a quick crash course in trailer suspension. We want to save you from getting ‘wrapped around the axle’, and give you the confidence to make the right decision when buying a trailer.
Leaf Spring vs. Torsion
Leaf Spring Axle
Leaf Spring Axles are the most commonly used suspension systems in the trailer industry and come standard on almost every type of trailer. They are made up of a series of curved stacked springs (leaves) that are attached under or over the trailer’s axle. This is commonly called over-slung or under-slung.
Leaf Spring Pro’s:
Even weight distribution due to the built-in weight equalizer
Even tire wear for multi axle trailers
More affordable (up front)
Cheap and easy to repair
Leaf Spring Con’s:
Repairs are needed more frequently
Bouncy ride on uneven or rough roads
Metal on metal design typically leads to faster wear
The stiff competitor of the Leaf Spring Axle, is known as the Torsion Axle. Torsion axles mount directly to the trailer’s frame and are made up of thick rubber cords concealed inside the axle’s tubing. These cords are created to resist torsion and create suspension. Trailers don’t generally come stock with the torsion axle, but it is an available upgrade in many models.
Torsion Axle Pro’s:
No metal on metal contact
Offers trailer rigidity as axle is bolted to the trailer
Increases handling control in crosswinds/rough roads
No impact distribution (ie: hitting a curb) full impact on one wheel or set of wheels
Rubber cords become stiffer in colder weather
Not everyone agrees on which axle type is better and it really depends on your preferences. Where you live, how often you use your trailer and what you’re carrying will play a big role in deciding which axle is right for you. If you have any more questions, please give us a call at 616-538-2290 or stop by. Also, keep in mind that we do have a full service garage and we are happy to assist you with any upgrades or maintenance that you need!
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“We are getting a new arrival here today. It’s new and cutting edge. It’s smart, strong and stylish. And it’s about time someone came up with this. It’s the FlOE Cargo Max utility trailer.”
↑↑ This was written in 2014. Now we’re pleased share that this trailer was everything we hoped for and more! Customers are always pleased with the versatility and durability of this small utility trailer. Here’s a few reasons why they have become so popular.
A Little Aluminum
In the trailer world, when we hear “aluminum” our attention is grabbed. It’s no secret that we love aluminum trailers. So that’s why we are such big fans of Aluma and Neo. Aluminum is a perfect base material for any trailer because it is both lightweight and strong. Being rust free and extremely resistant to climate changes, it’s the best material for outdoor equipment in the Midwest. So when we first heard of this FLOE trailer and all it’s aluminum-ness, of course we wanted to know more.
A Little Polymer
One of the things that makes this trailer stand out; its not JUST aluminum. This small utility trailer has a rugged polymer bed. The UV-resistant material is ideal because it does not rust, rot, or dent. Nor will it ever need a paint job. And have you seen it? It looks awesome!
But seriously, the bed. The engineers of this trailer obviously knew what they were doing. You’ll notice in the picture below that the 8-foot frame is grooved to help hold down your belongings. And here is something extra cool: there are collapsing tie-downs that connect to the aluminum frame! Is anyone else asking “why didn’t I think of that?” Also, this small utility trailer is also built with a full rubber torsion independent suspension. It is really made to be easily pulled behind any vehicle and by (almost) anyone.
This Small Utility Trailer Has Remarkable Strength
Between the lightweight aluminum and polymer bed, the smallest model weighs in at a modest 290lbs. But don’t let that fool you. This trailer is a David with the strength of a Goliath. It has the ability of carrying 1800lbs- that’s over 6 times it’s weight! It will have no problem hauling your ATV’s, snowmobiles, or hunting equipment (and hopefully trophies too!)
Need a bigger payload capacity? Check out our other three models able to carry up to 2,230lbs.
If you’re looking for a small utility trailer that will last for years to come, take a minute to look over the details of this trailer and consider the different sizes. We think you’ll like it just as much as we do!
“Thanks to all of you for selling me the Cargo Max trailer. We live in Wisconsin. Older trailer had issues and we needed something to move 4-wheeler, ice house and family out to go ice fishing. New trailer works great. Light weight, tows great on the ice and off. Back in Wisconsin now and can’t wait to haul wood chips. Thanks again to Cargo Max and Grandville Trailer for great sales and service.” – Sandi
Here at Grandville Trailer, we have been selling Aluma Trailers faster than any others. They never sit on our lot for very long. We love how durable and dependable they are and so do our customers! If you are unfamiliar with Aluma trailers, this post is for you. Here’s why you should consider an aluminum trailer in Michigan.
Aluminum Trailers Don’t Rust
I’m going to take a second to state the obvious here. Aluma trailers are made from aluminum and aluminum doesn’t rust. Boom. It’s really a pretty miraculous thing for all us Michiganders and mid-west people. The four seasons take a toll on our cars, boats, campers and toys. Having aluminum trailers in Michigan just makes sense.
A lot of trailer owners like to update their trailers by putting LED lights on them. Their energy efficiency and long life makes them very appealing. And because they are mercury free, they have a much smaller environmental impact than traditional light bulbs. LED lights come standard on all Aluma Trailers. We’re glad that Aluma puts such quality into their trailers.
Aluminum Trailers are Light Weight
The average aluminum trailer weighs 25% less than its steel-framed equivalent. That frees up a considerable amount of your towing capacity so you can use your space on what you’d like. Not to mention that less weight means a higher MPG. If you’re going to buy a trailer, why not purchase one that will be easier on your wallet?
5 Year Warranty
Aluma trailers come with this 5 year warranty. This covers any defects in the material and workmanship of the unit. In those 5 years after purchase, if there is a problem, you can send your aluminum trailer directly to Aluma in Bancroft, Iowa. They will determine if the problem falls under the warranty, in which case, they will repair it free of charge.
Endless Models of Aluminum Trailers
Though their most popular is the open utility aluminum trailer, Aluma makes trailers for everyone. The options are extensive with motorcycle, car and snowmobile trailers, aluminum ATV trailers, car haulers, enclosed trailers and more. When it’s time for you to buy a new trailer, there is no doubt that Aluma can provide what you’re looking for.
Aluma is Widely Trusted and Well Respected
NATM Certified- (National Association of Trailer Manufactures) All trailers are built under the NATM guidelines.
NATDA Members- (North American Trailer Dealers Association) Here is more about them.
“Just got a 8112 utility trailer, it’s a great trailer. Easy to load and light. It pulls awesome. The tie downs are easy to get to, ramp goes down easy and doesn’t squeak at all. This is my 3 Aluma and will continue to to buy more. Thank you Aluma.” -Nate
Head on over to our Aluma page to see what aluminum trailers we have in stock and on order. Keep in mind that we are happy to order your specific model if we don’t have it on the lot!
Want to see another option for enclosed aluminum trailers in Michigan? You’ll love our selection from Neo!
So last month on the Grandville Trailer blogwe posted about the Weigh Safe Hitch that has tons of adjustable features, including, adjustable height. Now you may be asking yourself, ” How do I know theright tongue height for the trailer I am towing?”You may also be asking yourself, “What’s wrong with towing something with the trailer not level?” Well, I’m here to answer those questions for you.
Let’s start with learning what the right ball mount height is needed for the trailer you are towing. It’s no secret that both trailers and vehicles have different heights. The goal, when determining the height of the ball mount, is trying to keep the trailer as level as possible when driving down the road. First, you need to determine if you need our ball mount to have a rise or a drop. If the trailer coupler (the spot that rests on the ball mount), is taller than the receiving tube (the opening that the ball mount goes into on your vehicle), than you need your ball mount in the rise position. If the opposite is true than you need your ball mount in the drop position.
Now you are asking, “How much rise or drop do I need?” Well you can figure this out with a level and a measuring tape. First, make sure that your trailer is level, then measure from the ground to the bottom of the coupler. Next measure from the ground to the top of the receiving tube on your vehicle. The difference is the amount of drop or rise that you need.
Check out this video for a nice visual to walk you through the steps.
Now to answer the question about why the height of your trailer is important. The short answer is that it is easier to tow something at the right height. The longer answer is, if the tongue of the trailer is low, it puts stress on the suspension of the vehicle, along with making it more likely that you will feel the trailer sway. If the tongue of the trailer is too high, then it also puts stress on the suspension. I’ve heard that the trick is to have the tongue of the trailer slightly higher when it is empty so that it sits level when it is loaded.
I hope that this answers all the questions that you have about ball height!
A while back Grandville Trailer was contacted by a gentleman, Fred, who lives in upstate New York. Why might a man living in upstate New York be contacting a West Michigan trailer dealership you ask? You guessed it, he was in need of a trailer. Not just any trailer, though. He was specifically looking for an enclosed trailer that would soon be towing his precious cargo across the United States. Let us explain this nifty story.
Fred found his 1932 Roadster, named Deuce, out in California from a man that had recently built the car from the ground up. With the 1960’s muscle car in mind, Fred’s Roadster is powered by a 327 cubic inch engine mated to a GM Turbo 350 automatic transmission and finished off with a 8″ Ford differential. Topping off this masterpiece is a full leather interior and trunk area as well, clearly no detail was spared. The only dilemma in this match made in heaven, was how to get this new beauty from the west coast to the east coast.
This is where we come into the story. Fred found himself a Haulmark enclosed trailer that he liked and knew would suit his needs in transporting Deuce from point A to point B. He contacted us with his request and we were able to get him in touch with our Haulmark friends down in Bristol, Indiana. We were able to arrange for Fred to travel from his upstate New York home over to Haulmark in Bristol, Indiana, grab his new trailer and continue on the road to Reno, Nevada, where Deuce was eagerly awaiting his arrival.
Fred says that Deuce traveled extremely well from Reno back to New York and even though the Roadster isn’t suitable for the snowy New York winters, he looks forward to sitting in his garage and admiring it when he isn’t out driving it around. As for Grandville Trailer, we couldn’t have been more thrilled to help Fred achieve this dream of his and to have had the opportunity to play a role in this truly unique story.
While visions of backyard BBQ’s, early morning fishin’, hot summer days spent on the lake, giant bonfires, and endless camping weekends dance in our heads, the cold hard truth is…WINTER IS COMING!
Ok, before you get upset that I mentioned that terrible, and most dreaded 6 letter word (for this time of year), I may have just the thing to sweeten this “winter” deal, and trust me, there is such a thing.
The name is NASX Triple, and it’s a beaut. The NASX Triple Axle Round Top All Sport Trailer is one of Neo’s newest additions, and it’s sure to be a huge hit.
Neo NASX Triple Axle Round Top All Sport Trailer
Neo NASX Triple Axle Round Top All Sport Trailer
Other than it’s ability to haul just about any and every winter toy you and 10 of your best buds have (and any other toys for that matter), what else does this trailer have to offer you?
(3) 3500lbs Dexter Torsion Axles
Spring Assist Greaseless Hinge Front & Rear Ramp Door
ProFlap™, Ramp Door Flap
Side Door Measurements (32″W x 74″H)
Front Ramp Door Measurements (61″W x 75.25″H)
Rear Ramp Door Measurements (82″W x 79.25″H)
31′ Long, with a 27′ Box Length (for all the fun stuff)
Marine Deck Plywood Floor – 3/4″
7′ Interior Height
Accommodates All Shapes & Sizes
1 Piece Seamless Aluminum Roof
Strong But Light Weight Aluminum Body
This trailer was made for fun, practicality and hauling ALL of your toys. But if this beast has a little more space than you can fill, then it looks like it’s time to get some new sleds. Ok, but really, Neo certainly offers many other shapes/sizes and colors of trailers that might better fit your needs, and most of them come with a few less axles. 🙂 Check out Grandville Trailer’s selection of Neo Trailers here.
Imagine all of the beautiful pieces of machinery you could haul around in this Neo Trailer…Better yet, tell us about it on our facebook page. We LOVE hearing the reasons you need a HUGE triple axle trailer, and what you would carry around inside.
We all know that scary, unexpected things can happen on the highway. It can become a place of disaster and tragedy in a matter of seconds. Sometimes, disaster can strike in the form of a failed tire. I came to the realization that I have never given much thought to tire blowouts. Sure, I’ve had a flat tire, but never the tire explosion that sends your car out of control while leaving a rubber trail. I see the leftover rubber just about every time I’m on the highway, but I’ve never actually seen a tire blowout, let alone been in the car when it happened.
So, naturally, I went to YouTube in search of a video. I was shocked at how many cringe-worthy videos there are of this happening! Here’s one:
His reaction is not what you would expect!
There are dozens more videos, many that result in more rolling, spinning and hitting other cars. I have to say, this freaked me out a bit. After all, it is a pretty common occurrence and one that typically comes without warning. After seeing the effects of drivers not responding in the best way, I decided that I needed to learn how to respond in case this ever happens to me!
If like me, you are just now realizing that you don’t know how to handle a tire blowout, please keep reading! This could be the very information that someday saves you from a terrible wreck. But first, let’s touch up on the risk factors that could lead to a blowout.
Under Inflation- This is, without a doubt, the most common cause of tire failure. An under inflated tire creates friction between the rubber and pavement. In this case, it’s only a matter of time until you’re on the shoulder of the highway.
Potholes- Hear, hear, o people of Michigan! This is bad news for us. Other than doing your best to avoid them, there is one thing you can do. If you’re in the Grand Rapids area, you can report them by calling 311!
Worn Tread- Along with checking your tire pressure every month (when the tires are cold) be sure to check the actual treads. If they are 4/32″ or deeper, they are still good. But if the tread is 2/32″ or less, it’s time to replace your tires.
Even if you remember to take perfect care of your tires, the truth is, they can still have a blowout. Especially in Michigan, the weather can change quickly and potholes can be big enough to home a family of raccoons. Some risk factors are out of our control, which is why it is necessary to be prepared for tire failure.
4 Steps To Overcome A Disastrous Tire Blowout
If you don’t know anything about recovering from a tire blowout, then this might have surprised you. After all, it goes against the natural urge to hit the brakes and get to the shoulder as soon as possible. When you have a blown out tire creating drag, stepping on the accelerator a little harder will not actually speed up your vehicle. But it will stabilize your vehicle in your lane and help you to regain control.
Do not: Step on the brake.
2. Counter Steer
This is easy enough. The important thing to remember is not to over react. When you try steering a vehicle with a failed tire at high speeds, you’ll end up like the guys in the video above. What I mean by counter steering is to gently guide the vehicle straight down your lane. If your vehicle is pulling to the left, carefully push towards the right just enough to keep it from veering.
Do not: Jerk the steering wheel.
3. Slow Down
At this point you should have decent control of your vehicle. Without stepping on the brake, slowly pull your foot off the gas to let your vehicle slow down on it’s own. With the dragging tire, slowing down won’t take long at all.
Do not: Abruptly take your foot off the gas.
4. Pull Over
When your vehicle has slowed to around 30 MPH, and you feel that it is safe, very slowly steer your vehicle to the shoulder of the highway. There you can bring your car or truck to a complete stop and let out a sigh of relief.
Do not: Pull over too quickly.
I really hope that none of us find ourselves in the position where we will have to recall this information. But I am glad that I do know what to do now if this happens to me. The most important thing to remember is to keep your forward momentum and avoid hard steering. Please share this post with your friends and family- you never know if it will help someone avoid a wreck!
I know this topic has already been drilled into you, but I suppose that’s because the problem will unfortunately, probably never resolve. We have a story from a customer to share with you today. But before I get to that, I’d like to break the ice with some alarming statistics that I pulled from EdgarSnyder.com. (I should also mention that these coincided with all the facts I read on other websites as well.)
The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.
1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving.
Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
~Edgar Snyder and Associates
Scary stuff, huh? Some of it is hard to believe. It’s crazy to me how something that seems second nature to us can be so deadly. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of thinking you can manage your phone and your driving simultaneously. You may think: “Oh I’ll just glance at this text real quick and send a reply at the next red light.” Or: “I just have to find this contact and get the call going and I will be good to go.” (By the way, I just thought this photo on the right was funny.)
Here’s the thing.
No one using their phone thinks they’re about to crash.
Everyone thinks they have it under control just like everyone seems to think they are a good driver. We don’t anticipate for these accidents to happen. You don’t know when someone is going to stop in front of you or swerve towards you. And the scariest part is that it only takes one time. Just 3 seconds of having your eyes off the road is enough to seal your fate.
The whole reason I am bringing this up today is because of an accident a customer was in. It was an accident that didn’t have to happen and it could have been a LOT worse.
Our customer was on the highway, pulling this horse trailer.
Did that make you cringe a little?
I know it made me uneasy. But, THANKFULLY, there were no horses in this trailer. **Big sigh of relief**
Anyways, as he we was driving, he was side swiped by another vehicle.
The other driver was an expecting mom. And that’s where I cringed again. THANKFULLY, her and the baby are presumed to be just fine. Unfortunately, this woman was texting as she was driving. Her recoil from hitting the horse trailer sent her crashing hard into the ditch and the damage to the trailer was pretty extensive. Unable to keep moving, our customer had to find other means of transporting his trailer. That’s when he got it onto a flatbed tow truck and brought it to us.
The impact on the trailer ripped off the heavy duty fender as you can see in the left two pictures. It also broke the axle spindle off and tore up the wheel. Unfortunately, it also destroyed the second axle to the point where it couldn’t be repaired. Once again, I was so relieved to hear that the trailer was empty and that everyone involved were okay. This accident could have been so much worse on so many levels. Lives could have been lost and more vehicles could have ended up in the mix.
You have to wonder what this expectant mom felt after this accident. I’m not here to pass judgement or condemn texting drivers. I just want everyone to REALIZE what a couple innocent glances at a phone can really do. Being safe on the roads isn’t just about getting from one place to the next in one piece. Most of us encounter hundreds of other vehicles every day. Putting down the phone is about their safety too.
Don’t wait until you get in a wreck to stop using your phone while behind the wheel. Please be smart and give your driving your undivided attention. We have all heard stories of lives lost and we’ve all seen pictures of distorted faces after a car crash that could have been prevented. I guarantee that not a single one of those text messages or phone calls was worth the consequences.
Have you or a friend ever been in a car crash that resulted from a text message? Comment on this link on our Facebook Page and share this post! If this post makes just one person decide to stop using their phone on the roads, I will be happy with that. 🙂