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Six Effortless Ways to Ruin Your Utility Trailer

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

6 Ways to Wreck A Utility Trailer

1. Overload Your Utility Trailer

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

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

2. Don’t Repack Your Bearings

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

3. Don’t Check Tire PressureTyre Inflation

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

4. Load Unevenly

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

download5. Ignoring Those Rust Spots

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

6. Drive Recklessly

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


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

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

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

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5 Practical Products Your Trailer Hitch Can’t Measure Up To

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Hey again. Remember me? I know- it’s been a while! I wish I could say that I’ve been off working hard and marketing up a storm, but that’s
not true. Life has just gotten the best of me lately.

But hey, I’m back and ready to talk business.

Specifically? Your trailer hitch.

Take a deep breath and calm down. I know it’s exciting stuff, but we have a few important topics to go over. Let’s start with this video of Dave. I promise you will want to watch this one till the end. You won’t be sorry.

I guess if you learned anything from the video, you should know that Grandville Trailer has balls… and I suppose there’s a few other things we hope you took away from the video. I would like to take some time to elaborate on some of the parts that Dave just talked about and take note of the different service options that are available as well. As you read through these, you can also browse through the parts on our shelves right from where you’re sitting by taking our virtual tour. This link will bring you right to the aisle of hitches and ball mounts where Dave was standing in the video.

5 Practical Products

1. Trailer HitchSTK_3401

As you saw in the video, we have quite a variety of hitches! We have some for smaller jobs like carrying a bike rack or cargo rack (I have one on my car- it’s fantastic for traveling from Nebraska to Michigan with the kids!) And we have some heavy duty options for serious hauling. All of our hitches are from CURT and Anderson and our service department can install your CURT hitch for you. It is always best to call a few days in advance for the service garage, but we will always try to work you in.

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A heavy trailer tends to pull on the rear of the towing vehicle. A weight distribution trailer hitch serves to level out both the trailer and the vehicle by distributing the trailer’s weight throughout the vehicle’s frame. We have three top quality models that will make such a difference in your towing experience! Check out these three trailer hitches here: 17000, 17002 and 17500.

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Dave also mentioned our ability to install brake controllers. If you tow a trailer with electric brakes you will need one of these. We have some really great options in our store, including this one from CURT. This brake control is easy to install, all automatic and even has a sensitivity adjustment. Take a look!

STH_33984. Ball Mounts:

Just like the hitches, we have a variety of ball mounts from both Anderson and CURT. Our ball mounts have different sized drops and different weights to accommodate most vehicle/trailer combinations. You will find that these ball mounts are heavy duty and durable, giving you the most for your budget.

5. Anderson Adjustable Ball Mounts

There are a couple of adjustable ball mounts from Anderson that I would like to highlight. These are designed for people who tow more than one trailer and need two or more different sized ball mounts. Instead of pouring your money into a collection of ball mounts, you can get just one to accommodate all your different trailers. We carry this one, which is all aluminum and has a 4″ drop and 4″ rise. We also have a select few of the steel ball mounts that Dave displayed in the video. These adjustable ball mounts are a really good option!

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Grandville Trailer just wouldn’t be the same without our service department. Our guys work so hard and really do the best they can for each individual customer. In fact, here is recent review from a customer:

Was picking my boat up from Muskegon and taking it home to get it ready for the fishing season when a bearing acted up – I called, talked to John, and while they were booked for several days – they got me in, 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!!!

Side note- we are so glad that customers take the time to say such nice things about us. It really helps to expand our business. Plus, it’s just nice to hear good things once in a while! If you would like more information on our Service Department, Greg can tell you more in this next video.

Did you find today’s post helpful or entertaining? Please pass it on! Each and every shared post helps our little business to grow! Thank you!

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

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12 Aluminum Utility Trailers to Kick Start Your Spring

It’s a good week for any potential trailer owners. We are getting a large load of Aluma Trailers delivered this week! If you are on the hunt for a lightweight, durable and long-lasting trailer, you may find what you’re looking for right here. Here is our list of incoming Aluma Trailers this week!

12 Utility Trailers Arriving at Grandville Trailer This Week

1. 2015 Aluma 548 54″ x 8′ Bi-Fold Ramp Gate Utility Trailer

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This 8′ x 4’6″ Utility Trailer has a single axle and a 6″ front retaining bumper. With two stake pockets on each side and a 2″ coupler, it’s a perfect choice for a small utility trailer.
See more information here

2. 2015 Aluma 548/BT 54″x8′ Bi-Fold 12″ Sides Utility Trailer 

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This versital trailer comes with 4 tie downs and a swivel tongue jack. It has a bi-fold aluminum tailgate and the option of 12″ front and side racks. Weighing only 320 pounds, it’s easy to pull and good for your gas mileage.
See more information here.

3. 2015 Aluma 548 54″ x 8′ Bi-Fold Ramp Gate 24″ Sides Utility Trailer 

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With 24″ front and side racks, this trailer gives you the security you need to haul your precious cargo. The aluminum tailgate is 39″ long and and it has a bumper pull hitch. Another great choice!
See more information here.

4. 2015 Aluma 6310/BT 63″x10′ Bi-Fold Gate 12″ Sides Utility Trailer

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This trailer is a bit larger, with the dimensions of of 10′ x 5’3″. The 4 tie downs and aluminum bi-fold tailgate make it perfect for hauling things that go. Like all Aluma Trailers, it comes standard with LED lights.
See more information here.

5.  2014 Aluma 6310/BT 63″x10′ Bi-Fold Gate 24″ Sides Utility Trailer

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Similar to number 3 on the list, the difference with this one is the size. It’s slightly bigger and has a 63″ x 10′ bed. It comes at an affordable price, ensuring you get a lot of trailer for your dollar.
See more information here.

6. 2015 Aluma 6810H/BT 68″x10′ Bi-Fold Gate Utility Trailer 

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Again, this one is a similar design as the first one on the list. But with the dimension of 10′ x 5’3″, this trailer is bigger and comes with a higher towing capacity. It also has a 48″ Long A-Framed tongue with a 2″ coupler.
See more information here.

7. 2015 Aluma 7712H/BT Bi-Fold Gate 3K Torsion Utility Trailer 

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On this 11’10” x 6’6″ Utility Trailer, the aluminum fenders come with a vinyl gravel guard. The 60″ long bi-fold tailgate makes the trailer easy to load. It comes complete with 4 SS D-rings and 2 stake pockets on each side.
See more information here.

8. 2015 Aluma A8812 Side Load Ramps ATV 3 Place Utility Trailer 

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Now here’s a cool trailer! This utility trailer was designed for ATVs. It has 4 12″ x 70″ ramps and 8 tie down loops. It can comfortable fit 3 ATV’s, perfect for a trip with the guys!
See more information here.

9. 2015 Aluma 7814ST/BT 3K Torsion Axle Utility Trailer 

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This one is made to haul UTVs, a small tractor or similar equipment. It has front and side retaining walls, 3 stake pockets on each side and 2 fold-down rear stabilizer jacks.
See more information here.

10. 2015 Aluma 8214HS Single Axle All Aluminum Utility Trailer

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This versitle trailer can hold up to 3850lbs. It can be used for many things, even a small car! It is 14’5″ x 6’10” and has 4 recessed tie rings. The two ramps are 6′ and it has storage underneath.
See more information here.

11. 2015 Aluma 7816 Car Hauler 7K Torsion Axles 

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The first Car Hauler on our list: A 16′ x 6’6″ tandem axle with removable aluminum fenders. This trailer is all aluminum and complete with 6 stake pockets and 2 fold-down rear stabilizer jacks.
See more information here.

12. 2015 Aluma 8218 Car Hauler 7K Torsion Axles

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Our last trailer on the list is another car hauler! This will be the biggest trailer on this load with the measurements of 18′  x 6’10”. It has an A-Framed aluminum tongue that is 44.5″ long with 2-5/16″ coupler.
See more information here


These trailers are due to arrive on Thursday and there is something for everyone on this list. It’s one of the best things about Aluma: the versatility in all the options! All Aluma trailers are made completely out of aluminum. They come standard with LED lights and they are known for being lightweight and durable. For more on Aluma Trailers, read 6 Things You Should Know About Aluma Trailers. And if you didn’t find what you are looking for on this list, check out our full listing. Keep in mind that we can also order any trailer that you see on the Aluma Website.

Please share this post so that your friends don’t miss out on this great selection!

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

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The Inside Scoop on The 3 “Tiers” of Haulmark Trailers

This past week has been a good week because we are here in Michigan! As much as we love Nebraska, it’s always fun to come “home” to visit family and spend time in this great state. It’s also a special treat to be able to visit Grandville Trailer. This week I got to spend some time there, catch up with some of the team members and see what else is new with the store.
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And despite the dreary day, seeing this makes me so excited! Is anyone else feeling giddy from the anticipation of sunshine and being outside? I could probably write a whole post on how much I love spring, but I will refrain.

While at Grandville Trailer, I also got to interview Dave on a few subjects. This week we wanted to highlight Haulmark Trailers. They are our number one supplier and brand that we sell the most. They are a great company and they produce solid trailers, making them a popular choice. Here is the video of Dave describing Haulmark Trailers.

I know what you’re thinking it. He’s a pretty cool guy. He sure knows his trailers, but he’s not just here to sell them to you. He’s here to help you find what you need. We want you to get the perfect fit, not spend as much money as we can get out of you.

But back to the Haulmark Trailers.

In his interview, Dave mentioned that these trailers are “Good, Better, Best.” Let’s break that down. I’d like to highlight the 3 “Tiers” of Haulmark Trailers.

The 3 Tiers of Haulmark Trailers

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Haulmark’s line of Passport Trailers are for Entry-Level customers. I couldn’t say this better myself so here is the description of this line of trailers from the Haulmark Website:

“The Haulmark Passport series is specifically engineered for the entry-level
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with light-duty applications. Safe, easy to tow and packed with value.passport2
Designed for easy towing.” ~Haulmark

Like Dave said, these trailers are good for transporting lighter material. Some customers find that these are the perfect fit for their jobs or hobbies. However, just because they are “entry-level” doesn’t mean that you miss out on the high quality features. These standard V-nosed trailers come with 24 inch stone guard and tubular steel main rails. You will find a wide range of models with various colors and door options.

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The next “tier” of trailers is the middle man; the Transport Trailers. They offer the best of both worlds, making them our most popular seller. Once again, here is the description of these trailers from the Haulmark Website:

The Transport series (TST) is Haulmark’s most popular line of trailers.
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for recreational and light commercial applications. ~Haulmark

Because this line of trailers is heavy duty and still affordable, they tend to sell more often than the others. Their versatility and high quality craftsmanship allows you to get the most out of your dollar.

 Best: Bear Series cub

There’s 4 types of trailers within the Bear Series: Cub, Grizzly Cub, Kodiak and Grizzly. With Cub being the smallest and Grizzly being the largest, there is a wide variety of trailers in this series. These are more heavy duty and designed for someone hauling heavy equipment on a regular basis. These are Haulmark’s top of the line trailers. These are valuable trailers that will last for a long time and give you the security that you need.


There you have it: The 3 tiers of Haulmark Trailers. One of the best things about choosing Haulmark is all the choices that you have. They are located in Bristol, Indiana and they have over 400 trailers in stock. So we can typically get one pretty quickly. If we have a trailer that you are interested in but you would like a different color or door style, we can get it from Haulmark in a week. When a customer wants to special order a trailer, it takes an average of 4 weeks to arrive at Grandville Trailer.

Haulmark has been around for a long time and they are one of the most well known brands of trailers. We know that we are selling a quality trailer whenever a Haulmark Trailer leaves our lot. It’s a brand that we stand by and that we are proud to carry. Here you can see our full listing of in-stock trailers. Don’t forget that we can order any trailer that you see on their website. We hope you will consider purchasing a Haulmark Trailer from us if you find yourself in need of a cargo trailer. And as always, we are happy to answer your questions!

Did you like the video of Dave? Whether you just like the video or think someone could benefit from this post, would you please share this with your friends? Thank you and we hope to see you soon!

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

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3 Annoying Things About Your Jack That No One Talks About- And How To Fix Them With The Dropleg Insert

“I just love cranking my trailer jack all the way down to unhitch and all the way back up to tow!”

Said no one, ever. JF1005HZ

Let’s be honest. Turning that Jack a hundred times every time you need to hitch or unhitch is not exactly fun. It’s one of the biggest nuisances of towing a trailer. That’s why Redneck Trailer Supplies came up with the perfect product to take the frustration out of the job. It is called the Dropleg Insert and it’s designed to fit inside the inner tube of an A-frame jack.

Here are 3 annoying problems that your jack may be causing that the Dropleg Insert works to alleviate.

1. Wasted Time

There’s no denying it: Cranking the jack can be downright time consuming. And the more you use your trailer, the more time you will see slip away into the thousands of turns of minuscule movements. The Dropleg Insert allows you to quickly set the Jack at the correct height and move on to the things that matter.

2. Back Pain

Did you know that back pain is the leading cause of disability in the United States? Most people experience some form of back pain throughout their adult life. It’s pretty common for me to hear about those dealing with trailers to feel back pain when cranking the jack on a trailer. If cranking the jack isn’t the cause of your pain, it can defiantly be the culprit of that existing pain flaring up again. With the insert, you can avoid an uncomfortable position with uncomfortable movements. It’s much easier on your back and might help you to not feel quite as old they say you are.

3. Blocks of Wood

How many of you have blocks of wood hitching a ride -pun intended- in your truck bed or trailer? You never know what terrain or slope you might have to park your trailer on, especially those of you working in construction or towing a camping RV. Blocks of wood have become a standard towing accessory (there’s a sales idea) until now! The Dropleg insert provides an extra 8 inches of lift so you can ditch those blocks of wood. Use them for something else or burn them in your campfire. There is much less hassle with this new accessory.


The insert is so easy to install and it fits most 2K-5K A-Frame Jacks. We now have these available in our store for just $15.95. Do us a favor- next time you’re cranking that jack, time yourself and see how long it takes! We’re wondering what the average time is. Let us know by commenting on our Facebook.

Don’t forget to share our post so that your friends can see this cool new product too. Thank you!

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

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Funny Thing About Rental Trailers

Can I be honest with you about something? I love my job, I have a pretty sweet gig. I stay home with my kids and when they go to bed I pour myself a glass of wine and pull out my computer. If you told me 2 years ago that I would be writing a blog about trailers and ENJOYING it, I probably would have laughed at you. But I do enjoy it! I have learned so much about trailers and I enjoy passing my knowledge along to others. I enjoy being a part of our family business and seeing the benefits of my work.

However.

Back to the “being honest” part.

Sometimes, as fascinating as trailers are, sometimes I just have to change things up a bit to keep myself entertained. Which is why I made this video about our rental trailers last week. I posted it earlier this week and it’s gotten a pretty good reaction. Even if you couldn’t care less about trailers, I promise you will enjoy this video.

We understand that plenty of our customers really don’t have the need to purchase a trailer. But many have the need for a rental trailer. That’s why we have worked to create a great selection of trailers to rent for whatever the job is. Our rates are very reasonable and we are a joy to work with! You can even read our Google reviews  to see what our previous customers have said about us. (Or you can head over there and give us a review yourself.) Our Facebook Page also has quite a few reviews.

Back to the rental trailers. I’m going to keep it brief here because we have all the information you need on our rental trailer page. We have 8 trailers to choose from that range from $30-$79 a day. We also have some additional items available to rent such as ball mounts, balls and pins and motorcycle straps.

So this spring if you find yourself in need of a rental trailer for your home projects, weekend gig or to give grandma a ride, remember us and our low prices on trailers. We are here to help and happy to answer any questions.

Please pass this along! You never know what friends could benefit from knowing where to find a great rental trailer. Thank you for reading and I hope we can work together soon!

At Grandville Trailer, we’re pullin for ya!

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Neo Trailers: 5 Reasons You Won’t be Able to Resist This Sale

We’ve had a lot of requests for this extremely popular aluminum trailer. We started stocking Neo Trailers in August. In fact, when we were anticipating our first load, I wrote Neo Trailers: 5 Reasons to Get Excited. We are proud to be Neo dealers because we know our customers are purchasing quality trailers when they choose this brand.

We recently put in a large order for some of these trailers. We recieved a variety of brand new trailers on sale, which means our customers will get them for a great price too! I will provide more information on this later in this post. 

There’s a lot to love about these trailers, and I would like to elaborate on 5 things in particular.

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There are many perks to an aluminum trailer. There are two major advantages, in particular, that I want to make sure you’re aware of:

  1. Rust Free- Aluminum is extremely resistant to all forms of weather and corrosion. It keeps its shiny, clean appearance which results in a longer life-span. It also holds its resale value (not that you would EVER want to get rid of your aluminum trailer, of course.)
  2. Lightweight- On average,  an aluminum trailer weighs 25% less than its steel framed equivalent. A lighter trailer is much easier to tow and also allows you to pull more cargo. Wouldn’t it be nice to free up some of that weight so that you can have more flexibility with what you’re transporting? Another advantage to pulling less trailer weight is the increase you will see in your MPG. Save your pennies for some fancy trailer accessories!

We are big fans of aluminum trailers; they offer a lot of things that steel trailers don’t. If you would like to know more facts on the advantages of aluminum, you can read Aluminum Trailers vs. Steel Trailers. The article is written by Featherlite Trailers and is based off of horse trailers. The facts are still applicable to us and are very interesting, however, we don’t typically have to worry about horse urine.

2. LED Lighting

LED (Light-Emitting Diode) lighting is becoming very popular among trailers as well as just about everywhere else! Many manufacturers are jumping on the light bandwagon and putting these on their trailers. If you don’t yet know why these lights are getting to be so popular, here are 4 reasons!

1.Long Life-Span- This is probably the most well known fact of these lights. They last for a really, really, really, really, really, really -you get the point- really long time! When a typical LED light bulb is used 8 hours a day, it will last for 17 years!

2.Durable- Just like the aluminum, LED lights perform beautifully in all types of weather. Even in extremely low temperatures, they still are effective. And that’s kind of a requirement living in West Michigan. Anyone else ready for spring? Along with the cold, they are also resistant to shock and vibrations. Could there be a better lighting match for a trailer?

3.Go Green- These babies use energy much more efficiently than a regular incandescent bulb. There is very little wasted heat and they don’t contain any mercury. This means that their environmental impact is much smaller than that of other light bulbs.

4. They are the Future- It is estimated that by 2030, 75% of our lighting will be from LED lights. Because they are so efficient, if we spend the next 20 years switching completely to LED lights, the US would save approximately $250 billion in energy costs. This would greatly reduce our carbon emissions and prolong the dreaded effects of global warming.

The benefits from switching to LED lights are unbeatable. Whenever you decide to upgrade your current trailer with some, we have a great selection of them in our store. Thankfully, Neo’s trailers come standard with LED exterior lights.

3. Stone Guard

The bottom of the front of a trailer is a vulnerable place. Rocks, salt, ice and other debris launches up from the back tires,  quickly damaging that area. Even with good mud flaps, it’s inevitable for the trailer to get scratched, dented and beaten down. There are many products on the market to add protection to the front of your trailer. I have seen guards that attach to the hitch and even some that drape from the bottom of the tow vehicle to the trailer! To me that just sounds like extra, unnecessary work.

Which is why we’ve got to love Neo! Their trailers come standard with a diamond plate stone guard on the front. They all are covered on the bottom 12 inches, which makes such a big difference in the life of your trailer! The stone guard aids in keeping your trailer looking new and upholding the resale value. (Which we have already been over, you’re not going to sell your aluminum trailer anyway.) Because Neo’s trailers come standard with this protection, you can skip the extra work that comes with the bulky guards.

4. Dexter Spring Axle

showimagerv (5)Okay so we have two things to cover here. The “Dexter” part and the “spring” part. Have you heard of Dexter Axles? They manufacture quality, state of the art products. They are well known and respected in the automotive industry. They have a team of engineers so that they are always creating the most efficient product. They use the best equipment and everything they make goes under extreme testing. Thankfully, Neo Manufacturing has chosen Dexter as an axle supplier! There has been great debate on Spring Axles vs Torsion Axles. Although which one is better for you really depends on your trailer use, let me give you some of the benefits of a Spring Axle:

  1. Spring Axles perform better in cold weather as Torsion Axles tend to lose some elasticity in cold temperatures.
  2. Spring Axles distribute the load’s weight evenly and allow for heavier loads.
  3. Spring Axles are less expensive (in this case resulting in a less expensive trailer).
  4. Spring Axles are easier to repair.
  5. Spring Axles are more durable and can handle a little off-roading.

Considering a lot of these trailers will get used for toys and heavy work equipment, Dexter Spring Axles sound like your best option. Neo thought so too, which is why these trailers will all come equipped with the perfect Axle.

5. Color Options

If you’re going to purchase a new trailer, why not tow in style? Neo has some of the best looking trailers on the market. The one piece seamless aluminum roof combined with the 030 bonded, screwless exterior skin gives the trailer such a sleek and elegant look. Here are two videos. The first is on the NAVF (Flat top) models and the second is on the NAVR (Round top) models. Keep in mind that most of ours are swing doors.

And we have these trailers available in the following color options:

6×12 NAVF: Black, Charcoal, Silver, White, Blue, Red
6×12 NAVR: Orange
7×14 NAVR: Pewter, Black, Red, Silver/Black, White
7×16 NAVR: Charcoal, Silver

No doubt we are about to have a very colorful parking lot as the rest of these trailers arrive!


As I mentioned in the beginning, we are currently receiving our big order of Neo aluminum trailers. We are getting a total of 6 truck loads and we are expecting them to all be here by mid-March. We purchased these brand new 2015 trailers for a great sale price. We are extending the sale to our customers and are anticipating these trailers to sell quickly. We do have other Neo trailers in stock, however the sale price is only available to the select models that are listed above. You can see our full listing of Neo Trailers here.

Call or stop in to claim your trailer. Now is the time to purchase a Neo!

And comment on the social media post, to let us know: do you prefer a spring axle or a torsion axle? Tell us which one and why!

Please share this post with anyone you know who is interested in a small trailer. Don’t let your friends miss out on our deal!

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

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Getting Smart With: Trimax Shack-Less Steel Padlock

I’ve already told you quite a bit about Trimax Locks. We love their stuff and we recommend their products to our customers.

Here is a lock that that is very popular and commonly used by our customers in the construction business.

Contractors, I’m talking to you. All you electricians, roofers, carpenters, plumbers and handy men. Do you ever leave your trailer and work equipment on the job site? Have you or a buddy ever had your things stolen out of your trailer? Don’t you think it would be worth it to invest $30 into a lock that will protect your belongings? This lock is pretty incredible and allows lots of hard workers to comfortably leave their trailer at the job overnight.

The Trimax Hockey Puck (THPXL)
thpxlThis tough guy is one of the best options out there. It has a wide range of uses as you can find these guarding traditional and RV trailers, sheds and outdoor storage containers.

I spent some time reading reviews of this lock online and these are just a few of the things that satisfied customers had to say:

“First time I’ve ever used these. Wish I had found them sooner. Awesome product. I never worry about my Haulmark trailer getting broken into.”

“Fits good on a Haulmark trailer, heavy and well built. Peace of mind!!!”

“These locks are probably the most heavy duty locks I’ve seen for a trailer. If you lose the keys, I feel sorry for ya. These are not coming off!”

“This is the trailer door lock to purchase. No one will be able to get this lock off. Don’t lose the key.”

“If you want real security and piece of mind you want these locks. You can key them alike or to match other locks!”


There you have it! This lock is well built and tough. Perfect for guarding your Stealth or Haulmark trailer and possessions. Just don’t lose the key!

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Do you have a lock that you love on your trailer? Share with us what works for you, we love hearing from you!

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

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2015 Stealth Liberty Small Cargo Trailer

Here’s a great option for someone in need of a small trailer: The 2015 Stealth Liberty S15LTW610SASD Ramp Door.

It’s perfect for anyone who needs to haul work equipment. The ramp door with the flap makes it ideal to load things with wheels, such as a lawn mower, ATV, quad or motorcycle. The diamond plate fenders and screwless exterior make this small trailer extremely good looking. And the steel construction with aluminum roof and door frames make it so durable, strong and weather resistant. Here is a quick video to show you more on this small trailer from Stealth.

Additional Information

  • 2″ x 4″ Tube Steel Main Rails
  • 3500# Lippert Spring Axle
  • 2″ Ball Coupler
  • 205/75R15 Radial Tires
  • 3/4″ Rainblock Floor
  • Rear Fold Down Stab Jacks
  • 3 Year Warranty
  • Overall Length: 15′ 8″ Width: 8′ 6″

We know this small trailer will be the perfect choice for one of our customers. Will it be you? For more pictures and information on this cargo trailer, click here. Weather you stop in for a trailer or some parts in our store, we hope to see you soon!

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

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Wanna Hook Up? 7 Steps to Easily Hooking up Your Trailer to Your Vehicle

Do you remember your first time? Maybe it was ages ago and didn’t go well. Surely you’ve gotten better over the years. Or maybe you haven’t done it yet and you’re waiting for the right time. After all, you don’t want to make a fool of yourself, right? Weather it comes natural to you or not, everyone has needed help with it at some point. Yes, hooking up your vehicle to your trailer might prove to be a small challenge and may require a bit of practice.

If you have never hitched a trailer to your vehicle or if you still feel slightly uneasy about it, then grab a snack and a pen and paper. Hopefully this article will make you feel like a seasoned pro.

7 Steps To A Perfect Hook-Up

1. Make Sure You Size Up.

Your ball size will be stamped on the top of the hitch ball. Before doing anything, make sure it matches the size of your coupler. Wrong size? Come see us! That’s what we’re here for.

2. Get Some Help.

Phone a friend. Recruit a co-worker. Ask your wife for help. Find someone who knows their lefts and rights and you’re good to go. Have them stand behind you and direct you as you back up until your coupler is directly above the ball mount.

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3. No One Around? Take It Slow.

Hey if no one is there to help you, that means no one is there to see you mess up, right? Silver Linings. If you’re doing it alone, just know that it may be a stop and go process. Depending on your vehicle and your height, you may be able to lean out your driver’s window far enough to actually see your coupler. If not, take it a few feet at a time. Get out and check to see how you’re lining up. If needed, make an adjustment and go a few more feet before checking again. Once your hitch ball is directly under it, you can lower the coupler.

4. Use A Backup Camera.

You can bypass all the in and out of your vehicle to check the status of your hitch ball. You can completely forgo the need for assistance in the first place. There are some great cameras out there and we stock the best one: Swift Hitch Portable Camera System. Small enough to stash in the glove compartment and so easy to use. This is great for anyone who tows frequently. It has an insanely long battery life, handheld monitor, and a magnetic base for quick mounting. Check it out!

5. Get Hitched.

If you have a ball clamp coupler, lower it onto the ball to get it into place. After tightening it, you can shake the trailer and then tighten it down some more. A latch style coupler will require the same ball size and and for the latch to be open. After placing the coupler over the hitch ball, close the latch and secure it with a lock or pin. Raise the tongue jack to it’s highest position to get the most ground clearance.

6. Better Safe Than Sorry.

It’s very important that you hook up the safety chains correctly. Crisscross them and hook them into the proper holes in the receiver. Your chains should not be taut as they need enough slack to compensate for turns. However they should not be long enough to drag on the ground.

7. 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.
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We hope these simple steps and reminders were helpful to you. Hitching up your trailer really shouldn’t be too hard. Just take your time and do it right the first time. Do you have any tricks you use to hook up your trailer? Please share them with us! We’d love to hear from you via Facebook, Linkedin or Google Plus. We would be happy to share your ideas! 

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

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