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.
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!
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.
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:
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.)
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
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:
Spring Axles perform better in cold weather as Torsion Axles tend to lose some elasticity in cold temperatures.
Spring Axles distribute the load’s weight evenly and allow for heavier loads.
Spring Axles are less expensive (in this case resulting in a less expensive trailer).
Spring Axles are easier to repair.
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!
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) This 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!
Do you have a lock that you love on your trailer? Share with us what works for you, we love hearing from you!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Well, 2014 was an awesome year for us here. We gained a lot of new suppliers, products, and customers. We attended several shows and conventions around the country to learn more about our business and work with new people. We have grown our business in several ways and we can’t wait to see what is in store for us this upcoming year.
Even though we don’t know everything that will happen this year, I can tell you one thing for sure. With Dave Tosh as the owner, we will always, ALWAYS be striving for improvement. So of course, we have a few new things to look forward to this year.
5 Improvements for 2015
1. New Dealer Management Software
No doubt this will be a big learning curve for us as we try to figure out how to navigate the new systems (Please be patient with us as we do so!) But what does this mean for you as the customer?
Less time in the store as we will finally have a scanner and we can ditch the pen and paper.
We will have the ability to keep better track of you, your purchases, and any work done on your trailer.
We can easily communicate with you to quickly inform you of the status of your trailer.
2. New Suppliers
We are building our stock of open steel frame trailers with the help of two new suppliers:
Griffin Trailer will supply us with heavy duty equipment haulers, dump trailers, and landscape trailers.
JRC Trailers manufactures utility trailers and car haulers. They also do fantastic custom trailers.
This is a really cool product that will be arriving on our shelves in March. This was designed for those frequently towing campers or trailers. It takes the grease and awkwardness out of maneuvering your hitch.
Let us know if you want one before March!
4. You Guessed it: More Trailers
Throughout 2014 we had a hard time just keeping trailers on the lot. They kept selling before we even got them. A problem that we were happy to have! This year, however, we want to ensure that our customers have the best options readily available. We currently have over 60 trailers in stock and there are more on the way. We have over 80 on order from Aluma, NEO, Haulmark and Stealth. It’s probably safe to say that we have the most trailers for sale in West Michigan.
Now we’re just hoping that people around here still need trailers. If not, well, that could be embarrassing.
5. Where Are We Going to Put all These Trailers?
In case you didn’t hear, last year we bought a tattoo parlor! Mostly because we thought it would be fun to say that we own a tattoo parlor. But also, that tattoo parlor just happens to be right next door to our dealership. With all this growing we’ve been doing, we were looking for more space to expand our lot. This project is still a ways down the road, though. We are hoping to start the remodel this year!
I hope I don’t sound like a broken record, but I just wanted to say “Thank You” again to all our customers, friends and business partners! Without all the amazing people supporting this little business, we would still be a tattoo-parlor-less dealership with an empty lot! Who want’s that?
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Anyone out there on the hunt for a great car hauler? We have a great one here that I’d like to show you. This trailer is ideal for anyone who needs to transport their show car and keep it protected from the elements. Take a look at our 2015 Haulmark car hauler. (Model #TST85X24DT2 Ramp Door)
Here are a few of the key features of this Haulmark car hauler:
Ramp Gate, D-rings, Roof vent
2″ x 6″ Tube Steel Frame, 18″ V Nose, Round Roof
2 5/16″ Coupler
Ramp Door with 16″ Plywood Extension
Torsion Tandem (2) 5,000# Axles with Brakes
ST225/75R15 D Radial Tires
48″ x 72″ Side PT Door w/recessed step
Watch our video below to see some pictures and to learn a bit more about this trailer:
Want to know even more? Here you can see all the pictures and specs on this awesome Haulmark car hauler. Got a friend who might be in need of one of these babies? Please share this with them!
I’m sure most of you, if not all of you, have heard about the massive car pile up last week on I-94. Our prayers are going out to the hundreds of people involved as well as the family of the man who’s life was lost.
Winter driving can be scary stuff. I’m one of those people who would much rather stay home and wait a day or two for the roads to clear up before resuming my normal activities. However, that’s not all that practical and not possible for many of you. Despite the snow, we still have responsibilities and places to go. And for those of you hauling trailers around, there is an added threat on the icy roads.
Which brings us to today’s topic:
5 Tips for Winter Haulin’
I have compiled a short list of things to remember when towing your trailer throughout West Michigan’s notorious blizzards.
1.Use the Proper Tires:
Your tires are the only thing on your vehicle that are in contact with the ice, so good tires are a first priority. And if your truck or SUV loses control, your trailer will follow suit. So if you don’t have the means to place winter tires on both your vehicle and trailer, choose your vehicle first. For more information on tires (including the tires that we carry) read Ten Tactical Tips for Trailer Tires in Grand Rapids.
2. Drive Like Your Grandma:
Plan ahead and allow yourself plenty of extra time to arrive to your destination. Travel at a slow and manageable pace. Keep a good distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead of you and give yourself a lot of stopping distance. Keep your turns slow and steady and try to avoid any rapid adjustments.
3. Escape the Jack-knife:
In most slippery situations, if you drive smart and carefully, you should be just fine on the roads. Unfortunately, there are moments when a sudden application of the brakes is necessary. In these moments, you may feel your trailer beginning to slide around. Don’t panic. Ease up on the brakes and steer into the slide to regain control.
4. Use a Brake Control:
We highly, highly recommend making the small investment on a quality brake control. Specifically, the Curt Triflex Brake Control. It’s automatic calibration and sensitivity adjustments make towing so much easier. It decreases your stopping distance which can make a world of difference these next couple months. Seriously guys, you won’t be disappointed if you add this accessory to your vehicle. The extra safety it provides is so worth it. If you’d like to know more, read 4 Key Benefits of The Curt Triflex Brake Control.
5. Rinse Off The Salt:
Okay, so this one doesn’t really have anything to do with safety, but it’s still an important winter maintenance tip! Hopefully you already know that salt can be damaging to your vehicle if it’s left on too long. Whenever the temperatures are somewhere above the arctic grip of death, it’s a good idea to get your vehicle washed or at least rinsed off. The same goes for your trailer. After a trip through the salty, slushy roads, give that baby a good rinse off to keep the salt from corroding it.
Well there you have it: our top 5 winter haulin’ tips. We just really want all our friends (and everyone, for that matter) to stay safe on the roads. Please, please be smart out there!
Do you have any tips to add? Please share them with us! You can comment on the link shared on our social media pages or send us an email and we will post it and give you the credit!
Now it’s time to tell you all about our garage and how we offer the best trailer service in Grand Rapids.
We have two guys that work full time in our garage. They are very experienced in trailer maintenance, and when you bring your trailer to them, your trailer is in good hands. We provide many different services. Here are just a few of the things we can do:
Wheel Bearing Repacks
Welding and Body Work
Brakes: Electric and Hydraulic (Surge)
Trailer Hitches (We Install CURT Hitches)
Although we are known for traditional trailers, we also frequently work on boat trailers and we do some maintenance work on RV trailers such as brakes and bearings. We also have the ability to install CURT hitches and wiring harness’ in cars, trucks, SUVs and vans.
We do ask that you call to make an appointment before bringing in your trailer or vehicle. Typically, when you bring your trailer in in the morning, we will have it ready for pick-up that afternoon.
I took a moment and sat down with Greg, who told me everything about the service department. Take a look at this short video and give us a call if you have any questions! We would love to be the ones to provide you with your trailer service in Grand Rapids this winter.
But anyways, back to this Towing Kit. Trimax put this kit together for you to get the most security for your trailer.
This towing kit includes 3 different locks:
UMAX50– Used for when your trailer, boat or camper are not hooked up to your vehicle. It’s 1/2 turn technology stops it from being false locked and the corrosion resistant finish makes it long lasting and durable.
TC1– A coupler lock with an internal O-ring and water tight cap.
TS32– Used to lock and secure your vehicle trailer hitch. The hardened steel lock is Trimax’s most popular and trusted product.
The great thing about buying these locks together in this kit is the keyed alike feature. One key to fit all 3 locks means that you have the most security possible with no hassle or confusion. These locks are designed to fit all trailers and can be useful for so many people.
Is there anyone in your life that could benefit from Keyed Alike Universal Towing Kit?