Grandville Trailer Blog

How to Load an Inline Snowmobile Trailer

If you have been keeping up with us at all, then you probably know we have a whole stockpile of snowmobile trailers for sale on our lot. We are loving all the trailers we got from NEO and I wanted to share a bit more with you about the inlines that we have. Specifically, how to load them.

But first, here are some of the major advantages of purchasing a 7′ wide trailer vs. a 8.5′ wide trailer.

  • Inline trailers are built more narrow with a lower overall height, resulting in easier towing and less wind resistance.
  • The deck does not sit over the tires so they have a lower loading ramp angle.
  • Because snowmobiles are loaded in a staggering fashion, you are able to carry more sleds in less square footage.

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When you’re heading up north or out west with the guys for a snowmobile trip, it’s nice to have a trailer that can comfortably fit all your sleds. And having an easy trailer to pull is great for your peace of mind and your wallet. There have been a lot of questions as to how to load these trailers though. A common myth is that sleds are loaded in a diagonal manor. This is not true, and we are here to tell you how it’s properly done. 

1. The Front Spring Assist Ramp Doorshowimagerv (4)

This is the door that you will use to load your snowmobiles. (Notice that super low ramp angle!) This is the curbside of the trailer. Simply bring your sled in and place it all the way in the back on the roadside of the trailer with the front skis touching the back ramp door.

2. Start The Stagger

Sled number two will go in front first as well, but on the curbside of the trailer. The front of its skis should be just touching the back of the first sled’s skis.

3. Fill It Up

Keep going with staggering sleds and switching sides. Depending on the size of your snowmobiles, these trailers can hold 3, 4 or 5 sleds. Here is what a loaded inline trailer will look like.
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4. Drive Out

One of the best things about these trailers is the “Drive in, Drive out” feature. It makes it so easy to load and unload when you don’t need to back up the snowmobiles. And if you want to make your trailer even more awesome, you can deck yours out in some of our accessories from Caliber. (Accessories that, by the way, will make incredible Christmas gifts for someone who already has a snowmobile trailer.)


Hopefully those pictures clear up any confusion on how to load these trailers. We are stocking NEO inlines and we also have NEO deck-overs available to order. Once again, here is our full listing of snowmobile trailers for sale, including some from Sport Haven too.

Is anyone planning a snowmobile trip before Christmas or in January? Don’t forget to check your tires to avoid problems on the road. Take a moment to read Ten Tactical Tips for Trailer Tires in Grand Rapids.

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

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5 Useful and Unique Gift Ideas For Men

Well I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Hopefully now you are well rested, a few pounds heavier and starting to feel the Christmas spirit! (That is, if you weren’t already.) I know many of us here have already been preparing for Christmas for a while now, and we wanted to help you do the same. We have many items in our trailer supply store that would make awesome Christmas gifts! So we have compiled a list of our top 5 gift ideas. This year, take a break from the ties, socks and screwdriver sets. Give the men in your life something fun and useful.

1. IMMI CargoBuckle

CargoBuckle are the longest, most durable ratchet straps you will find. Because they are self-retractable and they have an easy-release lever, they are also the simplest ratchet straps to use. Weather resistant and extremely versatile, any man would love this gift.

2. Swift Hitch Portable Camera System

This Swift Hitch Camera is geared towards all trailer owners. The magnetic camera quickly mounts to the back of your truck and the handheld monitor guides you to your trailer perfectly. It has an incredible battery life and several other features. It’s very easy to use and will save a lot of headache when hitching up a trailer. It’s the perfect gift for any trailer owner!

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

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Do you have a friend or loved one that rides a motorcycle or dirt bike? Take a look at this wheel chock. This device is great to secure any bike of any size and it’s sturdy enough so that only one person needs to be there to load and unload. We carry the all black version of this brilliant invention.

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These are perfect for someone towing a fishing boat, snowmobile or car trailer. For someone that plows in the winter or who goes camping in the summer. Or for anyone who just loves any extra safety feature. Milenco’s mirrors are made with high standards and are designed to fasten to your mirrors and lengthen your view behind you. We carry select models at Grandville Trailer and we always recommend that trailer towers use these!


We hope you got some creative gift giving juices flowing with our 5 ideas! We stock all these things in our store and we have a lot of other items that would make awesome gifts as well:

We’d love to hear from you. Are any of you hoping to see one or two of these items under your Christmas tree? Is there something else you are asking for that might be found in our  trailer supply store? At Grandville Trailer, we’re pullin’ for ya! unnamed

Why You Are So Important

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and it has a lot of us in a sappy, thankful mood. In the midst of Thanksgiving dinner preparations, Christmas shopping and hunting, I wanted to write a cliche post on what we’re thankful for this year.

It’s been two years now with Dave as the owner of Grandville Trailer and we have seen so much growth in those years. We are so thankful for the incredible team here that we get to work with week after week. And we are so thankful for the amazing customers that we have the privilege of serving. Shop 014

Month after month we are setting new records on our sales. And month after month we are blown away with God’s blessings and provisions! We have had several out-of-state buyers and countless west Michiganders purchasing trailers from us. We have been so blessed by our customers as well as our many new suppliers. Grandville Trailer remains a fun and cheerful place to do business and we can’t wait to see how our business will change and grow in the next two years.

To all of our loyal customers, and supportive friends and family: We are so thankful for you! 

Seriously, Grandville Trailer would not be Grandville Trailer without you. We wouldn’t be seeing this tremendous growth without you. We just wouldn’t. We value each of you and we want you to know that you are important to us. So from all of us here, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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4 Amazing Caliber Products For Your Snowmobile Trailer

This post is about snowmobile trailer accessories. But first I just wanted to say that I hope you all had a great opening day weekend! I hope many of you were successful, as some of our guys were! I will share their deer pictures with you later on this week.

But like I said, hallelujah, snowmobile season is also here! I’m sure this will be the first week that many of you get out those sleds and hit the fresh powder. If you are looking for a snowmobile trailer in Grand Rapids, come check out our store. We currently have about 30 of them that are equipped to carry snowmobiles as well as any of your other toys.

We are also stocking some new products from Caliber. They make some awesome accessories and we are happy to have them as a new supplier. For those of you with snowmobile trailers, stick around. You’re gonna love the 4 new products that we have in our store. And for those of you who have loved ones with snowmobile trailers, there are some great Christmas gift ideas here. Here is a video overview of what we have:

4 Amazing Caliber Products for Any Snowmobile Trailer in Grand Rapids

Poly Shield III

This shield lives up to it’s name as it is virtually impossible to crack and it protects your snowmobile or other toys from all the salt and damaging debris on the roads. It is well worth the investment as it’s protection will help hold the resale value of your possessions. Here is more on this product:

LowPro Grip Glides

We love this product because of it’s versatility. It is designed to be useful for both snowmobiles and ATV’s. It provides traction for when moving ATV’s and decreased friction for your snowmobiles. Check out the rest of it’s features here:

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Edge Glides

These are great for making the ground-to-trailer transitions easy and smooth. They are inexpensive and would make a great Christmas gift for any snowmobile trailer owner. We carry every size except for the 13524.

Trax Grabbers

This will make loading your snowmobiles much easier as well as walking up the ramp! This product is made strong and durable and will also make a good Christmas present. Check out this video to see a cool demonstration of the Trax Grabbers.

Well these products are cool, but are you wondering what specific sizes of these products will be compatible with your trailer? No Problem. On their website is a handy little tool called the Configuratior. Here you can see exactly what parts to get for your trailer or as a gift for someone else’s trailer.

Well there you have it! 4 new and awesome products from Caliber at Grandville Trailer. We have the best selection of snowmobile trailer in Grand Rapids and now the accessories to go along with them. We wish everyone a fun and safe winter full of snowmobiling bliss.

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

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Ten Tactical Tips for Trailer Tires in Grand Rapids

How often do you see bits of ripped rubber blown all over the sides of the highway? It seems like you can’t go a mile without seeing the remains of a blown tire. STX_3414Especially in West Michigan where the roads are so patched over, they might as well be dirt and the harsh weather is so unpredictable.

We get so caught up in what we are towing that sometimes we forget about the very things that keep our trailers moving! I’m here to remind you not to forget about your trailer’s tires. They are important.

In our store, we have a whole room devoted to trailer tires. Every 3 weeks or so, Dave makes a trip down to our trailer tire supplier in Indiana and brings back a load of tires. We carry a variety of Loadstar tires from Americana. We’ve got the best selection of trailer tires in Grand Rapids, so keep us in mind as you are winterizing your trailer.

Here are the Tires from Americana. We stock many from the Kenda Karrier ST Radial KR03 list, the Kenda Loadstar K550/ST BIAS list and the Kenda Loadstar K353 list. The ones that we carry are by far the most popular, but our stock is not limited to these. We are happy to order and pick up specific sizes for you. We can even deck out your trailer and order tires with custom aluminum rims!

We carry such a variety because every trailer is different, therefore requiring different tires. This is something that our staff would be happy to help you with if you have any questions.

But without further ado, here are Ten Tactical Tips for Trailer Tires in Grand Rapids.

CIMG39981. Trailer Tires ≠ Vehicle Tires. The tires on your truck are designed to accelerate, steer, and have traction on the road. Trailer tires are designed to be pulled and just go along for the ride. You should never used a trailer tire on a car or vise versa.

2. Inflate? Indeed! The leading cause of trailer tires failing on the side of the highway is underinflation. Pump those babies up! You can check the sidewall of the tire to see the maximum inflation.

3. Size matters. Ensure that all your trailer’s tires are identical in size. You might run into some problems if you don’t.

4. Change is important. Tires need to be replaced on a regular basis, regardless of what they look like. We recommend every 3-5 years, depending on how much you use your trailer.

5. Go the distance. Adding to tip #4, you can also gauge when it’s time to change your tires by keeping track of how many miles you are putting on them. Depending on the tire, it’s time to change them anywhere between 5,000 and 12,000 miles.

6. Watch your weight. The joined weight capacity of your tires should still exceed the weight of your loaded trailer by 20 percent.

7. Weakening over time. The weight capacity of your tires will slowly decrease over the years of use.

8. It’s getting hot in here. The heat on your tires caused by operation will, sadly, weaken the structure and integrity of the tire. Time, heat and the elements will eventually break down your trailer tires and they will need to be replaced.

9. How to measure bolt patterns. Here is a handy little graphic to help clear this up. Bolt_Circles_210. Make them last. With so many things that can ruin, wear and tear your trailer tires. Here are few tips to keep them in great shape as long as possible. Keep a close eye on your tires and care for them frequently to make them last and get your money’s worth out of them.

  • Check your tire inflation often, especially before going anywhere further than across town. Keep your tires at their maximum inflation rate. Deflation= friction= heat= worn out tires.
  • Only wash your tires with water and mild soap. Tire cleaners made with alcohol or petroleum distillates will eat away at your tires.
  • When you check your tire’s inflation, also check the actual treads for things like bulges, cuts and punctures.

Trailer tires are different than the tires on your car or truck. They need special care and they need to be replaced often. Our awesome staff would be happy to answer any questions you have. For the best selection of trailer tires in Grand Rapids, head in to Grandville Trailer.

This weekend, make sure you check your tire inflation and general well-being of your tires. We don’t want our friends to be stranded on the highway at all, let alone this winter. It might be a good idea to get your trailer tires replaced before the serious snow comes, or to at least purchase a spare.

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

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4 Key Benefits of the Curt Triflex Brake Control #51140

When it comes to towing products, one of our favorite brands is Curt. We know we are providing the best for our customers when we stock our shelves with their brand. Their American made products have gone through rigourous testing and engeniering. They use the best materials and manufacture trustworthy and durable products.

The one that I specifically want to talk about today is the Curt Trifelx Brake Control #51140. 715g4q5mrgL._SY355_

We have been so impressed with this brake control and our customers who bought this have been satisfied with it as well. Whether you pull a camping, utility or boat trailer in Grand Rapids, or anywhere in West Michigan, this accessory can serve you well. This compact device will easily mount above or below your dashboard and will automatically adjust your 2-8 brakes to keep your towing experience safe and smooth.

4 Key Benefits of the Curt Triflex Brake Control #51140

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The Triflex brake control comes with all the mounting hardware needed and will only take a few minutes of your time. It’s ability to mount in a variety of angels allows you to place it above or below your dashboard, wherever you think is best. Just find a stable surface that you can easily reach while sitting in the driver’s seat. Once it’s mounted, you will need a Curt wiring harness to connect the control to your vehicle’s wiring. (Yes, we carry these too!) If your vehicle does not have the plug available, you will need to hard-wire in the brake control.

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The brake control has a triple axes motion sensor and it automatically adjusts your brake output. This makes going up and down hills a lot easier and produces smooth and precise stops. There is also no setup required with it’s automatic calibration and leveling. It’s so easy to use and will make such a big difference on your towing experience!

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Even though we don’t sell some of these trailers you see on the side, I’d still like to talk to those of you who pull them. (By the way, for those of you with boat trailers in Grand Rapids, we do carry parts in our store for you, too!) If you are taking a trip with your camper to the mountains, this products will assist you throughout the terrain. If you are pulling your boat trailer in Grand Rapids and out to the lakes, It will help you navigate the beautiful, curvy roads along the shore. And if you’re pulling ANYTHING through our unpredictably snowy weather, this device will aid in keeping you, and your precious cargo safe. The Triflex brake control will benefit anyone pulling anything.

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One of the biggest reasons we encourage trailer owners to check out this gadget is because of the added safety it provides. Especially now that we’ve had our first snowfall, one of the best things about the Curt Triflex brake control is that it decreases your stopping distance. If it lowers your chance of getting into a wreck, isn’t that alone worth the small investment? Also, on the side of the brake control there is a nob to control it’s sensitivity. This way, you can ensure it is at the optimal level for the weight of your load and the conditions you are driving in.


Instead of explaining to you exactly how this tool works, take a look for yourself. This is Curt’s video of their handy product. Plus you’ll learn about a few more of it’s features like the power adjustment and the sleep mode timer.

Add this to your Christmas list or swing by Grandville Trailer to get your Curt Triflex Brake Control. Winter is practically here! What else do you need to do to get your trailer ready?

At Grandville Trailer, we’re pullin for ya!

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5 Steps to Repacking Your Trailer Bearings

It’s really important to repack your trailer bearings on a regular basis. Why is it important? I’m so glad you asked.

The wheel bearings need to stay well lubricated to work properly while bearing the weight of your trailer. Unfortunately, over time the grease breaks down, especially if water works its way inside the bearings. Hence the importance of repacking the bearings with grease on a regular basis. It is recommended to do so every year or 10,000 miles. We are more than happy to do this for you at our shop; we take pride in providing some of the best trailer service in Grand Rapids. However I’d like to tell you DIYers  how you can do this yourself at home.

Before you begin, you will want to have all your Materials out and ready to go. Here is a complete list of everything you might want to use.

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-Hammer
-Needle-nose pliers
-2 Jack stands
-Large flat head screwdriver
-Large adjustable wrench
-Wrench for lug nuts
-Solvent
-New cotter pin
-Bearing grease
-Gloves, clean rags and small pan

Some of these things can be substituted with a different tool, however having all these things on hand will help you do get the job done in a quick and somewhat* clean manor. Once you have these things it’s time to get in and get your hands dirty!12StepsBearing

5 Steps to Repacking your Trailer Bearings

Step 1: Removal
With the axle raised on a jack, remove the wheel and then the dustcap. The flat head screwdriver will work to take off the dustcap. Next, remove the cotter pin by unbending it and pulling it our with your needle nose pliers.  And finally remove the rear bearing.

Step 2: Cleaning 
Now it is time to take the seal out of the bearing. There are several ways to do this but we recommend simply prying it out with your flat head screw driver. Once that is out, you can remove the inner bearing as well. Use solvent to clean all the old grease off of the bearings, races, seal and hub surfaces. It’s important that you clean all parts thoroughly!

Step 3: Repacking
Once everything is out and clean, you can do the actual repacking. Do this by putting a glob of fresh grease on your palm and begin working it into the bearing. Make sure that it is fully packed and no gaps remain. It’s also ideal to add another layer of grease around the rollers, on the bearing race surfaces on the hub and the bearing’s faces. Basically, anywhere you can put new grease; do it. Grease= good.

Step 4: Replacing
Once you’re done playing in the grease, tap in a new seal, ensuring that is is even and snug.

Step 5: Assembly
Really, the only thing left is to just put it all back together. Place the drum back on the axle (maybe add yet another glob of grease to it’s face). After the careful placement of the thrust washer and spindle nut, the drum should easily spin on the axle. Insert the new cotter pin and cover with the dustcap. After putting the wheel back in place, you’re done! Well… with that one wheel, anyways.

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-If your trailer has been in storage for some time, it still needs this service done. Grease will break down on a parked trailer, too.
-Don’t torque the spindle nut when you are re-assembling. It will crush the bearings. Just make sure it is snug.
-Always replace the cotter pin.
-And just in case you happen to be “that guy” stranded on the highway, we think it’s a good idea to carry an extra set of seals and bearings, all which you can find in our store.


 

Trailer Service in Grand Rapids- Grandville Trailer is Here to Help

This simple task should take you about an hour to complete and is something that most people can do on their own at home. However if you are looking for this trailer service in Grand Rapids, head on over to Grandville Trailer, where we do it often. If you just can’t find the time or space to do it yourself, or if you need to bring your trailer in for another reason anyways, we are more than happy to do this for you!

Do you have an extra set of seals and bearings stored in your truck or trailer? If you don’t, you might consider swinging by and grabbing some. If you want to tackle this project at home, we are more than happy to answer any questions you have while you are here!

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The Team Behind the Trailers

Happy Friday everyone! Today I want to take a minute to tell you about all the wonderful people that work at this wonderful dealership. They make Grandville Trailer a great place to do work and business. It’s not all about the trailers… It’s about the people!

Management

IMG_4743Let’s start with the owner, Dave. I probably don’t need to talk about him because you probably already know him. Everyone in west Michigan seems to know Dave Tosh. He’s fun, kind, generous and everybody’s friend. Before he stepped into the exciting world of trailers, he had a counter top business called Tosh’s Tops. After giving everyone in Grand Rapids new and beautiful counters, he decided it was time to sell everyone in Grand Rapids a trailer! Dave runs a fair and honest business. He genuinely loves his job and seeks to do right by his customers and employees. On his few days off, he hunts, travels to Omaha to visit family, and works on his Mustang restoration. (More on that later)

Service Department

One of the things that makes Grandville Trailer stand out is our excellent service department. Our mechanics work hard to keep customer’s trailers working perfectly. Among other things, they repack bearings, install hitches, and repair damaged trailers.016 (1)

Joe is our head mechanic and has been at Grandville Trailer longer than anyone else. He works hard and does his job very well. His love for repairing things has lead him to several auctions where he has purchased different machinery items in need of repair. A gear head with a green thumb, he also has a passion for gardening. We hope that Joe will continue to stick around for a long time!

IMG_4747Cody is a very gifted mechanic and we are thankful to have him working with us! His days are long and busy, though. Not only does he work for us full time, he is also in school for Criminal Justice. We will miss him when he’s done here, but he will make a great police officer! When he is away from work and school, he is a true outdoorsman. He loves golfing, fishing, hunting and even Tough Mudder competitions. Props to you, Cody!

Sales

We strive to have the best selection of trailers possible and we want to make sure we have all the right parts in our store. We have an awesome team of guys that work together to make sure our customers get all their questions answered. We don’t want to sell trailers for the sake of selling trailers. We genuinely want our customers to walk away happy, informed and satisfied with their experience.013 (1)

John just may be the heart of Grandville Trailer. He is an awesome employee who loves his job and loves to give customers a great experience. He is patient, thorough and very knowledgeable about our products. He is also a mentor to a 2nd-grader and he is “Papa” to four sweet grandkids. He enjoys bowling and camping and just being with his wonderful family.

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Greg is the son of Dave and Andrea. He’s a goofy guy with a love for people. He keeps things  fun at work, but don’t let that fool you. He works hard and knows a lot about trailers. He spends his free time with his friends: disc golfing and scoping out new breweries in Grand Rapids for unique craft beers. He is also planning a wedding with his beautiful and intelligent fiance for next summer! The two make an awesome couple and we are thrilled for them!

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Bill is semi-retired but we are lucky enough to still have him working with us! He is a friendly face at Grandville Trailer and will greet you with a smile. When asked what he likes to do he responds with “Bow hunting, hunting, and hunting!” He is also making a difference in the life of a 6th-grader by mentoring. He loves his family and has 14 grandkids! He is a blessing to many people.

Omelay 7x16 titan 072Jim is our newest employee and we are so glad to have him here! During the school year he will be here part time as he is also a computer teacher for 7th and 8th graders. He is a man of many talents and he is gifted musically with singing and playing the guitar. He recently began leading worship at Lifeline Church! (Fun fact: Bill’s son, Rob, is the pastor!) Jim also has a passion for building and is about to begin building a house. We are happy to have him on board!

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James did a whole lot of work for us this past summer. It would have been a difficult summer without him. He did a lot of the hard work like washing trailers, building maintenance, transporting trailers, cleaning, mowing and a whole lot more. He did these things with a willing heart and a smile on his face. It was so good to have him around and we wish he was here all the time!

1924376_778533975542479_8132334015825027284_nAndrea is Dave’s wife and she has been by his side through it all. They work together in running this awesome dealership. Andrea does all of Grandville Trailer’s bookkeeping and a whole lot of paperwork. She spends a lot of her time volunteering, working out, spoiling her grandbabies, and just loving on all the people in her life. Grandville Trailer is blessed to have her around and so is her family!P1080455

And then there’s me, Ally. I am Dave and Andrea’s daughter and I live in Nebraska with my wonderful husband and two amazing kids. I was thrilled when my parents asked me to work remote for their awesome business. I have learned a whole lot more about marketing, computers and trailers than I ever thought I would! I love every minute of it and I’m so glad to be doing my part to keep our customers informed!

 

Have you had a good experience at Grandville Trailer because of these people? If so, could you leave us a quick review? We are so thankful for your business and a couple positive sentences from you could do a lot for our little store! You can leave a review right here, here or here. Thank you and we hope you have a great weekend!

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

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Haulmark Trailers: What You Need to Know

It’s about time that I talk about Haulmark Trailers. In fact, a majority of the trailers that you will find at Grandville Trailer are Haulmark brand. They are the #1 trailer brand in the country and probably what we sell most often. You have most likely heard the name and have seen them on the highway. This company has been around for a long time, perfecting their products. Haulmark trailers are extremely durable and built strong. So basically, they last for a really, really, REALLY long time!

It is no secret that Haulmark trailers are extremely affordable. They have been deemed “Best Priced Trailers” time and time again. But don’t let that make you think for one second that these trailers aren’t as good of quality. Customers have been and continue to be very happy with these products.

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If you find yourself renting a trailer every so often to haul seasonal items, for spring yardwork, or for trips, you might want to consider buying a small cargo trailer from Haulmark. Because they are so afforable, it will eventually pay for itself several times over. Plus, you will find that they are just nice to have around! Some of the small cargo trailers that we have start at around $1,500. I can guarantee you that Haulmark will give you the most for your money. Come talk to our staff to get your questions answers and get the optimal trailer picked out.

One thing that you might not know is just how many models of Haulmark trailers there are. They do it all. Motorcycle trailers, adventure trailers, car haulers, cargo trailers, utility trailers, and so much more. They really have an option for everyone. We have been known to order trailers for our customers who can’t find exactly what they want on our lot. If that is the case for you, come talk to us. Let us do the hard work; we would be happy to order a trailer for you.

If you are looking into purchasing a trailer, especially a small enclosed trailer, you might consider looking at Haulmark trailers. Affordable, durable and downright good-looking. you won’t be disappointed!

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4 Trimax Products That Will Help a Trailer Owner to Sleep at Night

Trimax Locks

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

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

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

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

Coupler Locks

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

Wheel Chock Locks

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

Door Locks

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


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Receiver Locks

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


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

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

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

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