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5 Exciting Things Happening at Grandville Trailer in 2015

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.
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3. HitchGrip

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?

Please Like us on Facebook and share this post with your friends. Thank you for your support!

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2015 Haulmark Transport Ramp Door at Grandville Trailer

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) showimagerv (2)

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!

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

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5 Tips For Winter Haulin’

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! 

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

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The Trimax Keyed Alike Universal Towing Kit

A while back I did a post on 4 Trimax Products That Will Help a Trailer Owner to Sleep at Night. I talked about 4 of our favorite products from Trimax that we carry. Today I would like to tell you about one more: The TCP50 Keyed Alike Universal Towing Kit. If someone close to you owns a trailer, camper, or boat trailer, and you’re still unsure of what you want to give them for Christmas, this product might be worth a look.

If you are still looking for more Christmas gift ideas, you might benefit from reading the Trimax post mentioned above as well as 5 Useful and Unique Gift Ideas For Men.

But anyways, back to this Towing Kit. Trimax put this kit together for you to get the most security for your trailer.81a-g8utWnL._SL1500_

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?

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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. 

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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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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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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!

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

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