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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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4 Reasons Every Utility Trailer Needs a Gorilla-Lift

Gorilla-Lift

One of our favorite products in our store is the Gorilla Lift. It is a tailgate lift assist for your utility trailer and it has been on the market for 5 years improving the lives of trailer owners. Its a fully enclosed lifting system that will take off 100% of the weight of most tailgates. Here is Gorilla-Lift’s (cheesy, yet informative) video of their product:

4 Reasons to Install a Gorilla-Lift

1. Adjustable for varying sized tailgates: It’s designed to not let heavy tailgates fall to the ground and to keep lighter tailgates from popping up off the ground. When it is installed properly, it’s meant to give the tailgate a floating effect when going up and down. It works on tailgates 4-6 feet tall.

2. Attaches to both sides of the tailgate: This is helpful for a few reasons. It will keep the pressure even on both sides to prevent the hinges from deteriorating in an untimely manner. It will also stop the tailgate from warping. And it acts as a secondary support; in the rare event that one side would fail, it will keep the tailgate from smashing to the ground. Overall, the thorough system should allow your trailer’s tailgate a longer life.

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3. Prevents injury: Most utility trailers have pretty heavy tailgates. My guess is that there have been quite a few broken toes and worker’s compensation claims thanks to tailgates being dropped. This can also be beneficial if you have little hands that like to help you often. It’s one less “accident waiting to happen.”

4. Easy install: The Gorilla Lift comes with the hardware to attatch it, however you can also choose to spot-weld it to your utility trailer. But at Grandville Trailer, we can make it even easier for you. Come to our store where we have these in stock and we will be happy to install it for you. The lift does work best on utility trailers with side rails 10-24 inches high.

Gorilla-Lift-6If you want to know more about the details of the Gorilla-lift, you can read about it on their website.

***I spent some time reading some reviews online and I’m blown away at how much customers are really appreciating this product. It seems to be making a big difference in the lives of trailer owners! The most common comment I see on this is how much of a “back-saver” it is. If you want to see some reviews, you can look here and here. Go ahead and see for yourself why everyone loves this product so much! And come see us when you are ready to have one installed on your utility trailer.***

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

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A Homemade Trailer Worth Talking About

The Lawley Pop

We have something really cool to share with our readers today! This is a project from one our our customers, Kenn. Kenn is a retired west Michigan business owner with a passion for boats. He has a replica of the boat launch that was designed by George Lawley in 1907.  The boat here was built by the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Grandville, MI. The original boat had a 5 horse power engine that popped when it ran, so it was named “The Lawley pop.” (Pronounced “Lolly Pop”) This boat was started in 2013 and Kenn took over and finished it. Here is the finished product

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But Kenn didn’t stop there. What he really wanted was to bring his boat to boat shows throughout the US. He took the matter into his own hands and built his very own boat launch aluminum trailer. IMG_1327

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Kenn also wanted an enclosed trailer to protect his boat when traveling to his boat shows. That’s when he came to us. He bought a trailer from Aluma through Grandville Trailer and he went to Iowa himself to pick it up. Here is the model that be bought from Aluma. 7814st-utility-trailer As you can see, this is not an enclosed trailer. Kenn bought this as a base so that he could build the exact aluminum trailer that he wanted. He built an aluminum frame on this trailer and then sided it with aluminum sheets. He even finished it off with Aluma decals.  And for the top, he had a vinyl snap-on cover made for it. 050 (1) 055             019 016

The Final Product

The two trailers work together perfectly to protect his boat and launch it into the water. The homemade boat trailer goes into the aluminum trailer on an electric winch system. 013 014             008 (1) IMG_1321

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We think that Kenn did an awesome job on his boat and trailers! I’m thrilled that he shared his story and all these pictures with us. So far he has won 2 awards in the 3 shows that he has entered. Best of luck to you Kenn! Please keep us updated on all your future projects!


Do any of our other readers have any custom trailers to share? Weather you made improvements yourself, or ordered it specifically for your needs, we want to hear about it and see a picture!

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

Neo Trailers: 5 Reasons to get Excited

5 Nifty Things About Neo Trailers

We are so excited here at GT because we have a new supplier! This week we will be getting in our very first shipment of Neo trailers and we can’t wait to have them here! They are all about fun and providing the perfect trailer for your toys. Weather you like to take your quads to the sand dunes or sea dos out to the lakes, you should really consider checking with them to find the right trailer to do the job. Neo makes all aluminum, v-nosed, enclosed trailers. They are smooth, sleek, durable and incredibly priced. And we love the fact that they are located in Sturgis, MI! We have been so impressed with how they run their business and how they make these trailers. I think you’ll be just as impressed. Here are a few reasons why we think they are so great.

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If you’ve been reading our blog, then you know we already love aluminum trailers. They are lightweight so that you can pull more cargo and less trailer. They are rust free and last much longer. They are durable and easier on  your tow vehicle. And in this case, they are some good looking trailers! Dave Tosh even described them as “sexy.”

2. V-nosed

2You will find that Neo only produces v-nosed trailers. They firmly believe they are more aerodynamic and fuel efficient. In fact, they say that on average, a v-nosed trailer will give you 20% better fuel economy than a flat front trailer. There you have it; Neo has answered the question that we hear over and over. What type of enclosed trailers are more aerodynamic? Now we know.

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Neo manufactures 4 different kinds of trailers: Auto, All Sport, Motorcycle and Cargo. They have one model motorcycle trailer and the rest have a couple to chose from. The models differ with the tops: round top vs. flat top. They have really perfected the models that they have, eliminating the need to produce more. Why change a good thing? Having  fewer choices will make it so much easier for you to chose. Once thing is for sure, you’re going to want to chose Neo!

4. Unbeatable Prices

4Let’s be honest, money doesn’t grow on trees. I’m sure we would all love to have a money tree in our backyard, but life just doesn’t work that way. So when shopping for a new trailer, this is one of the biggest contributing factors. You want to find a good trailer for your money, and that is what Neo can give you. Their enclosed trailers are so affordable so you can get a whole lotta bang for your buck.

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This is another thing that makes Neo stand out. They have a line of cabinets for inside your trailer. They look just as nice as the trailers and they are also made from aluminum to give you all the same benefits. Weather you just want a small one to keep your tools or a whole set to line the inside of your trailer, they are definitely worth a look!


Hopefully you can get an idea as to why we are so excited to have these products on our lot. These enclosed trailers are just as they said in their video. ^^ They are elegant, durable and made to last! Stay tuned. We will let you know when the first load comes in this week and we will soon get our stock right here on our website. We are so excited and proud to be a stocking Neo dealer. We hope you will consider them for your next trailer purchase!

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

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Inside Grandville Trailer

I just want to take a minute to talk about our store. Dave and Andrea Tosh took ownership of Grandville Trailer in 2012. They have poured a lot into making the store look as good as it does. They have also worked hard on the inventory inside of the store. We really want our business to be a place where our customers can come for everything they need. We want to ensure you the capability of coming to once place for your trailer service, parts and trailers in Grand Rapids. Before I tell you about what we stock, here are some pictures to show you the transformation of the outside of the store. We are really proud of this!

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Our sign also had a makeover of it’s own.

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I recently did a post called More Than Trailers as just a basic overview of Grandville Trailer. But now I want to go a little more in-dept into what we actually have in our store. We like to say that we are a trailer owner’s “One stop shop”. We want to save you from the hassle of searching all over town for what you need. That’s why we have worked so hard to keep our store well stocked. We pay attention to what’s new on the market as well as what our customers come looking for. Here is a list of what you will find in our store. Keep in mind that we have even more that what is on that list. But here are just a few of our main items that every trailer owner should be familiar with.

Tires

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We have a whole separate room stocked with tires for your trailers. Every 2-3 weeks, Dave (owner) takes a trip to Indiana to our tire supplier. He comes back each time with a load of 50-100 tires. That’s quite a load! Good thing we sell trailers, huh? So keep us in mind when you need new tires on your trailer.

Locks

It’s a small, inexpensive item that just may save you from losing a large possession. We really encourage all trailer owners to take this extra precaution to protect their property. We carry these right in our store, so when you come in for any parts, accessories, or service, please consider grabbing a lock as well.

Ball Mounts

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Here is another thing that we like to keep well stocked. A lot of our ball mounts are top quality and made by Curt. These are big sellers here, and for good reason. We have a wide range of models so that you can have the best selection possible. So check with us instead of searching all over town.

 

Tongue Jacks

This is a necessity for every trailer, so you bet your bottom dollar that you can find them in our store. Once again, we have a wide variety to ensure that you can find exactly what you’re looking for.

Swift Hitch Portable Camera System

This is one of our newer products that we can’t get enough of. It is super cool, so handy, and you’ll wonder what you ever did without it. We have had  lot of fun playing with ours. It is very durable and user-friendly. I don’t know why someone didn’t think of this sooner! We love it so much, I wrote about it a couple weeks ago. You can see that post here. We have this on display by the counter in the store, so feel free to play around with it next time you’re here.

LED Lights

LED lights are a great way to give your trailer a sensible, modern update. For one thing, they last for a really long time… I mean, it’s really kind of ridiculous how long they last. We’re talking 10-20 years! Thanks to the fact that they are mercury free, they are much better for our Pure Michigan air. They are perfect for trailers because they can withstand extremely cold temperatures and they are resistant to shocks and vibration. Low maintenance, durable, and long lasting. Why wouldn’t you switch to LED?

Well there you have it. Some of our favorites and top sellers. Check out this video for a peek into our store.

We’ve been working hard and we will continue to do so. We’re proud to have the best parts, service and trailers in Grand Rapids. Happy as we are about how our store is looking, we’re not done. We just purchased the tattoo shop next to our lot. We contemplated learning another trade, but decided on sticking with trailers. Instead, we will be tearing down the building and extending our lot so that we can keep a bigger stock! Stay tuned as we move forward. We’re pretty excited about this! But for now, we’re just enjoying telling everyone that we bought a tattoo parlor!

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

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5 Curt Products Every Trailer Owner Needs to Know About

At Grandville Trailer, we love Curt products. We believe they are top of the line and made to last. Because Curt is confident in them as well, most products come with a pretty great warranty. We carry a lot of their brand right in our store. Here are a few of our favorite, in stock, Curt products.

5th wheel hitch

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When you walk into our trailer supply store and look to your right, you will see this bad boy on display. This is the Curt 5th Wheel Hitch; model Q20. When talking about 5th wheel hitches, it’s pretty much the best of the best. It has a 20,000lb maximum towing weight and 5,000lbs maximum pin weight. It’s built strong and solid and will give you a smooth, quiet towing experience. It’s spherical axel bearing allows a full 360 degree head movement and the Carbide Black Powder Coat finish gives it extra durability. But what really makes this hitch stand out is the full 10 year warranty that comes with it. So if you’re in need of a 5th wheel hitch, save yourself some time and headache and come see us at GT. We’ll hook you up with this Curt hitch. Check out this video if you want to know more about it.

T-Connector Wiring Kits

The best thing about these kits is how easy they are to install. Make sure you have the right model for your vehicle and you won’t have to do any cutting, splicing or soldering. These kits are also cool because they come with a dust cover and a 1 year warranty. Oh, and did I mention that they’re made in the USA?

Brake Controls

It’s pretty clear to us that Curt likes to offer products that will create a smooth, easy towing experience. Their brake controls do just that, especially the new Triflex brake control. It’s triple-axis motion sensing allows for a smooth, controlled, precise stop. Like other Curt products, the Triflex is so easy to use and it comes ready with all the mounting hardware. It also had a limited lifetime warranty! See what Curt has to say about their new product in this video.

Hitches and Ball Mounts

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We like to keep Curt hitches and ball mounts on our shelves because we believe they are top of the line. After the hitches are welded, they go through several different stages to get them smooth and strong. They are finished with a liquid A-coat and a powder coat finish before setting in the oven. Curt also makes a wide variety of ball mounts so that you can get the perfect fit. We carry many models in our trailer supply store but if you ever need something different, we are happy to order it for you.

Here is a great video by Curt on how to select your trailer hitch.

And here is their video on how to choose your ball mount and trailer ball.

 We Install Curt Hitches

We would love to help you out and install your Curt hitch for you. You can look up your vehicle here to find a hitch that will fit. (You can also see a handy list of all our trailer supply parts we stock.) Call or email us with any questions. We would be happy to help you find the right model and get it on your vehicle for you.

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

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6 Things You Should Know About Aluma Trailers

6 Things You Should Know About Aluma Trailers

Here at GT, we have been selling Aluma Trailers faster than any others. They never sit on our lot for very long. We love how durable and dependable they are and so do our customers! If you don’t know a lot about Aluma trailers, you are missing out. Here are a few reasons why we love them so much.

 

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I’m going to  take a second to state the obvious here. Aluma trailers are made from aluminum and aluminum doesn’t rust. Boom. It’s really a pretty miraculous thing for all us Michiganders and mid-west people. The four seasons take a toll on our cars, boats, campers and toys. Thank you, Aluma, for providing us with trailers that won’t rust.

LED Lights

A lot of trailer owners like to update their trailers by putting LED lights on them. Their energy efficiency and long life makes them very appealing. And because they are mercury free, they have a much smaller environmental impact than traditional light bulbs. LED lights come standard on all Aluma Trailers. We’re glad that Aluma puts such quality into their trailers.

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The average aluminum trailer weighs 25% less than its steel-framed equivalent.  That frees up a considerable amount of your towing capacity so you can use your space on what you’d like. Not to mention that less weight means a higher MPG. If you’re going to buy a trailer, why not purchase one that will be easier on your wallet?

5 Year Warranty

Select Aluma trailers come with this warranty. This covers any defects in the material and workmanship of the unit. In those 5 years after purchase, if there is a problem, you can send it in to Aluma in Bancroft, Iowa. They will determine if the problem falls under the warranty, in which case, they will repair it free of charge. Hey, we think it’s pretty cool that they want to keep customers happy even 5 years after a purchase. Check out the full details of the warranty here.

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Though their most popular is the open utility trailer, Aluma makes trailers for everyone. The options are endless with motorcycle, car and snowmobile trailers, Aluminum ATV trailers, car haulers, enclosed trailers and more. When it’s time for you to buy a new trailer, there is no doubt that Aluma can provide what you’re looking for.

Qualified

  1. NATM Certified- (National Association of Trailer Manufactures) All trailers are built under the NATM guidelines.
  2. NATDA Members- (North American Trailer Dealers Association) Here is more about them.
  3. Endorsed by Babe Winkelman- As if everything else wasn’t enough, Aluma even got Babe’s stamp of approval. See what he had to say here.

Every few months, we get a new batch of Aluma Trailers in stock. Each shipment is around 18-20 trailers. Believe me when I say they sell quick, but we do our best to keep a selection for you! You can look here to see what we currently have stocked and what we have on order for the end of the month.

Don’t see a specific product that you want? No problem. We can order any trailer for you. You can be specific as you want and we will order your custom trailer. It typically takes about 8 weeks for the order to arrive. However, once in a while, Dave (owner of GT) will go pick up trailers in Iowa as an excuse to come visit me! (his daughter in Nebraska) So order away, friends!

Here is a picture of our most recent shipment, including a tow behind motorcycle trailer that got a lot of attention.

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We really love the trailers and products that Aluma has to offer and our customers seem to feel the same way. We will keep putting them on our lot because they never stay there for long! Take a look at our video of Aluma at Grandville Trailer.  And please tell us; what is your favorite thing about Aluma products?

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

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Get Hitched Quick With The Swift Hitch Portable Camera System

“A little to the left! No, not that far! Stop… Stop… STOP! Pull forward and start again.”

If you’ve ever hitched a car trailer to your truck, or any trailer for that matter, you’ve probably had a similar conversation. I know all of our readers and customers are exceptional drivers. Obviously you are the best of the best. But still, when sitting in the driver’s seat, it can be downright difficult to get that hitch lined up perfectly on the first try. If only there was a way to see what you are doing. If only we had some cool little device to make this task a whole lot easier…. Wait, we do!!! This Swift Hitch Portable Camera System is pretty amazing and will make life a whole lot easier for all you trailer towers.

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3 Benefits of Using the Swift Hitch Camera for Your Car Trailer

1. Magnetic Base

One of the things that makes this camera so easy to use is it’s strong magnetic base. It will easily mount to any steel surface such as your bumper, tailgate or kingpin. The camera is small and solid and built very well. It is durable and adjustable so you can get the perfect angle.

2. Battery life

The battery life on this thing is pretty incredible. When fully charged, it will last for 4 hours. When it’s only being used a few minutes at a time, this will last for many, many hook-ups. We’ve all heard the question “How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?” Well, we are wondering “How many hook-ups does it take to kill a Swift Hitch camera battery?”

3. Handheld Monitor

Once your camera is in place, the monitor allows you to see exactly what you are doing. You no longer need a second party to tell you left or right. Back up once and get your hitch in exactly the right place. Want to know another cool thing about this camera? It has night vision to make getting hitched up at night just as easy.


We were so excited to have this camera stocked at Grandville Trailer because WE wanted to play with it. It really makes a big difference when getting hitched to your utility or car trailer. It’s so easy to use and it’s small design makes it possible to store it in the glove box or center console. It saves a lot of time when you are able to get it perfectly lined up on the first time every time!

We want you to see how easy it is to use, So take a look at our video of the camera system.

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

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3 Reasons to Flip Out Over Fastway’s Flip Automatic Jack Foot

Grandville  Trailer is now carrying the Fastway Flip automatic jack foot. This clever tool is time efficient and will save you from headaches and frustration. We love it so much, we even have it set up in our store so you can try it out.

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It truly is a great product and here is why we think so.

  1. Quick and easy to install-  The installation of the Fastway Flip jack is a quick one-man job. The Jack comes with instructions that SHOULD be read completely before beginning the process. But let’s face it, most men will toss the instructions aside. The only tools needed to install the jack are two 3/4″ wrenches and a 9/16 wrench.  The 10 minutes it takes you to install this device on your utility trailer will save you a lot of time and irritation in the future. Trust us, it’s worth it.
  2. Say goodbye to 2x4s- One of the biggest complaints we hear from trailer owners is the need to carry blocks of wood or cinder blocks for their trailer. By installing the automatic jack foot, you will free up valuable storage space and eliminate this worry all together.
  3. Simply Automatic- We love how user-friendly this product is. With a few easy turns, the jack will fold down and lock into place, adding 6 inches to your trailer tongue jack.  When its time to hit the road and tow your camper or utility trailer again, the jack will fold back up out of the way. It is quick, safe, strong and quite the time-saver. And let’s face it: most of us aren’t getting any younger. (If you are, we’d love to hear how!)  Getting down to set up those pesky blocks of wood can be hard on your back and knees. Your time and energy is important. So save it for something important.

 

Here is Fastway’s demo video on their product. And we want to hear from you. Tell us why you think this product is cool, especially if you already have it!

Come see us to get your Fastway flip automatic jack foot for your cargo or utility trailer.

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

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More Than Trailers

At Grandville Trailer, we take pride in what we do. Our small and honest business thrives on loyal customers like you. We are family owned and operated and serving all of west Michigan. Whether you’re looking to buy a trailer, or you are in need of parts or service for your existing trailer, Grandville Trailer is the perfect place for you.trailers1

Because we’re the leading Grand Rapids trailer supplier, we work hard to make our store a one stop shop for all your trailer needs. Here are a few ways that we can serve you.

  • Service department– Our knowledgeable team is experienced in all kinds of trailer repair and maintenance.
  • Parts and accessories– Instead of searching the
     town to find the part you need, come to us first and we’ll get you hooked up.
  • Trailer Rentals– For your weekend trip or project.
  • Trailer Sales– We have all the major brands and styles.

Watch this short video to see more of this Grand Rapids trailer store and let us know what we can do for you.

At Grandville Trailer, we’re pullin for ya!

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