Manufacturer Spotlight: Triton Trailers

When your destination is adventure, get there with the confidence only a Triton Trailer provides. For more than 40 years, Triton Trailers has manufactured aluminum trailers with a sharply honed focus on quality and innovation.

 

Triton Trailers makes utility, sport, enclosed, and cargo trailers that fit your work-hard-play-hard needs. Shop Triton for snowmobile trailers, enclosed trailers, ATV and UTV trailers, watercraft, motorcycle, and utility trailers.

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Best Minnesota Indoors Attractions To Get You Out Of The Cold And Into Some Fun

When the temperatures drop to the single digits, heat up winter in Minnesota with some hot indoor fun.

US Bank Stadium

US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Didn’t score tickets to the Super Bowl this year that showcased US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis?  It’s not too late to see the most exciting stadium in National Football League.  Reserve a VIP Tour around US Bank Stadium for a behind-the-scenes look at the home of the Vikings.  Be sure to wear comfortable shoes; the tour covers about a mile.  Tickets for the tour are $19 for adults, with various discounts available.

Minnesota Wild

The Excel Energy Center Home of the Minnesota Wild Hockey team

If there isn’t enough ice outside, head indoors for a Wild time. Enjoy the fast-paced, hard-hitting action of the National Hockey League at a Minnesota Wild game. Home games played at Xcel Energy Center, St Paul.  Experience the local tradition of making the ice at the stadium.  A unique program at Xcel Energy Center allows fans to bring up to three ounces of water from their local pond, lake, or hockey rink to be used to make the ice for the Wild.

Timberwolves

Target Center is a multi-purpose arena and home of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Heat up this winter by cheering on the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. A recently completed major renovation makes the state of the art arena worth a stop. The Timberwolves sister team, the Lynx, four-time WNBA champions play from spring until fall. If basketball isn’t your thing, the Target Center is host to everything from major concerts, to Wrestle Mania, to High School cheer-leading competitions,

Golf

Minnesota may be one of the country’s top destination for winter sports, but its ingenious residents have also figured out a way to keep summer fun going year around.

Keep your golf game up to par with a visit to Minnesota’s only year around golf center, Golf Zone.  Even when the course is covered with ice and snow, keep your swing loose in Golf Zone in Chaska. Since 1998 Golf Zone has been opened to golfers of all skill levels with 40 heated, full-length driving range stalls, and Big Bear, an 18-hole indoor mini putt-putt course.

Take a virtual break from the winter and head to California’s balmy Pebble Beach for a round of golf. Inside Edge Golf is a year-round, indoor golf entertainment and training facility in Eden Prairie. Nine simulators at Eden Prairie feature over 70 world-famous courses rendered in 3D graphics. The popular indoor golf venue is perfect for an indoor get-together with golf-starved friends – or friends who’ve never picked up a club. From league play to lessons, go inside to take a swing at the winter blues.

If serious golf isn’t for you, consider a round of indoor mini golf. Fun for all ages, the newly opened Can Can Wonderland, is an artist designed, retro fun miniature golf course by day and early evening – and bar by night. This St. Paul warehouse-turned fun spot features a course of quirky holes, vintage arcade games, ping pong tables, and food and drinks – including after-9 p.m. boozy malts. The former site of American Can Company-turned fun spot is the product of the first arts-based public benefit corporation in Minnesota supporting artists in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Go to the dark side, at Glow In One in Blaine. For an interesting indoor challenge, the simple, yet challenging 18-hole course is illuminated by black-lights and features bright colors and upbeat music.

For black light mini golf – and a lot more — consider taking refugee from the cold in the Wow! Zone Family Entertainment Center in Mankato. The indoor recreation complex has something to please anyone looking to escape the cold for a few hours.  Wow! Zone has 24 state-of-the art bowling lanes, two level laser tag arena, black light mini golf, full arcade, snack bar, sports bar, and restaurant.

Go swimming

Newly opened in December of 2017, the latest in the Great Wolf Adventure Park resort in Bloomington follows the company’s model of North Woods-themed stay and play. The Grey Wolf lodge offers themed accommodations attached to a water park and play area for the exclusive use of guests. Unlimited use of the Water Park is included with overnight accommodations.

Along with slides and pools, the eight-floor complex includes a high-hanging rope course, bowling alley, arcade, rock-climbing wall, MagiQuest live-action game course, along with a mining game that lets kids pan for gemstones. Besides the Great Wolf-branded dining options, find Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Dunkin’ Donuts.  Adults will find three bars for relaxing and socializing.

Shopping and Dining

Escape the cold in one of Minnesota’s unique coffee shops.

Escape the cold and see the world at the Midtown Global Market. The Global Market is a national landmark known for award-winning food, shopping and entertainment. More than 50 vendors offer produce, delicacies, prepared foods, grocery items, and unique gifts from around the world. The Global Market celebrates the international diversity of South Minneapolis from its location in the old Sears building.

Minnesotans love their coffee. Escape the cold in one of Minnesota’s unique coffee houses for a warming experience. Minneapolis was voted one of the top 10 coffee cities in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure, and there are many choices in the city as well as around the state for locally roasted coffees served in unique and fun settings.

Among popular spots for coffee and socializing, eating sweets and escaping the cold are LuLu Bean’s Coffee House in Willmar, Five Watt Coffee Kingfield in Minneapolis, and Café Astoria in St. Paul.

Mall of America

Mall of America, built atop the site of the old Metropolitan Stadium, is Minnesota’s premier indoor attraction and a great way to escape the cold and find some fun. With over 500 stores, 50 restaurants, dozens of attractions and two attached hotels, Mall of America attracts more than 40 million visitors a year.

This is no typical mall, you can find shows, an amusement park, race track, and even an aquarium here. Kids will love the mall’s indoor theme park, Nickelodeon Universe, home to 27 attractions and counting. Some of the newest include the Bubble Guppies Guppy Bubbler, the longest indoor zip line in the country, character meet and greets, and nightly light shows.  Get a taste of Americana with one of the Mall’s newest attractions, FlyOver America. Billed as the “Ultimate Flying Ride” take in the sights, sounds and even smells of America as you soar above the country without ever leaving the comfort of the Mall. Try Smaaash, a multi-story indoor go-karting track and indoor entertainment complex with innovative, locally sourced dining options.

While it may be freezing outside, you can explore the vibrant oceans at the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium at Mall of America. The Aquarium is home to more than 10,000 sea creatures including sharks, sea turtles, jellyfish, and many more.  A 300-foot ocean tunnel through the Aquarium is a highlight of any visit.

Even when its below zero outside, Minnesota offers many options to go inside and warm up your winter with fun.

Manufacturer Spotlight: H&H

When your work or play needs to roll on reliable wheels, look for the wings – the wings of H&H Trailers – a leading producer of steel and aluminum flatbeds and cargo trailers.

The industry leader known for its distinctive flaming wings logo continues to soar, with a recent announcement of a major expansion at its Red Oak, Iowa, manufacturing facility.

Since 1993, H&H has been manufacturing quality trailers for work and play from its southwest Iowa plant, with a laser focus on quality from weld to wiring across its broad platform of products.  Today, with demand for H&H trailers outpacing overall growth in the trailer industry, H&H’s parent company, Novae Corp. announced a 50,000-sq. ft. expansion of trailer company’s production space.

Trailer production at the fully integrated, upgraded Red Oak facility was expected to be under way at the end of January with an expanded work force dedicated to turning out top quality, reliable trailers with greater efficiency and increased responsiveness.

“Demand for the H&H Trailer brand has continued to outpace the growth of the overall utility trailer market. This expansion is necessary for H&H to stay ahead of the demand curve and to provide our dealers with the customer service and response time they need to support their businesses” Troy Hanni, General Manager for Iowa Operations, said in a press release on the North American Trailer Dealer Association web page.

From large scale haulers to entrepreneurs to motorized sports enthusiasts, H&H trailers builds a model to meet your needs. H&H’s diverse range of products includes steel and aluminum utility trailers, car haulers, equipment trailers, dump trailers, and enclosed cargo trailers.  With a vast menu of sizes and options, choose from over 150 variations of models and sizes from H&H’s open steel and aluminum trailers, or over 100 options for a trailer that meets your unique needs.

Tough and budget-friendly H&H steel models offer durability and flexibility. Choose from H&H’s extensive line of steel trailers including utility, flatbed, tilt bed, dump box, and hi-deck trailers. H&H Steel trailers include industry-leading features such as treated wood floors, full DOT compliant lighting, wiring harnesses or conduit enclosed wiring, fender rock guards, ramps and ramp gates.

With signature LED lighting and a long menu of options, from utility trailers to car haulers, tilt beds and deck-over style, single or tandem axles, these H&H trailers are low maintenance and long lasting.  Full LED lighting gives H&H aluminum trailers a distinctive look.  Choose options including aluminum plank flooring, suspension upgrades, all aluminum dovetail, or bi-fold ramp gates.

H&H builds a full line of enclosed cargo trailers known for their strength, quality and distinctive seamless look. Cost conscious but loaded with value, consider an enclosed trailer from the CA series available in single or tandem axles or car hauler models. Step up to the H&H Topline series, with full tubular steel construction, Posi-Vent system, tongue and rear bulkhead coated with spray-on bed liner, smooth rivet-less .040 aluminum exterior walls, RV-style doors, and full LED lighting with slimline LED taillights.  An almost limitless variety of options to choose from makes building the right trailer for your needs mission possible.

Still can’t find the trailer tailored for your needs?  H&H answers the call with its customized trailer division. H&H’s team of engineers and designers can craft a trailer from a frame up to meet its customers’ unique needs. Among projects tackled by the custom trailer division are medical trailers, BBQ trailers, office trailers, command centers, tailgating trailers, race trailers, job site trailers, refrigeration units, concession trailers and customized toy haulers.

Find the H&H trailer that meets your needs at M&G Trailers of Ramsey, Minn. Part of the network of trusted H&H Dealers, M&G carries a full line of H&H open utility, flatbed, tilt deck, dump and sled trailers, as well as enclosed car haulers, cargo and sled trailers in both steel and aluminum frames.

As one of the top H&H dealers in the nation, expect a wide inventory and expert sales and service at M&G Trailers.

Manufacturer Spotlight: FLOE

For innovations and unparalleled quality in enclosed and open bed trailers, look to FLOE International, based in McGregor, Minn. Famed for excellence in the boating industry, for 30 years FLOE has also been making a full-line of equally innovative aluminum trailers to tow for work or play.

For trailers that work so you can play, choose a FLOE Trailer – designed and manufactured by people who understand recreational and work vehicles, and their owners.  FLOE produces a full line of carriers for single snow mobiles, utility vehicles, or carriers that can take on your side-by-side, or a fleet of sleds.

Floe is redesigning the towing industry with its line of utility trailers, Versa-Max Ramp and tilt trailers, Pro-Tektor enclosed trailers, and industry-changing Cargo Max Trailers.

Find a full line-up of FLOE trailers at M&G Trailer in Ramsey, Minn.

Versa-Max Ramp and tilt trailers allow you to load up and be on the road in no time, minus the hassles and complications of some other trailers.  All Versa-Max trailers come FLOE’s patented Versa-Track tie-down system. Versa-Track is the easiest, most flexible tie-down system in the towing industry. The Vortex Hub is also standard on all Versa-Max trailers, making grease changes or adding grease easy.

Available in 10 and 12-foot length, Versa-Max tilt trailers are simple, efficient trailers perfect for snowmobiles, and one or two seat recreational vehicles.

The tough Versa-Max Ramp Trailers are built for rugged adventures. Whether you’re hauling one sled, or six sleds — or any type of load – there’s a Versa-Max ramp trailer for you with lengths ranging from 10 to 28-feet. The 52-inch sturdy ramp is constructed with pressure treated plywood framed with aluminum for strength, durability and safety. The raised aluminum edges keep both wheeled and tracked vehicles centered. When not in use, the ramp stows under the trailer with a Slide-N-Glide system.

The Versa-Max front salt shield does double-duty as a ramp making the trailer the easiest drive on/drive off trailer on the market.

For an enclosed trailer that tows like an open trailer, consider FLOE’s gull-wing style Pro-Tektor. The Pro-Tektor keeps your sleds secure and out of the elements while its aerodynamic design makes it easy to tow. The Pro-Tektor trailer features front and rear access doors to provide easy, safe loading and unloading, as well as a side door. The doors are mounted with FLOE’s exclusive, continuous extruded hinge design and feature two gas shocks to make opening and closing smooth and easy. The 54-inch interior height accommodates a large variety of equipment. The Pro-Tektor is available in sizes from 12 to 28-feet.

If a Pro-Tektor isn’t in your budget, add one to your FLOE open-bed trailers when your budget permits. The all-aluminum trailer comes with a 10-year structural warranty.

For hauling in the toughest conditions turn to the game-changing Cargo Max XRT – Extreme Rugged Technology – trailer.  The advanced design of this trailer combines an all-aluminum frame with an impact-resistant body that withstands a mighty blow from a sledge hammer at -20F with no damage.

The trailer is built on an extruded aluminum frame that’s light enough to be towed by a compact car and never rusts or needs paints. The frame is stout enough to stand up to heavy loads while the tongue weight of the trailer itself is a mere 33 lbs.

The unique polymer Ultra Body of the Cargo Max line is formed by the world’s largest rotary thermoforming machine resulting in a design that is virtually indestructible even in the most extreme weather conditions. FLOE’s exclusive floor trussing system delivers maximum strength, excellent water drainage, and superior cleaning ability.

The versatile Cargo Max tailgate ramp system features two loading angles, level ramp mode for ATVs and limited tilt mode for low clearance vehicles like motorcycles and lawn mowers. Look for safety and convenience features such as super bright, long-lasting, commercial recessed LED lights, tongue handle grab for safety and convenience, patented fast-action tilt clamp that pulls the tongue tight to eliminate noise and vibration, and strategically placed foldaway D-ring anchors for maximum payload and security.

Visit M&G trailer in Ramsey, Minn., to find the right FLOE trailer for your needs. Find an assortment of FLOE models including Pro-Tecktor, Versa-Max, and CargoMax, open snowmobile and FLOE ‘s extremely versatile utility trailers available today.

Best Places To Enjoy Outside Winter Activities In Minnesota

Take a break from the ordinary and head to the great outdoors in Minnesota for a snowy mix of quirky, unique, exciting, and breath-taking winter thrills. From chasing Northern Lights, to improbable camp outs on frozen lakes, to roaring or swooshing through the wilderness, in Minnesota, winter means adventure.

Locals are expecting a super winter for visitors. In February the state throws open its icy arms to welcome fans to Super Bowl LII in the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Football fans will find plenty of thrills on the field as well as off in Minnesota.

Bemidji

Bemidji, Minnesota is known as the Curling Capital of the U.S.A

Load up your snowmobile and broom and head north to Bemidji, Minnesota’s winter adventure capitol.  The “First City on the Mississippi” is also knowns as the “Snowmobile Capital of the North” and “Curling Capital of USA.”  Be welcomed to Bemidji by its most famous citizens, famed lumberjack Paul Bunyan and Babe, his Blue Ox. The statues stand proudly at the Bemidji Lake Tourist Information Center, where they have become the second most frequently photographed icons in the nation, according to the tourism office.

Bemidji is at the crossroads of Minnesota’s extensive trail system, with two major snow mobile -friendly trails intersecting there, according to Visit Bemidji. The Paul Bunyan Trail which originates at Lake Bemidji State Park, and runs 1,115 miles between Bemidji and Brainerd, and the Blue Ox Trail, running 110 miles north from Bemidji to International Falls, Winnipeg provide the opportunity for exhilarating adventure. Visit Bemidji challenges visitors to hone their snowmobile skills with rides across 1,000 frozen lakes along the Continental Divide, over bogs, beside rushing streams, up rolling hills, and through snow-draped forests. For tamer, scenic rides head to the Buena Vista Trail in Buena Vista State Forest, or head south on the Itasca and Becida Trails to Itasca State Park, site of the headwaters of the Mississippi River.

Catch the Olympics bug in Bemidji, with a trip to Bemidji Curling Club. Curling is the quirky shuffleboard-style game played on ice that has found a home in the Winter Olympics. Curious about the stones, brooms and all that yelling? Swing by the club to watch teams practice or catch a game. The club has a first-floor viewing area accessible to the public, as well as its upper level deck with a bar.

Upper Red Lake

Ice Fishing in Upper Red Lake is great fun for all.

At 228,000 acres, Red Lake is the largest lake within Minnesota and Upper Red Lake is one of the state’s most popular spots for ice fishing. In January and February, the surface of the lake often turns into a make-shift city, with “streets” lined with ice houses, and friends gathered together under impromptu street lights to share tales of world-class walleye, northern pike and crappie fishing.

True ice fishing fanatics come equipped with their own ice houses to lounge in comfort and fish through strategically placed holes in the floor, while those craving simpler times find an auger to make a hole, a fishing pole, and an upside down five-gallon bucket to sit on are enough for some winter bliss.  Even novices can enjoy this Minnesota passion safely:  Guides and gear are available for hire around Upper Red Lake and stay on the lake safely by renting an ice house from a trusted outfitter. Ice houses range from spartan day quarters, to heated, fully-outfitted sleeping cabins.

Lake Mille Lacs

For more ice fishing options – and more outdoor adventures — consider Lake Mille Lacs, Minnesota’s third largest lake. Every weekend there’s a party somewhere on Lake Mille Lacs. Along with legendary ice fishing, the area features hundreds of miles of trails suitable for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. On a windy day, take a turn at Kite Boarding across the snow-covered lake. Lake Mille Lacs’ vast inland sea spans 132,500 acres holding up to 5,500 ice fishing houses during the winter. Groomed ice roads lead to the seasonal ice fishing villages, where visitors can rent ice houses for fishing or spearing.

The highlight of the Lake Mille Lacs ice fishing season is the International Eelpout Festival held in late February. The festival attracts a crowd of nearly 10,000 to tiny Walker, Minn., to celebrate the famously ugly bottom dwelling fish.  According to festival organizers the International Eelpout Festival named one of the top “15 Weird Midwestern Festivals You Never knew Existed.”

For information about this year’s Eelpout Festival click here.

Ely

Ely is home to more dog-sledding outfitters than anywhere else in the world.

Mush for a memorable Minnesota day. Tiny Ely, population about 3,000, is home to more dog-sledding outfitters than anywhere else in the world.  Whether you’re an experienced musher, or just a willing adventurer, Ely is the perfect place for a day gone to the dogs.  Learn how to drive a team or just enjoy a ride in the sled in the dog-sledding capitol of the world.

Ely is about 150 miles from Duluth in Northern Minnesota and sits on the edge of the summer hotspot Boundary Waters Canoe area.  In the winter, the hiking, canoeing, and fishing paradise becomes a winter wonderland.  Along with dog-sledding, well-groomed trails are perfect for snowmobiling and snow shoeing. The town is also home to the International Wolf Center and North American Bear Center

Detroit Mountain

Visit Detroit Mountain, a non-profit center committed to promoting “sound environmental recreation and educational programming to develop the health and wellness of children, families and communities.”  This four-season resort in the Detroit Lakes region, was a family owned resort for more than 50 years. When it closed its doors in 2004, residents banned together to figure out how to restore and revive the recreation area.  Ten years of work and fundraising paid off when the Detroit Mountain Recreation area reopened. The revived park features a beautiful new lodge and redesigned mountain for skiing and snowboarding, as well as an all-new Scheels terrain park, tubing hill, and cross-country ski trails.

When you’re headed to the Detroit Lakes region, don’t forget your sleds. Becker County features more than 250 miles of groomed snowmobile trails.

Cook County

Northern Lights in Minnesota.

You don’t have to go all the way to the Arctic Circle to see the Northern Lights. Cook County in northwestern Minnesota is the best place in the lower 48 to see nature’s spectacular light show. Cook County, Minnesota, on the shores of Lake Superior, is home to Eagle Mountain, Minnesota’s tallest mountain, Grand Portage, the state’s tallest waterfall and an outstanding place for catching a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis, and Lutsen Mountains, the largest ski resort in the Midwest. Outfitters in Grand Marais and Lutsen offer Northern Lights viewing packages and the Cook County visitors center offers do-it-yourself tips.

No matter which winter adventures you decide to take part in, make sure your winter toys are traveling in style and safety with a trip to M&G Trailer Sales and Service in Ramsey, Minnesota. At M &G you’ll find a full-line of snowmobile trailers and a top-notch service department to meet all your outdoor winter needs.

Manufacturer Spotlight: Sure-Trac

For quality construction, vast product line, unparalleled customer service, and extensive warranty coverage look to made-in-America Sure-Trac for all your hauling needs. Sure-Trac is the fastest growing open trailer product line in the US.

From landscape and utility trailers to car haulers, enclosed, dump and tilt bed trailers, Sure-Trac offers a trailer to meet your needs – all manufactured with Sure-Trac’s “Professional Advantage.” Through out the Sure-Trac organization, committed professionals are uniquely focused on providing a superior product. From pre-weld to completion, each trailer undergoes six documented quality inspections to ensure the trailer you get exceeds your expectations.

Whether you need a new trailer to haul a prize show car, require a reliable equipment hauler or need a utility trailer for your small business, Sure-Trac builds a quality trailer for your needs. Sure-Trac produces a full line of hydraulic dump trucks, landscape and utility trailers, car and equipment haulers, deckover trailers, and a full line of enclosed trailers.

Can’t find a trailer for your work or recreational needs from the vast Sure-Trac product line?  Turn to Sure-Trac Custom Trailer Operations. In the Sure-Trac CTO, every trailer is hand-fitted by highly skilled craftsmen using state-of-the-art technology. Custom trailers redesigned by the degreed Sure-Trac engineering staff, equipped with the latest engineering 3-D Solid Modeling software to turn your dream trailer into reality.

No matter what Sure-Trac trailer you choose, exclusive Steel Prep technology ensures the highest quality and delivers the best value for your investment.

Haul with confidence when you choose a Sure-Trac. Each trailer comes loaded with an industry-leading warranty, including three-year frame and component overall protection, one-year tire hazard and abuse protection, five-year standard tire warranty, and five-year axle and suspension warranty.

Sure-Trac trailers are manufactured in America’s heartland by American workers using state-of-the-art automated assembly lines. Sure-Trac was acquired by Novae Corp., one of the best professional trailer manufacturers in North America. Founded in 1995, Novae acquired the assets of Sure-Trac trailers and in 2001 began producing their first trailers. Through innovative designs, steadfast attention to detail, and best business practices, Sure-Trac quickly gained advantage in the utility trailer marketplace.

In 2005, Novae opened its manufacturing compound in Markle, Indiana, where today Sure-Trac trailers are designed and produced.

Shop for your Sure-Trac at M&G Trailer Sales and Service of Minnesota, one of Sure-Trac’s quality dealers in an exclusive network of dealers known for outstanding service, knowledge, and responsiveness. M&G Trailers Sales & Service offers a full-line of new and used utility, cargo, dump, equipment, ATV, and snowmobile trailers, service and repair, parts, and rentals.

Look for a huge selection of new and used Sure-Trac trailers at M&G Trailer Sales and Service, including the highest quality utility, dump, car haulers, and equipment trailers.

How To Protect your Trailers And Snowmobiles From Winter’s Harshness

As proclaimed by the popular medieval themed fantasy TV series ‘Game of Thrones’, “Winter is coming”. While you may not need to worry about an undead army lead mythical creatures known as “white walkers”, winter weather does pose a real threat to the structural integrity and functionality of your trailer. The harshness of the cold that comes along with the winter season in addition to the other elements produced by the temperature drop can cause serious damage to your trailer if not prepped properly.

Even though some trailers are built to transport or store equipment specifically meant to be used during winter, it does not make them impervious to the effects of the temperature change. With all of that in mind, protecting your trailer from winter’s harshness is an absolute necessity to ensure the continued usefulness of your trailer. We have put together some tips to help prevent the untimely loss of functionality that the season can cause your equipment to suffer.

Clean

One of the main destructive forces that goes hand in hand with winter is moisture. With all of our current technology we have yet to create a cost-efficient method for absolute protection from the destructive capabilities of water. Being that the materials we use to build with are susceptible to rust from oxidation or rot caused by water, it is in your best interest to get rid of as much of it as possible from your equipment.

Like people, plants require water to survive and grow, it is because of this that they grow in ways that help them collect as much as they need since they are unable to move as animals do. As you have probably already seen, it is virtually impossible to keep the exterior of any surface in a habitable environment free of plant debris. Leaves and seeds travel far and wide, riding the winds along the path of least resistance until they are stopped by a heavier object or drift to a place that does not allow access to the propulsion the wind provides. Though they are removed from the main body of the plant, the ability to collect water remains and while good for future growth, it can be a destructive force to your equipment.

Leaving leaves and other foliage inside of your trailer can cause rotted wood and rusted metal if left unattended in the winter months. With less heat to vaporize water in the winter, the liquid sits in one spot breaking down the materials from which your trailer is made. A seemingly harmless pile of foliage can cause the need for costly repairs to be done that could have easily been avoided. Any foliage or other moisture collecting items in your trailer should be disposed of or properly contained as soon as possible to help prevent future issues.

Another element that has destructive properties in the winter is salt. Though it is quite welcomed on the roads for melting any ice and snow, it is a real problem for an type of vehicle or trailer.

Part of the upkeep of your trailer should be to periodically wash off all the salt from not only the visible parts but also from the underbelly of any vehicle or trailer. Doing so will decrease the chances of deterioration and rusting.

Inspect

Even though the exterior of your trailer is better suited to deal with the elements than the interior, it is not invincible. Paints used on most trailers are engineered to protect the raw materials of the trailer and typically do a great job. Like with anything else, use of your trailer can cause weak spots to form in the paint, allowing for moisture to contact the bare surface and start to damage your investment.

Most damage starts at moving parts since it is their ability to move that requires them to not be sealed. Once moisture makes its way into the moving parts of a trailer, it can freeze which expands and can cause warping of the sheet metal. With the extra room made by the expansion of water as it becomes ice, more moisture is allowed to enter and rust will soon follow.

To help fight this destruction, it is good practice to keep some touch up paint and rust remover (such as Naval Jelly) on hand. Regularly inspecting your equipment for any signs of rust can help improve the longevity of your investment if you take care of the issue before it spreads.

Store

Not everyone has the ability to store a storage trailer indoors. When you are not using your trailer during the winter months, proper storage can be beneficial for preventing any of the issues mentioned earlier as well as other risks. If you do not have access to an indoor storage area for your trailer, your next best bet is to purchase a quality trailer cover.

It may be enticing to use a regular tarp from your local hardware store, but they can often do more harm than good. Trailer covers are made to prevent moisture from building up which, as previously described, can do a lot of damage. Tarps may be useful for many different situations, in this case they are more suited to trap moisture on and in your trailer which defeats the purpose you had hoped the tarp would serve initially, protection.

In addition to rust and rotted wood, the cold months can do damage to your seals and tires as well. Moisture on seals can cause deterioration as the water expands to its solid state. Once enough damage is done to the seals, they are no longer able to perform their job and can allow for water damage to spread inside your trailer. All of these reasons should be suitable to warrant the purchase of a well made trailer cover, a little extra spent early on can save you a lot more down the road.

Snowmobile Safety Tips

It’s that time of year when the temperatures drop and fun winter activities such as snowmobiling become the norm here in Minnesota. However, it’s always a good idea to review some safety tips before hitting the fluffy white stuff every year.

Snowmobile Safety Course

Not only is taking a snowmobile safety course a good idea before hitting the snowy trails but in a majority of the states you are required to get a safety certificate.

Taking this course will teach you how to ride and operate your snowmobile safely, be responsible, and teach you all the rules you need to know to be compliant to your state’s requirements.

Always Check The Weather

Winter weather has a way of changing on a dime. It’s always best to check the weather forecast before heading out and making sure you are prepared for whatever it has in store for you.

Checking the weather allows you to dress appropriately as well as perhaps change your plans to another day if necessary. No one wants to be caught off guard by blizzard conditions while in the middle of nowhere.

Dress Appropriately

As mentioned in the previous tip, knowing what to expect from the weather allows you to choose the appropriate clothing for the day. Heading out for a day of fun in lightweight gear might be perfect at the beginning of a ride. However weather conditions can change at any time and being caught away from home in less than perfect winter gear when temperatures drop can be uncomfortable at the least and down right life threatening at worse.

It is always best to dress in layers under a snowmobile suit so that you can adjust what you’re wearing according to the weather conditions. Wear clothing made of polyester blends so they wick moisture away from your body. Cottons can get wet and freeze once temperatures drop.

Always wear a full-face helmet or at least goggles or a face shield, bring waterproof gloves, a winter hat, facemask, and winter boots. It’s vital that you wear a DOT-approved helmet as well to protect from injury too.

Check Your Snowmobile

Before even heading out it is always prudent to make sure your snowmobile is in good condition and running well. Keeping the snowmobile up to date on its service maintenance schedule ensures that it is running well.

Check all the fluid levels and as well as the fuel level, battery, brakes, lights, and every other mechanical part before heading out. It’s best to find out about any issues while still safe at home then when out in the open somewhere.

Bring Friends

Playing in the snow is always more fun with friends. It’s also safer. Having someone with you on your ride ensures that you have someone to help you if you break down or have an accident especially because many remote areas do not get great cellphone coverage.

It’s also a good idea to let the people at home know where you’re going to be riding as well as when they can expect you to be back. This way if you don’t return when expected they know where to start looking for you.

Be Prepared

No matter how perfectly you followed the above advice, things do happen and it’s best to be prepared for them.

Always bring an emergency kit in case you get stuck with things like waterproof matches, flashlight, blanket, compass, map, water, and snacks.

Also, remember to have a repair kit with things like duct tape, tools, spare belt, rope, spark plugs, and anything else you might feel is necessary should you have to do repairs out in the open.

And last but not least, have a first-aid kit with you in the event that there is an accident and you have to fend for yourself while waiting for rescue.

All of these things help to keep you more comfortable and possibly save your life should something unexpected occur.

Be safe

It can be tempting to go off the trail to explore where no man has gone before but there’s probably a reason why they haven’t gone there. There could be unseen dangers such as barbed wire fences, drop offs, or it may lead to someone’s private property.

Also, when it’s extremely cold it can seem like a great idea to drive across rivers or lakes. However, there is no way you can really know how thick that ice is and the weight of you and your snowmobile can crack even the thickest of ice. So it’s best you avoid taking chances like that.

Another thing to adhere to is the speed limit. Many  trails have posted speed limits for a reason. Abide by them. Even if the trail you’re on doesn’t specify a set speed limit, it’s best to drive at a moderate pace. In the snow there’s no way to tell what is underneath and be prepared for everything. Make sure your ride is a fun one by being safe and responsible at all times.

Other safety advice consists of not overloading your snowmobile, not pulling anything behind the snowmobile and, of course, not drinking and driving. Save the drinking for afterwards when you’re safe and sound at home by the fire recounting your fun adventures from the day.

For more information on snowmobile safety, rules and regulations, or taking a snowmobile safety training course see Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources website by clicking here.

How To Tow A Trailer Safely

No matter if it’s a first vacation with a new travel trailer, another day hauling waste from a job site, or taking the family and its toys out for some fun, following basic trailer towing safety tips is essential to arriving at your destination safely. In order to be fully equipped for safety: check your trailer from hitch to brake lights, inspect your towing vehicle, and alter your driving habits once you hit the road.

Hitch and Weight

Safe towing is a weighty issue – the weight of your trailer, its load, and the capacity of your towing vehicle.

It is always important to make sure the weight of your trailer – fully loaded — does not exceed the towing capacity of your vehicle. Towing a trailer of any sort that is too heavy is a serious safety risk – making it very difficult to stop quickly and safely avoid road hazard.  Towing a load that is too heavy can cause your engine to overheat and puts your tires at risk of a blowout.  Check the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) — the combined weight of your own vehicle with the fully-loaded weight of the trailer – before hitching up.  The GVWR of your tow vehicle is listed in the owner’s manual.  The GTW is the weight of the trailer and its maximum load and that number can be found on the specifications for your trailer.

Once the safe towing weight is established, make sure the hitch is up to the task. Hitches are rated for the weight they can tow and the tongue weight they can bear.  The tongue weight is the amount of weight that bears down on the trailer hitch. Too much weight on the tongue can cause unsafe towing conditions and affect vehicle’s steering.

Make sure the hitch is in good repair and includes safety chains, crossed under the hitch with enough slack to turn, but not so much that the chains drag on the ground.

Check all electrical connections in the wiring system to be sure they are clean and in working well. Before heading out, it’s also important to check to make sure that the trailer’s brake lights and signals are in good working order.

Getting Ready

It is also very important to always make sure that your towing vehicle is up to the task as well. Check the tire pressure and fluids as towing will be hard on your vehicle so regular maintenance upkeep is critical.  A large trailer may require larger rear-view mirrors or extensions that will allow you to see to the rear of the trailer.

As you load your trailer, take care that the weight is distributed evenly front-to-back and side-to-side.  An uneven load can cause sway and make it harder to control the towing vehicle.  Secure all loose items in the trailer to prevent shifting during the ride.

Before heading off, it’s a good idea to walk around the tow vehicle and trailer to make sure all is well.  When hitched properly, with proper weight distribution, the vehicle and trailer should remain level.

Safety on the Road

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When you finally do hit the road make sure to put safety ahead of speed when towing a trailer.  Maintaining a moderate, steady pace means less wear and tear on the tow vehicle, less chance of sway, and more time for you to react to road hazards should they arise.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Board offers a list of common sense tips for safe trailer towing:

  • Avoid sudden stops that can cause the trailer to sway or jack-knife.
  • Avoid sudden turns and swerves that can cause the trailer to sway and the load to shift.
  • Slow down when traveling over bumpy roads, railroad crossings, and ditches.
  • Make wide turns at curves and corners. Because your trailer’s wheels are closer to the inside of a turn than the wheels of your tow vehicle, they are more likely to hit or ride up over curbs.
  • Control swaying caused by air pressure changes and wind buffeting when larger vehicles pass from either direction, by releasing the accelerator pedal to slow down and keeping a firm grip on the steering wheel.
  • Allow more distance for braking.
  • When passing a slower vehicle, signal far in advance and be sure to leave plenty of room for the vehicle and trailer when re-entering the lane.
  • Downshift to assist with braking on downgrades and to add power for climbing hills. On long downgrades, apply brakes at repeated intervals to keep speed in check.
  • Don’t “ride” the brakes as that may cause them overheat.
  • Anticipate the need to slow down. To reduce speed, shift to a lower gear and press the brakes lightly.

Backing up and Parking

For those new to towing, backing up and parking may be the most harrowing aspect of towing a trailer.  Learning to back up and park a trailer requires practice, patience, and sometimes a partner.

The NHTSB offers simple instructions for an often-frustrating task, “Put your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel. To turn left, move your hand left. To turn right, move your hand right. Back up slowly. Because mirrors cannot provide all the visibility you may need when backing up, have someone outside at the rear of the trailer to guide you whenever possible.”

Once the trailer is situated, use chocks, or blocks, on either side of the tires to prevent rolling before uncoupling from the hitch.

How To Choose The Right Dump Trailer

Make the load lighter and work quicker with the right dump trailer for your job site, do-it-your-self project, farm, or business.

Dump trailers come in a wide variety of sizes, materials, and functionality and choosing the right one can be a long-lasting, time and labor saving investment. Deciding if a dump trailer is for you or which dump trailer fits your needs means assessing your work needs, knowing your towing capacity, and having a budget.

Dump trailers can be towed by a truck or other vehicle, filled with debris, tools, planting or building materials then lifted at an angle to spill the materials out without manual unloading. Most dump trailers are powered by a hydraulic pump that can be operated with a remote in newer models, a switch or button on the trailer itself.  Unlike larger, more expensive dump trucks, dump trailers can be unhitched and left at a job site, however remote. An investment in the right dump trailer can save hours of costly labor.

Size, capacity, height and configuration are all points to ponder when selecting a dump trailer.

Dump Trailer Configuration

Look for dump trailers to be built as a bumper pull or gooseneck hitch with the bed above a deck or with the bed inside the wheels, to ride low, or above the wheels, for greater ground clearance.

For greater ground clearance, traveling over uneven surfaces, and loads that are small to moderate in weight, consider a dump trailer built on straight axles with a bed that sits above and are in line with the tires.

If hauling equipment, carts or mowers is on the duty list for your new dump trailer, consider a low rider or drop axle configuration, which allows the trailer to sit between the wheels for a lower ground.  A drop axle is a good choice for hauling wheeled equipment and towing on even surfaces.

For serious hauling with hefty loads, consider a deck over dump trailer, a trailer configured atop a stout trailer platform with the trailer tilting up, sometimes with a scissor lift, from the middle of the platform.

Capacity

Payload capacity is a weighty matter in dump trailer selection. Look at the Gross Vehicle Weight of any dump trailer you consider. The Gross Vehicle Weight is a combination of the trailer’s weight and the maximum weight the trailer can carry.

Consider what your dump trailer needs to haul and the capacity of your towing vehicle, which will have its towing capacity listing in the owner’s manual.

The smallest of dump trailers, those rated for less than 1,800 pounds, may be light enough to be towed behind a rugged four-wheeler for chores like clean up and grounds maintenance.

Do-it-yourselfers, small businesses, and grounds keepers may find a light-duty dump trailer a suitable choice. Light duty dump trailers are stout enough to tote equipment to a job site and will generally have a GVW of around 3,000 pounds.  While not mandatory, light duty dump trailers may be equipped with an electric braking system.

Heavy duty dump trailers may have a GVW of up to 20,000 pounds and will usually be equipped with electric brakes and dual axles. Heavy duty dump trailers can be up to 20 feet long and are a valuable tool for construction projects, industrial work, and farming.

A dump trailer is a versatile addition to the work arsenal – replacing dumpsters in hard to reach project areas, saving hours of manual labor unloading dirt, gravel, mulch, and other loose material, able to carry and unload equipment, all while withstanding the elements.

Find the right dump trailer at M&G Trailer in Ramsey, Minn., where a large selection of dump trailers from top manufacturers such as H&H, Sure-Trac, and Midsota are available to meet your needs.