Minnesota Christmas Traditions

There is a lot to love about Minnesota during Christmas time. Not only is it a beautiful time to spend with family, it is also a time to put all of the quirky Minnesota Christmas Traditions out on full display! Between the food, shopping, and entertainment, Minnesota Christmas traditions set the people here apart from the rest of the nation in a very special way.

Spend Time Outside

No matter what the weather, Minnesotans enjoy being outside! You will see everyone outside in the snow sledding, building snowmen, and having epic snowball fights!

Visit the Mall of America

Minnesota is home to the biggest mall in the US, Mall of America, and one big Minnesota Christmas tradition is to head out and visit this Goliath of a shopping center. From browsing the sales to checking out the massive decor, there is always something to do!

Eat Lefse

Traditional Norwegian holiday lefse served with butter

Minnesota has its roots in Scandinavian culture, so many of the traditional dishes are handed down from Vikings past.  Lefse is a Norwegian flatbread, usually cooked on a large griddle, and topped with butter, fruit, cinnamon, or sugar! This is a Christmas tradition favorite for many Minnesotans.

Try and Eat The Lutefisk

Another dish born from the Norwegian tradition is Lutefisk. While this may not be a “favorite” of many people, it is something everyone has to try at least once. This dish is made from dried and salted whitefish “marinated” in lye. So if you have an adventurous pallet and want to try a traditional dish, then jump on in and try the Lutefisk.

Take in a Hotdish

We all love a good warm casserole, but in Minnesota you better call it by the right name! Minnesotans are passionate about their Hotdish!

Holidazzle!

Dusty Hoskovec Photography via Holidazzle.com

Holidazzle is the biggest Christmas festival in the state of Minnesota! With beautiful lights, tons of vendors, foods, movies and more. Hordes of Minnesotans travel from all around the state just to attend this Holiday spectacular.

There’s a Pickle in The Tree

The tradition of the Christmas pickle has been making its way around the nation, but it has always been a big deal in Minnesota. On Christmas morning young and old gather around the tree, trying to be the first to spot the Christmas pickle. First to spot the pickle gets an extra special gift!

Charlie Brown Christmas is a BIG Deal

So I know, Charlie Brown is a big deal everywhere, but since Charles Schultz is a Minnesota native, the people take this just a bit more seriously!

Minnesotans are a fun and quirky group of people, and they really know how to do Christmas up right!

Still need to haul your Christmas Tree home? Stop by M&G Trailer Sales and let us set you up with the perfect trailer for you!

All About M&G Rental Trailers

M&G TRAILER RENTALS

Sometimes a big job or project comes up and you find yourself in desperate need of a trailer. Say for instance you are moving, renovating your home, or clearing land .. In all of these situations, a trailer could make your life so much easier… The issue though, is do you really want to purchase a new trailer when you will only need it for a day or two? Stop worrying, and just rent what you need from M&G Trailer Rentals.  No need to spend money you don’t have to on equipment you won’t use, with M&G you can reap all of the benefits of trailer ownership for a period of time and then return it when the job is done!

Why Rent A Trailer?

You may be wondering why you should rent a trailer as opposed to just buying one. Many people benefit from trailer ownership, but there are also a plethora of people who simply need a trailer for a single job. These people would benefit most from trailer rental.

If you are moving and need an enclosed trailer for a day, it wouldn’t make any sense to go out and buy one. You need this for a day, so rent a trailer. Get your use out of it and move on.

When you rent a trailer you don’t need to worry about storage, maintenance, services, upgrades or any of the other things that go along with owning your own trailer.

All you need to worry about when renting a trailer is providing proof of your car insurance. When you rent, yes, you are responsible for any and all damages, but this is no different than renting a car.

So if you have a job you need done, you can check out all of the available M&G Trailer Rentals.

M&G  Minnesota Trailer Rentals

So if you’ve decided to rent a trailer for your job in Minnesota, you may be wondering what type of trailer you even need! If you aren’t sure exactly what you need, that’s okay. The trailer experts at M&G are here to help you. Below, you can even see a few of the many available rental options.

Rental Dump Trailer

Learn more about dump trailers and all of their uses here!

Rental Enclosed Trailer

Learn all about the many uses of enclosed trailers here!

Rental Utility Trailer

Learn all about utility trailers here!

If you are ready to get started on your next job, let M&G help get you set up with the perfect trailer rental for your needs! Call us today and one of our customer service experts will be happy to get you started.

Snow Trailer Upgrades At M&G Trailer

Snow Trailer Upgrades

Is your trailer ready to do dashing through the snow this winter? No matter what you are hauling this winter, M&G Trailer wants to help you make sure your trailer is properly set up to handle the elements. With some really nice snow trailer upgrades, your trailer will be ready to face the cold and snow all winter long.

Snow Trailer Salt Shields

Snow Trailer Salt Shields

The bane of the winter time traveler’s existence has to be salt. It is necessary evil when it comes to winter roads. Making the roads safer and easier to navigate, but also causing damage to vehicles, trailers, and snowmobiles. Snow and salt shields for your trailer can help alleviate any salt damage to your precious cargo!  Not only do many of these shields protect your cargo, they also can help improve your gas mileage due to their aerodynamic design. M&G carries a vast inventory of snow and salt shields to fit every need.

Snow Tie Down Bars

Snow Tie Down Bars

These heavy duty snow tie down bars are perfect to making sure your trailer is ready to take your snowmobile out to the powder this winter. Find what you are looking for to secure your cargo and upgrade  your trailer for winter in M&G Trailers’ vast inventory today.

Snow Trailer Loading Ramps

Snow Trailer Loading Ramps

Snow Trailer Loading Ramps make getting your snowmobiles and ATVs on and off of your trailer a snap! There are ramps for everyone and every need. Attach them to your trailer, or even directly to your truck bed! You can learn more about these amazing loading ramps and check out the entire M&G inventory right here. 

Ski Guides and Track Mats

Another amazing snow trailer upgrade perfect for the winter outdoor enthusiast are ski guides and track mats. These are a perfect way to make loading and unloading your snowmobile so simple! Not only does it make your life easier, it also helps protect your trailer floor and snowmobile chains. These tracks and guides truly are a must have for your snow trailer.

Upgrade Your Snow Trailer with M&G

So if you are in the market to upgrade your snow trailer this year, head on over and talk to one of the M&G customer experts today!

The History of Black Friday

For years now, the day after Thanksgiving has been known as Black Friday. We now know it as the busiest shopping day of the year, but have you ever thought about the real history of Black Friday? How did it get started and where did the term originate? Today, that is what we are going to dive into and hopefully leave you a little more knowledgeable than you were before reading this post.

The Origins of Black Friday

Ever wonder where the term”Black Friday” came from? Well, initially people would use the adjective “black” in association with negative events and tragedy. Many days have been dubbed “Black Friday” in the past. The most notable is the Panic of 1896, which you can learn all about here.

It wasn’t until around 1951 that the first recorded use of the term “Black Friday” was used in association with the day after Thanksgiving. Employers coined the term because there was a large influx of employees calling out of work that day.

It also started to be used by police in Philadelphia around the same time period due to the massive amounts of traffic and congestion caused by the Holiday crowds.

Another significant reason for the name Black Friday for the day after Thanksgiving has its origins in accounting terminology. The word “Black” in this instance has a positive financial meaning of ‘being in the black’ or profitable. The use of the word ‘black’ comes from the old bookkeeping practice of writing profits in black ink and losses in red ink. This becomes significant when you realize that most businesses depend on the day after Thanksgiving to put them in the black (or profitable) for the year.

Busiest Shopping Day of The Year

The idea of Black Friday being the busiest shopping day of the year, seems to have come about in a November 29, 1975 edition of the New York Times., where an article refers to the day as the “busiest shopping and traffic day of the year” specifically for Philadelphia.

After this initial mention, the idea became much more widespread, but still by 1985 it was reported that many retailers in major cities such as Los Angeles and Cincinnati were still unaware of the term.

The early 80’s is when many major retailers began making use of “Black Friday” as a marketing ploy, but even then some retailers were not sure how they felt about this term. It was not until the early 2000’s that the day became nationally recognized.

Black Friday Controversies

As with most holidays and days of note, Black Friday does not come without its fair share of controversy. There have been numerous instances, events, scandals, and plain false theories that tend to circulate every year.

Chaos and Violence

Of course, everyone has seen the videos of people pushing and shoving to get the last product on a shelf. People getting trampled and even arrested while Black Friday shopping. One would think that these instances of chaos and even violence would deter would be deal shoppers, but it doesn’t seem to have slowed down those who are out for a killer deal. People continue to camp out outside of businesses and line up waiting for hours , with no end in sight.

False Origins

So there is a “fact” that floats around every year about the “origins of Black Friday”. It gets said that the name comes from the Pre-Civil war American South when slaves would be sold on the day after Thanksgiving. This is completely false and has been debunked.

Black Thursday

Probably the biggest modern controversy surrounding Black Friday is actually the spilling over into Thanksgiving itself. Sales are starting earlier and earlier, and now it seems people are leaving their family dinners early in order to head to the mall when it opens. Many people are rather angry about this, and think Black Friday should remain a Friday only deal and stores should stop creeping into the Thanksgiving Holiday itself.

If you are looking for a Black Friday deal on a trailer, trailer parts, or service, then M&G Trailer Sales has you covered. Contact us today with any questions and concerns and be on the look out for the best Trailer deals in the area!

Celebrating Thanksgiving The Minnesota Way!

With October at a close it is time to celebrate that most festive of Holidays….no, not Christmas… Here in Minnesota we take Thanksgiving very seriously, so no skipping from Halloween to Christmas up here. From the turkey to the football and the festive weekend activities, it is time you see how we celebrate Thanksgiving, the Minnesota Way!

It Is A Family Affair

Minnesota natives love any excuse to get together with family and friends. Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to eat good food and spend time with good company. Dinner starts cooking the day before and football plays on the television while families gather and reminisce about seasons past.

Once dinner has been eaten, it is time to throw a football around the back yard, eat some pumpkin pie, and enjoy a warm drink on a cool day. No early black Friday shopping here, Thanksgiving encompasses the entire day and no sale can pull someone here away from family time.

Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Getaway

Maybe cooking isn’t your thing, but you still want to spend Thanksgiving enjoying a lovely time with your family. You can share an unforgettable Thanksgiving in the Northwoods at the Gunflint Lodge. Rent a cabin and spend the day in the woods looking for Moose and Deer, play board games in front of the fire, and eat your fill at the Thanksgiving Buffet.

Spend Some Time Volunteering

If you want to spread some love on Thanksgiving in Minnesota, then you may want to check out some of the many volunteer opportunities available. Open Arms of Minnesota has put together a wonderfully detailed list of all of the places you can volunteer this Holiday season.

These opportunities aren’t just available on Thanksgiving. There are so many organizations in need of helps throughout the entire Holiday season.  So get out there and help if you can, it is the Minnesota way!

No matter what you plan to do in Minnesota for the Thanksgiving, know that M&G Trailer has all of your towing and hauling needs covered!

Snowmobile Maintenance Tips Before Hitting The Powder

Snowmobile Maintenance Tips Before Hitting The Powder

With the winter chill starting to set in, it is no surprise that so many are ready to get out and hit the powder. Before getting out there though, it is pertinent that you ensure your Snowmobile is ready and safe. These Snowmobile maintenance tips will help you make sure everything is ready to go before you hit the fresh powder.

Service Your Chains

The chains on your snowmobile should be properly lubed and adjusted to manufacturers specifications prior to heading out for a day of fun. If you have left your winter toy sit in storage for the warmer months, it is time to make sure everything is copacetic. Your parts should be bathed in oil to keep everything in cool working order. Annually, you will need to drain and change this oil. This will keep your snowmobile in tip top condition year after year.

How is Your clutch?

Your clutch is a pretty important piece of your snowmobile. It is what gets power to the ground to make your vehicle get going! To make sure your clutch hooks up correctly, it is important that you properly maintain it. One thing you can do it take a scrubby pad and scour the sheaves to make sure any glaze is removed. Work from the center out, and once you are don, reinstall your belt and set the tension according to your manufacturer’s settings.

Check Your Bolts

No one wants loose bolts on their snowmobile. So after being in storage for the Summer, you will want to go over your sled with a wrench and make sure everything is tightened properly and ready to come out for the winter.

Replace Carbides

The last think you want is to be riding through the woods on thin carbides and cause a wreck. These are super easy to replace and can be picked up at any part’s store. Seriously, go grab some, replace them and save yourself some potential medical bills.

Inspect Your Exhaust

Last but not least, you want to inspect your exhaust. This area of your sled is prone to issues, so it is important to make sure everything is clean and not covered with an oily sticky mess. Usually, if you see a sticky mess there is something loose. Making sure everything is maintained will save you a lot of headaches later on.

So if you are excited to hit the fresh powder this winter, go ahead and give your sled a good once over to make sure you don’t run into any issues when you are out in top of a mountain!

Don’t forget to head over and check out M&G Trailer Sales for all of your Snowmobile Hauling needs this Winter Season.

Upgrades For Your Snowmobile Trailer That Will Make The Winter Months So Much Easier

Winter is coming and that means it is time to load up the snowmobile and hit the fresh powder. As much fun as winter can be, it can also be a hassle sometimes when it comes to maintaining your snowmobile trailer. You can avoid the hassle though and get right onto the fun with these upgrades for your snowmobile trailer.

Snow Trailer Salt Shields

In order to protect your trailer and precious cargo, a salt shield is almost a necessity when you live in a state where it snows. Everyone knows that salt can be damaging to your vehicles, and a salt shield is there to help prevent this damage from taking place.

Tie Down Bars

When the temperature drops, it can become difficult to traditionally tie down your snowmobile onto your trailer.  If the deck gets icy, it can make it almost impossible to find your tie down locations. Snow tie down upgrades are the perfect upgrade that can make it super simple to tie down your snowmobile even in the most frigid temperatures.

Snowmobile Loading Ramps

If you want to make loading and unloading your snowmobile a breeze, then these snowmobile loading ramps are perfect for you. Don’t waste time fussing over time consuming loading and unloading. Hit the powder in record time with easy to install loading ramps. 

Track Mats

Track Mats and Ski Guides are the perfect accessory to protect your trailer floor. The way snowmobile tracks are set up, they can easily damage your trailer floor by gouging and scratching with their studded tracks. In order to prevent this damage and maintain not only your trailer but also your snowmobile tracks, these mats are the upgrade you need this winter.

So before you hit the powder this winter, make sure your snowmobile trailer is up to snuff. If you need help selecting the best upgrades for you, contact the experts here at M&G Trailer sales to find what would work best for your unique needs.

Cargo Trailer Upgrades At M&G Trailer Sales

Cargo Trailer Upgrades At M&G Trailer Sales

Could your Cargo Trailer use a little TLC? Maybe you have been wanting to do some additions, make some changes, or find some fantastic modifications that will take your trailer to the next level. No matter your desire, M&G Trailer Sales has the Cargo Trailer Upgrades for you.

Exterior Upgrades

Cargo Trailer Upgrades

If you are wanting some exterior upgrades, consider adding in some Ladder Racks to your Cargo Trailer. This one upgrade will add significantly to the storage capacity of your trailer. With room for ladders on the outside, you save a ton of all important space on the inside!

Extended Loading Ramps

Cargo Trailer Upgrades

Another useful Cargo Trailer upgrade that adds quite a bit of function is an extended loading ramp. By extending the length of the loading ramp, you decrease the angle of the ramp making it easier for loading certain things on your trailer. One example would be loading vehicles with low ground clearance. The longer ramp decreases the chance of damaging bumpers and valances.

Fuel Fill Doors

Do you haul snowmobiles and ATVs often? Yes, well then you know how inconvenient it can be to try to fill them with gas while in a Cargo Trailer. With Fuel Fill Doors though, this is made so much easier! You can fill up right at the pump now and not worry about gas cans.

Looking For More Cargo Trailer Upgrades?

M&G Trailer Sales offers these and many other trailer upgrade services. Take a look around and find the perfect upgrade to make your life easier. We do it all, from getting you the product to installation.

For more information or an estimate, you can contact us here or give us a call at 763-316-4006.

Fun Things To Do On Halloween In Minnesota

Fun Things To Do On Halloween In Minnesota

Goblins, Ghouls, and Witches! Oh My! The smell of pumpkin spice, the crisp in the air and the crunch of the leaves underfoot can only mean one thing…Fall is here, and with Fall comes the first holiday of the season, Halloween! With Halloween falling on a weekday this year though, it can be hard to get out and do traditional trick or treating, but don’t fret. There are so many amazing fun things to do on Halloween in Minnesota that you won’t know which place to go to first!

Anoka Halloween Celebration

Anoka Halloween Celebration
Photo Credit: Minnesota Haunted Houses

The city of Anoka is known as the Halloween Capital of the World, so you know there is going to be some epic celebrations here.  The Halloween Celebration lasts from October 6th – October 27th and you will find races, parades, pumpkin carving, house decorating contests, a medallion hunt and so much more!

Halloween Fearless 5K

Halloween Fearless 5K
Photo Source: Charities Challenge

If you happen to be a runner, then this is the perfect Halloween event for you. The 10th Annual Halloween Fearless 5K is a fun event for all. Join in and run (or walk) in the costume of your choice then finish up at the Claddaugh Irish Pub to relax and make new friends.

Big Woods Halloween

Big Woods Halloween
Photo Credit: Minneapolis Northwest

If you are looking for some family-friendly Halloween fun, then check out the Eastman Nature Center in the Elm Creek Park Reserve on October 27th for a spook-tacular time! There will be games and a pumpkin scavenger hunt as well as some fun with animal friends. The kids will love seeing animals in costumes and getting a chance to meet a real live snake!

Halloween Skate at the Burnsville Ice Center

Halloween Skate at the Burnsville Ice Center
Photo Source: Burnsville Ice Center

If you want to get down with some free ice skating while trick or treating on ice, then this is the event for you! On October 26th, you can get free skating, discounted skate rental, win door prizes, collect candy, and even get some free private lessons at the Burnsville Ice Center.

These events are only the tip of the iceberg. There are so many amazing things to do in Minnesota during the month of October. Halloween really takes on a life of its own and encompasses the entire month. So if you are looking for some spooky fun then come on over to Minnesota and see what we have in store for you.

How To Secure Your Trailer To Protect Your Property

Chances are, if you own a trailer you haul important cargo. Whether you are hauling heavy equipment on a flatbed trailer or a lawnmower on your utility trailer…Maybe you transport your horses or want to take your snowmobile out for a weekend trip… No matter what you haul, your cargo is important to you and that is why we want to ensure you have the ability to protect your property and prevent potential theft.

Locking When Unhitched

Especially if you are making long haul trips, there will probably come a time when you need to unhitch your trailer from your vehicle. An unhitched trailer is at risk of being stolen, but there is a way you can prevent trailer theft and set your mind at ease during these times. Simple locks, such as this Trimax Coupler Lock, are designed to be used when the trailer is unhitched and will prevent neerdowells from hooking up your trailer to their vehicle and driving away into the night.

Get A Custom Paint Job

So this may sound a bit silly, but having your trailer painted with a custom paint job makes it less likely to be stolen. Think about it this way, someone steals a generic looking snowmobile trailer, it is not likely to be found quickly since it blends in with the hundreds of other snowmobile trailers in the area. However, if someone tries to steal a custom painted snowmobile trailer, it is going to stick out like a sore thumb and is much more likely to be found quickly. Most thieves will shy away from stealing a custom trailer for this very reason.

Lock Your Spare Tire

Many trailers have a spare tire on them. While these are amazing to have in case of an emergency, they are also susceptible to theft.  You can easily prevent spare tire theft off of your trailer by purchasing a Spare Tire Nut Locker. This will keep any hooligans from easily taking your tire right off of your trailer.

Invest in an Alarm

In order to better protect your enclosed trailer, you can invest in an alarm system that you can easily arm when you are away. That way if anyone tries to open your door without the key, you will be made aware of the situation.  Trailer alarms tend to make an ear piercingly high pitched noise that will deter any thief! Alarms are one of the best things you can invest in that can help prevent trailer theft.

GPS Tracking Devices

Did you know you can install GSP tracking on pretty much any trailer? While this may not technically prevent trailer theft, it will make it much more likely that you will locate your trailer in the event that it is stolen. We microchip our pets, why not do the same to your trailer and protect your highly important investment!

Insure Your Trailer

Again, this isn’t a preventative but in the event that you do end up with a stolen trailer, you will be happy you took this step. A trailer is an investment. It is an integral part of your business, so it should be properly insured in case of any emergency.  You wouldn’t drive a car without insurance…so you shouldn’t have a trailer without it either!

So if you are ready to get serious about protecting your assets, let M&G help you come up with the solutions you need! At M&G Trailers, we carry a wide variety of security options, including tongue and coupler locks, door locks, wheel locks and so much more! If you don’t see the specific security product you want, don’t fret, we will do everything in our power to get that product in just for you!