How To Stop Your Trailer From Swaying On The Road

Whether your towing debris from a DIY home improvement project, trailering horses, or headed out an an RV vacation don’t make your trip too exciting with a swaying, swerving, out of control trailer. Sway is the bogeyman of novice towers and the nemesis of those tackling winding mountain roads and sharing byways with 18-wheelers.

Learn to master the impacts of trucks and bad weather that are unavoidable and take steps before you head out and while you’re driving to avoid preventable sway, or fishtailing, while on the road.

A fishtailing trailer is a leading cause of towing accidents and are almost always preventable by setting up your trailer properly and driving mindfully.

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Aluma Utility Trailers: One Of The Best Trailers On The Market

For more than 25 years, Aluma has been a heavy weight in the lightweight aluminum utility trailer market, dominating with quality, choice, durability, and an industry-leading warranty.  When you need a utility trailer for the long haul, look no further than utility trailer manufacturer Aluma.

Since 1992, utility trailer manufacturer Aluma has innovated from its plant in Iowa, the heartland of America.  Today the company crafts more than 300 lightweight utility trailers per week, ranging from single axle utility trailers for your golf cart, motorcycle or ATV to tandem axle utility trailers suitable for your treasured show car or heavy-duty work equipment.

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Manufacturer Spotlight: RC Trailers

When business or pleasure calls you to go on the road, do it with confidence in an RC Trailer.

RC Trailers is a premier manufacturer of cargo and aluminum trailers. Crafted with care and available with custom options, RC Trailers is committed to building the right trailer to meet your needs.

At M&G trailers in Ramsey, Minn., find the right RC Trailer for your snowmobile, car hauling needs, cargo and concession business. RC Trailers works side by side with trusted dealers like M&G to design trailers to specific customer needs, offering an unmatched set of options integrated into its trailers with the highest level of craftsmanship.

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Manufacturer Spotlight: Midsota

When you need towing equipment that works as hard and long as you do, turn to Midsota Manufacturing.  A homegrown company, Midsota Manufacturing crafts heavy-duty dump and off-road trailers that are built to last.

Midsota’s commercial grade steel trailers are built to endure hard work, tough conditions, and come with a five-year frame guarantee for additional peace of mind.  For hard play or hard work, look to Midsota Manufacturing, with its product line of more than 40 different trailer models, ranging from small single-axle utility trailers to dual-axle gooseneck heavy equipment haulers.

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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.