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.

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.

How to Choose an Enclosed Trailer

An enclosed trailer, whether it’s a new model or quality used model, is a huge investment in your business or hobby.  Making the right choice takes a little research and complete understanding of your needs.

An enclosed or cargo trailer can be a blank canvas to be customized for anything from tiny living, running a small business, or taking your hobbies on the road. Or, your enclosed trailer can be purpose built, ready to go to work right off the lot.

Enclosed Trailer Construction

Consider the size and weight of what you’re hauling when shopping for an enclosed trailer.  Start shopping from the inside out, starting with the trailer’s frame. Your trailer’s frame will support the weight of the trailer and its load. Trailers can be constructed of aluminum or steel; with I-beams, tubular, L-shaped, or C-channel beams.  The strongest beams will be those with the most metal. Next, evaluate how the frame is configured, looking for cross beams that are positioned to support heavy loads — at 16 to 24-inch intervals or less — if your trailer will haul big loads.

Enclosed Trailers: How Many Axles?

A single axle trailer is sufficient for hauling smaller loads.  A well-configured, single-axle trailer with springs is ideal for a small business, or for hauling smaller items. Most single axle trailers can be used without a heavy-duty towing vehicle, and smaller, simple trailers don’t require a huge investment. Plan on hauling loads or equipment weighing less than 3,000 pounds in a single-axle enclosed trailer.

If you’re planning to haul heavier loads, consider a dual or multiple axle enclosed trailer. The axles are positioned to help disperse the weight of the cargo as well as provide shock absorption and maneuverability.  Longer trailers, designed to carry even heavier loads, can be equipped with multiple axles.

Look for a trailer with upgraded suspension and independent electric brakes when hauling heavy loads over long distances on a regular basis. Check with your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles to understand specific brake and equipment requirements for your trailer, but in general for hauling loads exceeding 3,000 pounds, trailer brakes are needed.

Enclosed Trailers: How Big?

Know your load when deciding what size enclosed trailer to buy.  Determine how wide, how deep, and how much your load weighs before choosing an enclosed trailer.  If a collectible car is your payload, you’ll need a trailer that’s at least 8 ½ feet wide and 16 feet deep, with double axles, while a farrier may find a 5-foot wide, single-axle enclosed trailer is right-sized for the tools of her trade. If keeping landscaping equipment out of the elements – and away from vandals and thieves – is motivation, look for a mid-sized trailer.

Enclosed Trailer Features

Enclosed trailers are the ultimate blank canvas, ready to be customized to meet your specific needs.

For those hauling vehicles – from snowmobiles, to mowers, to ATVs, to vintage cars – look for the positioning of tie-down rings and ask about the weight capacity of the rings to stabilize your load.  Consider the style of gate that’s right for your enclosed trailer.  While a small business owner working out of a trailer may find back double-doors the way to go, a vintage car enthusiast heading out to a string of shows, may need a fold-down ramp gate.

Opt for air conditioning and secure shelving when your bakery business deliveries exceed the delivery capacity of the family van; or look for custom built hooks and hangers to keep lawn maintenance equipment secure between jobs.

If your trailer is also your workspace, add lighting to the air-conditioning, and look for trailers that include flush-mounted sliding windows and a side entry.

Enclosed Trailers: Customization

Quality enclosed trailer manufacturers such as H&G, Aluma, Sure-Trac, Royal Cargo, Triton, Haulmark, and others offer hundreds of options that can turn an enclosed trailer into a customized work space, business or even a vacation home.

From medical trucks to mobile eateries to lake-front cottages, consider the possibilities when choosing an enclosed trailer.

Begin the process of choosing an enclosed trailer for customization from the outside. Look for sidewalls that can be wrapped or painted to advertise your business – or customized to look like a cozy cabin.

If your business is expanding, but not enough for brick and mortar construction, consider the possibilities of an enclosed trailer customized as concession truck – for hot or cold food service — or as a portable store.  Look for trailers that are sized for your business, towable by your vehicle, and ready to be outfitted to meet your needs.

When storage and comfort need to come together, consider outfitting an enclosed trailer for tailgating or quick getaways.

M&G Trailer Can Help!

For a vast selection of new and used enclosed cargo trailers from top-of the line manufacturers visit M&G Trailer in Ramsey, Minn. The experts at M&G Trailer can guide your through the process of choosing the right trailer, whether it’s for hauling a lawn mower, snowmobile or ATV; sheltering a precious collectible, or the start of a new mobile business.

Choosing the Right Trailer For You

Choosing the right trailer for your business, lifestyle, or job, is not always an easy decision. Luckily, our experts at M&G have done the research for you. Read below to find out which type of trailer is right for you.

Open Trailers

Open trailers are often referred to as utility trailers, meaning they can be used for many different things. Utility trailers are non-motorized trailers that can attach to your towing vehicle and come in all different sizes. They are also available in different materials, including steel and aluminum. Aluminum is lighter and easier to pull, but can also be more expensive. Steel trailers have a lower flex point, so they are able to keep their rigidity longer than most aluminum trailers.

Some things that can be hauled with a utility trailer include boats, lawn mowers or other equipment, furniture, motorycles, bikes, and ATVs, building supplies, trash, and more. Utility trailers are easy to use and often include LED lights, tie down loops, rails, and ramps for easy loading and unloading. M&G carries a large selection of utility trailers from one of the nation’s top manufacturers, Aluma.

Enclosed Trailers

Enclosed trailers come in a variety of types, including snowmobile trailers, cargo trailers, car trailers and aluminum trailers. Much like open trailers, enclosed trailers have many different uses, and each type of trailer is designed specifically to meet your needs. Enclosed snowmobile trailers often include things such as ski hold down bars, snow slider channels, dome lights, helmet racks, and lined walls and ceiling. While snow trailers are designed mainly to tow snowmobiles, cargo trailers are much more versatile and can be used for any precious cargo such as furniture and electrical equipment, to name a few. Cargo trailers also come in different sizes and designs, depending on the manufacturer who makes it. M&G Trailers has cargo trailers from Aluma, H&H and RC Trailers.

Another popular type of enclosed trailer is the car trailer, made specifically to tow automobiles and protect them from rain, sun and other hazardous elements in the environment. Car haulers tend to be larger than some other types of trailers, and can include features such as rock guards, v-shaped nose, ramps with cable assist, and LED lights.

Finally, M&G trailers carries a special line of aluminum enclosed trailers, made for the driver who wants dependability and carrying capacity, without the weight of a steel trailer.

Dump Trailers

When you have a tough job on your hands, a dump trailer will become your best friend. These trailers are perfect for moving heavy materials such as rocks, mulch, stone, and other home improvement or construction materials. Dump trailers are easy to load and unload and easy to tow. Some of the top manufacturers for dump trailers include H&H, Midsota, PJ trailers and Sure-Trac.

Dump trailers come in different sizes and varieties, such as utility and heavy-duty. Heavy duty trailers tend to be heavier, larger and have higher sides.

Concession Trailers

Trailers can do more than just tow cargo, they can also be used for business. M&G Trailers offers concession trailers that are perfect for athletic events, food trucks, vendors, and much more. We have currently sold some out of our RC concession trailers, but give us a call and ask about new arrivals coming in daily.

Which Trailer Should You Buy?

Deciding on which trailer to purchase all depends on how you expect to use it. If you’re looking for a heavy-duty trailer that won’t lose rigidity over time, opt for a steel open or enclosed trailer. If you need to protect your cargo from the elements, an enclosed trailer would be the best option. For more information on all the trailers M&G trailers has to offer, visit our dealership in Ramsey, Minnesota, or call us at 763-506-0930. You can also visit our website to see the great selection of trailers we have in stock.

Getting Your Trailer Ready For The Road

Trailer Before Repair

Winters can be long and dreary, especially in Minnesota. But once you’re ready to hit the road, you don’t want to get hundreds of miles away, stranded because your trailer broke down. Lucky for you, there are some easy ways to prevent any mishaps before you turn on the ignition. Read below for some tips on getting your trailer ready after a long winter.

You don’t have to wait until it’s warm to take your trailer out for a spin, but you do want to make sure your trailer is in good shape. Getting preventative and routine maintenance done on your trailer will not only extend the life of your trailer, but will also prevent accidents and mishaps on your next road trip.

Trailer During Repair

There are several things you can look for on your trailer that may raise a red flag. For example, any fractures or cracks in the frame could be dangerous if not taken care of. Also be sure to check your wheel bearings, as well as your brakes and lights. Some other things to look out for are the condition of your hitch, safety chains, air units, and more.

While some issues can be fixed will a trip to the hardware store and elbow grease, your best bet is to take your trailer in to your local dealership and have a certified technician do a full inspection and diagnosis of any issues you may have. M&G trailers has a full service trailer shop for doing just that, including repairs, upgrades, and customization. Our technicians offer same day service, or you can schedule an appointment ahead of time Monday – Saturday. If you need some help with your trailer, call 763-316-4006 or visit our website here.

Trailer After Repair

 

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