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.

Manufacturer Spotlight: Aluma

For 25 years Aluma has been building quality trailers to carry your work, play, or collectible vehicles safely to the next adventure.

Based in Iowa, the heartland of America, today Aluma crafts 60 models of light-weight, heavy duty trailers that leave the manufacturing plant with an industry-leading, all-inclusive 5-year warranty.

Aluma boasts one of the most complete line of aluminum utility and recreational trailers in America, offering utility trailers, ATV trailers, open and closed snowmobile trailers, open and closed motorcycle trailers, watercraft trailers, car haulers, and truck beds.

No matter the trailer that fits your needs, it will be crafted by skilled workers with all aluminum welded construction that results in a trailer that is lighter, stronger, and more durable than steel – and most importantly rust-free for life.  Aluma’s strength is in the details – look for rivet-less exterior walls, custom aluminum extrusions, and seamless aluminum roofs.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Aluma has created 25th anniversary package, trailers with the same great Aluma value, with added tongue handle, Tiger black aluminum wheels, and LED bed lights, along with other features specific to individual models.

Aluma also marked its anniversary in 2017 with the completion of its massive 43,000-square foot expansion for shipping – allowing Aluma to keep products moving out to their loyal dealers even in the harsh Iowa winters.

Massive production and shipping facilities and the vast product line are a long journey from Aluma’s beginnings in 1992.

The company got its start when founder Dean Maschoff answered the call of friends to create a golf cart trailer from aluminum. The trailers were in instant demand, and Maschoff completed several before he found time to make one for his own golf cart. The popularity of the light-weight trailers inspired Maschoff to found a small company, Aluma, Ltd.

By 1995, Maschoff’s aluminum trailers were so popular he moved to a 12,000-square foot building in Bancroft, Iowa., where five employees built about two trailers a day.  By 1998, Maschoff doubled the size of the Aluma manufacturing plant.

In 2000, after more expansion, Maschoff decided to focus on designing trailers and sold Aluma to KLM Acquisition Company. More expansion followed and in 2012 Aluma purchased a 105,000-square foot building in Emmetsburg, Iowa, for warehousing, production, research, and development of its enclosed trailer line.

Today, Aluma produces over 300 trailers a day to be shipped across the U.S., Canada, Guam and Mexico.  With its vast product line, commitment to quality and timely delivery, there’s an Aluma trailer to fit your towing needs.

M&G Trailers always has many of the Aluma lines in stock. Check out what Aluma products we have in stock please visit our Aluma page here.

Manufacturer Spotlight: Haulmark

2017 Haulmark ALX 7×14 TA Enclosed Cargo Trailer

Whatever your load, tow it with confidence in a Haulmark Trailer. An industry leader in cargo trailer manufacturing, Haulmark has a cargo trailer to meet your needs and budget.

Haulmark, with manufacturing plants in six locations across the country, is part of Universal Trailer Corporation, the leading trailer company in North America. Haulmark’s 25-year commitment to quality construction, customer satisfaction, selection, and support has made it the number one steel trailer brand in North America.

Whether you need a lightweight trailer to haul hobby supplies, a mid-sized trailer for your landscaping business, a secure enclosed hauler for snowmobiles, or a top-of-the-line professional motor-sports trailer, Haulmark has a model available.

Across its vast model line, Haulmark retains its commitment to “value-driven, top-quality enclosed trailers.”  So, whether it’s an entry level passport trailer or a custom car hauler, look for dedicated customer care and smart design.

A sampling of the cargo trailers offered by Haulmark offers a look into the commitment to quality across the company’s product line.

The Passport

The aptly named Passport is Haulmark’s entry into enclosed cargo hauling.  Light on the wallet but heavy on features, the Passport line of trailers is perfect for recreational and light commercial use. While it may be considered an entry level trailer, the Haulmark Passport is anything but when it comes to features.  Look for tubular steel main rails, radial tires, DryMax interior flooring, and 24-inch Starbright Stoneguard to protect the attractive and durable outside finish.  The Passport value continues long after purchase, as the standard “V-nose” design contributes to ease of handling and fuel economy.

2017 Haulmark Passport 7×14 TA Trailer

Transport TSV Line

Step up to the Transport line of trailers when the load is heavier and the demands are greater. Look for enhanced value and durability throughout the line, which is led by Haulmark’s most popular trailer the 7-foot TSV. The V-nosed trailer is stylishly rugged, loaded with top-of-the-line features and designed with fuel economy and ease of handling in mind.

Haulmark 7 foot TSV

The value-packed TSV line is available in a variety dimensions, all packed with enhance safety and construction features. Look for one-piece aluminum roofs with cast aluminum corner guards, full chassis undercoating, DryMax decking and sidewalls, exterior stone guards, radial tires, spring suspension axles, with aluminum jeep fenders on single axle models or flare fenders for tandem axles. Protect your load with a pass-through side door with flush lock and dead bolt. Choose from double read doors or ramps and look for LED exterior lighting.

Across the vast Transport line look for Haulmark’s exclusive’s SureWire technology that improves wire routing and connectivity reducing electrical shorts, as well as brighter, longer-lasting and economical LED exterior lights.

Transport V-Nose Auto Series

Whether its transporting a vintage automobile to the next car show, or commercial car transportation, Haulmark’s line of cargo cars has the answer. The value and versatility focused Transport Auto series is Haulmark’s most popular line of car haulers. The workhorse hauler is available in basic and deluxe, models that can be customized with an array of features available from Haulmark.

Interior V-nose

Choose the Transport V-Nose Auto series sports with an aerodynamic front to improve handling and adds interior cargo space.  If the Transport V-Nose Auto series looks familiar, it’s because this top-seller is a fixture at race tracks from coast to coast. Loaded with features like EZ-lube axles and electric brakes, radial tires and a sturdy, 3/4-inch plywood floor, the V-nose Transport is equipped to transport your vehicle with style and value.

ALX Open Car Line

When the security of an enclosed trailer and the elements don’t factor into the trailer purchasing decision, Haulmark offers a line of open car trailers. The ALX line of open car ride on tandem Dexter axles with EZ-Lube bubs and electric brakes. The ALX lines also features stainless steel swivel D-Rings, removable fenders and ramps that store underneath the trailer. Add the Power Tilt option and eliminates the need for rear ramps.

ALX Open Car Trailer

Adventure Series

When it’s time for adventure, look to Haulmark’s line of adventure cargo trailers. Haulmark’s Adventure Series offers enhanced value with everything you need to transport and store your snowmobiles at a competitive price point.  Always designing for customer’s needs, Haulmark offers the ALX double front door model that gives snowmobile and ATV fans more ways to get in and out. The Haulmark ALX In-Line Snowmobile trailer, lets your arrange your sleds in a row, front to back, for quick getaways and streamlined towing.

Adventure Line

For hard work or hard play, Haulmark has a cargo trailer that’s right for you. See the incredible value and variety offered by Haulmark at M&G Trailers in Ramsey, Minn.

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.

Manufacturer Spotlight: H&H

For Motorsports enthusiasts, to small landscape businesses to large haulers, H&H Manufacturing has a long-lasting, quality trailer to fit the job.

For almost a quarter century, H&H has been building durable, innovative, quality trailers that have earned the company a reputation for dependability and excellence.

With a complete line of aluminum open trailers, aluminum closed cargo trailers, steel open trailers, steel cargo trailers as well as custom designed “dream” trailers, H&H is ready to carry your load.

H&H, Built in the U.S.

Since 1993, H&H has been building trailers – and its reputation – at plants in the heartland of America, Clarinda, Iowa. Recognize a quality H&H trailer by its distinct flaming winged logo, which guarantees hands-on construction, quality materials and a dedication to service.

“We don’t skimp on materials and we don’t cut corners on quality,” the company pledges.

In early 2017, H&H was acquired by Novae, Corp., a leading North American manufacturer of utility dump, equipment and cargo trailers marketed under the brand Sure-Trac, based in Markle, Indiana.  H&H Trailers’ Clarinda, Iowa continue to operate independently under the Novae Corp. group of companies, crafting quality steel and aluminum trailers

“The two companies and their brands are well respected in the trailer industry, and together bring a very diverse and valuable range of proven products and services to the dealer base.” said Mark Yde, Director of Business Development for Novae Corp.

Open Steel Trailers

 

For heavy loads and tough jobs, consider a steel-constructed open — or utility –– trailer from H&H. Fully customizable, or ready to work straight off the lot, H&H offers flatbed, tiltbed, dump box, and hi-deck trailers. No matter the model, look for treated wood floors, Department of Transportation compliant lighting, wiring harnesses – including some models with wiring enclosed in conduit – fender rock guards, ramps and ramp gates

H&H Aluminum Utility Trailers

Lighter in weight, but loaded with quality, H&H aluminum utility trailers are hardworking and low maintenance. Full LED lighting gives H&H aluminum trailers a distinctive look, no matter the model or customization you chose.

H&H Crafts aluminum trailers for every segment, from open — or utility – trailers to car haulers, to tilt beds. Trailers are available in single or double axle, with solid side walls, side rails, with plank flooring, suspension upgrades or bi-fold ramp gates.

H&H Steel Enclosed Trailers

H&H offers a full line of steel enclosed – or cargo trailers – distinctive for their strength as well as their sleek, seamless look. When you’re hauling cargo in style – from gear for your mobile office to a vintage automobile — consider the H&H Topline series, with standard full tubular steel construction, full LED lighting with Slimline digital LED tail lights with wiring enclosed in conduit, full-body undercoating and smooth rivetless exterior walls.

H&H achieves its sleek look through its unique manufacturing process which employs 3M VHB tape for attaching the sheathing on its cargo trailers, resulting in a smoother, more durable finish than screws or rivets.

Choose from the XL series for a more moderate level trailer, or the CA Series for a quality H&H cargo trailer at an entry level price.

Aluminum Enclosed Cargo Trailer

The newest entry in the H&H line of enclosed or cargo trailers is all aluminum from frame to tongue to sidewalls, offering strength and durability without the weight of an all steel trailer.  The AL line of cargo trailers is available in a wide range of models from single axles to car carriers.

The AL line of enclosed aluminum trailers feature H&H’s signature seamless sides, treated flooring, LED lighting, aluminum wheels and a distinctive V-nose. The AL Series trailers are available in an array of color options from a single color or two-tone color combination, including a popular “Black Out” option.

Dream Trailers

H&H has hundreds of options for customizing its line of trailers, but if those options still don’t result in a trailer that meets your needs, the company’s customization team can build a trailer to your specifications. From barbecue trailers to command centers, from race trailers to tailgating outposts, and refrigeration units to toy haulers, H&H has a dedicated team of experts to customize your trailer. Talk to your H&H expert at M&G Trailers about your custom trailer needs.

H&H at M&G Trailers

Call or visit M&G Trailers today, where the H&H trailer experts can help match your needs and budget with the right trailer. M&G Trailers is the largest H&H North American dealer. Browse the H&H line of snowmobile, utility, vehicle tilt decks, car haulers, and more on our website or at our Ramsey, MN location.

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.