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: 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.

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.

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.