Manufacturer Spotlight: FLOE

For innovations and unparalleled quality in enclosed and open bed trailers, look to FLOE International, based in McGregor, Minn. Famed for excellence in the boating industry, for 30 years FLOE has also been making a full-line of equally innovative aluminum trailers to tow for work or play.

For trailers that work so you can play, choose a FLOE Trailer – designed and manufactured by people who understand recreational and work vehicles, and their owners.  FLOE produces a full line of carriers for single snow mobiles, utility vehicles, or carriers that can take on your side-by-side, or a fleet of sleds.

Floe is redesigning the towing industry with its line of utility trailers, Versa-Max Ramp and tilt trailers, Pro-Tektor enclosed trailers, and industry-changing Cargo Max Trailers.

Find a full line-up of FLOE trailers at M&G Trailer in Ramsey, Minn.

Versa-Max Ramp and tilt trailers allow you to load up and be on the road in no time, minus the hassles and complications of some other trailers.  All Versa-Max trailers come FLOE’s patented Versa-Track tie-down system. Versa-Track is the easiest, most flexible tie-down system in the towing industry. The Vortex Hub is also standard on all Versa-Max trailers, making grease changes or adding grease easy.

Available in 10 and 12-foot length, Versa-Max tilt trailers are simple, efficient trailers perfect for snowmobiles, and one or two seat recreational vehicles.

The tough Versa-Max Ramp Trailers are built for rugged adventures. Whether you’re hauling one sled, or six sleds — or any type of load – there’s a Versa-Max ramp trailer for you with lengths ranging from 10 to 28-feet. The 52-inch sturdy ramp is constructed with pressure treated plywood framed with aluminum for strength, durability and safety. The raised aluminum edges keep both wheeled and tracked vehicles centered. When not in use, the ramp stows under the trailer with a Slide-N-Glide system.

The Versa-Max front salt shield does double-duty as a ramp making the trailer the easiest drive on/drive off trailer on the market.

For an enclosed trailer that tows like an open trailer, consider FLOE’s gull-wing style Pro-Tektor. The Pro-Tektor keeps your sleds secure and out of the elements while its aerodynamic design makes it easy to tow. The Pro-Tektor trailer features front and rear access doors to provide easy, safe loading and unloading, as well as a side door. The doors are mounted with FLOE’s exclusive, continuous extruded hinge design and feature two gas shocks to make opening and closing smooth and easy. The 54-inch interior height accommodates a large variety of equipment. The Pro-Tektor is available in sizes from 12 to 28-feet.

If a Pro-Tektor isn’t in your budget, add one to your FLOE open-bed trailers when your budget permits. The all-aluminum trailer comes with a 10-year structural warranty.

For hauling in the toughest conditions turn to the game-changing Cargo Max XRT – Extreme Rugged Technology – trailer.  The advanced design of this trailer combines an all-aluminum frame with an impact-resistant body that withstands a mighty blow from a sledge hammer at -20F with no damage.

The trailer is built on an extruded aluminum frame that’s light enough to be towed by a compact car and never rusts or needs paints. The frame is stout enough to stand up to heavy loads while the tongue weight of the trailer itself is a mere 33 lbs.

The unique polymer Ultra Body of the Cargo Max line is formed by the world’s largest rotary thermoforming machine resulting in a design that is virtually indestructible even in the most extreme weather conditions. FLOE’s exclusive floor trussing system delivers maximum strength, excellent water drainage, and superior cleaning ability.

The versatile Cargo Max tailgate ramp system features two loading angles, level ramp mode for ATVs and limited tilt mode for low clearance vehicles like motorcycles and lawn mowers. Look for safety and convenience features such as super bright, long-lasting, commercial recessed LED lights, tongue handle grab for safety and convenience, patented fast-action tilt clamp that pulls the tongue tight to eliminate noise and vibration, and strategically placed foldaway D-ring anchors for maximum payload and security.

Visit M&G trailer in Ramsey, Minn., to find the right FLOE trailer for your needs. Find an assortment of FLOE models including Pro-Tecktor, Versa-Max, and CargoMax, open snowmobile and FLOE ‘s extremely versatile utility trailers available today.

Best Places To Enjoy Outside Winter Activities In Minnesota

Take a break from the ordinary and head to the great outdoors in Minnesota for a snowy mix of quirky, unique, exciting, and breath-taking winter thrills. From chasing Northern Lights, to improbable camp outs on frozen lakes, to roaring or swooshing through the wilderness, in Minnesota, winter means adventure.

Locals are expecting a super winter for visitors. In February the state throws open its icy arms to welcome fans to Super Bowl LII in the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Football fans will find plenty of thrills on the field as well as off in Minnesota.

Bemidji

Bemidji, Minnesota is known as the Curling Capital of the U.S.A

Load up your snowmobile and broom and head north to Bemidji, Minnesota’s winter adventure capitol.  The “First City on the Mississippi” is also knowns as the “Snowmobile Capital of the North” and “Curling Capital of USA.”  Be welcomed to Bemidji by its most famous citizens, famed lumberjack Paul Bunyan and Babe, his Blue Ox. The statues stand proudly at the Bemidji Lake Tourist Information Center, where they have become the second most frequently photographed icons in the nation, according to the tourism office.

Bemidji is at the crossroads of Minnesota’s extensive trail system, with two major snow mobile -friendly trails intersecting there, according to Visit Bemidji. The Paul Bunyan Trail which originates at Lake Bemidji State Park, and runs 1,115 miles between Bemidji and Brainerd, and the Blue Ox Trail, running 110 miles north from Bemidji to International Falls, Winnipeg provide the opportunity for exhilarating adventure. Visit Bemidji challenges visitors to hone their snowmobile skills with rides across 1,000 frozen lakes along the Continental Divide, over bogs, beside rushing streams, up rolling hills, and through snow-draped forests. For tamer, scenic rides head to the Buena Vista Trail in Buena Vista State Forest, or head south on the Itasca and Becida Trails to Itasca State Park, site of the headwaters of the Mississippi River.

Catch the Olympics bug in Bemidji, with a trip to Bemidji Curling Club. Curling is the quirky shuffleboard-style game played on ice that has found a home in the Winter Olympics. Curious about the stones, brooms and all that yelling? Swing by the club to watch teams practice or catch a game. The club has a first-floor viewing area accessible to the public, as well as its upper level deck with a bar.

Upper Red Lake

Ice Fishing in Upper Red Lake is great fun for all.

At 228,000 acres, Red Lake is the largest lake within Minnesota and Upper Red Lake is one of the state’s most popular spots for ice fishing. In January and February, the surface of the lake often turns into a make-shift city, with “streets” lined with ice houses, and friends gathered together under impromptu street lights to share tales of world-class walleye, northern pike and crappie fishing.

True ice fishing fanatics come equipped with their own ice houses to lounge in comfort and fish through strategically placed holes in the floor, while those craving simpler times find an auger to make a hole, a fishing pole, and an upside down five-gallon bucket to sit on are enough for some winter bliss.  Even novices can enjoy this Minnesota passion safely:  Guides and gear are available for hire around Upper Red Lake and stay on the lake safely by renting an ice house from a trusted outfitter. Ice houses range from spartan day quarters, to heated, fully-outfitted sleeping cabins.

Lake Mille Lacs

For more ice fishing options – and more outdoor adventures — consider Lake Mille Lacs, Minnesota’s third largest lake. Every weekend there’s a party somewhere on Lake Mille Lacs. Along with legendary ice fishing, the area features hundreds of miles of trails suitable for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. On a windy day, take a turn at Kite Boarding across the snow-covered lake. Lake Mille Lacs’ vast inland sea spans 132,500 acres holding up to 5,500 ice fishing houses during the winter. Groomed ice roads lead to the seasonal ice fishing villages, where visitors can rent ice houses for fishing or spearing.

The highlight of the Lake Mille Lacs ice fishing season is the International Eelpout Festival held in late February. The festival attracts a crowd of nearly 10,000 to tiny Walker, Minn., to celebrate the famously ugly bottom dwelling fish.  According to festival organizers the International Eelpout Festival named one of the top “15 Weird Midwestern Festivals You Never knew Existed.”

For information about this year’s Eelpout Festival click here.

Ely

Ely is home to more dog-sledding outfitters than anywhere else in the world.

Mush for a memorable Minnesota day. Tiny Ely, population about 3,000, is home to more dog-sledding outfitters than anywhere else in the world.  Whether you’re an experienced musher, or just a willing adventurer, Ely is the perfect place for a day gone to the dogs.  Learn how to drive a team or just enjoy a ride in the sled in the dog-sledding capitol of the world.

Ely is about 150 miles from Duluth in Northern Minnesota and sits on the edge of the summer hotspot Boundary Waters Canoe area.  In the winter, the hiking, canoeing, and fishing paradise becomes a winter wonderland.  Along with dog-sledding, well-groomed trails are perfect for snowmobiling and snow shoeing. The town is also home to the International Wolf Center and North American Bear Center

Detroit Mountain

Visit Detroit Mountain, a non-profit center committed to promoting “sound environmental recreation and educational programming to develop the health and wellness of children, families and communities.”  This four-season resort in the Detroit Lakes region, was a family owned resort for more than 50 years. When it closed its doors in 2004, residents banned together to figure out how to restore and revive the recreation area.  Ten years of work and fundraising paid off when the Detroit Mountain Recreation area reopened. The revived park features a beautiful new lodge and redesigned mountain for skiing and snowboarding, as well as an all-new Scheels terrain park, tubing hill, and cross-country ski trails.

When you’re headed to the Detroit Lakes region, don’t forget your sleds. Becker County features more than 250 miles of groomed snowmobile trails.

Cook County

Northern Lights in Minnesota.

You don’t have to go all the way to the Arctic Circle to see the Northern Lights. Cook County in northwestern Minnesota is the best place in the lower 48 to see nature’s spectacular light show. Cook County, Minnesota, on the shores of Lake Superior, is home to Eagle Mountain, Minnesota’s tallest mountain, Grand Portage, the state’s tallest waterfall and an outstanding place for catching a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis, and Lutsen Mountains, the largest ski resort in the Midwest. Outfitters in Grand Marais and Lutsen offer Northern Lights viewing packages and the Cook County visitors center offers do-it-yourself tips.

No matter which winter adventures you decide to take part in, make sure your winter toys are traveling in style and safety with a trip to M&G Trailer Sales and Service in Ramsey, Minnesota. At M &G you’ll find a full-line of snowmobile trailers and a top-notch service department to meet all your outdoor winter needs.

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.

Welcome to Our Blog!

Welcome to the official M&G Trailers blog! M&G is a family-owned and operated business that has been serving customers out of our Ramsey, Minnesota location since 2000. We carry over 500 trailers on our lot from top manufacturers including, Aluma, Triton, Midsota, H&H, and many more. We specialize in new and used utility trailers, but also offer enclosed trailers, dump trailers, equipment trailers, and recreational trailers.

Here at M&G we take pride in every single trailer or part we sell. We purchase only the best trailers from the most trusted manufacturers to ensure that every trailer we sell is top quality. Our staff is highly trained and experienced so we can help you with your trailer purchase, service, and maintenance. We understand that buying a trailer is a big decision, and we want your purchasing experience to be smooth and hassle-free. That’s why we offer financing, and accept trade-ins of all kinds.

Our blog will be a great resource for anyone who owns or hopes to own a trailer in the near future. We will share tips and tricks, trailer maintenance advice, industry news, local events, and much more. If you would like to contribute to our blog, feel free to write a comment below and tell us your idea! Also, don’t forget to visit our Facebook Page and Website to see all the great trailers we have in stock.