How to Determine the Right Size Trailer

How to Determine the Right Size Trailer

Have you been using a trailer for years, but it does not seem to be what you need? Are you upgrading what you are pulling and need to find something a bit bigger or something sturdier? Finding the right size trailer is dependent upon many aspects. One being, what kind of towing vehicle you are going to be using.  This will determine the tongue weight so you can figure out how much you have left over for the trailer and additional cargo!

You also have to look at the different trailer types and their sizes. Because there are so many different sizes and classes, you need to consider the long term affect when purchasing your trailer. Lastly, what are you trying to haul on the trailer. Are you planning to move your motorcycle, do you need to haul large equipment for work, or do you need something a bit heavier duty to dump things?

Here are a few different options to help you determine what size trailer you may need!

How to Determine the Right Size Trailer

If you are planning to transport something smaller like a motorcycle, check out this model. The Aluma MC210 Aluminum Motorcycle trailer.

Sizing: 11’6” by 6’5”.

This is a smaller but more specified trailer. It is easy to store and has a ramp to easily take your bike on and off.

Do you typically have a lot of equipment to haul around?

With more weight, you are going to need a larger trailer that allows more cargo room as well as taking safety precautions very seriously. The Midsota ET8220 Equipment Trailer gives you a lot more space (20’0” by 6’10”) and has an adjustable 2-5/16” Coupler with a Beaver tail and spring Assist 5’ Fold up Ramps. This is much more practical for larger items, machinery, or a large quantity of equipment pieces.

Midsota ET8220 Equipment Trailer

Looking for something a bit heavier duty?

If you are in the construction field and are used to dumping things frequently, you are going to need something with that capability as well as having the space to carry everything that you need to transport.

This 2019 H&H 14’ Dump 14K Trailer has everything you need to get the job done. It is 14’ 0” by 6’ 11” and has plenty of room for everything you need to fill in this trailer. With LED lights full electric brakes, a 4” suspension and a barn door rear gate with ramps, you won’t have to have an additional trailer for any of your needs. If you require a heavy duty, reliable, and sleek dump trailer, this may be exactly what you need.

Mo matter what your needs, M&G Trailer Sales has you covered! We carry a wide variety of Aluma, Midsota, H&H and more! So come on in and let one of our sales experts help you find the perfect trailer for you today.

Easter Egg Hunts & Festivals in Minnesota

It’s almost April, and that means we’re hopping closer to Easter! Have you decided how your family will celebrate yet? No matter where you live in Minnesota, there’s probably an exciting egg hunt or festival nearby. Here’s a list of some of the events happening on Easter weekend:

Easter EGGStravaganza

Easter EGGStravaganza

April 20, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Common Grounds Coffee Shop in downtown Longville

This Easter Egg Hunt in downtown Longville is free to the public and held in three age groups. It features photos with the Easter Bunny, and Egg hunt and special prizes. It’ll be fun for the whole family, no matter how old your kids are! Find out more here.

 Easter Eggcitement

321 S 1st St Montevideo, MN 56265

April 20, 2019
Starting at 10:00 a.m.

321 S 1st St
Montevideo, MN 56265

If you live near Montevideo, you’re sure to have fun Easter at the Easter Eggcitement Egg Hunt! For kids ages 0-12, all participants can go hunting around the park with the chance of finding prize eggs corresponding to baskets of goodies donated by local businesses. To prepare your visit, click here.

Easter in the Castle

April 13, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

 American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55407-1090

For $10 for ASI members, $13 for non-members, and free for kids under 2, you can attend the American Swedish Institute’s Easter celebration in Minneapolis. It’s the only Easter Egg hunt in a castle! Explore the Turnblad Mansion by searching for hidden eggs. You can also enjoy other Swedish traditions for the day. Find out how you can get tickets here.

Easter Brunch

April 21, 2019
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Bigwood Event Center
925 Western Ave
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

All the Fergus Falls folks can enjoy an Easter brunch! Perfect if you’re not into egg hunting. They offer 3 different reserved seating times, including 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. It’s $24.95 for adults, $21.95 for seniors 55+, kids ages 4-10 $9.95, and kids from 3 and under are free! Make your reservation by April 18 by calling (218) 739-2211. For more information, click here.

Easter Egg Scramble

April 20, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

Crookston Sports Center

801 Fisher Ave
Crookston, MN 56716

Visit Crookston, MN, for Easter Egg Scramble. It’s free for everyone and offers food and the chance to win plenty of prizes! Learn more about the event here.

Most Romantic Valentine’s Day Destinations in Minnesota

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Do you have your plans all laid out yet? Maybe you  know you want to go out, see somewhere new and beautiful, but aren’t quite sure where to go… Don’t worry! While you can find beauty and romance anywhere, these places are among the most romantic in Minnesota and are guaranteed to make for a memorable Valentine’s day with your sweetheart.

The Grand View Lodge

The Historic Grand View Lodge on Lake Gull has been a top Minnesota destination since 1916. this beautiful lodge features a variety of activities including golf, the Glacial Waters Spa, numerous dining option, and some of the most beautiful accommodations in the state.

With so much to do and see, and the stunningly beautiful locale, this is one destination you will want to go back to again and again.

Afton House Inn

get swept up in the romance at the Afton House Inn. this beautiful Inn not only features stunning rooms for your visit, but also has special Valentine’s events that you and your significant other can enjoy.  With a Valentine’s Dinner and a Sweet Heart Wine Dinner this is the one place to take your date if you truly want to impress.

FREE Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

On Valentine’s day from 4Pm-7Pm you and your sweetheart can enjoy a free ride in a romantic horse-drawn carriage in the beautiful Historic Stillwater, known as one of the most romantic cities in all of Minnesota!

See what else this beautiful city has to offer for you and the one you love here.

Valentine’s Day Clay Workshop

For the past 15 years, the northern Clay Center Shop has offered Valentine’s Day Clay workshops. A fun way to get creative and enjoy time with your lover, this will leave you with visions of Patrick Swayze Ala Ghost… You can learn all about this event, dates, and times here.

These may be our four favorite Valentine’s getaways and events of the year, but we want to hear what you think… what are your favorite Valentine’s getaways?

 

Top 5 Places to Camp in Minnesota

Minnesota is by no means short on beautiful places for camping. We have some of the most stunning natural beauty in the country and offer a plethora of places for nature and camping enthusiasts to enjoy. In fact, Minnesota is home to 58 different State Forests! Most of these offer scenic camp spots and tend to be less crowded than the State Parks.

Most of the Stat Forest camp spots are also more primitive. Offering non-electrical campsites and a more natural surrounding. These are perfect for getting back in touch with nature!

State Parks on the other hand tend to offer a somewhat more “modern” take on camping, with electrical hookups and a few more amenities,.

If you are looking for somewhere to spend a weekend camping, no matter how primitive you want it,  then these are the 5 best places to camp in Minnesota.

Bear Head Lake State Park

Bear Head State Park Source

This stunning camping location is but a stone’s throw from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  With miles of shoreline to explore, picturesque swimming locations, fishing holes, and trails to hit, you won’t have a shortage of things to do while camping here.

The campground features 73 sites total, 45 of them with electricity, showers and restrooms, as well as boat accessibility, cabins, and a rustic group camping site.

Woodenfrog Campground

Kabetogema State Forest

Located in the Kabetogama State Forest, this is a pristine campsite offering a primitive and picturesque surrounding, perfect for the true nature lover. With 61 non-electrical sites, you will be able to fully enjoy an immersive natural experience.

Offering on a first-come first-served basis, Woodenfrog boasts  being one of the few drive-in campgrounds offering access to the water-fed  Voyagers National Park. So paddle, drive, or hike by for a stunning campground worthy of being one  of the top five in the state.

Glendalough State Park

Glendalough State Park

This natural beauty offers something for everyone. Camping, swimming, fishing and boating are just a few things you can do at this State Park. Nestled in Western Minnesota among the prairie, hardwood forest and four lakes, this is a favorite for campers of all ages.

Featuring 22 cart-in campsite, four cabins, and a shower house in the main portion of the campground, as well as two yurts located in the State park. Glendalough is one of only three other parks in the state to offer these yurt accommodations.

Stony Point Resort

Stony Point Resort

Stony Point offers a variety of camping options. With available RV campsites, stunning modern cabins, and more rural tent sites, there is something to appeal to everyone.  Located in the Northwoods, just minutes from the town of Cass Lake, this Minnesota lake resort and campground has been proudly serving families since 1939!

They also have a restaurant and lounge for those who want a more relaxed luxury experience!

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Split Rock lighthouse

Offering some spectacular views of the Lake Superior and the Split Rock Lighthouse, this North Shore park offers 20 cart in sites ( two are wheelchair accessible). You can enjoy the scenic views, use the restrooms and showers provided by the park, all while getting back in touch with nature.

Campers can hike up to the lighthouse ( which offers tours as well), or take a stroll along the lake’s rocky shore. The scenery and stunning lighthouse makes this one of the best campsites in Minnesota!

So there you have it! Five Must visit campsites in Minnesota!

Have you been to any of these? We want to know what you think are the best campgrounds to check out in the area!

 

The History of Black Friday

For years now, the day after Thanksgiving has been known as Black Friday. We now know it as the busiest shopping day of the year, but have you ever thought about the real history of Black Friday? How did it get started and where did the term originate? Today, that is what we are going to dive into and hopefully leave you a little more knowledgeable than you were before reading this post.

The Origins of Black Friday

Ever wonder where the term”Black Friday” came from? Well, initially people would use the adjective “black” in association with negative events and tragedy. Many days have been dubbed “Black Friday” in the past. The most notable is the Panic of 1896, which you can learn all about here.

It wasn’t until around 1951 that the first recorded use of the term “Black Friday” was used in association with the day after Thanksgiving. Employers coined the term because there was a large influx of employees calling out of work that day.

It also started to be used by police in Philadelphia around the same time period due to the massive amounts of traffic and congestion caused by the Holiday crowds.

Another significant reason for the name Black Friday for the day after Thanksgiving has its origins in accounting terminology. The word “Black” in this instance has a positive financial meaning of ‘being in the black’ or profitable. The use of the word ‘black’ comes from the old bookkeeping practice of writing profits in black ink and losses in red ink. This becomes significant when you realize that most businesses depend on the day after Thanksgiving to put them in the black (or profitable) for the year.

Busiest Shopping Day of The Year

The idea of Black Friday being the busiest shopping day of the year, seems to have come about in a November 29, 1975 edition of the New York Times., where an article refers to the day as the “busiest shopping and traffic day of the year” specifically for Philadelphia.

After this initial mention, the idea became much more widespread, but still by 1985 it was reported that many retailers in major cities such as Los Angeles and Cincinnati were still unaware of the term.

The early 80’s is when many major retailers began making use of “Black Friday” as a marketing ploy, but even then some retailers were not sure how they felt about this term. It was not until the early 2000’s that the day became nationally recognized.

Black Friday Controversies

As with most holidays and days of note, Black Friday does not come without its fair share of controversy. There have been numerous instances, events, scandals, and plain false theories that tend to circulate every year.

Chaos and Violence

Of course, everyone has seen the videos of people pushing and shoving to get the last product on a shelf. People getting trampled and even arrested while Black Friday shopping. One would think that these instances of chaos and even violence would deter would be deal shoppers, but it doesn’t seem to have slowed down those who are out for a killer deal. People continue to camp out outside of businesses and line up waiting for hours , with no end in sight.

False Origins

So there is a “fact” that floats around every year about the “origins of Black Friday”. It gets said that the name comes from the Pre-Civil war American South when slaves would be sold on the day after Thanksgiving. This is completely false and has been debunked.

Black Thursday

Probably the biggest modern controversy surrounding Black Friday is actually the spilling over into Thanksgiving itself. Sales are starting earlier and earlier, and now it seems people are leaving their family dinners early in order to head to the mall when it opens. Many people are rather angry about this, and think Black Friday should remain a Friday only deal and stores should stop creeping into the Thanksgiving Holiday itself.

If you are looking for a Black Friday deal on a trailer, trailer parts, or service, then M&G Trailer Sales has you covered. Contact us today with any questions and concerns and be on the look out for the best Trailer deals in the area!

Celebrating Thanksgiving The Minnesota Way!

With October at a close it is time to celebrate that most festive of Holidays….no, not Christmas… Here in Minnesota we take Thanksgiving very seriously, so no skipping from Halloween to Christmas up here. From the turkey to the football and the festive weekend activities, it is time you see how we celebrate Thanksgiving, the Minnesota Way!

It Is A Family Affair

Minnesota natives love any excuse to get together with family and friends. Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to eat good food and spend time with good company. Dinner starts cooking the day before and football plays on the television while families gather and reminisce about seasons past.

Once dinner has been eaten, it is time to throw a football around the back yard, eat some pumpkin pie, and enjoy a warm drink on a cool day. No early black Friday shopping here, Thanksgiving encompasses the entire day and no sale can pull someone here away from family time.

Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Getaway

Maybe cooking isn’t your thing, but you still want to spend Thanksgiving enjoying a lovely time with your family. You can share an unforgettable Thanksgiving in the Northwoods at the Gunflint Lodge. Rent a cabin and spend the day in the woods looking for Moose and Deer, play board games in front of the fire, and eat your fill at the Thanksgiving Buffet.

Spend Some Time Volunteering

If you want to spread some love on Thanksgiving in Minnesota, then you may want to check out some of the many volunteer opportunities available. Open Arms of Minnesota has put together a wonderfully detailed list of all of the places you can volunteer this Holiday season.

These opportunities aren’t just available on Thanksgiving. There are so many organizations in need of helps throughout the entire Holiday season.  So get out there and help if you can, it is the Minnesota way!

No matter what you plan to do in Minnesota for the Thanksgiving, know that M&G Trailer has all of your towing and hauling needs covered!

Upgrades For Your Snowmobile Trailer That Will Make The Winter Months So Much Easier

Winter is coming and that means it is time to load up the snowmobile and hit the fresh powder. As much fun as winter can be, it can also be a hassle sometimes when it comes to maintaining your snowmobile trailer. You can avoid the hassle though and get right onto the fun with these upgrades for your snowmobile trailer.

Snow Trailer Salt Shields

In order to protect your trailer and precious cargo, a salt shield is almost a necessity when you live in a state where it snows. Everyone knows that salt can be damaging to your vehicles, and a salt shield is there to help prevent this damage from taking place.

Tie Down Bars

When the temperature drops, it can become difficult to traditionally tie down your snowmobile onto your trailer.  If the deck gets icy, it can make it almost impossible to find your tie down locations. Snow tie down upgrades are the perfect upgrade that can make it super simple to tie down your snowmobile even in the most frigid temperatures.

Snowmobile Loading Ramps

If you want to make loading and unloading your snowmobile a breeze, then these snowmobile loading ramps are perfect for you. Don’t waste time fussing over time consuming loading and unloading. Hit the powder in record time with easy to install loading ramps. 

Track Mats

Track Mats and Ski Guides are the perfect accessory to protect your trailer floor. The way snowmobile tracks are set up, they can easily damage your trailer floor by gouging and scratching with their studded tracks. In order to prevent this damage and maintain not only your trailer but also your snowmobile tracks, these mats are the upgrade you need this winter.

So before you hit the powder this winter, make sure your snowmobile trailer is up to snuff. If you need help selecting the best upgrades for you, contact the experts here at M&G Trailer sales to find what would work best for your unique needs.

How To Secure Your Trailer To Protect Your Property

Chances are, if you own a trailer you haul important cargo. Whether you are hauling heavy equipment on a flatbed trailer or a lawnmower on your utility trailer…Maybe you transport your horses or want to take your snowmobile out for a weekend trip… No matter what you haul, your cargo is important to you and that is why we want to ensure you have the ability to protect your property and prevent potential theft.

Locking When Unhitched

Especially if you are making long haul trips, there will probably come a time when you need to unhitch your trailer from your vehicle. An unhitched trailer is at risk of being stolen, but there is a way you can prevent trailer theft and set your mind at ease during these times. Simple locks, such as this Trimax Coupler Lock, are designed to be used when the trailer is unhitched and will prevent neerdowells from hooking up your trailer to their vehicle and driving away into the night.

Get A Custom Paint Job

So this may sound a bit silly, but having your trailer painted with a custom paint job makes it less likely to be stolen. Think about it this way, someone steals a generic looking snowmobile trailer, it is not likely to be found quickly since it blends in with the hundreds of other snowmobile trailers in the area. However, if someone tries to steal a custom painted snowmobile trailer, it is going to stick out like a sore thumb and is much more likely to be found quickly. Most thieves will shy away from stealing a custom trailer for this very reason.

Lock Your Spare Tire

Many trailers have a spare tire on them. While these are amazing to have in case of an emergency, they are also susceptible to theft.  You can easily prevent spare tire theft off of your trailer by purchasing a Spare Tire Nut Locker. This will keep any hooligans from easily taking your tire right off of your trailer.

Invest in an Alarm

In order to better protect your enclosed trailer, you can invest in an alarm system that you can easily arm when you are away. That way if anyone tries to open your door without the key, you will be made aware of the situation.  Trailer alarms tend to make an ear piercingly high pitched noise that will deter any thief! Alarms are one of the best things you can invest in that can help prevent trailer theft.

GPS Tracking Devices

Did you know you can install GSP tracking on pretty much any trailer? While this may not technically prevent trailer theft, it will make it much more likely that you will locate your trailer in the event that it is stolen. We microchip our pets, why not do the same to your trailer and protect your highly important investment!

Insure Your Trailer

Again, this isn’t a preventative but in the event that you do end up with a stolen trailer, you will be happy you took this step. A trailer is an investment. It is an integral part of your business, so it should be properly insured in case of any emergency.  You wouldn’t drive a car without insurance…so you shouldn’t have a trailer without it either!

So if you are ready to get serious about protecting your assets, let M&G help you come up with the solutions you need! At M&G Trailers, we carry a wide variety of security options, including tongue and coupler locks, door locks, wheel locks and so much more! If you don’t see the specific security product you want, don’t fret, we will do everything in our power to get that product in just for you!

How To Celebrate Labor Day Weekend In Minnesota

How To Celebrate Labor Day Weekend In Minnesota

Summer is quickly coming to an end, and before long we will be seeing shades of red and orange and hearing the cracking of leaves falling beneath our feet. With Summer fading out into Fall, Labor Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to celebrate that last taste of Summer.  In Minnesota, there is no shortage of Labor Day activities either. Here you can enjoy time with your family, soaking up the last moment of Summer together.

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Choosing The Right Car Hauler

Cadillac on a flatbed with grill and towed by yellow truck

A car trailer is a wonderful tool for hauling vehicles. No matter if you are working on a weekend project, hauling a classic to shows, or running the racing circuit, there is a perfect car hauler out there for your needs. These versatile trailers come in a range of capabilities depending on what you need and how many cars you want to haul at once. While having a range of options is a benefit, it can also make things harder at times. That is why M&G Trailer Sales wants to help you by answering some of the frequently asked questions we get when it comes to purchasing the right car trailer.

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