Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Basics of Trailer Maintenance


Even though our products are extremely well made right here in the USA and many come with our 5-Year Manufacturer's Limited Warranty, routine maintenance is still required! Of course many of our customers are familiar with what it takes to keep a trailer running great and looking its best. For those who need a little refresher, here you go:

Keep it Clean

Since many our trailers are coated with several coats of special automotive paint and sealer, it is best to use a solution specifically designed for automotive finishes. Avoid using a high-powered pressure washer, which can be rough on the finish. We typically recommend hand washing with warm, soapy water and a soft cloth. If you spend time in areas affected by snow, ice, or salt air and moisture, it will be necessary to rinse your trailer lightly after it's been exposed to the elements. Keeping your trailer clean will add years to its life. Be sure to give the areas around lights, fenders, doors, windows, and any other exterior hardware a good cleaning as well.

After a good scrub, rinse the trailer and either allow it to air dry or towel dry it. A coat of wax, especially on the exterior metal components, is another way to boost the longevity of your trailer, plus it makes it look fantastic!

Repair-Replace-Refurbish

After cleaning, give your trailer the once over, inside and out. Keep an eye out for any rust or popping paint. Check the flooring, lights, and interior walls and ceiling for signs of wear. If your model has doors and windows, check the integrity of seals and gaskets to ensure that moisture does not seep in and harm your precious cargo.


Lubricate

Your trailer's joints and axles keep the ride smooth, so make sure they stay well-greased and in good repair. Built up dirt and grime cause the lubrication to wear down, which results in friction and possible breakdown. These areas need extra special attention: the winch, ball hitch, springs, and tongue jack. Other vital components that keep your trailer moving efficiently are the wheel bearings. Keep these well greased so the trailer wheels can fully rotate.

Check the Air

The manual that came with your trailer includes details regarding the suggested pounds per square inch (psi) of inflation. This is an important item, especially if your trailer sits for long periods of time when the tires will just naturally lose a little air here and there on their own. Driving with low air is dangerous and can cause a blowout. Don't forget to check your tire treads as well! Replace those worn out tires and check your spares while you're at it. The Boy Scouts motto is certainly true when it comes to maintaining your treasured vehicles: "Be prepared."

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Trailer Inspection Guidelines


At TrailerShowroom.com, our number one goal is for our customers to drive away happy and satisfied. We want them to have the peace of mind that comes through purchasing an excellent product that will be used and enjoyed for years to come. Although it is outside of the sales realm, we also want our clients to be aware of some of the requirements for trailer inspections. Please understand that this is something that varies from state to state. However, being in the know is a must to safeguard against equipment failure and costly fines for operating a trailer incorrectly or without the necessary components.

Here is a basic checklist of considerations for proper trailer inspections:

  • Find out the regulations for inspection requirements in your state. Are they yearly, every other year, or longer?
  • Line up all of the needed documentation, such as the title and registration.
  • Find out where in your area the official motor vehicle inspection stations are located. In some states they are performed at the State Highway Patrol office. In most states, there are also certified inspection stations at automotive businesses.
  • If you plan to tow your trailer to another state, it is necessary to know those state guidelines for trailer towing, otherwise you stand to get a ticket. Remember-ignorance of the law is not a valid excuse! For example, the maximum towing speeds vary across state lines along with maximum widths, weight and brake requirements. Know before you go!

That being said, here are the basics for what it takes to tow a trailer throughout most of the U.S.

  • Taillights
  • Brake lights
  • Clearance lights - These are required for larger width trailers.
  • License plate light - The surrounding lights do not count-must have a separate one for this.
  • Turn signals- The ones on the towing vehicle are not enough because they are often obstructed by the trailer.
  • Reflectors - Inexpensive and worth their weight in gold for making your trailer visible.
  • Safety chains - Criss-cross the chains to connect the trailer to the towing vehicle. Doing so will help prevent separation should the hitch connection come apart.
  • Breakaway brakes - In case the trailer should become disconnected from the towing vehicle, these prevent an accident because they are power brakes for the trailer itself.
  • Flares and reflective cones  -In case of an accident or equipment failure, these will help make you visible to oncoming drivers and prevent you or your vehicles from being struck.
  • Tie downs - For loading anything on a trailer that could possibly fall off-tie-downs are needed to secure the load at various angles.

Please take care of these considerations. That way, using your TrailerShowroom.com product will deliver miles and miles of pleasure for years to come!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Tips for Mountain Towing


With a new trailer from TrailerShowroom.com, you will undoubtedly be anxious to explore! If your plans include a trip to elevated terrains, be aware that it takes a few extra precautions.
  • Go down the mountain NO faster than you went up. If there is a mantra for this type of towing, this is it! Because your trailer load will be pushing you along, maintaining a slow, but steady speed is critical for maintaining control of the towing vehicle. Use a low gear and travel no faster than 25 to 30 mph when possible.
  • Avoid riding the brakes, especially on the way down. This can cause your brakes to fail. Instead of constantly depressing the brake pedal, slow down to a safe speed-again and then ease off. Allow them to cool and repeat until you are down the incline.
  • Find out if your vehicle is equipped with a Tow/Haul feature.
  • Maintain a safe distance from any vehicles in front of you. 
  • Do not worry about creeping along - be safe. Sometimes doing the right thing will mean that a convoy of irritated drivers forms behind you. Take this in stride, be patient and stick to your guns. No one can get to his or her destination without mindful driving.
  • Be aware of the weather - The ups and downs of mountain driving can mean that one moment you have excellent visibility and the next you are enveloped in pea-soup thick fog, or wet or icy conditions. Check the highway weather forecast before you go and stay tuned to the latest info via radio.
Make sure your vehicle and trailer are ready for such a trip - Mountain driving puts extra wear and tear on vehicles. It also demands that each component is in the best working order possible. Before settling in behind the wheel, do a safety check and focus on these points:

  • All mirrors 
  • All lights
  • All systems synced: brakes and lights
  • Horn works
  • Radio works
  • Hitches secure
  • Tires in excellent shape, including spares
  • Coolants and fluids full and have extras on hand-including wiper fluid
  • Cloths for wiping away moisture and an ice scraper
If you have any questions or want to learn about any of our custom options that would make your next trip to the mountains a cakewalk instead of a thrill ride, please give us a call at:

1-877-458-7245 (1-877-45TRAILER)

Our team would love to answer your questions and fill you in on our monthly specials!


Friday, June 6, 2014

Featured Product - Fifth-Wheel Trailer


This month's featured product is our Fifth-Wheel Trailer.

Configurations for fifth-wheel trailers from TrailerShowroom.com include:
  • fully enclosed aluminum
  • open-deck equipment, deck-over
  • 10-ton dually fifth-wheel deck-over model
Enclosed models come in lengths ranging from 22-55 ft. These are some of the most popular model sizes for hauling cars, motorcycles and other recreational cargo.

The enclosed fifth-wheel trailers will come from one of our facilities in IN, OR, TX or GA, depending on the size you require.  Start here to begin your search.

Please note that the popular, all-aluminum, Renegade Series is available only at our Elkhart, IN, site. The Renegade Series is known for its convenient, lightweight maneuverability. The aluminum construction makes carrying heavier cargo easier to manage compared to standard steel frame trailers. In addition, these fifth-wheels are more resistant to corrosion than steel frame models and hold up extremely well in rainy, humid climates.

Both the open-deck equipment trailer and deck-over open deck fifth-wheel trailers are made in our Baxley, GA, facility and come in several sizes ranging in from 82' x 16' to 82' x 20' and 8' x 18' to 8' x 26'.

A few standard features include:
  • treated lumber flooring
  • stake pockets
  • 5-ft ramps
  • electric brakes on both axles
The 10-ton dually fifth-wheel deck-over trailer is also manufactured at the Baxley, GA, facility. This is the serious choice for getting those big jobs done! Ranging in feet from 8 x 25 to 8 x 26.
A few standard features include:
  • LED lights
  • 5-ft spring assist ramps
  • lockable toolbox
  • 2 x 10K oil-bath brake axles
Again, when ordering from TrailerShowroom.com, it's all about getting things your way. Take a look at a few of our custom options:
  • roof vents
  • material choices and color options for ceiling and floor
  • motorcycle wheel chocks
  • floor mount d-rings
  • 54" escape door over the driver's side wheel well
  • over 10 exterior colors to choose from
  • spare tire mounts
  • electrical packages
See our entire list of options here:Master Options List

We have a friendly team of experienced professional sales reps who will be happy to answer all of your questions, discuss prices and special offers. Call us at 1-877-45TRAILER.

Friday, May 30, 2014

New Special Item - Discounted Triple Axle Gooseneck Trailer

Investing in a super-sized triple-axle gooseneck trailer is a big step. When you're ready for it, the Gooseneck trailer can undoubtedly handle even the biggest jobs. If you have been considering this product for a while, now is the time to act.

For a limited time only, TrailerShowroom.com is pleased to offer a pre-built 8.5 x 46 triple-axle Gooseneck trailer at a discounted rate of $18,595.00 reflecting a price reduction of over $1,200!

The pick-up location for this trailer is Douglas, GA. If you have never been to Coffee County, you are in for a treat. Some of the state's hidden treasures are the WWII Aviation Museum, Broxton Rocks and General Coffee State Park.

This super-duty trailer is pre-made with the following features:

- Exterior Polished Rear Door (So you'll look impressive coming and going)
- 36" RV Door (For added accessibility)
- 2 Step Wells (No more waiting for loading and unloading)
- Exterior Metal is upgraded to .050 (For extra durability, extending the life of your trailer)
- Additional 42" ht. (So you can carry the big stuff)
- Screw-less Exterior (Because it looks great and lasts longer)

You can also add-on to this pre-built trailer by choosing from the options listed here: 8.5 X 46 GN Master Options Page

As with all of our products, the triple-axle Gooseneck trailer is manufactured in America and comes with our 5-Year Manufacturer's Limited Warranty.

To learn more about this model and discover all of the other products we offer, please visit our website: TrailerShowroom.com

We'd love to hear from you! Give us a call at 1-877-45TRAILER (458-7245)!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Enclosed Trailer Specifications

At TrailerShowroom.com, our goal is for customers to be over 100 percent satisfied with their end product. We achieve that by offering far more than the usual features. Each customer who selects one of our fine trailers, all manufactured in America, has the opportunity to pick and choose from over 400 custom options.

For those purchasing an enclosed trailer, we advise you to carefully read over the "Enclosed Trailer Specifications" page. That way, you will be able to decide which factors suit your specific needs. Such as ground clearance, interior dimension, axle capacity and weight. Please pay careful attention to the different weight bearing choices. Depending on the jobs you want to handle, the amount of weight your trailer is capable of carrying is one of the most important considerations.

Another example of a variable feature is door width. For instance, depending on the width of your preferred model, be it 5, 6, 7, 8 or 8.5 ft., the rear door dimensions will differ. Because each customer has individual needs and specific requirements, we want you to consider such points so you will receive maximum satisfaction of your finished- enclosed trailer.

For your convenience, TrailerShowroom.com's enclosed trailer models can be picked up from our facilities in GA, IN, OR and TX.  We encourage you to review the entire list of Enclosed Trailer Specifications.

Should you have any questions or need a little guidance in deciding which of these configurations would be best for your new enclosed trailer, please do not hesitate to call 1-877-45TRAILER and speak with a knowledgeable and experienced member of our staff.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Featured Product - Hydraulic Tilt Car Trailer


We are pleased to feature our Hydraulic Tilt Car Trailer as our Product of the Month. This model makes transporting your cherished vehicle a breeze! Thanks to the easy to use built-in manual hydraulic tilt feature, cumbersome ramps are not necessary. Because of its low degree angle, it's a snap to drive right onto the deck.

Shop our Hydraulic Tilt Car Trailer selection here.

The trailer length is 82" and you have the choice of four different widths: 16', 18', 20', or 22'. You may also choose between a full steel deck, a steel runner deck, or a wood deck. Depending on your individual needs, you also have the option of accommodating either 7,000 lbs. GVW or 10,000 lbs. GVW. As with all of the products from TrailerShowroom.com, the Hydraulic Tilt Car Trailer comes with excellent standard features. A few of these standard features include: 15-inch tires, tail and brake lights, 4-D-ring tie down points, E-Z lube axles with brakes on each and a break-away kit.

In deciding which of the Hydraulic Tilt Car Trailer models will best accommodate your specific needs, please review the information that describes each model's standard equipment. If you are not sure which one would do the best job for you, one of TrailerShowroom.com's experienced team members can guide you in the right direction. Call to speak directly with a sales representative at 877-458-7245.

As with all of our fine products, an amazing selection of add-ons is available. Each one is priced separately and due to the number of options, it is rare that any two trailers are ever exactly the same. We take pride in offering our customers the ability to create the trailer of their dreams that will perform exactly as desired!

To get an idea of a few additional options, here is a small list of possibilities:
  • Black is the standard, but if you want a different color, we offer a number of choices (see our Open Deck Trailer Color Selection)
  • Landscape baskets
  • Bulldog hitch coupler
  • 27-foot ratchet straps
  • 3-position Weed-Eater rack
  • Spare tire
  • Side gate
  • Waterproof, lockable tool box
This tilt car trailer comes from our facility in Baxley, GA and averages 2 to 5 weeks from the time the order and deposit are received. As with each of our products, it comes with a 5-Year Limited Manufacturers Warranty. Find complete details here.

You may also call TrailerShowroom.com and speak with our helpful team of experienced, professional sales reps who will be happy to answer all of your questions, discuss prices, and special offers. They will also be able to check prices, explain deposit requirements, and turn around time. Simply call this number:
1-877-45TRAILER.
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