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Right Trailer for the Job

We’ve talked about specialty trailers, from carhaulers to dump trailers and goosenecks to the coolest personal watercraft trailers. But it’s not our goal to move any particular piece of our trailer inventory – our goal is to make sure each of our customers has the best trailer to handle the job.

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Determining What Typeof Trailer Fits Your Needs

What our sales and customer service team knows about hauling is mind-boggling. But the first thing we do when a customer walks in (or calls)  is ask questions.

  • What do you need the trailer for?
  • What kind of tow vehicle will you use?
  • What kind of hitch?
  • How often will you be using the trailer? and where?
  • Ever had a trailer before?

All of these things – and more – affect how we steer the rest of your visit, and the recommendations we make. From considering the trailer’s construction to the type of tires, lights, braking system (or lack thereof) and suspension to helping you select accessories to make it even more useful, that’s what we do – we help you find the right trailer for the job.

Once you’ve got the right trailer, you can customize it to make it even better. See how RTA created the perfect mobile office, with exactly what they needed, inside and out

Our Trailer Knowledge Eclipses All the Others

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In case you missed the 2017 eclipse, don’t worry – you can see a Supernova here, today. <haha, trailer humor>

But seriously, folks, the Supernova is an enclosed trailer made by Steelhead, in stock now. And like almost all of our trailers, they’re made in the USA. 

Whether you need a carhauler, boat trailer, cargo, construction, or enclosed landscape trailer – we’ve got what you need. Tell us why you need to buy or rent trailer, and we’ll make sure you get the right trailer for right job.


JTI, Cleveland trailer expertsFor over 80 years, people who depend on their trailers depend on JTI. Stop in today, or any Monday – Saturday, or give us a call at 440.232.4311. 

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Will a Gooseneck Trailer Work for You?

Gooseneck trailers have some definite advantages over both bumper-pull and 5th-wheel trailers. But of course, the best type of trailer to have is the one you need. Let’s consider whether a gooseneck trailer might be a good choice for you.

Gooseneck Trailer front pinGenerally, the advantages of Gooseneck trailers are that they are safer and stronger than bumper pull trailers. Thanks to the gooseneck design, they have a tighter turn ratio and a smoother, more stable ride (less sway). Of course, their design and intended use means it’s critical that your towing vehicle and hitch are up to the job, too.

Gooseneck Trailers: Tongue Weight and Serious Towing Strength

A bumper pull trailer usually has around a 2K tongue weight; a gooseneck typically provides more than twice that strength, with tongue weights in the 5-6K range.

It’s common for people who haven’t towed a lot to confuse gooseneck and 5th-wheel trailers. Here’s the basic thing you need to know: a gooseneck trailer slides over a ball hitch installed (even temporarily) in the bed of a pickup truck, while a 5th-wheel trailer must attach to a hinged plate hitch – almost exactly the same as semi-truck trailers use.

When you need serious strength, a gooseneck adapter king pin can turn it into a true towing beast, with up to 26K tongue weight.

Econoline Gooseneck Trailer

Call to learn more about towing with a Gooseneck trailer: 440.232. 4311

Bumper Pull Trailers: Pros and Cons

Bumper Pull Trailers are popular with recreational trailer users – not there’s anything wrong with hauling your boat to Lake Erie or pulling your camper out of Cleveland occasionally! And of course, bumper pull trailers can handle large loads and specialty jobs. We work with countless landscapers, construction professionals and general contractors who rely on their bumper-pull flatbed and dump trailers, as well as large open and enclosed trailers.

It’s precisely because of the many forces and demands on bumpers and hitches that we ask so many questions of our customers. Generally speaking, bumper pull trailers will handle lighter loads than goosenecks, and they are easier to manage – especially for drivers who don’t haul trailers on a regular basis. But, it’s important to know that there are just as many safety issues with bumper pull trailers as there are with Goosenecks and 5th wheels.

Econoline Gooseneck Trailer

Bumper Pull Trailers are by far the most common of all trailers on the road, and the majority of what we work with at JTI – but we also have experience with gooseneck trailers and making sure our customers have what they need to do the job, safely. Questions? We’d love to hear from you.


JTI, Cleveland trailer expertsPlease come to us with your trailer and towing questions. We know trailers, are good at what we do, and love to help our customers make their work – especially towing – easier and better. Stop in or call: 440.232.4311

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Hitched Up and Ready to Roll in Cleveland 2016-2017

So another year is rolling by. We serviced and sold a lot of trailers, but that’s been true for 80+ years. What’s new?

In the trailer and hitch business, what’s new is technology. Automotive technology has become so familiar we find that our mechanical skills are even more rare than they were 5 years ago. As of today, trailers don’t come with indicator lights telling you your tire pressure is low or your battery’s about to die – but that may not be too far off in the future.

At this year’s NATDA show, trailer technology was on full display. While we have been in the business for more than 80 years, we don’t “just’ rely on our experience. We are constantly incorporating new techniques in our shop, keeping our technicians on their toes with training and new tools, and always working with our vendors to give our customers the best value for their money.

We know a trailer is an investment in your business – and it’s our business to keep you rolling!

Old Trailer? New Trailer? Ohio, We Can Fix That

Locally, we’re finding more of our customers want to customize their trailers to fit their needs and work even harder for them and their businesses. Whether you need to reinforce your ramp door or customize an enclosed trailer to meet your specifications, give us a call. We’ve #beenthere and #donethat as they say on Twitter.

Cleveland Predictions for 2017?

We’ll go out on a limb and say we might have predicted 2016’s Cavaliers would win the NBA Championship. We could say we knew how excited we’d be, but frankly, it was even better than we’d thought it would be. That Tribe/White Sox series was AMAZING and gave a whole new meaning to “wait til next year!”

(If there’s one thing Terry Francona knows about, it’s teamwork.)

Cleveland Browns Still Make Us Wonder

Cleveland Browns: Always something to talk about

We’re not ready to do any fortune-telling regarding the Browns…

What About Snow in Cleveland this Year?

We can absolutely, positively promise you, we’re going to get some snow! How much no one knows but all sources say it’ll be a lot more than last season. What we can promise: we’ll be here, six days a week, working on all makes and models of plows.


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What was new in your business in 2016? We’re incorporating more technology to serve our customers better.

Looking for predictions for Cleveland business in 2017? We really can’t claim to be fortune tellers.

Need trailer and hitch experts? That’s us. Give us a call at 440.232.4311 or contact us at JTIinc.com.


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So You Wanna Buy a Trailer: Getting the Right Trailer for the Job

Whether you’re new to hauling or looking to add a new trailer to your business fleet, the first thing to consider is not, what trailer should I buy? Rather, the question is, what do you need the trailer for?

Open Trailers, Construction Trailers, Utility Trailers

While open trailers can be lighter weight than enclosed trailers of the same size (and therefore less expensive) they also offer little protection for your cargo – from the elements and from theft.

Another consideration when shopping for an open trailer: they’re not all flat! Car haulers, deckover trailers and flatbeds come in different configurations, frame styles and with a variety of ramp options. The best way to make sure you’re getting what you need is to take a look at the trailer, live and in person, before you buy. 

Enclosed Trailers

Most landscaping contractors, home remodelers, and other businesses that need to protect expensive tools, equipment and supplies prefer enclosed trailers. There are many options on enclosed trailers that need to be carefully considered before purchase.

Doors are a major feature that can make or break trailer usefulness. Cargo doors, barn doors, and ramp doors are among the most common options. In many cases, trailers RackEmmanufacturers offer a side door or “man door” option, which is particularly popular with landscaping trailers.

After you buy an enclosed trailer, you may find that accessories and customizations make it even more useful.

Specialty Trailers, Custom Trailers

Boat trailers, car haulers and tow dollies are among the most-requested types of specialty trailers. Refer or refrigerated trailers are also in high demand, especially for food truck service businesses. Obviously, you need make sure your trailer is right for your job and your needs, it pays to remember that they’re trailers first, and you’ll want to keep it in good working order as long as possible to get the most out of your investment.

Work with a local business that knows trailers, hauling, and has a good relationship with a number of vendors and manufacturers. Cleveland RTA custom trailer

With specialty and customized trailers, in particular, experience in the trailer industry really matters. For example, here’s a custom trailer we outfitted to handle the very specific needs of a municipal agency. Read more about how we customized this enclosed trailer.

 

 

Trailer Details that Matter (Hint: They all matter!)

Trailer tongue length affects steering and stability. Taillights (are a critical safety component! and) need to be projected from the elements to remain in good working condition. Your trailer’s weight and intended use will typically dictate what type of braking system you’ll need. From axles and brakes to frame length, construction and Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), myriad details about your trailer affect its performance, handling and reliability.

Trailer Service and Routine Maintenance

While regular service will help keep you and your trailer rolling and working hard, if you use your trailer, eventually, something’s going to break. We’ve been in the trailer business since 1935. In Cleveland, and throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan, people who depend on their trailers depend on JTI.

 

JTI, Cleveland trailer expertsFinancing a Trailer?  Naturally, there’s the trailer you want, the trailer you need, and the trailer you can afford. At JTI, we offer several financing options, so our customers find they can get pretty close to satisfying all three of those things. www.JTIinc.com

Call us at 440.232.4311 or stop in our showroom Monday – Saturday to discuss your needs and find out how you can get rolling with the right trailer for you.

 

 

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Why We Love Econoline Trailers

Econoline trailers are design for rugged commercial use and come in a range of small 5 to 6 ton trailers all the way to the big 20+ ton market segment that require air brakes.  Whatever the heavy commercial need is,  Econoline offers a trailer that fills it.

And if you need a solid, dependable trailer, Econoline trailers are certainly worth your consideration.

Well-Constructed Trailers That Last 20-30 Years

Each Econoline trailer is welded by hand in a jig.  Econoline craftsman take pride in their work – each weld is a complete weld, to insure weld strength and longevity.

The steel used in Econoline trailers is an above average strength steel. Detractors are quick to mention that adds weight to the trailer. They’re right:  Generally speaking, an Econoline trailer weighs about 500 pounds more than a similarly-sized trailer of similar size. Here’s the payoff: Econolines last.

Econoline 18' tandem axle trailerEconoline heavy construction model typically provide 20-30 years of service, and remain in use long after other trailers have quit.

Heavy Equipment Trailers Don’t Use Lightweight Axles

Rockwell axles come standard on Econoline’s heavy equipment trailers. Rockwell makes well-built axles that are also affordable.

Quality On Deck

The decking of every Econoline is not “just” hard wood; it’s Oak. Oak has excellent strength and handles weather well. When treated with a weather proofing agent, Oak is just about the best wood for performance and service life.

While few trailer owners actually weather proof their decks (although it is recommended), Oak is a wood that can withstand not being properly maintain longer than most hard wood decks.

JTI’s last word 

Our production manager, Chris, is a big fan of Econoline, saying, “I am convinced that Econoline is a super company with a great product.”  Stop in or call to learn more about Econoline and to find out more about heavy duty trailers.


 

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Get the equipment you need! We’re here in Oakwood Village, just off I-271. Stop in, call 440.232.4311 or connect with us on Twitter or Facebook.


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Tiny Houses and Trailers

The tiny houses “movement” is well-established, and has been covered intiny house on flatbed trailer recent months locally on Cleveland’s 90.3 The Sound of Ideas as well as on many national news outlets. While we don’t have much to add ourselves, we’d love to hear from you if you’re knowledgable about the trend. Or even if you’re not – and like us, are just interested in the concept.

What kind of tiny house would serve you well? A “mobile” tiny house, built on a trailer? A tiny houseboat?

If the whole idea is new to you, here are some links you might want to follow to find out more:

Tiny Houses vs. Campers and Trailers: Which is better? A survey by Tree Hugger

Tiny House that FloatsTiny House Trailer: A DIYer’s Story

The Sound of Ideas 90.3: Living Large in Tiny Houses

Obviously, if your home sits upon a trailer, every spec is critical. From axles to GVWR, tire load ratings, support beams, fenders…it all matters.

Have you lived on your trailer in NE Ohio? Tell us! We’d love to feature you on our blog! 

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440.232.4311

Even if they don’t live on their trailers, people who depend on their trailers and hitches depend on us. Stop in to find us here, 6 days a week, or call 440.232.4311. We’re open in Oakwood Village Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, and Sat 8am-2pm.

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How to Protect Your Trailer Tires from Dry Rot

Tire Dry Rot

Dry rot? Yuck! And it’s not just ugly; it’s expensive.

How to Protect Your Trailer Tires and Avoid Dry Rot

Dry Rot Trailer TireTires, generally speaking, will only last for about 6 years (under ideal conditions). So, even (or especially) if you’re not using your trailer often, your tires won’t last indefinitely.

What causes dry rot? Sunlight is the main culprit. Protecting your tires from the sun is the most important thing you can do to avoid tire dry rot. Some tips to keep you rolling safely:

  • Apply liquid protectorate (like Murphy’s Oil Soap or Armor All) according to directions. BUT, understand these liquids are like SPF for your tires – they only protect from the sun for a short time.
  • Use canvas wheel covers! They are cheap (and effective) insurance.  We sell several sizes and styles for $18 – $23.
  • Reposition the trailer at least once a month, so as to rotate the tires.
  • If the trailer is going to sit for longer than a month, jack it up to so pressure isn’t constant on just one spot the tires.

Can Tire Dry Rot be Repaired?

In a word, no. Once dry rot has obviously set in, that tire  – and therefore your trailer’s load – is riding on borrowed time. If the area with dry rot is very small, and the cracks aren’t deep, you may be able to get a few more miles out of it by keeping the tire well-lubricated with a product like Armor All, but any dry rot spells doom for your tire, and can be a significant risk on the road.

What Does Tire Dry Rot Look Like?

Learn more by watching a short informative video, or find out what Popular Mechanics says about knowing when it’s time to replace your trailer tires.

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JTI, Cleveland trailer experts

440.232.4311

Got questions about your trailer’s condition or maintenance? We’re here to help. Request a service appointment or stop in to see us. We’re just off I-271 at the Forbes/Broadway exit in Oakwood Village, Ohio.

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