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Boat Trailer End-of-Season Maintenance

In Cleveland, September is still boating season! But, we all know the end is near. While you may want to take your boat out another time or two, you need to consider what the season has done to your boat trailer – and especially, its bearings. Take care of the bearings before you put your boat away for the season, and you can look forward to taking it out again on the first nice weekend next spring.

Before You Store Your Boat Trailer

When boating season ends, it’s time to clean and repack the bearings with fresh grease and replace the seals on your trailer!

Not excited about that? We understand – it’s not a glamorous job, but it’s important to clean and repack the bearings before you put the boat away for the winter. There is a good chance that moisture has entered your hubs, regardless the type of bearing protectors used. Doing it now is the best way to avoid additional cost in the future. (And let’s face it – that first warm weekend in the spring, you want your trailer ready to roll – right?!)

Moisture: How Bearings Go Bad in the Winter

If you fail to clean and repack the bearings before storing your boat for the winter in a climate like ours here on the North Coast, any remaining moisture in the bearings will freeze and thaw, causing corrosion and pitting in the bearings. Bearings in this condition will heat up with use, cause the grease to breakdown and result in bearing failure.

A catastrophic bearing failure can result in a damaged hub.

Or worse, a ruined axle.

Or much worse – a blown tire resulting in property loss or even the loss of life.

Cleaning and repacking the bearings on your boat trailer is no fun, but it’s gotta get done. Do it now or make an appointment to have it done by the professional staff at JTI Inc. It’s not a glamorous job, but one we’re happy to do. Stop in with your trailer today!


JTI, Cleveland trailer expertsKeep your boat trailer in good shape so you can enjoy more time on the water – this season and next. See JTI for the parts you need, or bring your boat trailer in so we handle bearing clean and repack and other maintenance for you.  JTIinc.com   440.232.4311

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Winter Boat Trailer Maintenance, Storage in Cleveland

Still haven’t winterized your boat trailer? Is it looking at you from the driveway or yard? Treat your trailer right and get that thing outta your sight! Let us repack the bearings and store your boat and trailer until spring. Call now while we still have storage space. Don’t wait any longer…winter IS coming, Cleveland!


 

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‘Bout that Time for Ohio Boat Trailers! Storage Tips

UhOhOhio-boat trailerSadly, there’s always a last trip of the boating season. But, there’s a silver lining: the minute you decide that boating weather is over in NE Ohio, you can cheer up and start looking forward to next season! 

SEE OUR SPECIAL OFFER: Bring us your winterized boat, we will clean & repack your trailer’s bearings, AND STORE YOUR BOAT ’til spring, for just $300.

Tips for Stowing Your Boat Trailer For the Winter

  • MAKE SURE YOU REPACK YOUR BEARINGS after your last outing.
  • Rinse all residue off your boat trailer and wipe it down.
  • Check the condition of your rollers and boards.
  • Ensure wiring is in good shape and that all lights work.
  • If possible, park the trailer so your tires are on concrete or asphalt. If you are storing the boat on grass or earth, place boards under the tires to help reduce dry rot.

Now… who’s counting the days ’til spring?!


People who JTI, Cleveland trailer expertsdepend on their trailers depend on JTI. Since 1935, we’ve been Cleveland’s Trailer & Hitch experts. Yes, we love to sell new trailers. We also love to help people keep their trailers working safely for a long, long time. Need trailer repair (new axle?), routine maintenance, parts, or something else? Call or stop in to see why our customers have stuck with us for 80 years.

Cleveland winter forecast 2015


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Ohio Snow Forecast 2015-2016

October’s peak fall colors are such a tease…because we know what’s coming, don’t we?

Actually, predicting Cleveland’s weather accurately, months in advance, is really outside of our area of expertise. That said, we’ve rounded up some info from sources who know more than we do about the weather.

Here’s our best prediction: If you’re a snow removal professional, you’re going to be busy again this winter.

#GoingOutOnALimb

Farmer’s Almanac Said What?

“According to the Farmers’ Almanac, the winter of 2015–2016 is looking like a repeat of last winter, at least in terms of temperatures with unseasonably cold conditions over the Atlantic Seaboard, eastern portions of the Great Lakes, and the lower peninsula of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, most of the Tennessee and Mississippi Valley, as well as much of the Gulf Coast.”

Nope, we’re not kidding. Read all about it on the Farmer’s Almanac site.

And that’s not all.

“Precipitation-wise, if you like snow, then you should head out to the northern and central Great Plains (most of the North Central States), the Great Lakes, New England (sorry Boston!), and parts of the Ohio Valley where snowier-than-normal conditions are forecast.

Over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States, the winter will be stormy with a good amount of snow. We are “red-flagging” the second week of January and the second week of February for possible heavy winter weather with a long, drawn out spell of stormy weather extending through much of the first half of March.”

Did you ever wonder how Farmer’s Almanac makes its predictions? Us too.

Live Weather Blogs Scare Us

Predictions vary a little among different bloggers on Live Weather Blogs, but nobody’s saying “warm and sunny in Cleveland.”

To wit, of the Midwest Region (IL IN OH KY) we’ve read, “This area starts off slow but may have one heck of a snowy and icy round of weather the second half of the winter.”

Northeast Ohio, 5’s on Your Side

News Net 5’s Mark Johnson offers the best advice, in our opinion. No, not his thoughts on a frigid February (we don’t like that part). This was our favorite part: “Enjoy your fall while you can!”

Cleveland winter forecast 2015


JTI, Cleveland trailer expertsCleveland gets snow. We get snow plows. Snow removal experts rely on JTI. We’ve been in the trailers and hitch business for more than 80 years – and we’ve seen at least that many Cleveland winters. If people depend on you and your plow, depend on JTI.


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Enjoy the Holiday!

To our customers:

We’ll be closed Friday July 3 and Saturday July 4 for the holiday. We hope you enjoy Independence Day with family and friends, and pause amid the celebrations to remember all that is wonderful and amazing about this country. ClosedJuly 3-4

It may not be perfect, but we wouldn’t want to live anywhere else!

We’ll be back to work bright and early on Monday. Looking forward to serving you then. fireworks

If you have questions about our inventory, employment opportunities, or want to contact us over the holiday weekend, please visit our website where you might find what you need. And, if you’re looking for firework displays in Cleveland and the NE Ohio area, check out this list!


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Boat Trailer Lights: Common Sense Tips

Let’s get obvious: Boat trailers spend a lot of time in the water, so lights corrode. Just as obvious: lights and signals need to work, for safety’s sake to avoid accidents.cut screw boat light –  and for frustration’s sake, to avoid getting ticketed!

Want a little good news? It’s often cheaper and easier to replace the whole corroded light and wiring than it is to fix it.*

Do your boat trailer lights work? Need a service appointment? Contact us

Tips to Prevent Corrosion and Keep Boat Trailer Lights Working

The easiest way to prevent lights from corroding is to make sure you have submersible lights! Virtually all new lights are; check yours if they are several years old. (Yes, we sell submersible boat trailer lights.)

  • Rinse your trailer after loading up – and don’t forget to spray off your lights. Even if you boat in fresh water, some brackishness/pollution is present and will speed corrosion.
  • Once they’ve been rinsed off and are dry, spray all connections with dielectric grease to prevent corrosion.
  • Check your lights before you drive away!

What’s that? you’re a do-it-yourselfer and want to wire your own lights? Take a tip from the Boat Owners Association of the US; see its helpful info sheet on Trailer Wiring Care. We also recommend reading BOAT-US’s article about trailer tires. Happy reading, happy boating!

Boat Trailer Wheels rust too! Protect yours or get galvanized wheels. We’ve got them too 

*Note: please recycle all you can of the old lights, rather than discarding in the trash. Mother Earth says “thanks.”

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JTI, Cleveland trailer experts

440.232.4311

Cleveland’s boating season is too short! We highly recommend scheduling pre- and post-season maintenance for your trailer so you can make the most of the summer on the water.

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Lake Erie Tent Campsite


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Tent Trailers & Ohio Camping Fun 2015

When we say that many of our customers are Happy Campers, we hope that’s true in more ways than one! Do you camp? Read on to find out about some of NE Ohio’s newest campsites.

Ohio has an abundance of public and private campgrounds, and enough JJtrailers-insideTentvariety to give virtually every type of outdoors enthusiast something fun to do. We know because we enjoy having fun with a hitch too!

Watch the Jumping Jack video to see how to go from trailer to tent in 4 minutes! That’s #FunWithAHitch! 

Best New Campsite in NE Ohio?

In case you’re new to camping in Ohio, we recommend that the Ohio State Parks’ website be one of your first internet stops. There you’ll find dozens of unique and beautiful campgrounds around the state. The Ohio Campground Owners Association has a similar list of privately-owned campgrounds.

Lake Erie Tent Campsite

Best kept secret on Lake Erie?

Now, if you’re an experienced camper and have started think you know all the best spots to camp in and around Cleveland, think again… Last year, Lake Metroparks opened a few new campsites and each one has its own particular draw. A couple have special appeal for fishing enthusiasts, but our favorite has to be the one at Lake Erie Bluffs, pictured above. Not only is the view amazing, the rates scream, “affordable family fun!” You can reserve the campsite perched overlooking our Great Lake for two Alexander Hamiltons. (And it’s even less for Lake County residents.)

Tent Trailers

If you (like some of us) think you’re a little too *ahem* experienced to enjoy tent camping,

Jumping Jack Trailers = FunWithAHitch in Northeast Ohio

Jumping Jack Trailers = FunWithAHitch in Northeast Ohio

you need to come see what we’ve got in store! Over the past couple of years, we’ve found a lot of people are interested in Jumping Jack Tent Trailers. These light-but-super-sturdy pop-up tent trailers are popular with families and outdoors enthusiasts for good reason. They’re built to last, with welded rather than screwed construction.  They’re also incredibly versatile.

Jumping Jack introduced a couple of larger models this spring, but we’re finding most families and couples who want to get back into camping (and maybe aren’t quite as young as they used to be…) find the 4x and 6x models are perfect, since they are easier to maneuver and require less storage space, yet fold out to be quite roomy. Inside Tent Trailer

If you haven’t seen these extremely well-made tent trailers for yourself, please stop in and ask to see one here in our showroom! We think you’ll agree – Jumping Jack Trailers know how to help you have #FunWithAHitch.

Camper or Trailer Maintenance?

If you’re planning to return to camping for the first time this season, you probably know your trailer could use a little TLC. We service bearings, brakes, fix trailer lights, even replace axles. Make an appointment for service to make sure your camping trip goes off without a hitch. (LOL. Pun intended! that’s trailer humor for you.)

Camping & Camper/Trailer Accessories  FatStrapBungee

Fat Straps, rooftop cargo carriers, hitch-mount bike racks, work gloves and safety glasses (that look mighty cool) – these are just some of the things that can make your camping trip more comfortable, more enjoyable, more memorable – for all the right reasons.

Edge Eyewear: safe, affordable, and awesome-looking!

Edge Eyewear: safe, affordable, and awesome-looking!

Stop in and see if we can make your 2015 camping season a little bit better. Oh – and good news, our advice is always free.

That’s #HowWeRoll. Happy Camping.

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JTI, Cleveland trailer experts

440.232.4311

Love camping? Not your thing, but motocross is? Or maybe kayaking in Cleveland is your thing? We’ve got a trailer (and a hitch) for that. Stop in or call us, 6 days a week, at 440.232.4311. We’re open in Oakwood Village Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, and Sat 8am-2pm.

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