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Softride: Bike Racks That Make it Easy to Get Rolling

Is it a good day for a bike ride? It’s a serious question!  In NE Ohio, just about any day can be a good day for a bike ride – that’s how our wacky weather goes. And not just this year (thank you, El Nino?) but virtually every year.

If you like to bike and you care about your bike and your vehicle, you probably know a hitch-mount bike rack is a better option than a strapped-on/trunk mount rack.


We know the rub: hitch-mount racks are pricier than trunk-mounted bike racks. And not every car can handle a hitch-mount rack. (Most can, but please call us to make sure yours will. Unlike some other organizations, we won’t sell you a hitch if your car won’t handle the bike rack you need.)

The Advantages of Hitch-Mount Bike Racks

  • They take care of your bike (fewer bumps in transit means fewer adjustments to the brakes, gears, etc.)
  • They take care of your back (way easier to load!)
  • They impress your friends and neighbors (well – no guarantee, but it sure is fun to show off how you can access your rear door with the bikes mounted on your vehicle)

We proudly carry Softride bike racks. But if we don’t have a Softride model that is a good fit for you, we can find one that is.

Our goal is to keep you rolling safely. If that means telling you no, your car isn’t built to handle the vertical weight of a hitch-mount bike rack fully loaded with your family’s bikes, we’ll tell you so, and help you find an option that will work for you.


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We’re just off I-271 in Oakwood Village, and we love meeting our Cleveland neighbors.


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Speedbinders: Another NE Ohio Company We’re Glad We Know!

Speedbinders, founded and based in Canton, Ohio, is an innovative company with those hard-working tendencies the midwest is known for.

Vice President Steve Helline operates the business on the “under-promise  and over-deliver” philosophy. It seems to work, for Speedbinder customers and for ours.

How Speedbinders Make Your Work Easier

They say, “show don’t tell.” So, we’ll show you:

Smart Trailer Accessories

As much as we love to sell new trailers, we also love to help people keep their trailers working safely and efficiently for as long as possible. Speedbinders – just one of the smart accessories we sell that helps our customers do just that.  


JTI, Cleveland trailer expertsPeople who depend on their trailers depend on JTI.  Need trailer repair (new axle?), routine maintenance, parts, or something else? Call or stop in to see how you can work smarter, too. 440.232.4311

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Axle News, Trailer Sales Updates

Have you heard about Dexter Axle’s acquisition of AL-KO Kober? We post news from our suppliers and partners on our website. Sure, if you know JTI you know we make axles for many of our customers, especially those with very specific needs and applications. But, Dexter is a long-time partner and supplier – and it’s always smart to keep informed about the industry.

It’s also nice to get a bargain! In addition to news from the trailer industry, we also keep a current list of our specials and sales on the site.


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Since 1935, people who depend on their trailers have depended on JTI. Stop by or call us to find out why that is.


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Cargo Max: Going with the Floe

What you can do w/a CargoMax trailer by Floe International? Almost anything!

We think a video Floe posted earlier this year really tells the tale. 

Not bad for a young whippersnapper of a company, eh?

Going with the Floe Since 1983

Regular readers know we flaunt our age – *ahem* make that experience. JTI has been helping people with hauling since CargoMax_DirtBikes_med1835, but we’ve got no age bias here. In fact, with more than 30 years in the biz, Floe can claim some experience now, too. The company’s history is pretty interesting – you can read all about it on Floe’s website.

Like JTI, Floe knows change is constant when it comes to growing a business. After getting its start with a single boat trailer (built by the company’s 19-year-old founder!) Floe’s product line has changed and expanded over the years. And while we certainly understand change, we also appreciate consistency.

Partners in Quality

Throughout the history of our partnership with Floe, we’ve found the company’s quality to be consistently good. And the CargoMax line continues to grow in popularity. Which isn’t hard to understand when you look at just a few of the trailer’s attributes:

  • Guaranteed to never rust, rot, or need paint…..ever!
  • Uni-body design includes virtually indestructible side walls – even at sub-zero temperatures. Not that we ever deal with that in Cleveland…
  • FLOE’s exclusive floor trussing system delivers maximum strength, water drainage and superior cleaning ability.
  • Practical? You betcha: CargoMax 1800-lb capacity trailers feature eight (yes, 8!) 500-lb. D-ring tie downs, strategically placed to secure whatever you load into the bed.

Hunting for a Hard-Working Trailer?

CargoMax by Floe is not only lightweight and strong it’s a FloeCargoMax-woodcinch to clean up. While we’re not crazy about blood, we have to point out more than a few hunters in NE Ohio have told us that it’s an ideal trailer to use when you’ve had a particularly good day during deer hunting season…

(Don’t worry, no animals were harmed in the making of that CargoMax video.)

Want to see the Floe CargoMax product live and in person? Stop in!


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Love camping? Fishing? Not your thing, but motocross is? Floe Cargo Max trailers may be a good fit for you. 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.

More trailer tips, Cleveland trivia, and some bad puns on Twitter and Facebook, 24/7.


Safe Towing Tips = Smart Hauling

FW_SafeTowingTips_SafetychainsMaybe safety isn’t sexy, but let’s face it, accidents are even less appealing. That’s why we’re all too happy to share Fastway Trailer Products’ recent list of basic safe towing tips.

We’ll dive a little deeper into each of these tips here in upcoming posts, which we’ll categorize with our other Trailer Safety tips for quick reference.

Fastway’s tipsheet is brief, clear, and to-the-point. In other words, you have no excuse not to read it. We recommend you share it with anyone who drives a trailer.

So You’re One of Those…

…who just hates to read? Fastway offers useful info regarding:

  • Towing capacity
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  • Hitch set-up (ball height adjustment)
  • Mirrors
  • Brakes (If you’re not sure yours are working right, contact our service department pronto)
  • Smart driving adjustments when towing
  • Safety chains
  • Transmission issues
  • Tires
  • Common sense (hint: there’s no such thing as too much of that!)

Click over to read at least one of them, would you? Please?

Why are we sending you away from our site? Because we really, really like our customers and want to keep them safe, and coming back to our shop. So read it. Thanks.


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Buying your first trailer? Own a fleet? Doesn’t matter – safety never goes out of style. Call us with questions about proper loading, equipment maintenance, or safety accessories, 6 days a week, at 440.232.4311. More helpful tips & some bad jokes on Twitter and Facebook, 24/7.


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Trailer Construction Matters, Part 1: Atlas Trailers

Atlas Specialty Trailers is one of JTI’s valued partners, and the company has been for years. Built in Elkhart, Indiana, the trAtlasCargoailers come in a wide variety of sizes, with options galore. (We’re not kidding. There are about 18 pages of options in the 2015 catalog. We’d love to discuss them with you!)

Atlas aims to be the best value trailer – meaning when you buy an Atlas, you should expect it to work hard, for a long time, and look good doing it.

Why? It’s largely due to the way the company manufactures them.

Galvanic Corrosion, and Why Trailer Construction Matters

As we explain to our customers, Atlas trailers tend to wear very well.  Here’s one reason why: Most trailers have aluminum skin on the outside and steel on the inside. When those two metals Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 11.44.01 PM(with very different properties) sit side by side, galvanic corrosion happens.

What is galvanic corrosion? (It’s not rocket science, but NASA makes it sound like that.)

Basically, when the two different metals are in contact and any moisture enters the mix (or your trailer), it starts to rust and break down – quickly. Atlas separates the two metals with a thin dust barrier that helps reduce moisture and almost completely eliminates contact points between steel and aluminum components.

Why you’ll care: After a couple of years, a trailer without such a barrier that has been used (or stored) outside will likely develop pit marks and other degradation. Atlas trailers look new, and maintain their structural integrity, much longer.

Trailers for the Long Haul

We sell a lot of trailers, both new and used, and Atlas isn’t the only manufacturer that makes long-lasting trailers. (We’ll cover important manufacturing information about Load Rite, Parker, Performance, and other brands in future posts.) The point is that trailer construction really does matter, in many ways, for many years after your purchase.Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 11.44.26 PM

The experienced team at JTI knows trailers, inside and out. We’ll help you find one that suits your purpose and your budget, and that will be productive for you for the long haul. Take a look at our inventory online, call us at 440.232.4311 or stop in to our Oakwood Village showroom, just off I-271 between Bedford and Northfield Village. Trailer manufacturing matters and the available options may astound you. We can help you find the trailer that’s exactly what you need. ________________________________________________________________________

JTI, Cleveland trailer expertsDid you know? While today we sell trailers from a variety of different manufacturers, JTI got its start by making trailers. (Way back in 1935!) Later this year, we’ll begin manufacturing trailers again. Follow along as we roll with the changes: we’re on Twitter @JTI_Inc and Facebook and would love to connect there.  ________________________________________________________________________

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Parker Performance Trailers: Powder and Pipes

Parker Performance Trailers

Parker RP7716 Orange HitchFirst, a little introduction is in order. The company name is Performance Trailers. The company’s trailers are often referred to (especially by repeat buyers) as Parker Trailers. Parker Performance Trailers is one of the brand names the company holds. At JTI, we frequently refer to Performance Trailers as Parkers. Now that we’ve finished the introductions, we’d like to tell you some of the more interesting things about the company’s trailers!

Extras That Come Standard

Performance Trailers are built to last. For example, the top rails are typically tubing – making them sturdier, and less likely to bow when you load things the lazy way. (You never do that, though, do you? No one does…) Performance also includes some “little” things as standard features – things other manufacturers sometimes consider “extras.” For example, the company’s highsters include tie downs and pocket stakes as standard fare.

A Rainbow of Utility Trailers

Performance makes a mighty nice utility trailer, and it’s among our most popular trailer and a favorite of landscapers. The variety of sizes and number of custom features really suits virtually every need. Reinforced cleated gates, extra-high uprights, and specialized racks and ramps are popular features.PurpleParkerPerformance-high-landscape-single_axle

Now, Cleveland-area landscapers are a practical bunch, but they also like to look good, and the colors available in the Performance line give our customers a lot of choices. From bright yellow to fireball orange to pretty purple, plus several shades of blue and green – and pinstripes! – Parker Performance Trailers help our customers’ businesses stand out in a good way.

Stop in to see if one of the sharp Performance Trailers on our lot is the right shade (and has the right features) for you.

Performance Powder Coating

We often mention Performance’s finish in our inventory descriptions, sometimes even referring to it as “the legendary Performance Powder Coating.” We don’t do that to be cute, we mention it because it’s a pretty significant part of the trailer. The coating not only provides a durable, great-looking finish, it’s also applied in an environmentally-sound, efficient process.

If a finish that resists scratches, chips, wear and stains (from tree sap, salt or acid rains) is important to you, you probably want a trailer that’s been powder coated.

Why is Powder Coating Stronger, Cleaner, and Safer? Science

What is powder coating? It’s a dry finished process that uses finely-ground pigment and resin particles. The particles are electrostatically charged and then sprayed onto the parts to be painted. The parts to be coated are electrostatically grounded so the charged particles adhere to them and are held there until they are melted in the curing oven, where they fuse into a smooth coating that is uniform, durable, high-quality and – bonus! – environmentally friendly. (Most liquid coatings use solvents and volatile organic compounds or VOCs, which are very bad for the environment – and not so good for the workers applying the liquid coatings, either.) yellow landscape trailer

If you love details, watch the video on the  Performance website.

Just interested in the bottom line? Powder coating lasts, and looks good, for a long, long time.

Car Haulers, and Now Cargo Trailers

From goosenecks and racer specials to steel floor car haulers and motorcycle trailers, Performance knows what you need to haul your vehicle. (And, for what it’s worth, so do we – having experience dating back to 1935 – but that’s another story.) 

While we try to keep a couple of car haulers in stock (and we have a couple of carhaulers for rent) most customers who tow their vehicles have very specific needs. We’re happy to walk through the options and place an order that will match your needs and work perfectly behind your tow vehicle.

Another Thing You Should Know About Performance Trailers

As we mentioned above, Performance Trailers come to Ohio by way of Mt. Pleasant, Texas – so If you want a particular Performance Trailer that’s not on our lot, you can always order it…but it could take a few weeks for it to arrive in Cleveland. In other words – plan ahead. Or when you see the Performance Trailer that you want, don’t wait – buy it!

Why Buy from JTI?

People who depend on their trailers depend on JTI. Since 1935, we’ve been Cleveland’s Trailer & Hitch experts. Yes, we love to sell trailers. But our primary goal is to make sure our customers get the RIGHT trailer or trailers for their needs. If you need a lightweight, strong, all-weather, open tilt trailer, the Floe Cargo Max just might be perfect for you. If you need something else, we’ll help you get it. Come see why our customers have stuck with us for 80 years. ___________________________________________________________________________

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Whether you need a cargo, carhauler, deckover, landscape, tilt or utility trailer, we can help you get the right equiptment.  We’re just off I-271 in Oakwood Village, at the Broadway/Forbes exit. Stop in! We love meeting our Cleveland neighbors.

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