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How a Hitch Can Keep Your Family Together

JTI-boating-family-blogWe’ve got 80 years of trailer and hitch experience, and none in family counseling. That said, we have a theory about trailers and hitches and families.

Here is it: we think hitches and trailers contribute to keeping families strong. Do we have supporting evidence? Well, kind of. Here are some of our best arguments for how a hitch can keep a family together.

Boating is Fun

Newsflash: water sports are a blast. No matter what kind of watercraft you prefer, generally speaking, boating is one of those hobbies that families tend to enjoy doing together. And of course, to haul a boat, you need a hitch and a trailer, right? Ergo…our theory holds water. So to speak.

While many consider boating an expensive hobby, it doesn’t have to be. If yours isn’t already a boating family, you can rent a boat at many NE Ohio parks, including West Branch and Findley State Park.  Of course we’re telling you this for a reason: when you get addicted to boating, you’ll want to see us to learn more about Floe and LoadRite trailers for your new boat 😉

Camping = Quality Time


Time to get the kids out?

If your 8-yo spends several hours a day with his or her face stuck to a cellphone, iPad, DS, PS4 or other screen, it could be a sign you need to get out. Way out – meaning, to the woods. A recent article in Modern Parents/Messy Kids takes a thoughtful look at the subject. Bottom line: if you want to connect with your family, spending a few days in a camper filled with marshmallows is almost sure to do the trick.

(Also, if you spend a few days in a camper filled with marshmallows, you might want to stop by here first to pick up some degreaser. Just a thought…)

Cycling Keeps Families on a Roll

If you haven’t taken a family bike ride in Cleveland, you’re missing out on one of Northeast Ohio’s best activities! And it doesn’t have to be a pain to get the kiddos to one of our great trails. Modern bike racks make loading and unloading a cinch. We sell several that allow for rear access to your vehicle, even when the bikes are mounted.

Now, maybe you have a different kind of bike. Motocross is a family sport, too, right? Whether you’re looking for a bike rack or a biker bar, we’ve got the accessories and experience to keep you rolling. (We even rent a 3-bike trailer. In case you feel a road trip coming on. After all, dirt is some of the stuff that memories are made of!)

Hauling AKA Working

JTI -single vintage pic est 1935While the saying, “the family that plays together stays together” makes for sage advice, we know there’s a lot to be said for working together, too.

In many families, passing along traditions that involve hard work is a point of pride. For decades (make that centuries) Cleveland families have hauled produce to market, roofing shingles to new housing developments, and landscape equipment to parks and ballfields. Among other things! Northeast Ohio families know how to work, together.

Hobby Hauling

Now, even though work comes first and play comes second for most of our customers, they also take play pretty seriously! Whether they’re restoring antique cars, racing horses, or into motocross, snowmobiling, or something else, they depend on their trailers to have fun, together. We LOVE to see our customers have fun with a hitch. (Would you like to share a pic of you and your clan hauling off to make some family memories? We’d love to post them on our Facebook page.)

Family in Tow, Safety on the Go

Families with trailer and hitch experience don’t have a corner on the safety-lecture market, but we think they have occupy a special niche in the safety-experience business. We know many parents who have started teaching the rules of the road to their kids way, way, way before those kids are old enough to qualify for a driver’s license. Safe stopping distance, assured clearance, using mirrors, and a few other lessons practically come attached to every trailer. Experience certainly is a marvelous teacher, and we think kids from families with trailer experience make the best drivers. We’ll admit we may be slightly biased, but hey, this is our blog!

OK, that’s it – our unscientific analysis on how trailers and hitches keep families connected. These theories are our own and based solely on anecdotal evidence, but we’re convinced. Want to get started on some quality family time? We’ve got a trailer for that.


JTI, Cleveland trailer experts


What hitches you and your family together? We love to see pictures of our customers working hard and having fun!  If you share your photos with us, we might feature them here on our blog or on our Twitter or Facebook page.  Show us how you roll!