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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.

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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.

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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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Accessorize that Trailer!

Boat trKhorCamoEdgeailers, enclosed cargo trailers, motorcycle and snowmobile trailers, open trailers, flat trailers, even refrigerated trailers. Trailers are our business.

But all day long, people who depend on their trailers stop in to buy gloves. Sunglasses. Straps. And dozens (ok, hundreds) of other useful items that make their lives easier and help them get the most out of their trailer.

So, here’s to accessorizing! This A- Z list is by no means comprehensive – if you need a whozit, whatzit, or whattayacallit for your trailer, stop in or call us. If you need it for your trailer, we probably have it.

Trailer Accessories A-Z 

A – ATV Utility Wench – not the most exciting thing, but when you need it you need it!

B – Bicycle Racks. Oh yes we do!

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D – Dexter Axle Genuine Replacement Parts (Brake Spring Kits)

E – Edge Eyewear. Look good. Protect your eyes. 

F FAT STRAP bungee cords

G – Gooseneck hitch? We gotcha covered.

H – Highland Ramparts Center & Tri-fold rampsFatStrapBungee

I – Interstate Marine Batteries & Deep Cycle

J- Jacks

K – Keel Roller Bracketsinterstate-batteries-logo-01

L – Lock EM theft deterrent; Lunette Rings, LED Mini Light Bar, LED stop turn & tail license plate lightsRamparts

M – Magnetic Tow Light Kits

N – New trailers? Check. Used trailers? Check.

O – Our experts. It’s not exactly an accessory, but our expertise definitely keeps you and your trailer rolling along.

RolaPlatypusP – Platypus expandable cartop bags, proportional brake controllers, and plenty of other things that start with P. Like parts!

Need a part? Let us know. 

Q – Quick answers, responsive service, and hitches in a hurry. (Just need a hitch? No appointment necessary!) 

R – RACK EM Systems. Whether your equipment is in an enclosed or open trailer, RACK EM systems keep everything in its place.

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Also starts with R: Rainproof Cargo Bag for hitch-mounted cargo carriers, 13 cf, $68.95 #dryisgood

  S – Swift Hitch Full color Backup Camera

  T – Tekonsha Voyager Electronic Trailer Brake Control

  U – Universal Coupler Lock

 V – Ventmate Replacement Vent (Hey, we said useful. Not exciting.)YTGLogo

W – Winch Ropes & WD 40 and other useful things that start with W

X – XL Clip-on Tow Mirrors

Y – Youngstown Gloves – not made in Youngstown, Ohio, but well-made. The right gloves for a lot of different jobs.

Z – Zip Cables!!! (Our customers LOVE these!)

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This is just a sampling of the many items we carry – and what we don’t have in stock, we can order. If you need something that’s not listed here, call us or stop in. We’re here to help! ________________________________________________________________________

JTI, Cleveland trailer expertsSince 1935, people who depend on their trailers have depended on JTI. Call us at 440.232.4311 or stop in to our Oakwood Village showroom, where we’re open Monday – Friday 8am-5pm & Saturday 8am-2pm. And, if you’re the social type, follow us on Twitter @JTI_Inc or like our Facebook page.  ________________________________________________________________________
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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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New to Trailering? Start Right, Start Safe

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If you’re planning to start towing a boat, camper, snowmobile, Jetski, or any kind of cargo, or if you are familiar with towing but new to Ohio’s laws regarding trailers, please know that JTI welcomes your questions.

Our business began in 1935. With several decades of experience with all types of trailers, repairs and maintenance, chances are we can help you with anything you need.

Safety is our primary concern, but we don’t try to scare our customers. If you don’t understand how a certain part of your trailer operates, or are unsure how it should be used and maintained, we haven’t done our job. On the other hand, trailers are our job. So if you have any questions or concerns about trailer operation, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

How Cleveland Rolls: Is Your Trailer for Work or Play? 

In Greater Cleveland, we have clients who are landscapers by day and campers by night. Snow plowers and snowmobile enthusiasts when it’s cold, and waterskiers when the lake warms up. In other words, our customers use different types of trailers in different conditions. That’s life on the North Coast.

No matter what you’re towing, you need to make sure that you’ve got the right equipment, and that it’s in good working order (even the parts you can’t see).  Schedule a stop into our showroom to meet our team, ask any questions you might have, and check out our many accessories. From safety apparel and eyewear to gloves, straps, tarps, rain gear, and other gear, we have a broad selection of items that can make your job easier and your hobby more enjoyable.

New Trailer in Ohio?

We’re trailer experts, and happy to take your questions. However, some things you probably should get straight from the state. Ohio’s BMV site covers the most frequently asked questions regarding titling vehicles (including trailers) in the Buckeye state.

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Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 11.28.53 AMWhat do you use your trailer for? Work, play, or both? We love to see our customers in action. Share photos of you and your trailer (at work or play) and we’ll give you a shout out on our Facebook or Twitter page. Stop in or call with questions: 440.232.4311 

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Snowmobile image courtesy of Ohio State Parks, Ohio Department of Natural Resources.


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Top 5 Ways To Use Down Time At Work

When you do have small gaps in business during the day? As a manager, those times are excellent opportunities to engage with your employees.

Here are 5 things you can do to motivate your staff:

  • Genuinely ask how they are: If they feel you care; they will care. By understanding what what is important to your employees, you can learn what motivates their work. There is a fine line between personal and TOO personal, but you as a manager CAN manage that. (Note: Ask to know enough, don’t ask to get involved.)
  • Buy them lunch: Don’t just give them lunch; sit with them, talk to them, listen to them. Lunch is supposed to be a fun time, though – so, make sure you don’t “cramp” their style in a way that makes anyone uncomfortable because you are there.  Be genuine. Even though yours is a manager/employee relationship, you’re co-workers. Remember that.
  • Give them a break: Make it a productive break from work. Say you’ll step in for 5 minutes. This gives employees on the frontline a break, so they won’t have to produce and/or interact with customers, but they’ll still be present to learn something new. It’s a perfect opportunity to role-model, and to gain insight into how you might improve operations.
  • Give them another break: A real break! Let an employee take a walk, get outside, breathe some fresh air, sit in the office and stare at the wall… whatever it is, it’s time to re-group, re-charge, and re-energize in a positive way.
  • Be ready: For those down times, you can be pro-active and have a list of small things that you NEED to review with your employees.  You may need to mention something important, train for an upcoming marketing campaign, or plant a seed of advice. Whatever it is, keep it positive.

When it comes down to it, all time should be productive, and down time spent re-charging is productive. It ultimately impacts overall productivity in a positive way. Stay positive, be a good leader of your team, and always strive to be better as a team.

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At JTI, wScreen Shot 2014-12-23 at 11.28.53 AMe try to follow this advice every day. Would you like to work here? Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to find out when we’re hiring, or check our website for openings.)


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The 5 BEST Ways To Avoid Slow Times In Your Business

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The worst thing you can have in any industry is a lull in business. Or is it? You never want to leave your employees with no work to do (not only is it financially stressful, it’s also hard on employee morale). On the other hand, knowing how to productively fill downtime is great for business and for employee satisfaction.

Here are 5 SIMPLE tips to avoid slow business times.

  1. Don’t forget the fundamentals: Customer Service should ALWAYS be your greatest priority.  Think of it this way: For every bad customer experience, you will lose 7-21 customers.  People rarely discuss good experiences (see below), but ALWAYS discuss bad experiences.
  2. Give more than what is expected: With every customer, give them more than they expect: use eye contact, try to learn and remember their name, shake their hand when appropriate, and listen for those little things that will mean a lot to them… and give it to them. Customer Service studies show that it is small things that make a difference: gift wrapping, a consistent smile; a personal phone call reminder, etc. Be creative, it will set you apart from others. Got a lull in business? Call a client you haven’t seen in awhile. “I was wondering how things are going, and wonder if there’s anything we can help you with,” are truly magic words.
  3. Think ahead: if there is a sale and/or service that you provide for your customers; schedule them at the original point of sale.  Hair salons are best at this, when the client is paying, they schedule their next appointment. At JTI, we know when your trailer will need to be serviced based on your business, so we will pre-schedule your service appointment so you do not have to remember. We’ll give you a personal call to remind you, as well, the day before.
  4. Keep your customers interested: Social media engagement, blogging, and/or a newsletter; catered specifically to your brand, posted and sent on a consistent and regular basis will nurture your customer relationships. If anything it is a friendly reminder that says, “Yes, we are still here, and ready for your business whenever you may need us.”
  5. Give Back: Schedule events and personally invite your customers.  They can be fun, educational, and possibly an exhibition of new products and/or services.  Plan to have seasonal events that are all unique. The more you have events, the greater your loyal customer base will be.

BONUS TIP >>> Always say Thank You! if your customers did not exist, your business would not exist.

Thank you for reading our blog!

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At JTI, wScreen Shot 2014-12-23 at 11.28.53 AMe value our customers and employees, and try to follow this advice every day. Would you like to work here? Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to find out when we’re hiring. (Hint: we’re hiring now!)