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Four Uses for Utility Trailers this Spring

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by Angie Mouser

TrailersSpringtime means diving back in to your home improvement projects and landscaping, and spending more time in your outdoor living room. As you gear up for the season, you might wish you had more storage space to get your equipment and supplies – exactly what you could get with a utility trailer. Whether you’re thinking of buying a trailer or looking to upgrade your carrying capacity, here are four of our customer’s favorite uses for their utility trailers during the spring months.

Landscaping

In the early months of spring, it’s important to prep your lawn and your landscaping to make sure that everything is in peak health for the spring and summer. This may mean renting aerating equipment, buying large amounts of seed or fertilizer, and even buying a new lawnmower. With the addition of a small utility trailer to the back of your car, all of these items can be transported easily.

Spring Plants

If you have a garden on your property, like hearty greens such as kale or collards, rocket, root vegetables, or peas, a utility trailer can be helpful during the spring harvest. Not only will you have some extra room when you are collecting the spoils of your plants in the fall, but transporting veggies to the farmers market in town to sell at your own booth will be a breeze.

Water Sports

While it may not be hot outside quite yet, we’re all anxious to get out of the house and into nature come spring. That means that lots of people will be getting a jump on their favorite water sports, like canoeing, kayaking, tubing and more. A utility trailer gives you some extra space to transport you, your family, everyone’s luggage and the water sports gear up to the lake for the day.

Spring Cleaning

Spring is the perfect time of year to clean out the house, including going through all of your old things and tagging some stuff for donation or a yard sale. Your utility trailer is the perfect spot to transport all of your family’s unwanted items, whether it’s to the front of the house for sale or to a donation center.

These are only four of the many uses you will find for your utility trailer from Mouser Steel Supply. If you want some help deciding on which type of utility trailer is right for you, give us a call today at 573-866-2979 or stop in and see us in Patton, Missouri today.

 

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Making Spring Trailer Repairs? We Can Help!

Posted on April 18th, 2016 by Angie Mouser

Trailer Repairs Spring is almost upon us, and you know what that means – time to take care of all of those trailer repairs you put off during the colder months! To make sure you get the longest life out of your trailers, it’s important to make the necessary repairs and routine maintenance before you start to use them again for the season. If you’re working with rickety components that need to be swapped out, or tires that are balding or need air, you run the risk of serious damage to your towing car, as well as whatever you have aboard the trailer.

Luckily for you, Mouser Steel is here to help with all of your trailer repair needs. Let’s take a look at a few of the most critical components to check on your trailer this spring.

Hitch

You should always check your trailer’s hitch before the start of your busy season. Faulty or rusty hitches can cause damage to your trailer and the truck that’s towing it. To make sure that everything is in good shape, check for rust – and brush away rust with a wire brush where necessary – and make sure it’s well oiled.

Tires and Wheels

Next, check your tires and wheels. Balding or flat tires can cause your trailer to skid and slip, which will undoubtedly cause damage to your car, not to mention make the trailer difficult to maneuver. Make sure that your tires have plenty of air in them, and if they’re starting to look bald, it might be time for a new set.

Lights

Once everything is hitched, tires pumped, and you’re ready to go, give the lights a thorough once-over. Have someone watch your trailer while you test the brake lights, the turn signals and every other light on your trailer before you pull it out onto the road. Not only can having functional lights prevent accidents, having everything in working order will prevent you from getting a pricy ticket.

If your inspection finds that you’re in need of replacement parts, take a look at our full selection of trailer and truck accessories that can help get your trailer back in tip-top shape. Have a more extensive repair need or can’t find the parts you need? Call us today at 573-866-2979 and discuss your needs with our full service team who can help find what you need or schedule an appointment for service at our facility in Patton, Missouri.

 

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Buying or Selling, Get Livestock to and From Market With a Trailer

Posted on April 11th, 2016 by Angie Mouser

Livestock TrailersFarm or ranch owners have plenty to think about with auction season approaching. Before starting to haul livestock to or from the auction this year, it’s worth considering the condition of your livestock trailer – it may be time to upgrade or replace your trailer.

A quality trailer can provide many years of service but, like any equipment, it will eventually need to be replaced. Sometimes a trailer may still be serviceable, but an upgrade might be the smarter business move.

Breaking down on the road is never fun, but breaking down with a load of livestock can be an even bigger problem though. Wiring, axles, springs, brakes and even the hitch on older trailers can fail at inconvenient times, and roadside repairs can be time-consuming and expensive. Trailer problems can also cost producers additional money if livestock cannot be brought to auction or picked up on schedule.

Upgrading to a newer trailer has many advantages. Saving time and money on maintenance is important for any operation, and a new trailer can provide years of reliable service. Replacing an older trailer with a lightweight aluminum trailer will also save your tow vehicle from extra strain and wear while also reducing fuel consumption. Modern stock trailers also have some innovative options available, like living space built into the trailer. This not only saves owners money on staying in out-of-town hotels, but also provides convenience and security, as you will always be available to keep a close on your animals.

Mouser Steel Supply is a full-service trailer dealership. In addition to selling quality new and used trailers, we also have skilled mechanics on hand with decades of experience repairing trailers. For those who like to do their own repairs, we also stock a wide variety of trailer parts and will custom order parts if we do not have them in inventory.

Mouser Steel Supply can help you find the perfect livestock trailer for auction season. Visit us on Highway 72 in Patton, Missouri today, or call us at 573-866-2979 to learn more about how we can help you with your trailer needs.

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Convert Your Truck with a Norstar Truck Kit

Posted on March 28th, 2016 by Angie Mouser

Norstar Truck KitIf your job requires you to have a truck, chances are you use it to transport items such as furniture, machinery, tools or other heavy equipment. However, not all truck beds are created equal. After a while, many get worn out and need replacing. If you’re looking for a different and longer-lasting solution, it may be time to invest in a Norstar truck kit.

Norstar truck beds are great for transportation as they are designed to be durable and withstand a great deal of stress. Made of heavy-duty steel, these truck beds won’t bend or wear as easy as an off-the-line truck bed would. They are also wider than a normal truck bed as well, meaning they can fit larger items with ease. Whereas you might have to tilt larger items to get them to fit in a standard truck bed, a Norstar kit gives you the extra space for any item and allows you to lay any item flat and simply strap it down. You won’t need to worry about the size of the Norstar kit getting making it harder for you to drive your truck, either, as its curved angles will allow you to maneuver into tight spaces with ease.

Norstar kits are can also be rotated and changed out as well. If you need a standard truck bed for the summer months, for example, as you haul gardening supplies and tools, but need the convenience of a Norstar kit to transport machinery in the fall or winter months, you could convert your truck when the seasons change. Whether you’re carrying lumber or lawn equipment, a Norstar truck kit can help you get it all wherever you need to go.

At Mouser Steel Supply , we offer Norstar truck kits as well as new and used trailers from a wide variety of name brands. We will work with you to get you exactly what you need at the best possible price. For more information on our available trailers, stop in and see us on Highway 72 in Patton, Missouri, or call us today at 573-866-2979!

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Taking the Show on the Road

Posted on March 21st, 2016 by Angie Mouser

Whether you have a single horse or dozens, we know you care deeply for each and every one of your animals. Horses are amazing creatures, and there are a number of steps you can take to increase their comfort and well-being. This is especially true when you hit the road and travel with your horses to horse shows around the country. That’s why no horse owner should go without a high-quality horse trailer for their animals.

2016 FeatherliteTaking the Show on the RoadAt Mouser Steel Supply, we offer a large selection of new and used horse trailers, all of which are available at great prices. We don’t just offer standard horse trailers that you may be familiar with. Our trailers offer ample space for your horses and we even have options that include living space for you, as well, allowing you to have the convenience of an RV as part of your horse trailer, ensuring everyone on the road trip – whether they have two or four legs – will be content even if you’re on the road for hours at a time.

The spring show season is just starting up, and we know this means you and your horses will be especially busy throughout the next few months. You can give yourself some much needed peace of mind now by ensuring you have the horse trailers you need to before the shows begin. On our website you can search by brand, condition, hitch type and a variety of other factors.

Just recently, we were thrilled to sell a 12-horse trailer to the great team at the Ringling Brothers & Barnum Bailey Circus. We understand that most of our customers may not need trailers that large, but just in case you do, we can accommodate a wide range of requests.

We invite you to browse our website to learn more about our new and used horse trailers. You can view the full details and pictures of each of the trailers we have for sale online. To learn more about a trailer or for help finding the perfect trailer for your needs, call us today at 573-866-2979.

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Classics or Beaters, Car Haulers Are the Solution

Posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Angie Mouser

For whatever the reason, moving a car without actually driving it can be tough. So when you need to, it’s important to have the right car hauler to get it where it needs to go. The way you haul also depends on the condition of the car as well. Here are a few different ways to get your automobile to its next destination.

Beater Cars/Trucks

If the car is on its last legs or you are just going to use it for its parts, then a simple uncovered hauler should do the trick. These haulers allow for you to pull the car up on to it and attach it to the back of another vehicle like a pickup truck.

2016 Featherlite Open Car HaulerUsed Cars

Much like a beater car or truck, you can move a used car with an uncovered trailer as well. This isn’t to say the used car is in bad shape and doesn’t deserve a covered and safe hauler, but many used cars have seen their fair share of elements, repairs, etc., so if you’re towing a used vehicle to home – whether a fresh purchase you’ve yet to register or a car you’ve taken off the road and are delivering to a new buyer – a traditional flatbed trailer will do the trick.

Moving Classics

Moving a car with a storied history requires a little more coverage than a used or beater car. An enclosed trailer is your best option in these cases. Offering a full barrier of protection, enclosed trailers allow you to take your classic car from point A to B while protecting it from bad weather or would-be thieves or vandals. Your vintage ride needs to get where it’s going – whether a new storage location or even a new buyer – so transporting within an enclosed trailer affords the most protection and convenience for getting your classic vehicles moved.

Mouser Steel Supply in Patton, Missouri, offers new and used auto hauler trailers from some of the industry’s most recognized brands. No matter what you’re looking to move, we will have the trailer you need to get it where it needs to go. For more information on our available inventory or to request information for a specific towing need, call us today at 573-866-2979!

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Buy Pre-Owned and Save

Posted on January 13th, 2016 by Angie Mouser

Much like a buying car, when purchasing a trailer, there’s always the option to buy new or pre-owned. As with cars, Mouser Steel’s pre-owned trailers go through an extensive testing process to make sure that they are good, reliable choices for our customers. If you’re in the market for a new-to-you trailer, our selection of pre-owned trailers may have just the right option for you.

Pre-Owned Livestock TrailerWe have a wide range of pre-owned trailers in stock to cover a wide range of needs. With an ever-changing inventory, we have everything horse trailers to utility trailers to even dump trailers depending on the season and what we have in stock at the time. With ever-changing inventory, new items are arriving regularly, so be sure to check back often. No matter what you need from your trailer, chances are that we will have a solution for you in our pre-owned inventory.

With many of our pre-owned trailer coming from leading, reputable and reliable trailer manufacturers, you can trust that a pre-owned trailer from Mouser Steel will perform as well as a brand-new one fresh off the lot. Plus, pre-owned trailers will cost quite a bit less than our newer models, giving you a greater return on your investment. Save some money by shopping our pre-owned selection.

Some people have concerns about buying used, with the most common worries being that a pre-owned trailer is less durable or has a shorter usable life than a brand-new option. At Mouser Steel, we check over each trailer before they are resold, making sure that all of our pre-owned trailers are as trustworthy as new models. During our inspection process, we verify all components and connections. This means that when we’ve placed a pre-owned trailer in our inventory, we’re positive that you can trust it to work for you – no matter what your towing needs are.

At Mouser Trailers, our inventory of pre-owned and new trailers includes options from many of the top names in towing like Big Tex, Featherlite and Road Master. Whatever you need, we can help you find it! For more information on our available trailers, give us a call today at 573-866-2979 or stop in and see us on Highway 72 in Patton.

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Considerations When Buying a Trailer for Your ‘Toys’

Posted on December 1st, 2015 by Angie Mouser

Taking home a brand new snowmobile or ATV can be an incredibly exciting experience, but don’t forget to purchase the right trailer to get it to places where you want to go. Without a reliable trailer, you won’t be able to easily transport your ride and get to those new trails you want to ride this season. A lot goes into selecting the right option for you, so here are a few things to consider before deciding on one trailer over another.

Snowmobile and ATVMaterials

One of the most important aspects of selecting a trailer for your ATV or snowmobile is what it’s made out of. You will find that there are trailers made with aluminum and steel, but how can you decide between the two? There are some pros and cons of each option. For example, steel trailers tend to be less expensive. On the other hand, aluminum trailers weigh much less and they aren’t prone to rusting. If you have a bit more money to spend, it may be a wise investment to choose aluminum over steel.

Ramps

Besides considering the material used to make the trailer itself, you should also examine each trailer’s features. There are many different styles of trailers out there, all of which differ from each other in minor, yet important ways depending on your specific use. For example, some trailers include ramps at the rear that are used for offloading. Another type is a tilt trailer, which easily flexes down to the ground, allowing you to drive your snowmobile or four-wheeler onto it without the use of a ramp. The type you choose really just depends on your preference and the method you want to use to get your ride on and off the trailer.

Fine Details

You’re also going to want to pay attention to smaller details, like whether or not the trailer comes with a spare tire. Another consideration to keep in mind is the quality of door and gate latches. Working in the cold winter temperatures, you want to make sure that your latches and clasps are made of high-quality materials. Otherwise, your doors could to freeze on very cold days, which can create problems when you’re out on the road trying to load up for the day.

Keep these factors in mind as your shop for your trailer, and you should have no trouble finding the perfect trailer for your towing needs. At Mouser Steel Supply, we carry a wide selection of utility trailers and motorcycle trailers to get your snowmobile, four-wheeler or any other ride from your home to wherever the trails are. With more than two decades of experience helping customers find the perfect towing rigs for their needs, we can help find the best trailer option for you. For more information or to get started with your search, contact us today.

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Preventative Trailer Maintenance for Winter

Posted on November 13th, 2015 by Angie Mouser

There’s no doubt about it, the winter season can be tough on your trailer. From the colder weather and harsher conditions, to the salty roads that can cause quicker mechanical erosion, the season can cause a lot of damage. However, with a bit of pre-winter season preventative prep, you’ll be able to stave off the ill effects of the season, keeping your trailer running smoothly through until spring.

Brakes

Before the weather turns cold, check your trailer’s brake pads, if it has its own brakes (most trailers do). Wet, icy roads can be hazardous to drive on, so you want to make sure that your brakes are in full working order.

Clean and Grease

Make sure to regularly wash or rinse your trailer, especially when your neighborhood starts salting the roads. The oil, dirt and salt that accumulate around tires and wheel wells can cause damage to the brakes over time. After you rinse thoroughly, make sure that everything that needs to be greased is greased and operating smoothly.

Trailer in WinterTires

Don’t forget to scope out your tires! You want to make sure they’re not balding, cracked or running flat. If you’ve noticed a slow leak or think your trailer’s tires might be balding, now’s the time to replace them. You may also want to consider adding small chains to your trailer tires to help prevent it from skidding and sliding. Even though the trailer is attached to your main vehicle, it can still do some damage to your car or other cars on the road if it gets caught on some black ice. Making sure your tires have sufficient tread or adding chains will help prevent that from happening.

Antifreeze

Lastly, if you have a trailer with living quarters, you want to make sure that you properly winterize to prevent freezing in the water pipes in your trailer. Most commonly, adding a bit of antifreeze to the drainage lines will prevent ice from forming in the cold winter, which can damage or crack pipes. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations, though, as certain antifreeze blends aren’t compatible with some drain pipe constructions.

For more information on how to prevent winter wear and tear on your trailer during the winter months or to schedule an appointment for maintenance or service, contact Mouser Trailers today.

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Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Flatbed Trailer

Posted on October 5th, 2015 by Angie Mouser

Flatbed trailers are one of the most versatile trailering options available. Within the simple design and straightforward construction lies its benefit: It can be used for almost any towing need. If you’re considering a flatbed trailer, here are a few things to consider before making your purchase.

Trailer Style

One of the first obvious decisions to be made is exactly what style of flatbed trailer you’re looking for. There are two main varieties available: bumper-pull flatbeds and gooseneck flatbed trailers. Gooseneck trailers offer increased stability and generally greater capacity than bumper pull or drag trailers, but are also much larger as a general rule. If your hauling needs are limited, a bumper-pull flatbed is more likely to be the right selection for you.

Flatbed TrailerAxels

The next consideration to make is the number of axels on your trailer. Small utility trailers have a single axel, which places limitations on how much it can carry. Flatbed designs, on the other hand, typically offer a tandem axel configuration, giving it an increased capacity. The more axels a trailer has, the more weight it can generally carry. Plus, more axels also offer increased stopping capabilities with additional brakes on each axel, which can be handy if hauling a heavy load.

Weight

Speaking of weight, this should be another consideration that factors in to your decision-making process. The weight capacity for a trailer is listed with each listing as the GVWR, or the gross vehicle weight rating. Consider what your towing needs will be – if you’re expecting to only haul around small machinery and lawn waste, you can likely get away with a smaller trailer option. However, if your trailer will be used for carrying utility sheds, large equipment or other vehicles, you’ll need a trailer that can handle these heavier loads.

Dimensions

The next factor to consider is the dimensions of your trailer. Length and width will govern how much or how little you can carry with your trailer, and will be one of your limiting factors when it comes to towing. If you’ll be towing a single four-wheeler or just your household lawnmower, most standard-sized trailers will provide ample space. However, if you’re looking to tow multiple ATVs or even another car, make sure that your trailer selection has enough length and width – and weight capacity – to accommodate your needs.

Connections

Lastly, you’ll want to check the trailer’s connections to make sure that they meet your needs. This covers a wide range of points, from the electrical connections that tie to the brakes and tail lights to the sides that offer points to tie down your cargo or insert removable sidewalls to keep items inside the trailer during towing. Each trailer is different and will have different options, so make sure to select the trailer that fits best with your needs.

At Mouser Steel Supply, we have years of experience hitching together buyers and the right trailer for their needs.  We offer an extensive selection of trailers on site and additional options available by order for each client’s specific needs. Stop down and see us off Highway 72 in Patton, Missouri, or contact us today for more information.

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