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Wilson Commodity Trailers, Highly Regarded Since 1890

Posted by David Shepherd on Jul 13, 2020 1:36:33 PM

Wilson HoppersWilson Trailer Company has been building trailers since 1890, making them one of the oldest trailer manufacturers in the country. Their innovation and manufacturing processes have made them one of the most highly regarded commodity trailers in the industry. 

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Custom-built Trailers Are a MAC Specialty

Posted by David Shepherd on Jun 19, 2020 1:18:56 PM

Anyone in the business of pulling dump trailers, refuse or transfer trailers, and flatbed trailers knows the importance of having the right specs built into the trailer. Your bottom line reflects every load that is pulled in a specialty trailer. 

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Peerless Trailers: The Toughest Trailer in the Timber Industry

Posted by David Shepherd on May 13, 2020 12:21:58 PM

When it comes to trailers built for the timber industry, you can’t find a better option than Peerless. CRTS has represented Peerless trailers for over 40 years, and we’re proud to offer several options for our customers.

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Utility Trailers That Can't Be Beat

Posted by David Shepherd on Apr 8, 2020 4:43:22 PM

CRTS represents some of the most respected semi-trailer manufacturers in the industry. We provide you with the equipment you need, when you need it. 

Utility is our most popular product line — and for good reason. Established over 100 years ago, Utility has earned a reputation for building the best trailers in the business. CRTS has been a proud partner for over 50 years, so we have a deep understanding of their products and their performance.

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Should You Buy Off-Brand Semi-Trailer Parts?

Posted by David Shepherd on Feb 17, 2020 4:15:09 PM

Replacement parts aren’t something you want to just throw on a semi-trailer — especially when you’re talking about structural components like rails, cross members, or suspensions. But if you’re purchasing cheap parts, you’re taking a gamble with your trailer. As an owner/operator or a fleet manager, you want to save money whenever you can — but cheap parts come cheap for a reason.

At CRTS, we only use trailer parts that are manufactured by or certified by the manufacturers we deal with. We won’t use any brand that the manufacturer itself won’t use on their trailers. Here’s why.

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Should You Buy a New or Used Trailer?

Posted by David Shepherd on Nov 3, 2019 10:56:58 PM

Many owner-operators think that used semi-trailers are just someone else’s problem that you’re buying. Others don’t realize that they’re ready to upgrade to a new trailer. Whether you’re looking for a new or a used trailer, CRTS can help you identify the best fit for your situation. 

Should you buy a new or a used trailer? Let’s take a look at the advantages of each.

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Making Trailer Repairs The Right Way Benefits Your Bottom Line

Posted by David Shepherd on Sep 24, 2019 5:07:41 PM

If one of your refrigerated trailers is involved in an accident and the panels sustain substantial damage, you could be looking at a major repair bill. Your insurance adjuster and your finance officer may sign off on the cheapest estimate, but a cheap estimate may damage your business and set you up for more repair work in the future. 

Most adjusters and finance officers won’t understand the differences behind the costs. Their job is to protect their bottom line. At CRTS, we believe protecting your bottom line means making a wise investment into your panel repairs. That may mean spending a little more up front. Here’s why CRTS panel repair estimates may be higher than others—and why that’s good for your business.

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Semi-Trailer Customizations That Strengthen Your Business

Posted by David Shepherd on Aug 20, 2019 6:56:17 PM

Every fleet is different. Your trucks run a certain product to certain parts of the country, making a certain series of stops along the routes. Your operation has its own set of business and financial goals and you have your own set of uniques.

As a result, you have specific challenges that other fleets don’t have. The success of your business depends on hauling trailers that best fit your own unique needs.

At CRTS, we understand the importance of equipping your trailer with the right options. That’s why we work with you to understand your situation and offer trailer customizations that can help you run more efficiently. Here’s how we do that.

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Get the Trailer You Need, Not the One a Dealer Wants to Sell

Posted by David Shepherd on Jul 23, 2019 1:52:32 PM

At CRTS and Utility Trailer Sales of Virginia, we stock our lot with the top-selling trailers and equip them with the most popular specifications - but those aren’t the trailers we’ll try to sell you. Before we try to make any sale, we get to know you, your operations, what kind of product you’re hauling, and where it runs to.

The more we understand you and your operations, the better we’ll be able to recommend the trailer that fits you best. We may have ten trailers on the lot, but if none of them fit your needs, we won’t talk about those trailers—we’ll talk about what’s right for you. We’ll advise you on the trailer you need—not the trailer we want to sell.

Here’s how we work with you to find the trailer that fits you best.

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What To Expect When Financing Your New or Used Trailer

Posted by David Shepherd on Jun 15, 2019 9:09:06 PM

For many owner-operators and smaller fleets, working with a trailer dealership on financing can be a stressful and confusing process. How do you know you’re getting the best deal? What kind of credit score do you need to get the payments you can afford? Can you find someone who has the experience and knowledge to find the banks that are the best fit for you?

At CRTS, we take a thoughtful approach to trailer financing. We believe a dealer should do their homework on behalf of their customers, so that you can get the best financing option to fit your needs and goals. Your buying or leasing experience should be as straightforward as possible.

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