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10 Apr

Same Blog, New Focus

Welcome back to the Trailer Blocks Blog!

It's been a busy week for us here and we're not slowing down anytime soon. This week saw the release of our long-awaited Photo Gallery (see for yourself) and we've taken the first steps towards uploading our performance test footage (more news on that soon) for you to enjoy. It is our hope that these pictures and clips will show you the reliability of our products both in the workshop and on the open road. However, as we continue to move forward, it's also important to take a look back and there's a matter we'd like to address.

It's been awhile since our last substantial entry and it hasn't been without cause. Over the last few months, we've been brainstorming the best possible way to showcase our product lineup and our performance tests while also providing an insightful and entertaining dialogue between us and the community. Although we remain committed to both of these goals, the blog in it's present form simply wasn't allowing us to do both of these effectively. We ultimately decided that the blog needed a bit more focus and structure in its presentation in order to deliver informative, engaging articles on a regular basis. After much deliberation, we've come to a decision on how to proceed from here.

In the near future, the Trailer Blocks Blog will be returning on a much more consistent basis. From now on, new entries will fall under one of three categories:

Updates: For all the latest news on our product line, content uploads and site improvements. Updates will be uploaded as appropriate.

After-Action Reports: For the hard details on our performance voyages and equipment tests. After-Action Reports will be uploaded in the days following.

Blogs in Motion: For community-driven topics, opinion pieces and the occasional "odd topic". Blogs in Motion is a brand new, bi-weekly feature that will be premiering soon.

Blogs in Motion is a new series that will give us a chance to share some of our thoughts and methods with you in a more focused format and it's our intention to release entries on a much more consistent basis, so keep an eye out for them. Although the Updates and A.A. Reports will be drawn from our own operations, the Blogs in Motion segment will cover a wider range of topics that we intend to originate from both us and you. We already have a list of topics we plan to explore, but we'd also like to hear your suggestions for future articles.

If you have any suggestions for topics you'd like to see covered, please send them and any blog feedback to: blogsinmotion@trailerblocks.com

We're very excited to be moving forward with this new format and we'll have more for you in the days to come.

 

20 Feb

Update: New Lift/Lowering Kit Options

It's been a little while, but we're back at it here at the Trailer Blocks Blog!

First off, we'd like to make an announcement. We are now offering an accompanying product for our signature lift/lowering blocks: Lift/Lowering Kits

Marine Axle Kit Example Image

Our goal in providing these kits is to help take as much guess work out of the installation process as possible when lifting or lowering your trailers, in addition to making the overall process easier for any user. Our kits are per axle and include a pair of lift/lowering blocks and four u-bolts. We offer a wide selection of kits to help accommodate many popular axle weight ratings. The kits are an entirely bolt-on solution, allowing you to bypass taking your trailer into a suspension or fabrication shop during the installation process and do it yourself in the simplest way possible.

As always, we value your feedback here at Trailer Blocks. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please leave a comment below or feel free to get in touch with us at contact@trailerblocks.com.

More in the coming days.

12 Dec

After-Action Report: The Daniel-Johnson Dam Voyage

Back to it!

We here at Trailer Blocks are happy to announce that our performance team has successfully completed its first Performance Voyage to and from the Daniel-Johnson Dam in Quebec and we consider it to be a rousing success. Our team set out for the engineering icon with our customized trailer, fitted with a set of our 2” aluminum lift blocks.

The journey was a rigorous exercise, full of snowy conditions, icy roads and the kind of temperature drops that can chill even the hardiest of us to the bone. The average temperature during daylight travel remained between -15 and -20C, but as the night pressed on, the temperature dropped even lower. We passed through some notable cities along the way, like Montreal and Quebec City and the long stretches of highway gave us ample opportunities to test the trailer’s stability and its ability to perform under intense weather conditions. As we neared the Dam, we found ourselves crossing a ferry at Tadoussac and from there, we ventured through an increasingly mountainous terrain full of winding roads to reach our destination. We arrived at the Daniel-Johnson Dam roughly sixteen hours after our departure; exhausted by the drive, but satisfied in the knowledge that our performance parts had held up against the elements. Over the course of the journey, we had two separate drivers who both noted that during the drive, there was a substantial improvement of tracking and far less wander.

We made it a point to take our time and thoroughly enjoy the dam itself. To stand before such a showcase of human ingenuity is truly awe-inspiring. I can honestly say that standing near a structure of such immense size can greatly alter your perspective on things. Unfortunately, we weren't able to access certain areas of the dam, nor were we able to partake in any guided tours (due to our arriving in the off-season). However, we still enjoyed our time at the Daniel-Johnson Dam and we will remember the sights and sounds of that place for a long time.

 

lowered trailer and dam
 

 

The trek home proved to be just as efficient. The snowfall from the previous day was significantly lessened and the roads had been mostly salted, but there was still enough resistance on the road to provide a challenge. Upon our return, we took stock of the aluminum blocks, the bar and the trailer itself. While the blocks and bar had remained at optimal operating quality, the trailer had taken a bit of a beating. Road aggregate had blasted the underside from high speed driving. Detailed analysis of the products performance after this 3000 kilometer journey will be done in our shop. 

As mentioned in the previous entry, we are continuing to work towards our Photo Gallery with over 150 pictures of the trip to be uploaded. We’ll have more updates in the coming days.

28 Nov

Announcing: The Daniel-Johnson Performance Voyage

This weekend, the Trailer Blocks team will be hitting the open road and putting our product lineup to the test. Starting on Friday, November 30th, we’ll be setting off with a trailer fitted with our own signature aluminum trailer blocks on a 3,000 km round trip to the Daniel-Johnson Dam in Quebec. The Daniel Johnson dam is the second largest hydroelectric dam in all of Canada and the largest multiple arch-and-buttress dam in the world.

As we previously stated, the purpose of this trip is to carry out some extensive performance testing on our aluminum blocks. Along the way, we will be collecting as many photos and video clips of the process as we can. Along the way, we’ll also be documenting the trip’s major moments, optimizing our trailer’s performance and sharing our general impressions as we visit the modern engineering marvel in all its glory.

Once we come home, we’ll be uploading the journey’s content in the days to follow . It’s our hope that with our content, you’ll be able to experience the voyage for yourself and maybe even take away some inspiration for your upcoming trailer journey.

07 Oct

Open Letter: A Declaration of Intent

Currently, the purpose of this blog is to keep you informed about our offered services and available products. However, our long-term goals are more ambitious. We here at Trailer Blocks have made it our priority to integrate ourselves with the trailer performance industry by ensuring that we are able to provide the performance enhancing accessories that may be required by the community.

If you have any suggestions about what kind of products or services we could offer or feedback about the blog, we'd like to hear from you. Please contact us regarding the blog or any feedback you may have at blog@trailerblocks.com.

More updates coming soon.


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