Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Winter blahs.

Winter seems to be never –ending this year in Michigan.  Last year we were all spoiled with a mild winter.  We had very little snow and remarkably warm days by March.  Nothing like a little warmer weather to get your creative juices flowing early!  But not so much this year; you may have noticed the lapse in time between this post and the last one.  Even surrounded by all the tools you would need to complete just about any home project, it’s still easy to get sucked into the winter doldrums. 

We’ve been getting ready for spring around the store in a few different ways and hope you can gain some inspiration from us…

We have new neighbors at our Muskegon location and it has inspired us to ‘keep up with the Jones’ a little.  They’ve given their building a facelift and we feel it’s time to bring out the scissor lifts and spruce up our roof sign with a fresh coat of paint. 

We’ve introduced a new propane campaign at both of our locations.  You’ll see large propane tanks and new signage all around the store and in our advertising.  Propane is something we’ve always offered, but haven’t always promoted.  Maybe there’s something at your home that you’ve always had but don’t always appreciate.  Right now is the perfect time to dig out your hidden away treasures and give them new life.

 In the past two weeks we’ve been attending conventions and trainings both for the American Rental Association and the Pumper and Cleaner Expo.  We’re gearing up for spring with new trends, better ways to get the job done and new equipment to offer to you, our customer.  Maybe there’s a project you’ve been dreaming about, but are unsure how to tackle it.  Pay us a visit at either location and pick our brains for ideas, expertise and experience on the best way to prepare for the job and complete it before the snow melts.

Lounge Furniture
One last thing we’ve done here is attend a local bridal show.  We’ve met with the lucky brides who are planning weddings for 2013 and we learned what they’re looking for.  We have new wireless multi-colored lighting to offer this year as well as modular lounge furniture – it’s bright white and very comfortable.

Here’s to warmer days! 

And remember - Rent the Equipment, Keep the Advice!


Friday, November 9, 2012


As summer winds down many rental stores in the Midwest begin to inventory their equipment.  This includes tents and canopies.  Throughout the warmer and busier months, tents can be cleaned between uses with mops and brushes laid out on the floor.  What we at Redi Rental suggest is to have your tents professionally cleaned while your inventory is no longer being used.  Tentwashing makes a remarkable difference on the cleanliness of your tents.  Many cost-conscious owners are able to get a few more years of rentals out of a tent that has been properly cleaned.  Every stitch, rope, piece of canvas and inch of webbing gets cleaned.  The tents come out of the dryer looking better than they have all summer and customers will be happier when they rent a new [looking] tent.

At Redi Rental, not only do we wash and dry tents, but we also repair every fault and ensure the cleanliness as well as the dryness of each tent.  We have a large scale washer and use minimal detergents as to not over-chemical the canvas and maintain its structural integrity.  
 We wrap and secure buckles and plates to avoid damage done while the tent tumbles.  We then begin the drying process.  We first tumble dry to remove excess water.  We hang tents to dry both in our warehouse and in our brand new dehumidifying room.  
Before coming down, the canvas, ropes and webbing are all moisture tested to steer clear of any mildew as the tents are stored over the winter months.
  Once we know the tents are sufficiently dried, we begin the repair process.  We’re able to fix rips, heat weld, install grommets and replace worn tent, jumper and curtain ropes.  We will also wash your tent bags at no cost.  We wonder why wash a tent, just to store it in a dirty bag, or no bag at all?

 Aren't these some great before and afters?

Remember, at Redi Rental, you can rent the equipment, and keep the advice!

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Lately it seems as though everywhere I go stores are preparing for fall or winter.  At Redi Rental, we still want to be enjoying summer and think you should be too.   

Here are some grilling and propane tips:

pig roaster
*are you a flipper?
Do you find yourself constantly flipping your grilled foods?  Take a backseat and let the grill do the work.  If you cook at a higher heat, let the first side sear flip once and then finish off the other side.  This will also prevent your food from sticking to the grill

*not enough time?
Do you avoid grilling because it’s too time consuming?  Go ahead and save yourself some time by pre-cooking in the oven or microwave. 

60" x 20" grill

 *done for the summer?
Do you find yourself replacing hoses every spring?  Be sure to cover your hose fittings with caps or even a plastic bag to keep them clean and ready to go for the next use.

*why not have a backup propane tank for your grill?
How many times have you been half way through grilling your perfect steaks only to have your tank run empty?  Not to mention it’s too late in the evening to get your tank refilled.

Show us your plates!
If you’re getting your tanks filled at Redi Rental, we can offer you a 10% discount.  Just show us your Passport to Recreation ‘P’ on your license plate and we can save you some $$ on your propane.

Remember, at Redi Rental, you can rent the equipment and keep the advice!

Thanks to: Bobby Flay & Propane Gas

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Welcome to the Redi Rental blog, Get Redi to Do it Yourself!

We plan to share home projects, tips and tutorials on our equipment.  Our goal is to be your go-to reference for expert advice and great inspiration.  We gather our ideas from our employees and customer’s experiences as well as fellow rental stores.  We’ve been in business for over 30 years in Western Michigan and feel we’ve compiled an adequate list of know-how over the years.  We’ll share what not to do to help you avoid learning by trial and error and let you know what has worked best for us.  As our blog grows, please feel free to contact us with questions or instruction you’d like to see. 

Remember, at Redi Rental, you can rent the equipment and keep the advice!