RV Enthusiasts Say School’s Out For The Summer & Cruising Time Is Here

The sun is shining bright, the kids are all out on summer break and you’ve been anxiously waiting for this special time of year when you and the family get to take of on your summer vacation. Lots of planning has gone in to this trip and your destination spots are sure to be a hit, and who knows what adventures will present themselves along the road to summer time paradise.

Personally every time I think of going on a long road trip with my family for our summer vacation I think of the Grizwolds from National Lampoon’s Vacation movie. That anecdotal, disastrous, family vacation movie filled with the perils and suspense of Clark W. Grizwold and his vacation plans to take his family to Wally World.

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Even though they were all in a station wagon there has to be something great when the road trip is planned especially in an RV. As the famous Blue Collar Comedian Bill Engvall like to quote about his RV’ing experience courtesy of IMDB.com

“Bill – I took my family on an RV trip last summer. I thought RV stood for “recreational vehicle.” No. It stands for “ruins vacations.” I had never driven one of these things. Dear God, It’s 35 feet long, 8 feet wide, and got 2 mirrors that stick out 3 feet on each side. Good Lord, I was like a passenger trying to land a 747. I’m weaving all over the road. I’m getting flipped off by kids in car seats, all right? Don’t know why they put a reverse on these dumb things. I never learned to back it up. If I pulled into a Quickie Mart too far past the pump to get gas there was no backing up. It was, go all the way around the block and try again. Thank God I wasn’t the only one. Sometimes there would be 7 or 8 of us just circling that Quickie Mart just like a white trash road race.”

All joking aside taking your mobile living space on the open road can lead up to some great memories and experiences. I remember my Grandpa used to have us all go every year on a camping trip in his old Winnebago and that was the most awesome experience as a child for creating lasting memories. Just me and my Grandpa sitting in the front seats with the rest of my family in the rear. We would go on long road trips talk about the scenery and the Winnebago itself.

My grandpa was cool, he had the cool little shrunken head on the rear view mirror, the Good Sam sticker on the back window and a CB to chat it up with folks traveling over the open road. We always had a great time heading out to our destination. Then having a bed and stove plus other important amenities sure took camping to an entirely new level.

Just remember there are lots of travelers all over the highways and back roads and it’s time to take extra precautions with drivers in other vehicle large or small. An RV takes some more intermediate to advanced driving skills to effectively drive defensively and safely. Turning, parking, and operation at speeds takes a little extra patience.

We intended this blog post to start a series of motor home tips and advice not to be another generic blog post on a boring subject. But we also want to help you create memories that last and we do that by providing effective and durable solutions that keep your RV looking great. So you can take your family out on a cruise over the open road in a beautiful Recreational Vehicle that chauffeurs you around in style.

So now it’s time to remove the cover off of your rig and get her ready for the open road. The first thing to do is to check out the electrical; connections, ensure the battery or batteries are charged fully. Then it’s the routine pre-trip safety tips…

Check out the lights, check out all of the fluids and change any that are past due like the motor oil, any old black or gray water from the storage tanks. Check all of the fluid levels to ensure everything is topped off tot he proper level.

Then it’s time to check the lights, check the tire pressure, fill up any fresh water and non potable water storage. Add any conditioner to the water, top off the propane tanks, grab an emergency set of interior and exterior lights, some road flares or triangles for safety and be sure to pack several flash lights and batteries. Grab a non expired fire extinguisher to top off the safety supplies.

Now that the rig is set for safety on the road it’s time to prepare yourself for the road trip. GPS, road maps, pre-trip planning to hit the sights that are important on this trip. Get familiar with the RV by spending some time behind the wheel, reviewing the mirror set up, adjusting to the larger vehicle in all of its glory and massiveness.

Now that the mental preparedness has taken hold remember these simple driving tips to keep you and those in your mobile dwelling safe. Drive slower, allow a larger space cushion for braking. Increase your time allowance so you aren’t rushed or having to drive the behemoth like a reckless maniac You will have piece of mind with these simple preparation tips and safe operating tips.

Amazing Car Facts About The Future Of Self Driving or Autonomous Cars

If you think self driving cars were only in the Jetsons cartoons or some science fiction movie like Minority Report then you are surely going to be surprised. Autonomous or self-driving cars are the next wave in automotive engineering and concept that are on the drawing board and coming into testing.

The Jetsons Automobile of the future robotic cars

Soon after will come all of the years of legal and safety challenges. However at the rate that technology is evolving you can plan on seeing these tests begin in the very near and not so distant future. In fact Google self-driving cars are planned to hit California roads this summer. Elon Musk says that Self-Driving Tesla Cars will be in the U.S. By Summer 2015.

basic Autonomous car Computer system

Check out what The Oatmeal has to say about the “6 things I learned from riding in a Google Self-driving car.Continue reading

Interesting Car Facts

Knowing a few interesting car facts might not be as useful as knowing the advantages of a car cover or how to change a tire, but it is definitely more fun. Here are three interesting car facts that you can share with friends and family! They are sure to be impressed and entertained.

  1. You will spend 300 hours of your life sitting at a red light! Sitting at a red light

In a lifetime, the average person spends approximately 300 hours waiting for stoplights to turn green. So, if you feel like those 30 seconds are lasting a ridiculously long time, you are absolutely right. The craziest part is that 300 hours is approximately two weeks!

  1. For only $2,000,000 you could own the most expensive car in the world!

In 2010, the most expensive car was the Koenigsegg Trevita. A Trevita is valued at $2.21 million! As a limited edition supercar, it has a 1018 horsepower engine. For good reason, only three have been produced.

These cars are expensive modern production cars but they are not the most expensive cars ever sold. Check out the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO it sold at auction for $34.65 Million dollars. Also famous fashion designer Ralph Lauren has a limited edition Bugatti worth over $40 Million dollars. Read about this and other awesome car collections here.

  1. Leonardo da Vinci invented the car!

Well, almost. Around 1478, Leonardo da Vinci designed a self-propelled vehicle. Researchers are still unsure as to whether he ever developed a prototype, but many agree that his drawings were the first conception of the automobile. Poor Leo did all of the work and received none of the glory.

Here are some great facts that we didn’t know until we uncovered them ..

Fact Slides has 27 interesting car facts that are just awesome.

Aston Martin was owned by for from 1994 – 2007 here are some pretty amazing car history facts

Here are some pretty sporadic and definitely strange car facts.

Do you have any other amazing car tips to share? Leave your comments below.

How to Give Your Car A Facelift And Avoid The High Costs Of The Auto Body Shop

Automotive Cosmetic Surgery

Is your car getting old? Do you feel like you are not the only one that notices? Give your car a facelift! There are three quick, simple and effective things you can do to make your vehicle look like it did the day you bought it. These tips will change the way you, and your friends, look at your vehicle!

1. Wax your car.

Chances are you have never waxed your car before. It is probably because you are not sure how to properly wax a vehicle or you think it will take a long time to properly wax a vehicle. In reality, waxing a vehicle is fairly quick and easy. The best part is the return on investment! If you are able to properly wax your vehicle, the exterior will shine like it did the day you bought it.

2. Remove paint residue.

Has someone scraped the side of your vehicle? Have you scraped the side of another vehicle? Regardless of fault, if there is paint residue on your vehicle, now is the time to remove it. Fortunately, you do not have to take your vehicle to a professional to have the paint residue removed. You can quite easily do it yourself! The result is the perfect exterior.

3. Vacuum the interior.

It might sound simple, but when was the last time you truly vacuumed the interior of your vehicle? Vacuuming can give a whole new life to your interior. Your seats and carpets will look, and smell, better than they have in years!

Still looking for ways to give your car a facelift and keep it looking like new? Check out these tips to help prolong the life of your car’s exterior finish.

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How Natural Damage Hurts Your Vehicles Exterior

Nature does a number on your vehicle each and every day. Whether you notice the damage
now or in the next few years, it is impossible to deny the attack nature has launched on your vehicle. The first step in preventing natural damage is identifying how natural damage hurts your vehicle. Here are two major ways natural damage hurts your vehicle.

  1. Falling Objects

Specimen_Tree_Removal_Page Obviously, falling objects are a danger to your vehicle. If you are parked under a tree and a small branch lands on your vehicle, it could break your windshield or dent your roof. Smaller, seemingly less threatening, falling objects frequently fall on your vehicle as well. Leaves, for example, can fall on your vehicle and clog the well below your windshield wipers. This can be a very expensive repair.

  1. Animal Droppings

bird droppings on car It may not seem like a big deal, but when an animal leaves its droppings on your vehicle, serious natural damage can result. If left untreated for even a small period of time, animal droppings can damage your paint. It is often impossible to reverse these paint damages without spending the money to have them professionally treated.

 

  1. Dust, Dirt and Debris

construction job site dust and dirt Even though you are careful with your car dust and dirt are an inevitable part of life for your car’s finish. Those lesser seen, seldom thought about things that your car is exposed to can be dangerous to your vehicle. Smog, dust from a near by construction site, even the winds as they carry dust from place to place seems to drop small particulate onto your car. These particles are abrasive and can be one of the biggest threats to your car.

One of the easiest and most affordable ways to prevent natural damage from hurting your vehicle is to invest in a car cover. A car cover will keep falling objects and animal droppings from scratching your paint and damaging your exterior. Investing now will save you trouble in the future!

How Sun Damage Hurts Your Car’s Interior And Exterior

Who doesn’t love a beautiful, sunny day? Your vehicle, for one. The sun can cause serious damage to your vehicle’s exterior and interior. The first step in preventing sun damage is identifying how sun damage hurts. Here are two major ways sun damage hurts your vehicle.

  1. Discoloration

sun damaged car interior The sun’s rays will damage the interior of your vehicle over the years. Although the damage may not be immediately apparent, in the future, you will wish you had taken the necessary steps to prevent sun damage. If the sun is constantly shining on your vehicle, it is also constantly shining into your vehicle. This, of course, will cause your interior to discolour and fade. Your dashboard, seats and more will suffer.

  1. Peeling Paint

Sun damaged pain on the exterior of a car Heat from the sun will eventually cause your vehicle’s paint to peel. If you do not have a covered parking space at home and work, your vehicle’s paint is at risk. Unfortunately, paint repairs are often costly and time-consuming. Taking the steps to prevent the sun from damaging your car now will save you time and money in the future.

One of the easiest and most affordable ways to prevent sun damage from hurting your vehicle is to invest in a car cover. A car cover will keep the sun from discolouring your interior and peeling your paint. Investing now will save you trouble in the future!

Cars Covered With White Powder At Local NY Fueling Station

Imagine waiting to get to the front of the fuel line and start filling up your car’s fuel tank. Your gasoline is pumping into the tank when suddenly a plume of white powder shoots down and covers your entire vehicle.

This is exactly what happened to several people at a Syracuse, NY gas station. There were reports of vehicle damage ranging from minor cleaning to paint & electrical damage to a couple of vehicles.

The cause for the eruption was a malfunction in the fueling stations fire extinguishing system. Some customers are seeking legal council to get their cars repaired.

Check out the video coverage from one of the victimized vehicles covered in sodium bicarbonate (the main ingredient in this extinguishing system…) see the full write up here.

Three Ways to Protect Your Car’s Exterior

Protecting your car’s exterior should be an important part of your car’s maintenance schedule. Fortunately, if you haven’t already introduced this step to your maintenance routine, it’s easy to do so. We have three simple, inexpensive and effective ways to get you started.

  1. Covered Parking

covered car parkingFinding covered parking space is vital to protecting your car. Covered parking blocks dangerous weather, falling objects and the sun. If a personal garage or other form of covered parking isn’t an option, you can still make a car friendly choice. Ensure you are parking away from trees and shrubbery when not parking in a covered space. If possible, the area should be shaded to protect from discoloration.

    1. Car Cover

One of the best ways to protect your car’s exterior is to simply buy a cover. Car covers are important, even for those with covered parking. Fortunately, car covers are inexpensive and portable. They are a common and efficient way to protect your exterior from scratches, discoloration and more!

  1. Regular Wash

Need to wash yuor car wash your car like a pro It seems simple enough, but regularly washing your car is often overlooked. A quick wash will keep your car looking new and help protect it from harm. Of course, the best option is a professional car wash service. At home washes can often be just as effective though. Ensure you are using a car wash solution instead of a household cleaning solution. This will give your car added protection!

1800BHP Of Pure Madness

Whew those Swedish automotive engineers have out done themselves. A purely beautiful design, practically an unbeatable machine says Christian Koenigsegg of the like names car manufacturer.

 The Regera is rear wheel drive only, so 0-62mph takes a relatively tardy 2.7 seconds. “We can’t go any faster than that because of traction,” Christian says. 0-186mph takes 12 seconds flat, while 0-250mph takes under 20 seconds. It’ll go from 93mph to 155mph in just 3.2 seconds, and top out at 255mph. Let those numbers swirl around your head for a moment.

Because it’s a petrol-electric hybrid, you can travel up to around 18 miles on pure electric power alone, but we suspect with a twin-turbo 5.0-litre V8 on board, you’ll likely want to utilise everything. In total, Koenigsegg reckons on an output somewhere close to 1800bhp and 1475lb ft of torque.

http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/koenigsegg-regera-revealed-geneva-motor-show-2015-03-03

See the full write up on TopGear.com

See a Porsche 918 chasing a Koenigsegg Agera R on the German Autobahn

 

Do you know why Koenigsegg is awesome. Listen to Mr. supercar himself Mr. Christen von Koenigsegg…