Trading Up: Three Ways Motorhomes Are Like Regular Houses

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

Despite the fact that most people only invest in a motorhome for vacationing purposes, motorhomes still share a few similarities with regular houses. These similarities are probably something you never considered before, unless you regularly ponder the possibilities of mobile living versus stationary living. Here is a closer look at how motorhomes are more like regular homes than you might have thought.   You Start out Small Whether you are looking at motorhomes for sale or regular homes for sale, you almost always look at smaller homes or “starter” homes first. The idea is to have something to call your own now and get something better once you have become more successful. In the case of a motorhome, this may look like a pick-up truck pop-up or small cabin that fits into the truck bed. You Trade Up for Bigger and Better As you became wealthier and/or more successful in your career, you probably did what most people do with their houses and cars. You traded up. You got more room, more square footage and more features in both your cars and your house. In a motorhome this equates to a tow-behind or pull-behind home that is much bigger, roomier and has more to offer than just a sleeping deck and table at which to sit and eat. The pull-behind motor home often has an actual kitchen area, food storage, small refrigerator, “master” bedroom and partial or complete bathroom versus the sleeping area and table of the truck bed pop-up home. You Buy the Estate, Mansion, Castle, Etc If you are very fortunate in life, or if your retirement investments pay off quite well, you will trade up again for the larger estate, mansion or even an American castle. Cars and boats get bigger and better too. Now, instead of the little cabin on the back of your pick-up truck you can afford te luxury motorhome with the built-in driver cab and flat screen TV in the back and the full size bath and complete kitchen. Maybe by this point, you realize that your mobile home purchases have mirrored your regular home purchases and you do not really need both. (This is especially true if you are an “empty nester” and your children are all grown with families of their own.) In that case, you can make the final leap, sell the regular estate, buy the biggest and best motorhome you can find, and travel the rest of your...

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The Benefits Of Driver Safety Courses For Older Drivers

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

Driving is a skill that always benefits from continuous improvement, especially for drivers who’ve been on the road for a while. If you’re an older driver, there’s a good chance that you could stand to brush up on your driving skills by taking a driver safety course. The following examines the potential benefits a driver safety course can have on your driving skills as you reach your golden years. Better Understanding of Age-Related Changes The effects of aging can have a tremendous impact on your driving skills as time goes on. There are many things that can happen as you age – your reflexes slow down, your vision weakens and even your mental acuity may even decline. It is important to know how these changes can affect your driving skills over time. A driver safety course can not only help you understand these changes, but you’ll also learn how you can adjust your driving habits to account for these changes. In addition, you’ll learn about the warning signs that signal when you should limit your driving or even cease driving altogether. Up-to-Date Knowledge of Safe Driving Practices The driving tips you’ve learned 20, 30 or even 40 years ago may be drastically different from the safe driving practices taught to new drivers today. Enrolling in a driver safety course gives you the opportunity to learn these up-to-date safe driving practices, thereby enhancing your safety as well as the safety of others on the road. Improved Knowledge of the Latest Automotive Features Automotive technology has changed dramatically over the past decade. Long-time commonplace technologies such as anti-lock brakes (ABS) have been joined by lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection and emergency brake assist systems. However, you may not be used to these technologies or understand how they work, especially if you own and drive older vehicles that lack these features. A driving school can help you learn about these new features and, if you’ve recently purchased a new vehicle, you may get hands-on instruction on how to utilize these features to maximize your safety and that of your fellow motorists. Discounts on Auto Insurance Many younger drivers take driver education courses in order to benefit from the discounts offered from their auto insurance providers. Even as an older driver, your insurance provider is likely to offer you a reduction in your monthly premiums as a reward for completing a driver safety course. Drivers who undergo these courses are often seen as less of a risk than drivers who’ve never completed such a...

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The Engine Light: Friend Of Foe?

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

As a motorist, you have undoubtedly experienced that jolt of fear caused when your engine warning light comes on. Immediately, visions of horrible engine damage and massive repair bills flash through your mind. Although sometimes the light indicates a big problem, usually the fix is simple and not too expensive. When the light comes on, you can take some simple steps to correct the problem.  Check Engine Light When your check engine light comes on, it usually indicates an emissions problem, often involving a bad oxygen sensor or even just a loose gas cap. The light could also indicate a more serious problem with your catalytic converter. If the light comes on while you are driving and stays on, you do need to have the engine checked, but it is not an emergency. If the light is blinking, however, you should slow down and see if the light becomes steady. If it continues to blink, you should stop driving the car and call your mechanic. Most often, the light indicates a malfunction in the emissions system that means you are getting poor gas mileage and emitting more pollutants than you should.  Diagnosing the Problem Your car’s computer generates a code that tells you where the problem is. Some auto parts stores will check the code for no charge, which can save you a trip to the mechanic if the problem is minor. Another option is to purchase a code reader. These tend to be affordable and allow you to find out the code yourself. This knowledge lets you shop around for the lowest repair price. You can also order your own parts online, which can save you a substantial amount of money.  Ignoring the Warning Light Even if the problem is a small one, ignoring it is not a good idea. Small problems can become big ones. Once your check engine light comes on, it can no longer warn you of developing problems. The light is “stuck” on the first problem and cannot help you out with anything else. You should have your car checked in a matter of days and not months.  Although the check engine light can scare you and cause you unnecessary worry, the light is actually your friend. It alerts you to small problems before they become big ones, which is a valuable service. You should not panic, however. If the light is a steady one, you have a little time to fix the problem. If it is blinking, you need to call your mechanic or dealership right away.  For a used car dealership, contact a company such as U Pick U...

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Pulling Usable Parts From Wrecked Cars

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

A car in the auto salvage yard isn’t always completely useless. The engine may be damaged or the axles bent, but the component you need for your car may be available—and cheap—inside that wreck. If the part you need is no longer in production or you’re looking for more affordable used auto part sales, keep a few search and safety considerations in mind.  Searching For The Right Vehicle Means Research Not all car parts are from the same manufacturer. The make and model of your car means a lot when it comes to finding the right parts, but there could be a completely different make, model and year with the same part that could make your search easier. With a little research, you can expand your available parts and make the search a little less desperate. The first thing to do is find out the exact model information of the part. For example, you need to look up more than just a water pump or alternator for a specific make and model; the part number, size and other details of that part can make it easier for you to get the same part in another vehicle.     Cross reference that part number by searching for the vehicles that use it. A simple search engine question such as “What cars use Part X Model Y?” can lead you in the right direction, and any further questions can be answered with the help of a mechanic or an auto salvage yard professional. Once you have the information ready, simply as the used auto parts or salvage yard professional to search for the vehicles or the part. Both details can be used to search through inventories to either get you directly to a part of the vehicle that may have the part. Be Safe During The Search If the auto part professional is getting the part for you, all is well as far as safety is concerned. If you’re visiting a “pick and pull” salvage yard that allows you to search for and recover your own parts, you’ll need to prepare yourself for optimum safety. First, you’ll need to know how to get to the part. Removing a part isn’t as mechanically-challenging as fixing a vehicle or troubleshooting, but it can be difficult. Be sure to search for videos or documents explaining the best way to get to a part if you’re mechanically inclined. If tangling with technology and physical hardware isn’t your desire, ask a skilled mechanic to take care of the part removal for you. With any salvaging, be mindful of dangers that may cut, stab or crush an unwary victim. Wear tear-resistant gloves if you plan on working inside metal areas and long-sleeve clothing if you need to get your arms deeper into the vehicle. If working in a salvage yard that is in a grassy area, be...

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How An Anti-Drain Oil Filter Provides Extra Engine Protection

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

Some automobile engines produce a noticeable clatter for just a couple of seconds when started. The noise might simply be characteristic of the particular engine, but it could be due to a brief lack of lubrication. At the time of an oil change, vehicle owners can request an oil filter with a specialized valve designed to speed up the circulation of engine oil at start-up. Automobile engines contain a pump that continuously delivers lubricating oil to the moving internal components. After your engine is turned off, much of the oil drains downward into a lower part of the motor referred to as the oil pan. At start-up, it takes a couple of seconds for the pump to force oil back to the filter and through the upper portion of the engine. The drawback of oil filters Most engine oil filters are manufactured in the shape of a canister, which screws on to the side of the motor at some point. Depending on the model of automobile, filters are attached at various angles. After the engine stops running, some or all of the oil in the filter may drain back into the oil pan. The addition of a valve Oil filter manufacturers have designed a valve inside some of their filters to hold the oil after the engine has stopped. By keeping the oil filter full at all times, the pump is able to deliver lubricating oil to your engine quicker at start-up. The advantage of a valve Like many other types of small valves, the anti-drain valve opens in response to pressure on its incoming side. When the pressure stops, the valve closes on its own, blocking any further outgoing flow. The valve remains closed until the engine and pump are started again, providing a quickened flow of protective oil. The anti-drain valve is built into the filter canister and is not visually apparent. The standard anti-drain valve is made of rubber, and a silicone valve is also available. Your service advisor can help you decide which option might be best for your own use. Even if you hear no clatter at engine start-up, you might want to consider an anti-drain valve. Ensuring that clean oil is distributed throughout your motor as quickly as possible helps reduce engine wear. Regular oil changes are even more important. Contact an oil change service like Covey’s Auto to have your vehicle serviced and to receive further information about oil and filter...

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