How to Properly Load a Motorcycle on a Trailer & Securely Tie it Down

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Properly Load a Motorcycle on a Trailer & Securely Tie it Down

Loading and securing a motorcycle on a trailer isn’t difficult, but it does take attention to detail to make sure the job is done correctly. Otherwise, you could cause costly damage if the bike slips or falls during loading or while being transported. Here is how to properly load a motorcycle on a trailer and securely tie it down: Loading the motorcycle Before beginning, the trailer and vehicle should both be prepared for loading. Be sure the trailer is properly hitched to the towing vehicle and that the parking brake is activated; this will eliminate the possibility of accidental rolling that could cause you to slip or the bike to fall. Once you know the vehicle and trailer are secure, you are ready to load the motorcycle. Below is a list of steps to follow: 1. Position and start the motorcycle—Line up the motorcycle with the loading ramp, and be sure the front wheel and back wheel are perfectly aligned with one another. Stand beside the bike, with its kickstand down, and crank the engine. 2. Move the motorcycle up the ramp—While keeping a tight grip on both handlebars, put the bike into its lowest gear. Slowly release the clutch to allow the engine torque to transition to the rear wheel, and permit the bike to start moving on its own with your guidance. Watch the front wheel to be sure it is still perfectly aligned, and be careful not to trip over the ramp as the bike begins moving forward. As the front wheel comes up and over the ramp into the trailer bed, continue to hold on to the clutch lever and be prepared to squeeze it and the brake should the bike lurch forward. 3. Park the motorcycle—Once the bike clears the ramp and is level, squeeze the clutch lever completely and allow the bike to coast into its parked position. Be sure to keep the bike upright and lined up in the middle of the trailer and turn the motor off once you are satisfied with its placement. Allow the motorcycle to gently lean over on its kickstand. Tying down the motorcycle Once the motorcycle is on the trailer, the next step is to fasten it to the trailer with two cam buckle straps. Cam buckle straps feature a spring-loaded buckle that allows the strap to tighten when pulled, but it can only be loosened when the buckle is depressed. Avoid using ratcheting tie-down straps; on the backstroke of the ratcheting action, the strap loosens at the same time and can cause the bike to shift or even fall. Cam buckle straps allow you to control the process with much more precision. Here is how to attach the straps and tie down the motorcycle: 1. Attach the front cam buckle straps to the front handlebars—To tie down the bike, you will need to sit astride it to provide weight and keep the bike balanced during the process. Raise your kickstand at this time to avoid damaging it. Begin by looping soft-straps around each handlebar and pulling one end of the strap through the loop to tighten it. Next, manipulate the cam buckle straps so the loose ends are facing up toward you. Insert the hook end closest to you into the soft-straps and pull the...

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5 Reasons Independent Wrestlers Should Purchase A Class B RV

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Reasons Independent Wrestlers Should Purchase A Class B RV

Being an independent wrestler means that you have to do a lot of traveling around the country to perform at different wrestling events. Instead of taking a traditional car to wrestling shows, a class B RV may be a better option. This type of RV is like a large van that has been fitted to include a bedroom and amenities found in a full-sized camper. If you’re a pro wrestler, these five benefits cater to the traveling athlete and will help you through the day to day progress of your career. Motel & Hotel Costs As you travel to different cities for shows, it’s common to book a motel or hotel room for your stay. In the course of a year, these rooms can become costly and really cut into your wrestling profits. Instead of having separate room and boarding costs, everything can be combined into one with a class B RV. The built-in bed on these vehicles allows you to park somewhere safe and stay overnight until you get to travel back home or to the next event. If you’re already paying for a car anyway, the savings will quickly add up and result in a greater income for all the shows you perform at. This is also ideal for events that take place at the same venue over multiple days. You can park right at the venue and stay overnight instead of looking for a hotel to book. Event Preparation Preparing for a wrestling event requires plenty of rest, relaxation, and mental preparation. By owning a class B RV, you can prepare in private and with plenty of room to move around. By parking right outside the wrestling venue, you will have the ability to nap or rest before an event. The sound system inside the RV will also give you access to any songs or music that helps you prepare for the matches you are participating in. A built-in TV will give you chances to study matches and watch other pro wrestling content from all around the world. Food & Nutrition One of the hardest things to deal with when traveling on the road is proper nutrition. When driving for hours, it becomes too easy to stop off for fast food or a quick restaurant meal. To help stay in shape for your wrestling career, a class B RV offers plenty of food preparation options. A small range and toaster oven can help you cook a variety of meals that cater to your healthy lifestyle. A built-in mini refrigerator will help you stock up on healthy foods and meaty proteins that are typical to a pro wrestling diet. This will also allow you to have plenty of healthy snacks, instead of relying on gas station junk food. Wrestling Gear Storage A big part of being a professional wrestler is becoming the character. when driving in a car, you do not have the space to properly air out or store all your wrestling gear. When you purchase an RV, you have the ability to hang wrestling outfits in a closet so they do not get musty or wrinkled. Some of the models may even feature a small ironing board so you can ensure all your gear is in the proper place. Family Travel Being a pro wrestler...

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Get a Detailed VIN History Report to Confirm a Car’s Mileage Before Purchasing It

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Get a Detailed VIN History Report to Confirm a Car’s Mileage Before Purchasing It

An automobile’s value is directly tied to its mileage, because mileage is one of the best indicators of how much wear and tear a car’s received, and how much longer it may last. In order to boost a vehicle’s value, some unscrupulous auto dealers will roll back the odometer on cars that they sell. If you’re shopping for a used car, here’s how you can confirm the reading on an automobile’s odometer with a free VIN history report. Rolled Back Odometers Are Problematic Even though it’s illegal, many unethical auto dealers either roll back odometers themselves or hire someone to roll them back. In order to benefit, dealers don’t need to drastically change an odometer’s reading. Reducing an odometer’s reading by just 10,000 miles can increase its value by $600. Unfortunately, switching to digital odometers didn’t stop people from rolling back odometers, which is why it’s still a problem. It’s actually easier to roll back a digital odometer than a mechanical one. Ask for Explanations on Low-Mileage Vehicles According to data from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWH), the average driver drives 13,476 miles annually. Since this is an average, half of all drivers drive less than this. You ought to inquire about any car that has an average annual mileage much less than this, though. If a car you’re looking at has an odometer reading that reports a much lower reading than you would expect based on the average driver’s mileage, you should ask the salesperson about it. It’s possible that the car was owned by an elderly person who didn’t drive much, but you’ll want to hear the explanation. If the salesperson doesn’t know the driving history of the car, they can’t guarantee that the odometer wasn’t rolled back. Even if you’re at a reputable, honest dealership, someone may have had the mileage reduced before the dealership got the car. Get a Free VIN Report to Confirm the Mileage Before signing to purchase a car, you can confirm the mileage with a free VIN history report. Reports are available to the public from the Federal government, but these reports sometimes don’t include as many details as reports from private companies. In order to confirm a specific automobile’s mileage, you’ll want a detailed free VIN history report from a private provider. Any VIN history report will list more information about whether a vehicle has been in an accident, flood or other catastrophic event. A detailed report will also include service records from some auto repair centers. Private repair shops might not share their records with VIN history reporting companies, and no one’s going to send a reporting agency a note saying they illegally reduced the odometer’s reading. Even having intermittent service records from some repair shops, though, can help you confirm a vehicle’s mileage. When looking at the service records included in a detailed a VIN history report, check the mileage notes that are included with each service. When a car’s serviced, it’s mileage is usually recorded. The specific numbers aren’t important, because the amount people drive will vary from month to month. Every mileage record, though, should be greater than the one before it. If the recorded mileage remains the same or decreases, then the odometer may have been rolled back. If it increases with every service, than...

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What First-Time Used Semi Truck Buyers Should Know About Purchasing A Truck

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What First-Time Used Semi Truck Buyers Should Know About Purchasing A Truck

Buying your first semi truck can be an exciting adventure; it represents your willingness to branch out and be your own boss. However, buying a used semi truck can be overwhelming to the new buyer, and if you aren’t prepared, you may not purchase the best truck for your needs. Below are several buying hints that will help you make the right decision when searching for and, ultimately, buying your first used truck: Know your priorities One of the most important considerations to keep in mind while looking at Mack trucks for sale is to establish priorities and stick with them until the paperwork is signed. It can be easy to allow your eye to be distracted by shiny chrome or the latest in cab technology, but remember that a truck that runs reliably and hauls your customers’ cargo day-in and day-out is what pays the bills. For first-time truck buyers, take a look at fuel economy ratings to get a sense for how much the truck is going to cost to operate. In addition, consider the horsepower, gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and gross combined weight rating (GCWR) to understand how much weight the truck can handle. You don’t want to be left short in hauling capacity and limit your cargo types unnecessarily. Don’t obsess over mileage You probably already know that semi trucks have a much higher mileage capacity than light passenger vehicles, but it can still be frightening to think about purchasing a truck with hundreds of thousands of miles on the odometer. However, while mileage concerns are valid when looking at used trucks, the amount of miles on the odometer is not nearly as important as other factors. In fact, most semi trucks should be able to handle nearly one million miles of over-the-road hauling. As long as a truck’s engine is provided a comprehensive overhaul around half a million miles, then it should be in good shape to continue many more miles in the future. Consider parts availability Semi trucks are designed to operate for a long time due to an expectation that parts can be replaced easily and in a cost-effective manner. However, not all trucks are created equal when it comes to part availability and price. Some brand parts are much more expensive than other makers’ parts, so be smart and shop around to test what parts will cost on average. In addition, parts are not always evenly distributed around the nation; some truck manufacturers have a concentration of parts suppliers that are limited to specific geographical areas such as the East Coast or Pacific Northwest. You should be sure that you can obtain needed parts in all areas of the country where you haul cargo, or you may find yourself stranded and forced to wait for expensive towing of the vehicle. Critically review the maintenance records Another important facet of used semi shopping is gaining access to the complete, reliable set of maintenance and service records for the truck itself. The records should contain information that documents the date and type of repair or procedure. There should be no break in the dates of service for routine maintenance such as fluid changes, and all repairs should be extensively documented. If you have difficulty locating the information you are seeking, consult with...

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