Kitchen Equipment Tips For New RV Buyers

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Kitchen Equipment Tips For New RV Buyers

If you’ve decided that the draw of freedom has you ready to invest in an RV and start traveling, you might find yourself surprised by some of the adjustments you’ll need to make. Although most first-time RV owners know that it means limited space, sometimes the reality of that space can be challenging. For example, the compact nature of an RV kitchen poses some unique challenges that you’ll want to address before you make the leap. What’s The Big (or, Small) Deal? Most household kitchens are stocked with many different small appliances, bakeware, pots and pans. In an RV, on the other hand, you’ll have much less space to store your supplies. In addition, the refrigerator and stove are often more compact, which means investing in smaller sizes of bake ware and optimizing your refrigerator storage. How Do You Make The Most of It? Don’t let the compact size of your RV kitchen leave you feeling like your meal options are now more compact too. In fact, you can still enjoy all of your favorite foods in the RV kitchen, even if they require a bit of a different approach. For example, you will likely need to start buying smaller cuts of meat for the oven. This makes it easier to cook efficiently, because smaller meat cuts are more proportionate to your oven. It’s also easier to fit them into the smaller baking pans. Shop for containers, packaging and bakeware that you can stack. The more compact things are, the easier they’ll be to store. If your bakeware nests inside itself, it will all condense into a smaller space. In addition, opt for bakeware that is versatile enough to go from kitchen to fire. For example, cast iron pans and Dutch ovens are great for this, giving you just a few pans that you can do virtually anything with. And, if they stack together, you can store them in the oven when you’re traveling. You might also want to invest in a pizza stone or something similar. Most RV ovens are propane-fueled, and a pizza stone in the bottom will absorb heat and help ensure even distribution. In addition, you should also invest in an oven thermometer to help you monitor the temperature in the oven on a regular basis. This will help you get the hang of the new oven’s behavior while you’re adapting to the RV. Choosing Small Appliances and Other Supplies You don’t have to sacrifice your convenient appliances in the RV, however. For example, instead of a full-sized blender, opt for an immersion blender instead. It’s more streamlined and compact, making it easier to store. Small food processor units with a 3-cup capacity are effective as well, taking up much less space while still offering the benefit of the larger varieties. You may also find that break-resistant and plastic dishware are a good investment. That way, if something shifts while you’re traveling, it won’t break. And, if you invest in some paper plates, they’ll work well for convenience and even serve as fuel for your campfire! Plastic serving utensils and bowls are also inexpensive and easy to find at local dollar stores. Invest in large clear bowls that you can use for multiple purposes, including for popcorn, mixing and even storing your fresh produce. Things...

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Synthetic Oil: Is it Good or Bad for Older Cars?

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Synthetic Oil: Is it Good or Bad for Older Cars?

The next time you take your car to your local lube shop for a tune-up, there’s a good chance your mechanic might suggest you switch from conventional oil to synthetic oil. But while synthetic oils are the new standard for a broad range of new vehicles, conventional oils are still de rigueur for many older vehicles. So is it worth it to make the switch from conventional to synthetic oil in your older car, truck or SUV? The following takes a look at the ins and outs of such a switch. Understanding the Good There are plenty of advantages that synthetic oils offer over their conventional counterparts. For starters, synthetic oils tend to perform better at both lower and higher temperatures. This not only gives your engine greater protection during start-up, but it also reduces the wear and tear commonly experienced during stop and go traffic as well as extended driving. Unlike conventional oils, synthetic oils don’t break down under extreme heat and pressure, leaving them less likely to leave behind sludge deposits. This can improve the longevity and fuel efficiency of your engine. Understanding the Bad Synthetic oils used to get a bad rap for causing leaks in older engines. As it turned out, the earliest synthetic oils didn’t quite interact with seals and gaskets the same way that conventional oils did. Most conventional oil formulations actively condition various seals and gaskets, allowing them to not only remain flexible, but also swell enough to close off most potential leaks. In addition, petroleum-based oils often leave behind deposits that often plug up gaps where oil leaks would have occurred. In contrast, synthetic oil blends of the 1970s and 1980s, commonly formulated using polyalphaolefin (PAO) base stocks, didn’t have the right blend of additives to allow conditioning of the seals. The end result was often shrunken, dried seals that allowed synthetic oil to leak. Thanks to years of consistent improvements, today’s synthetic oils have come a long way from those days. In addition, modern seals used for engine repairs and rebuilds are nowadays designed to be compatible with synthetic oils. Nevertheless, many synthetic formulations still contain detergents that often strip away sludge deposits left behind by conventional oils, leaving an older engine more vulnerable to leaks. There’s also the common belief that synthetic oils are “too slippery” to be of use in some older engines, leaving them vulnerable to bearing wear and other internal damage. While synthetic oils are typically thinner and have higher lubricating properties than their conventional counterparts, there’s little to no evidence to suggest that “slippery” synthetic oils are a poor choice for older engines. Can You Switch Back? A surprisingly common myth is that once you’ve switched from conventional to synthetic oil, it’s nearly impossible to switch back. That may have been true during the early days of synthetic oils, but today’s oils are so compatible with one another that such a switch winds up being relatively harmless. If you do decide to switch back to conventional oil, however, it’s still a good idea to completely drain your engine of its synthetic oil prior to filling it back up with a conventional blend. Although most semi-synthetic oils and the latest pure synthetic blends can exist happily with mineral-based conventional blends, pure synthetic oils based on polyglycol lubricants...

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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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