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6 Good Reasons To Schedule A Shuttle Service For Your Vacation

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So you’re finally ready to take that vacation you’ve been waiting for – it’s a chance to relax, and it can even improve your health! If you are like most vacationers, you are probably trying to determine what the best transportation methods are for you and your fellow travelers during your vacation. If you haven’t already considered it, a shuttle service might be just the solution, no matter where you plan to travel – here’s why: Save Plenty of Money By riding in a shuttle from the airport to your hotel and back, in addition to using shuttles and public transportation for destination travel, you can save quite a bit of money when all is said and done. You don’t have to worry about financial commitments such as: Overnight and attraction parking fees. Rental fees. Gas costs. Insurance costs. And you don’t have to invest in any maps or other travel literature in order to figure out where to go and how to get there. Reduce Your Stress Driving can induce stress, especially when you’re dealing with traffic in a new place that you aren’t familiar with. The last thing you should have to deal with during vacation is stress. Taking a shuttle for airport transportation and between attractions completely diminishes any chances of road stress as you know it. In fact, traveling with a professional driver gives you the opportunity to indulge in stress-relieving activities while you travel, such as reading a book, writing in a journal, or even playing your favorite Smartphone game. Avoid Getting Lost Because you can rely on a local driver to get you where you need to go, there is never a chance of getting lost while on the road. Imagine being able to tell the service provider where you’re going before you ever show up for the ride, and simply boarding and getting comfortable for the trip once you arrive at your shuttle. There will be no reason to make awkward stops at the gas station to ask for directions, or any arguments on the side of the road when you simply aren’t sure where you are. Enjoy the View When you don’t have to pay attention to the road, you have plenty of time to seek out landmarks and attractions along your travels. In fact, you may be able to choose a shuttle ride to and from your airport that provides a scenic route during travel. With the help of a map, your scenic route can become your own personal sightseeing tour. If possible, plan a shuttle ride during both day and night hours so you can experience the same areas from two different perspectives. Get Some Rest One of the best things about traveling in a shuttle is the big comfortable seats that are easy to sleep in. It is possible to spend all of your travel time getting some sleep if you want to, but if this is the strategy you plan to take, it’s a good idea to bring along a small travel pillow and blanket for extra comfort. Some sunglasses will shield your eyes from the light and keep your sleeping habits nonchalant. Ride Risk Free Traveling in a shuttle means not having to be responsible for accidents, vandalism, or other problems that you’d have to pay...

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Just Bought Your First RV? Five Maintenance Issues That Often Get Overlooked

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you just bought your first RV, you are at the beginning of an exciting journey. You probably already have an idea of how to keep your RV clean and know the importance of regular engine, brake and tire maintenance. But, the “house” part of your RV also needs regular maintenance. These five areas sometimes don’t get the attention they deserve, which can cost you money in the long run. Cover the Roof Logically, you already know that the roof is important. But you must make sure to climb up and “take a look” every once in a while to make sure it’s in good shape. RV roofs are not like car roofs. Rubber roofs are trending because they are easy to care for and rarely dent. But, rubber tends to suffer environmental damage from sunlight and other issues such as acid rain or large hail storms. True, the hail usually bounces off the rubber, but the hail could damage the sealant around the vents which can lead to leaks. The best solution is to store your RV under a carport or a fitted waterproof RV cover. The carport idea can require a lot of space, depending on the size of your RV. For example, Class A motorhomes are as large as buses, up to 45 feet. Some Class C rigs are almost as large. If you have a Class B, which is somewhat bigger than a van, you might get away with a garage with a high ceiling. The RV covers are designed to fit your rig type. You’ll probably need some help putting the cover on, but it is the less expensive option and will help minimize your need for RV repair. If you are a full time RVer, then these ideas may not work. Plan on having your roof cleaned and inspected at least once a year. A side benefit of the cleaning is that you won’t see as many of the black streaks that you find on the sides of your RV. These are caused by dirt running off the sides of the roof, usually during rainy periods. Check Your Weather Stripping All doors, windows and roof vents are usually protected by some form of weather stripping. Rubber, as previously mentioned, degrades over time. Weather stripping develops cracks and sometimes pulls out of place. Water can get into the RV through these open spaces which can damage surfaces and even promote mold growth. It’s a good idea to walk around your RV and inspect the seals every few months. Look for cracks, loose pieces and water stains. If you’re a full time RVer and your rig is constantly in the elements, you might consider having all the weather stripping replaced periodically. Open Your Roof Vents Opening your roof vents when your RV sits unused is one of the simplest maintenance tasks you should consider. During the summer, the interior of a closed RV can rapidly heat up, damaging wall coverings, seams, flooring and furnishing. An open RV vent promotes air flow, helping to keep the temperature down. If your RV is stored outside during the winter, air flow helps combat dampness and mold. Most vents have adjustable covers so your rig is protected from rain or snow. Even if your rig has a fitted RV...

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Fascinating Information About Mack Trucks That You May Not Know

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Mack trucks have been such an integral part of the trucking industry for so long, they’ve developed their own special place in modern culture. Anytime a semi or big-rig truck is mentioned, Macks are one of the first brands to pop into most people’s minds. There’s even an assortment of phrases and sayings that are common today that reference the big trucks, “big as a Mack truck” being the one most commonly used. Here are some fascinating things about these iconic vehicles that you may not know. History Of Mack Trucks Mack Trucks, Inc. has been around a long while, since 1900, to be precise. The company was founded by Jack, William and Augustus Mack, three brothers with a love of all things automotive. The first Mack vehicle ever made was actually a bus, which was built to carry passengers around Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. In addition to buses, the Mack brothers also built fire engines, and they delivered the first ever motorized hook and ladder fire truck to Morristown, New Jersey in 1910. Initially, Mack trucks were called Manhattens. This changed in 1910, when the brothers started putting their own name on the trucks they made. They eventually built trucks for the U.S. Army, which were designed to tackle the toughest terrains and carry heavy loads. Their strength and durability impressed the British soldiers working alongside the Americans during the first World War, and earned the trucks their now-famous mascot, the Bulldog. It’s said that in the worst terrain, the Brits would tell the Americans to send in their tenacious “bulldog” trucks to get the job done, and to this day the iconic Mack Bulldog remains the mascot for the powerful trucks. Facts About The Founders Jack and Augustus “Gus” Mack envisioned themselves as being the Orville and Wilbur Wright of heavy trucking. They lived in a pretty exciting time, since new inventions were changing the way that Americans lived their lives. The Wright brothers were introducing the world to flight, Willis Carrier was revolutionizing air conditioning, and Henry Ford was putting people in cars, so the Mack brothers wanted to build the sturdiest, most dependable heavy use vehicles that had ever been seen. In total, five Mack brothers worked for the company in its early days. Jack, Gus, William, Joseph and Charles all played important roles in building the company into the success it is today, but it’s mostly Jack who is remembered as the true founder. He had an adventurous nature that led him to run away from home at the age of 14, where he learned about operating and repairing mule carts and steam engines. His death in 1922 was almost ironic; he was killed in an automobile accident when the car he was driving was hit by a trolley in Pennsylvania. Macks Today Today, Mack trucks are sold in over 45 countries worldwide. Every Mack truck built for the North American market is built in the same Pennsylvania town of Macungie. In addition to building trucks used for hauling and the military, Mack produces trucks for industries including logging, the oil industry and garbage trucks.  Mack trucks are also part of pop culture, making appearances in movies such as the “Transformers” films and the animated “Cars 2.” A Mack truck in Australia set a world record when it pulled a whopping 4836.9...

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DIY Auto Body Repairs: Fix Small Car And Truck Dents In 4 Steps

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have one or more small dents on your car or truck, you may wonder if you can repair the problems yourself. The answer is yes. Unless the dents are large enough to create holes in the vehicle’s hood or gas tank, you can make the repairs at home. Holes on, in or around the gas tank can be dangerous to repair if auto paint mixes with the gas. Paint that drips under the hood can damage your vehicle’s major parts, such as the engine and transmission. However, you can do simple or small dents on the doors, trunk and bumpers of the vehicle. Here’s what you do. 1.  Visit the Auto Parts Store for Your Supplies It’s a good idea to purchase your supplies a few hours before you actually repair your dents. This may give you time to run out and get anything you might miss. In any case, you need to find and buy these items below: 2 large pieces of sandpaper or 4-5 small pieces of sandpaper, or you can use a hand sander if you have one 1 container of spray paint that matches your vehicle’s paint color 1 container of clear coat—look for this product in the spray paint aisle 1 container of dent repair putty—the material is soft when you apply it but hardens as it dries 1 package of plastic spreader or rubber spatula 1 suction cup dent puller—you can find this product at your local auto parts store in the DIY auto paint and repair section 1 pair of clear safety glasses 1 face mask Once you get your supplies, you can fix your car or truck’s small dents. First, place your vehicle in an open space like the backyard or driveway. If you can open up your garage and allow fresh air to circulate into it, you can use this location to repair the dents. But never use paint without the proper ventilation, or you may become ill from breathing in toxic chemicals. 2.  Pull Out Your Dents Use the dent puller to carefully pull out the dents. Suction cup dent pullers require you to: Place the suction cup over the dent and press down Check the suction of the cup—if necessary, repeat step one until you feel a strong suction in the dent puller Lock the handles—the direction and force needed to lock the dent puller may depend on the brand you purchased earlier, so please read the directions carefully before you proceed Pull the handles until you hear the dents pop out of the frame After you remove every dent on the car, move to steps 3 and 4. Be sure to put on your safety glasses and face mask before you begin those steps. The safety equipment keeps dust, paint and other debris out of your eyes, nose and mouth. 3.  Sand the Dents The sanding step of your dent repair job may take 1-2 hours to do, depending on how many dents you need to repair. You’ll need to use the sandpaper or hand sander for this job. The most important thing you shouldn’t do is sand the dents down too far into the metal frame of your car or truck. You might scratch the frame if you do. Instead, use gentle circular strokes...

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Used Car Shopping? Steer Clear Of These 4 Types Of Vehicles

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Are you in the market for a new-to-you used car? There are plenty of used vehicles on the market that can offer you years of trouble-free service at a fraction of the cost of a new vehicle; however, there are also plenty of vehicles that will make you totally regret your decision to shop used. Protect yourself when used car shopping by avoiding the below four types of cars.  Cars With Inadequate Service Histories Who really updates their car’s service history? People who take care of their vehicles, that’s who. Inadequate maintenance and repairs are the number one cause of vehicle depreciation, so car owners who purchase their vehicles with resale value in mind will not only perform the necessary service work on their rigs, but they’ll also record the work that has been done by registering their vehicle with a vehicle history reporting agency, or at the very least, saving their receipts. When you find a car you’re interested in, record the vehicle’s VIN number and use it to look up the automobile in the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System or another site that provides a free VIN history report. The service is free of charge and can provide a great indication of how well your potential new-used car has been maintained.  Cars With Flood Damage It’s perfectly legal to take a car from a flood-ravaged location and clean it up and sell it. Some states require that flood damage be listed on a vehicle’s title, but determined sellers get around this problem by transporting their vehicles to states that don’t require such detail on the title and selling them there. So, even if you’re shopping for a used car in the middle of the desert, you’re at risk of buying a flood-damaged vehicle. Protect yourself by learning how to spot a car that has sustained flood-damage. Look for water rings on the upholstery, rusty screws along the door hinges or inside the trunk, and a moldy or musty odor inside the car. Cars With Salvage Titles If you find a rock-bottom deal on a car with a salvage title, run away. Insurance companies are not in the habit of losing money. When a person reports a damaged vehicle to their insurance company, the insurance company hires a trained professionals to evaluate the vehicles and determine whether or not it’s worth the cost to fix it. If you find a car with a salvage title, no matter how good a price tag on it may be, it’s not worth the cost. The vehicle has already been thoroughly examined by a mechanic and deemed not worth the effort of repair. Cars With Unskilled Body Repair If a car owner is willing to cut corners to save a few bucks on body repair, you can be sure that they’re not above doing the same thing on the mechanical parts of the vehicle. Any shoddy body work is a sure sign of a cheap salesperson, and low-quality maintenance work. Look for brush strokes on the vehicle’s paint job. Auto body paint will leave no such marks, so if you find some, whoever painted the car probably used the lowest quality paint they could find — perhaps even wall paint.  Another thing to watch out for is mismatched parts. The brand and...

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