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5 Tips To Maintaining Your RV Before Your Trip To San Antonio

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There is certainly a lot to look forward to as you get ready for your RV trip to the San Antonio area in Texas, .

“This urban mega region has it all: exotic thrills, picturesque natural areas, electrifying nightlife, great eats, and much more,” describes, and they’re absolutely right. But before you leave on your trip to San Antonio, or anywhere else for that matter, there’s something extremely important that you need to do first: ensure that your RV is properly maintained.

Not only does keeping your RV maintained ensure that your trip will go by more smoothly without hiccups (suffering a major breakdown en route to your destination is the very last thing anybody wants on an RV trip), it also helps your RV to keep its value.

Here are the top tips to know to successfully maintain your RV before you embark on your trip to San Antonio, Texas.

1. Change the Oils and Filters Regularly

RVs are just like normal cars in that the engine oil and the filters need to be changed regularly in order to function properly. Not replacing the oil and filters will result in you having engine problems that will in turn require major repairs possibly costing tens of thousands of dollars.

As a general rule of thumb, aim to have your engine oil and filters replaced every five thousand miles at the very most, though three to four thousand miles would undoubtedly be safer.

2. Keep An Eye On The Seals

One of the biggest enemies of RVs, at least of the interior, is moisture leaking in and causing problems (such as rotting away at the cupboards or furniture).

While RVs have seals to prevent this, admittedly several manufacturers do not use seals that are high quality. As a result, water and moisture can break through and cause the interior of your RV to mold.

Prevent this by simply keeping a close eye on the seals, and if you see any small cracks at all, you’ll need to have them replaced.

3. Check The Tire Pressure Regularly

No one wants to sustain a flat tire on any . Especially when you’re traveling at fast speeds on the freeway, a tire blowout could cause you to lose control the vehicle and be a major safety hazard to you and the other drivers and pedestrians around you.

Make sure that each tire is fully inflated before you leave, and keep a tire pressure gauge and inflater on handy, and check up on the status of each tire at every other stop.

4. Have The Generator Service

Just like how ignoring the engine oil and filters could cost you tens of thousands of dollars in repairs, the same is true for the generator of your RV as well. Follow the recommendations according to your owner’s manual, and be sure to run your generator periodically even when the RV is not in use.

5. Maintaining Your RV

may not be the most fun aspect of owning one, but it’s also something that you have to do if you want to reduce the chance of a major breakdown so you’ll have a fun trip that goes without any major incidents.

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Keep The Police Off Your Back When Driving, Follow The Rules

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You should always obey the rules when on the road, except when you don’t. What then?

We tend to take many things in life for granted, and being able to jump in the car to trot off to wherever we want to go is definitely is one of them. But it’s important to understand that being able to get behind the wheel anytime you want is a privilege rather than an automatic right.

Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for people to disobey the rules from time to time, often at the peril of their license. Heck, most of us have been in a rush to get somewhere, and it’s usually during these frantic times that we get , nipping through the lights a little bit late, or getting involved in an accident caused by our haste.

Always remember that no matter your life circumstances, good driving and courtesy on the road are important for all. The rules weren’t meant to be broken.

Traffic Offences

Loss of Licence

The loss of your driving licence can be an inconvenience for some and an absolute tragedy for others, often potentially leading to loss of employment and the subsequent loss of income. If and when you are charged by the police with a serious traffic infringement, the wisest course of action will be to immediately get in with reputable and get advice on your situation to mitigate any damages. For you to have the best chance of defending yourself and keeping penalties and suspensions to a minimum, starting work on your defence early is of vital importance.

Knowledge is Power

As mentioned, traffic law is incredibly detailed and complex, with very few lay people adequately able to fully understand its finer details. A legal professional, who specialises in traffic law and offences, will have taken the time to digest every aspect of it, and bringing that knowledge to bear on a case can have a very dramatic impact on the outcome.

Obviously the best preventative measure is to respect and obey the rules at all times, but being human means this is not always possible. Sometimes, we find ourselves with a problem because we reacted incorrectly to the actions of another motorist, or a child running out into the road unexpectedly.

Mitigation is a very important aspect of the defense of any case in court. If your licence is potentially in danger, ensuring a professional defense and full explanation of your personal circumstances may well be the difference between losing your licence, or staying behind the wheel.

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Easy DIY Car Maintenance: Changing Tires, Replacing Air Filters

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With some learning and a little bit of elbow grease, you can save hundreds of dollars every year by being your own mechanic.

We’re always looking for ways to stick within our budgets and save money, and maintaining our car is one of the major expenses month-to-month. Whether it’s paying for gas or routine maintenance, things can add up quickly.

The good news is that not everything requires a visit to your dealer. In this article, we cover two common maintenance procedures — changing tires and replacing air filters — that, with a little knowledge about your model of car, you can do yourself to cut expenses. We’d like to thank for helping us with the technical details.

Changing Tires

As a general skill, knowing how to change a tire is not only handy for emergencies, but it’s also keep your bank account fuller when putting on those winter tires or doing a tire rotation. All vehicles come with the necessary tools you need to accomplish this task, including a jack, lug wrench, and replacement tire. Wheel chocks, gloves, and a short piece of 2×4 wood are also good accessories to have on hand..

You can find instructions on how to change a tire in your owner’s manual and untold numbers of , but we’ll go through the steps here as well.

  1. First, park in a paved, flat area and engage the parking brake. Apply the wheel chocks to the pair of tires you won’t be working with.
  2. Next, remove the hubcap with the flat end of your lug wrench and loosen the lug nuts about a half of a turn. These tend to be well secured, so extra force is normal to break them free.
  3. Place the jack under the vehicle atop the scrap 2×4, right beneath the frame next to the tire you’re changing. Most vehicles’ frames have a specific spot designed to place your car jack. Your Owner’s Manual will illustrate this. Place the scrap wood under the jack and raise the car about six inches up from the ground.
  4. Then, remove the lug nuts and place them in a safe place while you remove the tire. Pull the tire off the lug bolts, then set the tire on its side so it doesn’t roll away.
  5. Lastly, mount the new tire on the wheel studs and spin the lug nuts on finger tight. and push until the lug bolts show through the rim, then tighten the lug nuts on by hand. After this, lower the car, tighten the lug nuts securely and replace the hub cap.
  6. Congratulate yourself if this is your first time!

Replacing Engine Air Filters

Air filters are connected to the engine’s intake manifold and prevent debris and dirt from entering your engine’s combustion chambers. They should be changed once every twelve months or every 12,000 miles — whichever comes first. Here’s a quick procedure.

  • Your owner’s manual details which model air filter you should buy, and they are available at any auto parts store.
  • Under your hood next to or atop your engine you’ll see a black plastic box attached to a sizeable rubber hose. Usually several metal clips usually secure the top, and it simply needs to be popped open to remove the old air filter. If you can’t find your airfilter, Google it.
  • Remove the old filter and install the new one. Snap the clips back into place and that’s it!

Doings these two simple car maintenance procedures yourself will undoubtedly help keep your car in a healthier shape while saving you some money. Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.

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Best Christmas Gifts For The Driver In Your Life

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It doesn’t take a lot to warm the heart of the car lover in your life

Do you have an auto enthusiast in your life — you know, someone who drives not just for the sake of getting from point A to Point B or can’t stop thinking about their favorite classic or vintage car? If you answered “yes”, then there is no better time to get that individual an auto-themed gift for the holiday season.

While many people scramble to get loved ones the latest technology or fashionable clothing, you are in the position to be more creative and show appreciation for that car nut by getting him or her a car-related gift that speaks to their true passion.

DMV Registration

Although it might not be the most glamorous present, the reality is that going through the costs money, no matter where you live. It is true that the cost of registering a new car, registering a new (used) car, or renewing a license for an existing car don’t always cost the same. Nevertheless, these fees can still chip away at an individual’s bank account. So if you’re in the position of needing a gift for an auto enthusiast this holiday season, offer to foot the cost of a car registration or license renewal.

Your gift recipient will appreciate the offer, as it saves him or her the time and aggravation of going through an often tedious . In the end, he or she will be able to keep driving an old car without having to worry about re-registering, or your gift recipient can just get in a new car and go without having to worry about paperwork.

Car Registration

Is your car lover the impatient kind? If so, handling their car registration could go a long way to warm their hearts. It takes time, money, and admittedly patience to successfully go through the , so having someone do the dirty work for you ca make life much simpler.

This holiday, instead of having your loved one stand in line for hours , take care of the cost and burden of registering by pre-registering that individual’s car as a gift. Trust us, your efforts will be greatly appreciated.

Car Accessories

Of course, in addition to buying DMV-related items for the car lover on your list, you might also want to treat him or her to something more fun, which can range from something generic like a , to custom floor mats for that special vehicle in their life.

You could also consider signature badges and labels to make sure everyone knows what kind of car your gift recipient is driving, as well as gift certificates for custom parts, detailing, and car washes.

The holiday season can be stressful if you’re not sure what to get someone, but if you have a general idea of that person’s passions and interests, the task becomes much easier. For an auto enthusiast or even a new teen driver, giving the gift of car registration and car accessories goes a long way in helping them hit the road in the new year.

So, what are you getting your driver this holiday?

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