Blog :: January 2013
1/28/2013 10:47:44 AM
Acclimating your dog for the RV lifestyle!  
  • Get the pet acclimated with your recreational vehicle before you hit the road. Let them examine the space on their own to make them feel comfortable. 
  • Carry items that your pet is familiar with, such as their blanket, dog beds, toys etc. 
  • Use cargo crate, automobile pet harness, pet carrier, or pet booster seat to restrain your pet. This can save your pet from severe injuries or even from being killed during accidents or sudden stops. 
  • Carry ample amount of pet food while travelling in your recreational vehicle. You would hardly like to run short of foods for your little furry one, as you are enjoying in the RV campground. 
  • Keep a note of your vet’s phone number. Also, carry the pet’s medical records and consult with a local veterinarian in case there is an emergency. 
  • Let your pet stretch periodically and for this, take plenty of stops while on road. It is recommended to provide litter training to your pet and carry a portable litter tray. Even though, it would be wise to carry some carpet cleaners, floor cleaner and paper towels while RVing with your pet. 
  • Be thorough with the RV campground’s pet policies before your check in. Some RV campgrounds may have designated areas for dog walking, and you must only use them for your pet. 
  • Never leave the pet alone in the recreational vehicle, it is hazardous and the extreme climate inside may even kill your pet. You can appoint a pet day care service if you need to spend time away from your recreational vehicle.

And always obey the RV campground rules wherever you stay!

We are a "pet friendly" dealership - please bring your pets inside when visiting us (we event have treats!).

Thanks to That's Not Camping for this great article!

Posted: 1/28/2013 10:47:44 AM by Linda Casey | with 0 comments

1/25/2013 8:07:55 AM
If your coach has a diesel engine, it almost certainly has a turbocharger. And, if you ever have to replace the thing, it's going to cost a lot of money.  You can greatly decrease your chances of ever needing a replacement by remembering just a few simple things.
  1. When stopping after a hard run, never kill the engine without letting it cool for a few minutes first.
  2. Never kill the engine while it is on "fast idle."
  3. Change your engine oil religiously.  

Close adherence to those three rules will almost certainly assure you of a long turbocharger life. Now if you want to know the short version of "why," read on.

Turbo's are driven by the exhaust gas blowing out of the engine. That exhaust gas is piped to the turbo unit and causes an impeller inside the unit (think propeller) to spin and that impeller is mounted on a shaft that runs through the turbo housing to an impeller on the other side of the turbo body. That second impeller blows fresh compressed air into the engine and that compressed air gives the engine more power.

When the engine is at idle speed, around 600 rpm (revolutions per minute) the turbo impellers are spinning at several thousand rpm. But, when the engine speeds up to just a thousand rpm (high idle), the impeller speeds increase to tens of thousands of rpm. When the engine is at highway speeds, the rpm of the turbo REALLY goes up -- as much as 150,000 rpm. Yeah, that's some spinning right there. 

Th  turbo shaft spins so fast that it is very hard (read expensive) to manufacture bearings for a shaft that spins that fast so a lot of turbo's shafts don't have bearings but instead ride on oil. That oil is the engine oil which is supplied to the turbo under pressure by the running engine. 

If the turbo does have bearings, those bearings are lubricated and cooled by the engine oil -- that hot engine oil which is, in fact, much cooler than the turbo charger and it's internal parts. It's hot because remember it is driven by the exhaust -- hot exhaust which gets hotter with increased rpm. The faster the engine runs, the hotter the exhaust, the hotter the engine oil becomes and the faster and hotter the turbocharger gets.

If you are driving hard, the engine is hot, the turbo is spinning at 150,000 rpm and has reached 1,200 F. When you shut off the coolant supply (oil) by killing the engine, the oil that is in the turbo charger literally boils and cakes the shaft with burnt oil residue. That burnt residue does not make for a smooth spinning shaft and ultimately will cause the shaft to stall completely. 

In addition to damaging the shaft the vanes that comprise the impellers are by necessity very light and very thin. Excessive heat and or lack of lubrication will eventually kill them. Those blades start flaking off and being ingested it's bye bye turbo and maybe sayonara to the engine too.

Let the turbo cool down for a couple of minutes before killing the engine. Kill the engine from idle but give the turbo a chance to slow it's spinning first. Remember, keep the oil clean.

TAKEN FROM Motorhomes of Texas press release by  Mike Martinkuse

Great advice!  Please forward to all of your friends that have diesel motorhomes!  If you have any questions, please call our service department:  816-587-1500 or 866-426-2247 and ask for Dexter or Joe.  And, as always, THANK YOU FOR READING OUR BLOG!

Posted: 1/25/2013 8:07:55 AM by Linda Casey | with 0 comments

1/21/2013 10:53:46 AM
With all of the turmoil and controversy that goes on in this world today, it is comforting to know that "the beat goes on."  This may mean different things to different people depending on their curcumstances and place in life.  To us, having just come off of a trade show, it is great to know that people are shaking off the proverbial dole drums and planning things that are fun and enjoyable for them again.  While they are still a little wary about the economy and where it is going, they are tired of cutting vacations short - or just not taking one at all!  Rent an RV - YES, let's do it!  We are hearing it all the time, and our reservation book is supporting the fact that people are planning vacations again.  And not just a weekend or seven days - most have been 10-14 day rentals.  The wonderful thing about our rental fleet - it is growing!  To find out more about our Rental Management Program, contact Dawn Kingsley at 816-587-1500 or 866-426-2247 Toll Free.  To view our rental fleet, please click on this link.

And for those of you who loved Sonny and Cher - The Beat Goes On!

As always, we invite your comments!

Thanks for reading,
Posted: 1/21/2013 10:53:46 AM by Linda Casey | with 0 comments

1/8/2013 11:29:50 AM

Got Vinegar?

Helpful Hints For Winter

*Ice-proof your windows...with vinegar! Frost on it's way? Just fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar to one part water & spritz it on all your windows at night. In themorning, they'll be clear of icy mess. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which raises the melting point ofwater---preventing water from freezing! *

*Squeak-proof your wipers...with rubbing alcohol! Wipe the
wipers with a cloth saturated with rubbing alcohol or ammonia. This one trick can make badly streaking & squeaking wipers change to near perfect silence & clarity. 

*Prevent car doors from freezing shut...with cooking spray! Spritz cooking oil on the rubber seals around car doors & rub it in with a paper towel. The cooking spray prevents water from melting into the rubber!*

*De-ice your lock in seconds...with hand sanitizer! Just put some hand sanitizer gel on the key & the lock & the problems solved! *

*Fog-proof your windshield...with shaving cream! Spray some shaving cream on the inside of your windshield & wipe if off with paper towels. Shaving cream has many of the same ingredients found in commercial defoggers! *

*Keep your headlights clear...with car wax! Just wipe ordinary car wax on your headlights. It contains special water repellents that will prevent that messy mixture from accumulating on your lights - lasts 6 weeks. *

A big "thank you" to Homemade Mamas Blog for these helpful winter tricks!

Posted: 1/8/2013 11:29:50 AM by Linda Casey | with 0 comments

1/7/2013 11:07:36 AM
The butterfly effect on fiber optic wings is an interesting concept, and paints an indelible picture as one ponders it.  Technology has enabled us to become a global economy which tethers us to the issues that occur worldwide.  As James Callaghan stated, "A lie can be halfway around the world before the truth has got its boots on."  On the other hand:  Tsunamis occur across the ocean and are known about instantly which enables help to be rendered almost immediately.  Children are abducted and the word is broadcast simultaneously giving hope that the child will be found alive.   Basically, what this means is the ripple effect is felt instantaneously.  While this means different things to different people, it has definitely made an impact on how we live our lives.   When you move, when you act, when you do something - the universe notices!  

Just remember - your life matters!  

Posted: 1/7/2013 11:07:36 AM by Linda Casey | with 0 comments

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