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Auto Maintenance: Choosing One Repair Shop

One of the things I learned from my dad is that it pays to find a good auto repair shop and stick with it. True enough, I have tried using more than one shop, based on what I needed done to my car. Every time, I found myself going back to one shop that knew my car and the car's history. I had found that shop not too long ago. They had offered help with everything from rebuilding engines to dent repair. The shop is located near my home, and they keep records that went back for years. Thanks to the long history, they always knew what to do when something was not working as it should. If you think that finding one shop to meet all your needs is a good idea, let me help. With a little effort, you'll know exactly where to take your vehicle any time it needs some work.


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Getting Your Camper Winter Ready With 5 Simple Tips

by Noelle Snyder

With the cold weather settling in and camping season drawing to a close, it is time to start thinking about getting your camper ready for storing until the weather improves next year. Here are five simple tips to get your camper ready for winter storage.

1. Drain Every Holding Tank and Every Liquid Storage Container - From the water holding tanks to the sewage compartment, make sure that every last receptacle is completely drained. Open all drain lines and allow all moisture to come out. Make sure you don't forget to turn on both hot and cold faucets to eliminate any water that may be hanging out in the lines and get rid of any water that is in the hot water heater. If you have gray water holding tanks, make sure you don't forget those either.

2. Clean and Cover the HVAC System - The last thing you want is to return to your camper after winter and discover that the heating and cooling system is clogged with debris or even worse, rodents and pests. Take a few minutes to clean out the filtration system of the unit and then cover the unit on the camper with a good, durable plastic cover and seal it off with duct tape if it does not fit securely.

3. Remove All Batteries Inside the Camper - From radios to clocks, there can be a lot of dry-cell batteries scattered throughout your camper. When these batteries are not in use, they can start to corrode and break down, especially if they are exposed to moisture or high humidity. Go ahead and remove the batteries from all of the devices inside of the camper.

4. Cut the Power and Unplug Everything - Turn off the main switch from the camper's generator and go through and unplug all of the appliances and electrical items inside of the camper. This will eliminate any lingering electric power that may still be live in the wiring.

5. Prepare the Food Storage Areas - Remove any food that you have left in the fridge, cabinets, or drawers, taking time to eliminate any crumbs that are hanging around. Instead of closing everything off, leave the doors to the cabinetry and fridge open to allow air circulation during storage, which will prevent problems with mold and mildew.

Regardless of whether you plan to store your camper in the front yard or a completely closed-off shelter, not appropriately preparing for storage over the winter can leave you with major problems when you pull the camper out of storage in the spring. Use this simple list of tips to help you get your camper prepared so it will be ready to go when it is time to hit the trails again. For more information, contact a company like Crowder RV Center, Inc.