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    Ultimate RV & Auto Special 2017

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    AD{CS6373031} AD{CS6374710} 2 THE NORTHEAST SUN ULTIMATE RV & AUTO n FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017 Combine work and play with your off-road vehicle YOUR AUTHORIZED DEALERS FOR LEGEND & BERGEN TRAILERS! Stop by and see us for all your Trailer needs! Regardless of the model and specs you choose, buying an off-road vehicle is always a big expense. That being said, you can turn your purchase into an investment if you use your vehicle for daily tasks. To help you get the job done, engineers have designed a wide range of handy tools and accessories. Hunting and fishing enthusiasts know that ATVs and side-by-sides aren’t just for driving across the acres of land and forest that separate point A from point B. To meet their needs — along with the needs of all outdoorsy types — manufacturers have combined work with play by equipping vehicles with cargo boxes, luggage racks, coolers, and even heated cabins with a windshield and wiper fluid. Some of the most popular tweaks and accessories include skid plates, poweroperated winches (in case of collapse), firearm holsters and camouflage paint. Some side-by-sides even come with a carrier for your hunting dog! Farm, forestry and construction workers haven’t been left out when it comes to practical gear: their vehicles feature equipment like bla des, scrapers, spreaders, Off-road vehicle manufacturers offer factory models designed specifically for hunters. seed drills, brush cutters, sprayers and snowblowers. Personalizing your vehicle Customizing ATVs and side-by-sides is another trend that’s here to stay. Off-road vehicle owners have a lot to choose from when it comes to giving their toy some personality: decorative panels, custom bumpers, coloured rims, high-end audio systems, top-notch video cameras, reliable navigation systems and Bluetooth functionality are just a few customization options available on the market. MS 170 | Gas Chain Saw $ 199 95 MSRP $289.95 with 16” bar 30.1 cc /1.3kW /3.9kg (8.6 lb) ‡ www.bowmargm.ca PICK YOUR POWER FS 38 FSA 45 Gas Trimmer $ 159 95 Battery Trimmer MSRP $189.95 27.2 cc / 0.65 kW / 4.2 kg (9.2 lb) * 18 V / 2.5 kg (5.5 lb) † BG 50 Gas Blower $ 179 95 MSRP $219.95 NEW NEW $ 149 95 BGA 45 Battery Blower MSRP $169.95 $149 95 MSRP $169.95 27.2 cc / 0.7 kW / 3.6 kg (7.9 lb) * 18 V / 2.0 kg (4.4 lb) † NEW RMA 510 | Battery Lawn Mower $ 699 95 MSRP • 21" Cutting Swath • Onboard Storage for Additional Battery • 3 Mowing Options: Mulch, Side Discharge, Rear Bin • Price Includes AP 300 Battery and AL 101 Charger ‡ Powerhead only. * Without fuel. † Without battery. Pricing on chain saws and blowers will remain in effect until June 30, 2017. Pricing on all other power tools and accessories will remain in effect until July 31, 2017 at participating STIHL Dealers, while supplies last. STIHLCanada www.stihl.ca 110 Marathon Avenue, Nipawin 306-862-3611 • www.kevinscustomagltd.com

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    Simple maintenance projects to keep cars running smoothly One of the ways to keep vehicles running strong for years on end is to adhere to the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule. Although there are many factors drivers cannot control, including recalls, weather and road conditions, proper maintenance is something drivers can control, and maintaining a vehicle can be very simple. OIL CHANGES Motor oil lubricates the engine and keeps it in good working order. Old oil becomes more viscous and can lose its efficacy. While changing motor oil is important, motorists should follow the owner’s manual or the factory maintenance schedule regarding how often it needs to be changed, as all vehicles are not alike. The old myth that cars and trucks need oil changes at set intervals has changed as digital check capabilities have evolved. Car computers can now keep track of more than just mileage. Computers now track starts and stops and trip durations to determine when cars need oil changes. COOLANT LEVELS Coolant helps prevent vehicles from overheating and also prevents the water that it mixes with in the radiator from freezing or boiling. Coolant is nearly as important as motor oil in vehicle maintenance. Coolant is typically comprised of a 50/50 mix of distilled water and antifreeze. These two substances work together to maintain a proper ratio of heat energy and prevent eventual breakdown and destruction of the engine. Coolant is usually changed once per year or at 30,000 miles. This keeps the coolant working properly and will help prevent corrosion and deposits from forming inside the cooling system. Coolant levels might be checked during a full-service oil change appointment. CHECK BATTERY CONTACTS Many modern car batteries do not require a lot of maintenance. However, one problem that may occur is a buildup of minerals or corrosion from leaking battery fluid on the contacts. In such instances, use a battery cleaning brush to clean the contacts and then replace the cables. TIRE MAINTENANCE Properly inflated, balanced and rotated tires make for a smooth, safe ride. Check that tires are wearing evenly and that the vehicle is not pulling to one side. A lack of tread on tires requires they be replaced. Because tires can be expensive, many drivers put off routine tire maintenance. But this can be a costly mistake. Tires that are worn or not properly inflated can cause skidding, problems braking and accidents. Blowouts also may occur, putting drivers, their passengers and fellow motorists in danger. It’s best to be proactive with regard to tire maintenance. Maintaining a vehicle in adherence to manufacturer guidelines can prolong the life of the car, improve its safety and increase its trade-in or resale value. You can’t improvise motorcycle safety FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017 n THE NORTHEAST SUN ULTIMATE RV & AUTO 3 A recreational vehicle is like a second home. You no longer have to live out of a suitcase when travelling! TRAVELLING HOMES! When it comes to recreational vehicles, there is something to suit every taste; from basic models to truly luxurious ones. This type of vehicle is considered a second home: There is enough room to store clothing, products, accessories and groceries, which means you can finally travel without spending hours searching through suitcases. If you would like to take your home with you when you travel, here is an idea of what is available: The largest of the motorized recreational vehicles is the Class A motorhome. This is the ideal representation of a travelling home. They come with every convenience: A kitchen area, a bathroom, one or two bedrooms, a living area and storage space. They are equipped with propane systems, electricity, lighting, heating and air conditioning and have sliding extensions for additional space. The advantage of these vehicles is their smooth drive, which makes travelling that much more agreeable. A mini-motorhome, or a Class C, has all the same conveniences as the Class A, but on a smaller scale and at a lower cost. They are generally built on the chassis of a small commercial truck and look a bit like a mini-bus. Finally, the Class B is the smallest of the mo torhomes. Built on the chassis of a normal van, to which a raised roof has been added, this model also has all of the necessary conveniences for a camping trip or for when you’re waiting for your favourite team outside a stadium! Recreational vehicles that don’t move! In addition to mobile recreational vehicles, park models and stationary trailers can be found on the market. These are second homes, often seasonal, although some of them can be lived in year round. Often made to measure, according to the specific needs of the client, they are generally in a fixed place or can be moved with the help of a special tow truck. What does it mean if the motorcyclist in front of you lowers her left arm at a 45° angle, with her hand open, palm down? What does it mean if a biker stretches out a leg and points to the ground with his foot? Riding a motorcycle in traffic is a skill that has to be learned. So, before you roar off into the sunset, be sure to learn everything you need to know. Don’t neglect the maintenance of your motorbike. Your safety is worth the price! Tires, brakes, lights, rear view mirrors, and even the horn should be checked before each outing. Be on the alert for unusual vibrations, noises you’ve never heard before, and leaks — they all require attention. Treat yourself to the best when choosing your helmet. Any expert will tell you that you are three times more likely to get a head injury if you don’t wear one. Even more persuasive: your helmet could even save your life if you’re involved in an accident. Clothing is also important. The better leather jackets have built-in protection in the elbows, shoulders, and back. Wear gloves, and don’t even think about riding in sandals or running shoes. Always wear boots that cover your ankles. Lastly, learn to recognize communication symbols. The biker who lowers her arm is encouraging you to slow down; the one who points to the ground with his foot is indica ting an obstacle. There are several other signals you should learn in order to make riding easier and safer for you and the others around you.

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    4 THE NORTHEAST SUN ULTIMATE RV & AUTO n FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017 When the weather starts to warm and more and more people start taking their boats out of dry dock and back to the marina, such sights can entice others to want to buy a boat. After all, the idea of sailing under the sun on the water with friends and family is something everyone can appreciate. However, sailing season might not be the ideal time to buy a boat if you’re interested in getting the best deal. Actually, sailing’s offseason is oftentimes the best time to buy a boat. Many boat retailers look to liquefy their inventories in early fall. At this point you may be able to negotiate a very good deal on the previous model year since the dealerships will be making room for the next year’s models. Coming equipped with a list of questions and armed with the knowledge of the average cost of the boat you want to buy WHEN TO BUY A BOAT can help you determine if the quoted prices are discounted. Another ideal time to go boat shopping is during the boat show season. Boat manufacturers tend to do a series of shows at convention centers across the country. The retailers often come up with a discounted price and other incentives on the purchase of a boat because they know they’ll be appealing to the thousands of people who attend the show. These prices may be even lower than the price offered for the same model just a few days later in the showroom. Even if you are not in the immediate market for a boat, attending a boat show can be a good source of information and practice for buying one down the road. It will also enable you to see a great number of different styles and manufacturers of boats all under one roof. Most of the time you are able to board the boat and look at all the features offered. Here are some other tips when deciding whether or not to buy a boat. • Be sure to go out boating with friends or with a family member who owns a boat and determine whether this is really a recreational activity you want to invest in. • Take into consideration all of the expenses involved in boating, including insurance, trailering, docking, marina fees, fuel, safety gear, tech items, and so on. Some have said that buying a boat is like pouring money into the water. Know what you are getting into before signing on the dotted line. • Shop around for a good boat dealer. You want someone with whom you feel comfortable and not a dealer who is just pressuring you to buy. • Struggling dealerships may offer “must buy now” offers to try to get rid of boats that are not selling. Choose the boat that works for you and not the one with the smallest price tag. • Due to the large expense of buying a boat, many choose to go partners on the purchase. Spell out a contract that explains when and how you will have your share of the vessel before entering into a joint purchase. This way you remain friends instead of fighting over usage, cleaning and the cost of repairs. Boating can be a rewarding recreational activity. Purchase a boat after doing your research and look around for the best deal. Night vision The instant-on response provided by Philips Vision LEDs can reduce braking distance by up to 20 feet at speeds of 75 miles per hour. Because they light up quicker, other drivers can see the vehicle sooner. (MS) - Though fewer cars are on the road at night than during the daytime, driving at night is still dangerous. In fact, the National Safety Council notes that drivers’ risk of being in fatal car crashes is three times greater at night than it is during the daytime. While a host of factors combine to make driving at night less safe than driving during the daytime, poor nighttime visibility is one of the biggest contributors to driver discomfort at night. Depth perception, color recognition and peripheral vision can diminish at night. Though many drivers recognize that their own visibility is compromised at night, few may consider that others motorists’ nighttime visibility is similarly affected. Fortunately, there are a handful of ways that drivers can improve their visibility and make themselves more visible to fellow motorists when operating motor vehicles after the sun goes down. • GET ENOUGH SLEEP. A recent poll from the National Sleep Foundation found that 13 percent of drivers acknowledged falling asleep while driving at least once per month. Poorly lit roadways and the absence of natural light can make tired drivers even more drowsy, furthering compromising their already diminished visibility. The NSF advises drivers to get between seven and nine hours of sleep per night, to avoid driving if they have been awake for 24 hours or more and to pull over for rest every two hours. • IMPROVE VEHICLE LIGHTING. Compared to the standard incandescent lamps used by many of today’s automotive manufacturers, LED lights are brighter and more visible to oncoming motorists. Unlike incandescent bulbs, Philips Vision LEDs remain bright and maintain their light intensity throughout the life of the lights. LEDs also can brighten up interior lights, such as courtesy, dome, trunk and glove box. In addition, Vision LEDs were designed to be highly resistant to the extreme heat and vibrations that threaten standard incandescent bulbs, thereby increasing their durability and longevity. • GET ROUTINE VISION CHECKUPS. Vision checkups are necessary for all drivers, but especially so for aging motorists. According to the American Optometric Association, the diminished vision that many drivers experience when driving at night increases with age, highlighting the importance of annual vision checkups. The AOA also recommends that drivers minimize distractions when driving at night so they can better focus on the road ahead. • MAKE YOUR VEHICLE MORE VISIBLE. Even drivers who are comfortable driving at night must share the roads with other motorists, who may not be as relaxed driving after sundown. Philips Vision LEDs turn on instantly and can be installed as replacements for manufacturers’ brake and taillights, side markers, turn signals and back up lights, making vehicles more visible to fellow motorists and greatly decreasing reaction time. Brighter and therefore more visible to fellow drivers than standard incandescent bulbs, Vision LEDs employ instant-on response technology that can reduce braking distance by up to 20 feet at speeds as high as 75 miles per hour. Drivers who are uncomfortable driving at night can employ several strategies to alleviate that discomfort. More information is available at www.philips.com/visionled.

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    AD{CS6374696} FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017 n THE NORTHEAST SUN ULTIMATE RV & AUTO 5 CROPPER MOTORS 2017 Spring RV Show April 24 - May 6 2017 30RLDS HIDEOUT TOW TRAILER Lux pkg, central vac, cold mountain pkg, TV, power tongue jack, 2 rear chairs, trifold sofa, exterior shower, lighted power awning 2017 31RBDS HIDEOUT TOW TRAILER Lux pkg, central vac, cold mountain pkg, TV, power tongue jack, rear bunk room, Outdoor kitchen, U-dinette, lighted power awning, trifold sofa 2017 325BMK SPRINTER TOW TRAILER Luxury pkg, dual pane windows, rear bunk room, outdoor kitchen, auto leveling system with remote, theatre seating, residential queen, 32” LED TV 2017 38FQTS HIDEOUT TOW TRAILER Lux pkg, cold mountain pkg, central vac, TV, power tongue jacks, trifold sofa, exterior ladder, lighted power awning 2016 299RET SPRINTER TOW TRAILER 50 amp, washer/dryer prep., dual pane windows, 40”TV, power awning, power jacks, theatre seating, free standing table & chairs 2016 319MKS SPRINTER TOW TRAILER 50 amp, dual pane, washer/dryer prep., 40”TV, power awning, power jacks, theatre seating, 50 amp, free standing table & chairs $ 213 09 /BI-WEEKLY *plus taxes or equivalent trade-in 5.49% over 120 months $ 214 64 /BI-WEEKLY *plus taxes or equivalent trade-in 5.49% over 120 months 2016 274BHS SPRINTER 5TH WHEEL Camping Made Easy pkg, queen bed, 12 gal gas/electric water heater, outdoor kitchen, auto leveling system with remote, 40”TV, pwr awning, 8cu fridge, rain sensing vent $ 223 10 /BI-WEEKLY *plus taxes or equivalent trade-in 5.49% over 120 months 269RLS SPRINTER 5TH WHEEL 29BKS HIDEOUT TOW TRAILER 29BHS HIDEOUT TOW TRAILER 26RBS SPRINTER TOW TRAILER 278BHS SPRINTER TOW TRAILER Other models with 20-25% less than current exchange rate www.croppermotors.com • 306-874-2011

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    AD{CS6374481} AD{CS6365253} 6 THE NORTHEAST SUN ULTIMATE RV & AUTO n FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017 Doing away with distracted driving VEHICLE NEEDS A GOOD CLEANING? With spring right around the corner, let’s make it shine! Detail packages ranging from $24.95 to $299.99 Mon. - Fri - 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sat. - 9 a.m. - Noon, 1 - 5:30 p.m. VEHICLE NEEDS SERVICING? Your trusted Factory Trained Certified Technicians are here to help! Stop in or call to make an appointment today! www.cheyennegm.com 306-752-2783 1-866-424-3936 Junction of #3, #6, #41, Melfort 516 Main Street, Melfort Ph: 306-752-2851 Fax: 306-752-3898 The evidence is clear: Distracted driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Removing one’s eyes from the road for mere seconds can have dangerous repercussions, contributing to accidents, injury or even death. Distraction.gov, the United States government’s official website for Distracted Driving, states that, in 2014, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers that 10 percent of all drivers between the ages of 15 and 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the time of the crashes. A 2013 Allstate Canada marketing survey conducted with more than 1,500 Canadian adults found that, although the vast majority of Canadians think distracted driving is dangerous, nearly three out of four Canadian drivers engage in behavior that is considered distracting. The term “distracted driving” is an umbrella term that refers to various behaviors drivers engage in when behind the wheel. The situations below are some of the biggest distractions today’s drivers must deal with. Talking or texting on a mobile phone Mobile phone usage is one of the leading causes of distracted driving. Five seconds is the average Home • Auto • Farm • Commercial • Health • Hail • Motor License Issuer MOTOR LICENSE ISSUER Because Things Happen TM Email: smithag@sasktel.net www.smithag.saskbrokers.com time a person’s eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded. And people are not only texting when behind the wheel. They’re posting to social media, taking photos and video, as well as reading emails and more. The National Occupant Protection Use Survey points out that, at any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. Passenger distractions People, pets and objects inside of a vehicle can be quite a distraction as well. Removing focus from the road for a few seconds to address rowdy children in the back seat or to pass food to the backseat can cause vehicles to veer. Drivers who allow pets to ride unrestrained in their cars may find their animals in their laps or roaming around, which can be distracting as well. Drivers should remain in control of their passengers at all times. This includes ensuring people and pets are properly fastened in seat belts and the volume of music and voices is kept to a minimum. Reading behind the wheel Looking at a map, glancing at an incoming email or even trying to locate street signs or billboards on the side of the road can be distracting. When drivers are unsure of where to go, they can bring along another passenger, who can keep his or her eyes peeled for landmarks. Passengers also can look at the map or GPS so drivers can stay focused on the road. It is paramount that drivers keep their eyes on the road at all times. Limiting distractions, however innocuous they may seem, can keep drivers, their passengers and their fellow motorists safe.

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    AD{CS6363798} The importance of an expert assessment A special feature by a boating expert with 35 years of experience as a maritime advisor, sales representative, mechanic, and fibreglass repairer. My years in the maritime business have shown me that people often make expensive mistakes when buying a second-hand boat. What you need to know is that it is absolutely essential to have a used vessel be examined by an expert before purchasing it. Helping people buy good boats is a passion for me. It is always a pleasure for me to take the time to tell clients about the state of the The assessment is a boat’s health check-up, great for a buyer or an owner who wants to know more about the boat’s actual value. boat they wish to buy or that they already own. I can tell them if repair work has to be carried out immediately or if it can wait, and I enjoy sharing tips and tricks on how to look after the boat properly. I also willingly take the time to explain to my clients the dollar value of the boat in question and how I arrived at that figure. In the case of private sales arrangements, I recommend that buyers be wary of any assessments the seller may present during the deal-making. It’s unfortunate, but sometimes these evaluations can be tampered with. That is why I always recommend that a new assessment be obtained by the buyer. There is a cost involved in getting an evaluation done, of course, but this is not the time to save a few dollars and risk ending up with a lemon. I recommend that buyers be present when the boat is getting evaluated, because some pertinent details that might not need to be included in the report are still worth knowing. The assessment is a boat’s health checkup, great for both buyers and owners who want to know the boat’s actual value. Ask your insurance company for the name of a recognized expert in your area and make your purchase offer conditional upon an acceptable maritime assessment. FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017 n THE NORTHEAST SUN ULTIMATE RV & AUTO 7 BLOWOUT 2015 Keystone Outback 324CG Sale Price $35,990 $34,590 BRAND NEW TT15096 - Teak Retail - $45,990 ONLY $121 B/W + Taxes O.A.C. $111 B/W + Taxes O.A.C SAVE $11,400 INCLUDE ME FOR ONLY 2017 Arctic Cat 500 Core 4x4 AR1491 2016 Wild Cat Trail HWY.#49 & Main, Lintlaw, SK - 306-325-2060 $19 a month more! Actual product me vary from pictures Riverside Arctic Cat & RV 698 Saskatchewan Drive, Melfort, SK S0E 1A0 306-752-1500 • Toll Free: 1-855-752-1500 www.riversidearcticcat.ca AR1469 $34 a month more!

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    AD{CS6362054} 8 THE NORTHEAST SUN ULTIMATE RV & AUTO n FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017 OUR PRICES ARE ALWAYS THELOWEST PERIOD BRAND NEW 2016 MIRAGE 8522 LZ PONTOON PACKAGE RPT TUBES C/W YAMAHA 115 HP 4 STROKE OUTBOARD, TANDEM TRAILER AND MUCH MORE BRAND NEW 2016 22 SS FX PONTOON PACKAGE C/W YAMAHA 115 HP 4 STROKE OUTBOARD, TANDEM TRAILER $ 46,900 +TAX HURRY IN, LIMITED SUPPLIES $ 48,950 +TAX ALL INCLUDED NO SURPRISES LATEST MODEL 2017 HD 18’ PACKAGE C/W YAMAHA 40 HP 4 STROKE OUTBOARD, GALVANIZED TRAILER AND MUCH MORE HURRY IN, LIMITED SUPPLIES JUST ARRIVED DISCOVERY 2025 C/W YAMAHA 200 HP 4 STROKE AND A 9.9 KICKER TOTAL LOAD FISHING PACKAGE, GALVANIZED TRAILER HURRY IN, LIMITED SUPPLIES $ 15,750 +TAX BIG WATER BOAT NEW AT $74,680 $ 62,800 +TAX ONLY A FEW LEFT ALL CANADIAN MADE THE TOUGHEST ALL-WELDED HEAVY GAUGE HULL IN THE MARKET, WITH EXCLUSIVE PRE-FLEX® HULL TECHNOLOGY. WHETHER IT’S OUR RUGGED NORTHERN LAKES OR YOUR FAMILY’S FISH/SKI BOAT, THESE WELL APPOINTED YET DURABLE BOATS OFFER IT ALL. THE ULTIMATE IN BIG WATER BOATS WE TAKE TRADES NO PROBLEM!!! AND WE ARE SASKATCHEWAN’S CONSIGNMENT CAPITAL WHERE SELLERS MEET BUYERS OUR V.I.P. CONSIGNMENT PACKAGE DELIVERS MORE MONEY TO THE SELLER, WHILE SAVING THE BUYER THOUSANDS IN BUYER’S FEES • BOAT • QUADS • RV BRING US YOUR: • WATERCRAFT • SIDE BY SIDES AND MORE! JOIN THE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE USED THIS SERVICE OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS. BEST PRICE IN THE PROVINCE... PERIOD! WE WILL NOT BE UNDERSOLD $ 3000 VALUE THE ODDS ARE INCREDIBLE WIN a trip for four BUY ANY NEW OR USED BOAT, MOTOR AND TRAILER PACKAGE AND BE ENTERED TO WIN A: 2-night, 3-day fishing package for four. Includes cabin, boats, shore lunches & guided fishing! www.reindeerlake.com * LIMITED TIME OFFER, SEE US FOR ENTRY DETAILS Hwy # 2 South Prince Albert 306-763-8100 TOLL FREE 1-877-230-3818 www.trunorthprincealbert.ca Piéces et accessoires SYLVAN, YAMAHA, SMOKERCRAFT, BENNINGTON, ALUMARINE, KINGFISHER ALUMINUM JET BOATS + MORE

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    FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017 n THE NORTHEAST SUN ULTIMATE RV & AUTO 9 Towable RVs Recreational vehicles are nothing less than houses on wheels. Users have the freedom to travel without having to worry about reservations or other inconveniences. If you would like to transform a simple weekend into a real getaway, an RV is the way to go! If you own a vehicle suitable for towing a trailer, here are some of the options open to you: Folding tent-trailers or camping trailers are light weight, compact and have modest price tags. These are the most affordable of the recreational vehicles designed to be towed. Once they are set up, they offer occupants lots of space. A sliding section can be added to increase the floor area, as well as a stove, a refrigerator, a toilet or even a shower! Truck campers are very popular for hunting, fishing or camping trips because they are designed to be installed on top of pick-up trucks. This means that anyone who has a pick-up truck can transform it into an RV. The camping unit is detachable so that the vehicle can be used without having to change the location of the camp. It’s a small but very practical unit. Travel trailers, or fifth-wheels, are de signed to be towed and the choice of camping unit will depend on the vehicle towing it. The advantage of these types of RVs is that while they offer a lot of space and conveniences, the tow vehicle can be freed for other uses such as sightseeing, shopping, etc. Many models come with sliding extensions for additional living space. Toy hauler RVs are more and more popular with outdoor enthusiasts. They offer all the conveniences of a trailer but everything inside can be folded to maximize floor space. This way, all of your adult toys (ATV, motorbike, seadoo, canoe, ski-doo, etc.) can travel inside by using the folding ramp. TIRE MAINTENANCE Tire maintenance a key component Tire maintenance a key component of spring check-up When warm weather arrives, many people enjoy a collective sigh of relief. Just as people welcome the end of the cold, snow and ice, cars and trucks also can benefit from more moderate temperatures. Salt, grime and pot holes can take a toll on tires over the course of a typical winter. Drivers will not get far this spring and summer without tires in good repair, which is why tire maintenance should be part of any seasonal repair checklist. Inflation levels Now is the time to use a tire pressure gauge to see if tires are at the ideal inflation levels. Many tires indicate the recommended PSI (pounds per square inch) on their sidewalls. Cold temperatures may cause tires to deflate a little. Esurance states that winter weather can cause tire pressure reduction at about one PSI for every 10 degrees the temperature drops. Driving on improperly inflated tires can be dangerous, potentially affecting handling and braking distances. Check tires when they are cold for the most accurate reading. Properly inflated tires also will improve fuel economy, so drivers may even save a little money by inflating their tires. of spring check-up. Tire rotation/realignment Examine the tires for tread wear. Any uneven or abnormal tread wear could indicate that the tires need to be rotated and the wheels realigned at the very least. Take the vehicle to a qualified mechanic to get their opinion on how to remedy the situation. Mechanics may recommend rotating tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles, or about every six months for the average driver. Wheel realignment may be necessary after a season of driving over potholes and other irregularities in the road. Misaligned wheels can cause handling problems, like the car “pulling” to one side. Tire replacement Drivers may discover extreme tread wear, bulges or even cracks in the sidewall during a tire inspection. These signs indicate that it’s time to replace the tires. Failing to replace old, worn down tires can increase the risk of automobile accidents. Thorough cleaning Once tires are inspected and possibly serviced or replaced, treat the car or truck to a washing and thorough detailing. This will help tires shine and get the vehicle road-ready for spring trips.

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    10 THE NORTHEAST SUN ULTIMATE RV & AUTO n FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017 Tow cargo safely Learn to tow cargo safely Warm weather is on the horizon, and people from all over are preparing their vehicles for another season of road trips. In addition to packing the interior cargo areas full of equipment and luggage, many road-trippers also haul gear and recreational accessories with them. There's more to towing than hitching a trailer and hitting the open road. A number of factors come into play when towing cargo or another vehicle, including the towing capacity of the vehicle doing the hauling. The following are some safety tips for road trippers hitting the road with trailer in tow. Tow vehicles While many vehicles have towing capabilities, not all of those vehicles are necessarily right for the job. Review the towing capacities of various vehicles depending on the type of trailer that will be towed. A larger, more powerful vehicle may be necessary if you will be towing something large and heavy, such as a boat or a recreational vehicle. You may need You have to ask the right questions in order to find the right RV. more horsepower to maintain a safe driving speed when towing especially heavy cargo. Equipment Different manufacturers offer towing packages equipped to work in concert with your vehicle. Towing packages may include certain types of hitches, batteries, flasher systems, extended-view side mirrors, and even special axles and tires. In many areas, a trailer with a loaded weight of more than 1,500 pounds requires a separate braking system and a breakaway switch located on the tongue The purchase of an RV is a major investment that requires a lot of research. Here are a few questions that will help you to choose the perfect model for your needs: HOW WILL WE USE THE VEHICLE? • Are we always going to be alone or will we have visitors? • Which features and accessories do we want, and which do we really need? • Do we want a trailer, which requires a sufficient towing vehicle, or a selfcontained RV? • Does our budget include the costs of financing, insurance, and gas? • Can we maintain and/or fix it up ourselves or will we have to rely on the dealer? WHEN EXAMINING AN RV FOR SALE, CONSIDER THESE QUESTIONS: • Is the roof designed to facilitate drainage? of the trailer that activates the trailer brakes in the event it separates from the tow vehicle. Having the right equipment can mean the difference between safely towing cargo and getting in an accident. Ability Having a lot of power and the right equipment is not enough to safely tow cargo. Recklessness on the road, which includes driving over the speed limit, is a recipe for an accident. It typically takes time and some practice Continued on page 11 Define your needs before shopping around for an RV • Are there air bubbles under the roof’s membrane? • Are the cabinets and storage spaces well built? This is an indication of the vehicle’s overall quality. • Are the wiring and piping under the RV firmly attached? FINISH OFF BY ASKING VENDORS THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS: • What is the payload capacity of the RV? • What is the insulation factor in the roof, walls, and floor? • What is the wheelbase/length ratio if it’s a travel trailer? • If I weigh more than 100 kg, can I climb on the roof without damaging it? • What makes this RV a better buy than similar models? Good luck shopping!

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