Author: <span class="vcard">Austin Scollen</span>

The Most Important Things To Consider When Renting a Travel Trailer

Renting a travel trailer, ideally known as a recreational vehicle(RV) is not like renting a typical car. It is more complicated than you would expect, especially if this is your first time. You need to factor in the travel distance, the gas mileage as well as the type of RV you need. It is also possible that you will have to deal with repairs on and off the road. That being said, here are some of the things to consider when renting a travel trailer for your next family vacation.

The Price

Before you rent a travel trailer, you need to consider the price. Renting a recreational vehicle is not cheap, and while it may seem like a better option than purchasing one, it could set you back as much as a traditional family vacation would. If you are comfortable with the price, renting a travel trailer can be an exciting experience for you and your loved ones. It can also help determine if owning one is the ideal choice.

Where To Rent a Travel Trailer

Most of the recreational vehicle dealers throughout the country rent travel trailers. Some car rental companies rent them as well. However, we recommend that you avoid the latter, as well as private car renters. There is so much that can go wrong when renting an RV through a private dealer or a car rental agency. However, when you use an RV dealer, they can help you with everything and will address all of your concerns.

You rent a trailer just like you would rent a car. You can contact the dealers through the phone or set up a reservation online. You choose the type you want, put down a deposit and then pick up the trailer on the day you require it. In most cases with rentals, you have to return the trailer to the place where you picked it up.

Choosing The Travel Trailer To Rent

One of the biggest mistakes that travel enthusiasts out there make is choosing the largest trailer on the lot. The biggest rental will be the most expensive. It is usually best to find a small RV or something in the middle. While the travel trailer will be your travel accommodations for your trip, you will be surprised by what you can get by with when it comes to size.

A general rule of thumb is to bring everyone you intend to travel with to test out the various makes and models. Let them feel comfortable before settling for any model if you want the best experience on the road.

If you are looking for a way to travel in a recreational vehicle and do not want to purchase one, then renting is your best option. Renting can be expensive(more or less the cost of a typical family vacation), but it can be the best way to enjoy a temporary trip to your desired location by road.

The Top 5 Most Reliable Cars in the World

Most people want to have a car that is reliable. This is especially true for people with families and even if you’re a racer. You always want to feel safe when you’re driving so you can enjoy the experience. Every year, a list of the most reliable cars is compiled. Today, we want to share the top models for reliability as voted in 2016.

1. Skoda

At the top of the list, we have Skoda. Skoda has won the first spot for the last 3 years. It keeps improving and every year the problems from the year before, become less and less. If you want reliability in your car, get a Skoda.

2. Suzuki

In second place, we have Suzuki. Suzuki wasn’t always the most popular car, but it has made a name for itself and keeps getting better. It overtook Kia this year and finds itself in a firm second position when it comes to reliability.

3. Kia

Kia was pushed out of second place by Suzuki, but it is still a strong competitor. It is also continuously reducing the number of problems experienced by drivers and still remains strong in the third position.

4. Peugeot

Peugeot has improved so much since last year’s results that it moved up a whole 5 spots. It still needs to improve its problem numbers to contend with the top 3, but we were impressed with its strong push up through the ranks.

5. Volkswagen

One of the world’s most popular cars is the Volkswagen. It is at number 5 this year. It moved up one spot from last year and improved its problem numbers. Not good enough to contend with the big boys yet, but always improving.

Ford and Toyota just missed the top 5 this year, but at least still made the top 10. If you are looking to buy a new model car and want reliability from your vehicle, we suggest a pick from these top 5 cars.

Public Transportation: Why Should You Use It?

Most of you reading this probably love your car and won’t give it up for any reason. Today, we are not asking you to give it up, but to give it a break every now and then. Public transportation has many benefits that you can appreciate. Let’s have a look.
Public transportation…

…can save you money. Owning a car is not a cheap thing. Apart from car payments and insurance, you need to look at gas prices, maintenance, unexpected breakdowns, etc. If you tally these costs, it is really expensive to own a car. Using public transportation is much cheaper, even if you only do it a few days out of the week.

…is safer than a car. Vehicles of all kinds get into accidents, but cars get into way more than buses or trains. If you want to be safer when going to and from work or the store, consider using public transportation. Your chances of getting into an accident is significantly lower than when you drive your own car.

…can create time. Think about the amount of time you spend in your car every day. You can save that time and put it to better use than sitting in traffic and getting frustrated. You can study, read, prep for that meeting, relax, and meet new people. You cannot do that when you drive your own car.

…can save the planet. The world is polluted and the planet is suffering. You would be amazed to learn how much pollution your car is responsible for. If you use public transportation every now and then, you can cut down the effect you have on the planet.

If you love your car and driving too much to give it up, that’s fine. However, consider taking public transportation some days or over the weekend. Your car doesn’t need to collect dust, but you can do yourself and the environment a favour by using it less.

5 Tips for Making Sure Your Ride is Always Looking Good

You would think that people know they have to regularly wash and clean their car and do some minor maintenance every few months…Some people really don’t. So, here for our unaware readers, we share some basic tips on how to keep your car looking good and running like it should.

Clean the inside and outside of the car every month. Apart from the fact that people will think you’re dirty and lazy, washing your car regularly prevents dirt to cause damage. If a car stays dirty for long periods, it will eventually damage the paint and possibly the mechanics. Use a car cleaner and soft cloth to wash the outside without scratching the paint. Clear out any rubbish on the inside and vacuum everything.

Change the oil regularly. There are different opinions about when you should change the oil. One general rule is to change it every 5000 to 7500 miles. You should check often in-between to make sure that your car isn’t damaged because you didn’t top up the oil.

Take care of your tires. You should check your tire pressure at least once a month and any time you think it may be needed. You should also rotate your tires regularly. Every 7500 miles is a good guideline to follow.

Check and replace your brake pads. Brake pads last for a while, but it is important to pay attention to them and know when they need replacing. Worn out brake pads are very dangerous and can result in serious accidents.

Change the air filter. The air filter can also last for quite a while, but it does need to be changed. You can follow the guideline of every 30 000 miles to be safe. If you are unsure, have it checked out by a professional.

If you love your car and want it to last a long time, you need to take good care of it. These are simple things you can do. Make sure you have good insurance and always look to protect your car from the elements.