Caravan or Motor Home? A Buying Guide for Grey Nomads

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

More and more Australian retirees are now seeking an active retirement that involves new adventures and travelling around our beautiful country. If you’re about to join the ranks of the ‘grey nomads’ then you may be considering downsizing your family home and purchasing a new home on wheels in the form of a caravan or motor home. The caravan and motor home industry is huge, with over half a million vehicles on the road. This means that there’s a huge variety of models to choose from, which can be daunting. Here are some questions to ask yourself to narrow your selection choice down. Caravan or motor home? The big difference between caravans and motor homes is that caravans require towing by a car, while motor homes are all-in-one. Motor homes generally offer more space than a caravan, but cost more in fuel to operate. They are also more expensive to buy. The benefit of caravans is that you can unhitch your car and leave the caravan behind at the camp ground if you want to explore the local area. Therefore, a caravan is a better option if you are planning to spend substantial amounts of time in places that you visit. How many berths? Both caravans and motor homes generally offer from two to six berths. The difference in price from a small two berth up to a large family sized six berth is considerable. Therefore, it’s important to really consider your needs before you make a final decision. If you’re going to regularly have extra people staying with you then it’s worth considering four or more berths. If, however, you will only have visitors very occasionally then you can probably get away with a smaller two berth, and a small annexe that can be put up when you have company. Do you need an onboard bathroom? The more expensive models of caravans and motor homes include onboard bathrooms. These generally include hand basins, a toilet, and a shower. A small washing machine can also be included. Truly luxurious motor homes can sometimes include a spa bath as well. You can determine how many features they can have by talking to caravan providers such as The Caravan Company Pty Ltd. Most camping parks have excellent bathroom and laundry amenities, so if you’re happy with communal spaces then you may not feel the need to pay the premium for an onboard bathroom. If you’re not keen on sharing a shower and toilet with other people, or if you’re planning on spending most of your time in more remote areas that don’t provide amenities, then an onboard bathroom is probably a good idea. With the enormous amount of options available, you’re certain to find a caravan or motor home model that will fit your needs perfectly. Then all that’s left to do is to hit the road in your new home-away-from-home,...

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4 Reasons Your Windscreen May Need Replacing

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

A car’s windscreen is by far its most delicate external component. Because of this, it is very important you take care of your windscreen and replace it whenever necessary. Windscreen replacement is not as expensive as most expect; if you take into account quality, replacements are cheaper now than ever. The overwhelming majority of windscreens can be replaced in a relatively short time. Also, in Australia, you can be fined for having a damaged windscreen, so there is really no reason to procrastinate getting it fixed. There is a variety of reasons your windscreen may need replacing, here are four of the most common motives: Scratches Significantly scratched windscreens are not only aesthetically unpleasing, but can also lead to distraction of drivers through visual distortion and obstruction. Scratches can normally be cheap to cover, and sometimes can even be polished off at home. However, occasionally this is not the case. If your windscreen is covered by deep scratches which obstruct your view while driving, a windscreen replacement may be needed. Chips Having a chip in your windscreen can be very annoying, and also very risky. A chip in your windscreen, if left to fester, can quickly lead to cracking. If your windscreen gets chipped, you should cover the chipped area with tape, to slow the spread of cracks, and look at getting it fixed as soon as possible. Most windscreen chips can be filled with resin at a low price. However, some chips, if deep enough, can’t be filled, and may lead to you having to replace your windscreen. Cracks Driving with a cracked windscreen to anywhere other than a garage is simply not worth it. Cracks can spread rapidly across your windscreen, and it’s hard to tell how deep the crack actually is. If a crack obstructs your view, it is not only dangerous, but could also lead to you being fined. Sometimes, a windscreen replacement isn’t absolutely necessary. However, a cracked windscreen, more often than not, needs to be completely replaced, and should be attended to as soon as possible. The crack will only spread, increasing the chances of an accident occurring. Ageing Many older windscreens are made of unsafe, out-dated materials, such as ordinary window glass, which is a lot less safe than modern windscreens. Newer windscreens often have safety seals and lamination, which greatly decrease the chances of serious injury caused by windscreen shattering. There is really no point taking the risks, especially with almost all windscreens having replacement...

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3 Advantageous Maintenance Steps For Car Owners

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

If you have a car, it’s important to maintain it over the years. Otherwise, it will break down and not function correctly. Thanks to these steps, you can keep your car working and looking great. Check Transmission Oil Level One of the most important things in your car is the transmission oil, as this lubricates moving parts and prevents the transmission from overheating. For the oil to work properly, it needs to be at the right level. First, park your car and turn it off. Open the hood and locate the dipstick. Pull this out and wipe it off, and then put it back into the transmission pipe. Then, pull it out again, seeing where the oil level is. If the oil is below the “full” line, more oil will need to be added to your car. This can be done in a professional, safe manner when you take your car into a transmission service shop. Keep Tyres At The Right PSI If your tyres are not aired up correctly, you may experience handling problems while driving. This increases your chances of getting into a wreck. You can check each tyre’s pressure with ease when you use a digital tire pressure gauge. These gauges feature a lighted nozzle and display screen, helping you easily use these gauges in low light conditions. Put this gauge on the valve stem of each tyre, and check the PSI number. Compare these numbers with the ideal PSI range, which can be found in your vehicle’s owner manual. If your tyres are not aired up enough, you can use an electric air compressor. These compressors can be found at a service station. Repair Cracks On Windshield After driving your car for a couple of years, cracks may start to develop on the windshield. This happens sometimes when you rustle up rocks on the road. You can repair these cracks with ease, fortunately, when you use a clear glass crack resin. This resin solution is temperature-resistant, so no matter how hot or cold it gets outside, this solution will not break apart. Fill in any cracks with this resin solution and give it a day to dry. The crack will not be visible anymore, helping enhance the look and safety of your car. If you own a car, you know that keeping it in good condition is important. This is possible when you take the steps listed above, which will save you from costly repairs in the future. If you notice other issues during your maintenance routine, visit an auto shop like Precision Automatic Transmissions for additional...

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