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Episode Info: What’s better than staying home? “Anything” yes, but what about travel? What is available? Are there any deals? Where could you go? Is it safe? Really safe? These questions and more from our returning guests Kristin and Richard Morris of Arizona Cruise and Travel. Also don’t miss Steve’s tips for those long-hauls with a camper and Felecia… Felecia has just a few things to say about keeping it local. Don’t miss it. Episode Recap FRIENDLY TAKEAWAYS: Got to get away? Prepare that vehicle for a road trip! Get smart on traveling during COVID. There are lots of travel deals right now. Shop local and stay away from iBuyer apps. Prepare Your Vehicle for a Family Vacation Deciding to travel this summer is tough in this environment. Kids are already stir crazy. Parents are looking to get out. Many are traveling to see family. So, how do you get your car, camper, or truck ready for some travel? Camping is very popular here in Arizona. How do you get your truck ready to pull a camper? Most campers we see in Arizona are the ones that are towed. It’s just a matter of hooking it up and driving off. You need to prepare your vehicle. Steve has a V-8 Dodge Ram, for example. Trucks were designed to carry the load in the back. When you tow, you need to prep the truck, especially when you’re going up and down these mountains. Take a drive with the trailer on the truck before you load the family up in it. Make sure you’re able to handle it. As for brakes, you need a carbon-metallic brake pad. When brake pads get hot, you can mash down on the brakes, but you won’t stop. You can’t let that happen when you’re coming down the mountain and need to stop suddenly. Another thing is how you load up the trailer. The truck was designed to carry a half-ton either in the truck OR in the trailer. Don’t overload it. Also, you want to make sure your shock absorbers keep up with the increased loads. Account for the bugs. When you drive through the state, bugs get caught in the condenser on the front of your vehicle. If that gets too clogged, it can’t cool the engine down enough. You can buy a long wand on Amazon and blow out the debris forward, out away from the engine. It’s just $30 and hooks up to your garden hose. And of course, before you take off, make sure your vehicle’s fluids are topped off. Don’t put dishwasher fluid! It just bubbles up. Yeah, we’ve seen that. Washer fluid in Arizona isn’t freeze-proof because you can make drugs out of it. So, to buy it, you have to prove you’re from a cold part of the state. You can add a little rubbing alcohol to normal fluid, and it won’t freeze. Make sure your spare tires are good, for both your vehicle and your trailer! They’re cheap. Make sure you get that trailer spare. And don’t forget the lug wrench! Cruises and Other Travel During COVID-19 We all spent time hanging out with our guests Kristin and Richard, a few months back. That was the exact moment that COVID really hit and slowed thi...
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