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Comparative Shopping Prices for RV Covers
Which RV Cover Will Protect My Motor Home Investment?
What Are the Adavntages and Disadvantages of Each RV Model?
Why Do I Need a Pontoon Cover?
The Top 10 Reasons to Buy an RV Cover
How to Re-Deck the Pontoon with New Carpeting
How to Replace Your Pontoon Vinyl Seats ans $ave You Money, Too
The Best Kept Secret in South Carolina, Hunting Island State Park
The Top 10 Tire Tips
Press Release for RV Covers Protect
RV Covers for the Hot Days of Summer
Troubleshooting Your Snowmobile Before the First Ride
Pontoons, the Good , the Bad , and the Ugly
The Best RV Covers Are Made of Ripstop Fabric
Comparative Shopping Prices for RV Covers

Comparative Shopping Prices for RV Covers

Are you searching for an RV cover to protect your RV when it is not in use? There are so many RV covers for sale on the Internet and the prices stretch from one end of the spectrum to another, but there are several ways to save money.  To begin with there are two important facts to consider that could save you a great deal of money when buying your RV cover over the Internet. The state that you live in could determine whether or not you pay state taxes. If the Internet company is located in a state other than your own, then it is possible that you won’t be charged a state tax. With the cost of covers ranging from $200 - $500, you could be saving between $12 and $35. The next money – saver to consider is whether the company pays for shipping. If you are dealing with an Internet company that provides free shipping then you could save yourself approximately $40 - $50. That is some serious savings.  Since every Internet e-commerce business is different, you will have to research these two bits of information your self.

 

To start with you must decide on the type of fit you want for your cover: contour fit, custom fit, or universal cover. A universal cover is like a generic “one size fits all” mass produced covers. The contour fit is made to the overall general dimensions of the average RV of that size. Custom fit covers are made to the exact the dimensions of your RV.  In my research I have fount that many RV cover sites refer to their covers as custom- fit when they are actually contour-fit.  Both the contour fit and custom-fit covers are made to fit the RV better with less movement thereby reducing the wear on the RV. With a custom fit cover there is better access to the doors and they have the better warranties. You will be able to tell when you research an actual custom fit cover, the price is definitely higher than either the universal fit or the contour-fit.

 

Next you should decide what fabric will provide the most benefits. Most covers today are made of polypropylene. RV covers made of polypropylene are made of a single-layer of fabric. It is an affordable, all weather protection that is water-repellent yet breathes to reduce mold and mildew. These covers have elasticized corners that provide a custom fit. This RV cover is not recommended for areas of winter snow or intense summer heat. There is a 2 year warranty on these covers.  Then the PolyPro III™ fabric came along. It now is a three ply breathable fabric that keeps out rain and snow while venting inside water vapor and condensation. PolyPro III™ has a three year warranty. Then with time and improvements in polypropylene, extra strength PolyX 300™ came into existence. This fabric provides superior protection from the elements, is tear-resistant, and has a four year warranty. Then the final fabric comes from Goldline. The material that Goldline uses is a heavy-duty 6 oz. woven true loom polyester with a state-of-the-art marine-grade finish. This fabric is water repellant and UV and mildew resistant. This fabric helps protect your RV paint color especially in desert areas or any area that has a high exposure to UV light. It comes with a 5-year warranty!

 

This led me to do some comparative shopping. Here you will find a variety of RV covers, their characteristics, warranties, and cost. I randomly picked a 28 ft fifth wheel to use for my comparison.

 

Aqua Shed Cover

  • Universal fit or custom fit
  • Designed for rainy and moderate climates
  • Three layers of fabric
  • Virtually waterproof, lets the moisture escape
  • Great for the northern US and Canada
  • 2 year warranty
  • $329.99  ($165 per year of warranty)

 

Designer RV Cover

  • Universal fit
  • Intense sun and snowy weather
  • Blocks 99.8% of sun’s UV rays
  • Three layers of fabric
  • Air vents to prevent billowing
  • 2 year warranty
  • $409.99 ($205 per year of warranty)

 

Tyvek RV Cover

  • Custom fit or contour fit
  • Intense sunny & snowy weather
  • Blocks 99.8% UV rays
  • Especially effective in dusty weather
  • Bright white reflects the infrared heat to keep the RV cooler
  • Blocks abrasive dirt and dust to preserve the vehicles finish
  • Resists solvents alkalines, and acids found in bird droppings and acid rain
  • 4 year warranty
  • $415.84 ($104 per year of warranty)

 

Sunbrella RV Cover

  • Custom fit or contour fit
  • Cover is great for all climates
  • Solution dyed fabric prevents sun, wind and rain from altering the cover’s color
  • Made of acrylic yarns that resist mold and mildew
  • Unlike other fibers, it resists moisture, mildew, and won't harden or crack
  • Breathable fabric that allows moisture to escape
  • Sunbrella is the premiere name in durable long life outdoor fabrics
  • 5 year warranty
  • $511.84 ($102 per year of warranty)

 

Expedition RV Cover

  • Universal fit
  • Polypropylene fabric, super duty UV material with elastic corners
  • Vented triple layer roof that allows moisture out while keeping dryness in
  • Zippered panels let you access the front, back, and sides. Roll up and Velcro into place
  • Lasts longer than a Tyvek cover
  • Auto release moisture vents reduce wind lofting
  • 3 year warranty
  • $240.31 ($80 per year of warranty)

 

Goldline RV Cover

  • Semi- custom fit (contour fit) woven, breathable polyester
  • UV and water resistant that deflects the sun’s rays
  • Stronger than Sunbrella and Tyvek covers
  • Zippers provide front and rear access
  • Attached buckle with 12 ft strap for the zipper
  • Elasticized front and rear hems for snug fit
  • Reinforcement kit to provide extra protection against the damage of sharp points and stress areas
  • Comes with 12 zippered openings for doors
  • Marine grade finish that is highly water repellent
  • Perfect on a trip in the desert region, or any other area where there is high UV ray exposure.
  • 5 year warranty
  • $445.99 ($89 per year of warranty)

 

PolyPro III RV Cover

  • Semi- custom fit (contour fit) with thick, triple-ply PolyPro III™ fabric top keeps out rain and snow while venting inside water vapor and condensation
  • Cover protects against rain, snow, UV rays, dirt, nicks and scratches
  • Integrated air vent system, combined with a wicking PolyPro III™ top and quick-drying PolyPro™ sides, reduce wind stress and vent inside moisture
  • Zippered panels allows access to camper door
  • Adjustable front and rear tension panels and elasticized hem corners provide a custom fit
  • Full cut to allow room for ladders, air conditioners, etc.
  • Back panel can be held open by snaps
  • Integrated rope attachment system and a provided toss bag help reduce crawling under the camper
  • Stuff sack and tie-down rope included
  • 3 year warranty
  • $ 277.99 ($93 per year of warranty)

 

Poly X 300 RV Cover

  • Semi-custom fit (contour fit) with extra strength PolyX 300™ fabric provides superior tear resistance and high strength with less bulk, making installation even easier
  • Repels water and protects against UV damage and dirt
  • Integrated air vent system and quick drying PolyX 300™ fabric combine to reduce wind stress and vent inside moisture
  • Zippered panels allow access to RV doors
  • Extra long zipper pulls help reduce the need for a ladder
  • Adjustable front and rear tension panels and elasticized hem corners provide a custom fit
  • Integrated strap attachment and weighted toss bag system eliminates crawling under the RV to install attachment straps
  • Tension panel connection system reduces stress on the cover when tightening straps
  • Special compression stuff sack system reduces bulk for storage
  • Four year warranty
  • $359.99 ($90 per year of warranty)

 

ADCO Custom Fit RV Covers

  • Custom fit
  • Choose from the following materials: SFS AquaShed, Dupont’s Tyvek, or Sunbrella

Name of Material

Warranty

Cost for Custom fit cover

SFS AquaShed

3 years

$1512 ($504 per yr of warranty)

Dupont’s Tyvek

4 years

$2072 ($518 per yr of warranty)

Sunbrella

5 years

$1400 ($280 per yr of warranty)

 

 

Now that you have the facts before you, there are a few points you must consider before you make your final decision. In my opinion the warranty is the selling point for me. If you have a company that stands behind their product then the warranty is a major selling point. For that reason I have given you a rate per year for your RV cover. Don’t forget to figure in the sales tax and shipping cost. At this point you are ready to make an intelligent decision for buying the RV cover with the most benefits for you and your pocketbook.

Which RV Cover Will Protect My Motor Home Investment?

Which RV Cover Will Protect My Motor Home Investment?

Which RV Cover Will Protect My Motor Home Investment?

 

After the fun-filled travel season’s over and it’s time to head home and put the RV away for the winter, it’s time to also consider what is the best way to store your home-away-from-home. As much as you enjoyed the past travel season, you want to ensure that the next time we are ready to roll, our RV is ready as well.  In that case have your considered an RV cover?

The first thing you want to do when you arrive home is clean the exterior of the motor home for the winter. Remember to work your way down to the tires. Clean the roof first. Use warm water and a mild detergent. Use a soft brush on the entire body. The goal of cleaning the roof is to remove the white chalky residue that sometimes marks the exterior after a heavy rain. Don’t get over zealous because rubber roofs have an oxidized layer to protect the surface. Just get the chalky white build-up.

If your RV is stored under trees you might have a problem with bird droppings and tree sap. Prior to washing the sides of the vehicle, liberally spray the infected area with an oily base like spray cooking oil or WD40. Leave this on for approximately 10 minutes and then wash as usual.

Once the RV is clean and dry, it is ready for storage, but what is the best cover for your summer home?

Here are a few questions you might ask yourself:

 Is it OK to cover my RV with a plastic tarp?
Do not use a plastic tarp to cover your RV especially in high heat areas because the plastic cannot breathe. Most commercial tarps are made of plastic. Without a breathable fabric, it has been suggested that tarps may cause damage to the inside your motor home or camper.

What is the best fabric to choose?
Here is a summary of the three most commonly sold fabrics for the RV.

Polypropylene

            This cover is a single-layer of fabric. It is an affordable, all weather protection that is water-repellent yet breathes to reduce mold and mildew. It has elasticized corners that provide a custom fit. This cover is not recommended for areas of winter snow or intense summer heat. This single-layer cover will not last as long as multi-layer fabrics, but it does have a two year warranty.

PolyProIII

            This cover has triple-layered, reflective white polypropylene top with breathable single layered polypropylene sides. It protects against rain, snow, UV rays, dirt, nicks and scratches. The air vent system reduces wind lofting and inside moisture. It has full height zippered panels that allow full access to the vehicle’s interior and its elastic hemmed corners provide a custom fit. It protects the RV in the harshest of weather and has a three year warranty.

PolyX300

            This covers provides the toughest combination of weather protection and superior tear resistance. There is less bulk so it is easier to install. This heavy duty fabric repels water and protects against UV damage and dirt. This superior fabric dries quickly and is fully breathable to protect against mold and mildew. It has adjustable front and rear tension panels and elasticized hemmed corners to provide a custom fit. The integrated strap system with the tension panel connection system reduces stress on the cover when tightening the straps. This cover includes a compression storage bag and a 4-year warranty.

How do I measure my RV for the best fit?

Measure you RV from end to end. Include the bumpers, the air conditioning unit, spare tire, and the ladder to determine best cover needed for a proper fit. Do not rely on manufacturer’s specifications. You want the cover to fit loosely.

 

Just like your truck or automobile, dust, dirt, leaves, and debris collects in all the crooks and crannies of the vehicle. When springtime arrives and you are ready for your next adventure, the RV cover will have kept your RV looking like it just rolled out of the factory. Just remove the cover and go.

 

 

Article Summary:

After your automobile, your recreational vehicle is probably the largest financial investment you have made, just below that of your home. To keep your RV in premium condition there are a few things you can do to have it show room ready for the next adventure. Probably the most cost efficient protection you can provide for this vehicle is an RV Cover, but what type of cover will provide the best protection? Four types of covers (tarps, polypropylene, PolyProIII and PolyX300) are discussed.

What Are the Advantages & Disadvantages of Each RV Model?

What Are the Advantages & Disadvantages of Each RV Model?

What Are the Advantages & Disadvantages of Each RV Model?

Class A

The Class A RV is the most prestigious of all the RVs on the market. The advantages to this RV are that there is always a market when you get ready to sell and there are many used models to choose from when buying. The newer Class A's are very safe vehicles, your family can even move around in the vehicle while you are driving. Class A's are easy to finance & insure and they have good repair records. This type of RV makes it very easy to "boon dock" (park anywhere without electrical hook-ups). You just pull up to wherever you want to go and have dinner that was prepared while you drove or just go to sleep. You never have to get out of your RV to set up because you are self-sufficient.

The greatest disadvantages to the Class A are that they are also the most expensive. Many of the new Class A's get less than 7 mpg and the older ones may not even get more than 5 mpg. Every time you want to go somewhere you must break everything down unless you have towed a vehicle, but that makes your vehicle harder to drive and more difficult to steer. Many people find the Class A RVs impossible to back up and intimidating to drive. When major repairs are needed on the road, you are forced into a hotel until your "home" and your "transportation" is repaired.

Class B

The Class B RV is sometimes referred to as a conversion van. Because they are basically a truck, parts are easy to find and most mechanics can do the repairs. They are the easiest to drive, park, or fit into off-road locations that are impossible to get to with the larger RVs. The Class B offers great gas mileage as compared to the other RVs, and they are fast on the road.

The Class B is the most expensive per square foot and has very tiny storage compartments. They are best for one person but two could possibly handle a weekend together - more that a weekend might cause serious damage to your relationship. Some of the replacement appliances are hard to find because they were made for small accommodations. When it comes to staying in a campground, you will probably pay the same as a motor coach would for the same space. The front window will require a windshield cover to provide privacy & to reflect the UV rays.

Class C

The Class C RV is a recreational vehicle built on the frame of a van or truck. The advantages to this type of RV are that it is usually easier to get parts and repair work done. They offer the family the same conveniences of the Class A RV as far as the living space while being more economically priced than the Class A. They usually have better sleeping for families with an overhead sleeper with a queen size mattress. They are ideal for long camping trips with large families. The Class C does not intimidate the driver like a Class A since it is more like driving a truck or van than a bus. As a used vehicle they are often easy to find and can be purchased at a reasonably cheap price. They are especially well-kept if the owner has purchased a RV cover to protect the exterior.

The disadvantages of the Class C are that their price seems to depreciate faster than their big brother, the Class A, and the storage space is considerably smaller than the Class A. They do not have the luxury look of the Class A as they will always be more of a camper than a coach. The front windows in the cab sometimes leak where the overhead are is mounted and the windows will need a windshield cover to provide privacy for the occupants and to keep the cab cool.

Travel Trailer

The advantages of the travel trailer are many. The travel trailer provides a single level floor plan as compared to the fifth wheel's upper level bedroom. If you are using a truck to tow the RV then you have not forfeited the use of the truck bed as you do with the fifth wheel. Some of the smaller, light weight models can be towed by a large car or van. The travel trailer costs much less that the motorized RVs. This is especially important if you need to have repairs done on the RV. In this case you can leave the RV to be repaired and still have the use of your truck or van. In addition when you pull into your vacation spot and set up for your stay, you have the truck or van to move about and visit other destinations.

The disadvantages for these RVs come from driving the travel trailer. The larger travel trailers have quite a bit of sway and handling problems. These are the most difficult to steer, drive, and brake of all the RV types. Slow and cautious driving is recommended. Trailers of any type (fifth wheel or travel trailer) do not have the luxurious look of the motor coach.

Toy Hauler

The toy hauler was designed for families and sports enthusiasts. There is a large cargo room in the rear that allows you to take your bicycles, motorcycles, snowmobiles, jet skis, or other outdoor recreational vehicles to places like the desert, forest, or boondocks. It is like carrying your garage with you. The garage of your toy hauler can be also used to house extra beds for larger families or your guests. You can even add a toy hauler screen to provide a shaded area that keeps out the mosquitoes and all other insects.

Something to consider if you are thinking about purchasing a toy hauler is if you have a vehicle that can pull the weight of the combined RV and toy hauler with a full garage. The weight of the RV and all of your toys will require the largest eight-cylinder or a heavy duty 250 or even a Cummings diesel.

Fifth Wheel

The fifth wheel costs less than the motorized RVs as far as the square footage is concerned. Some people like the split level floor plan that is caused by the hitch set-up. The newer fifth wheels have multiple slide outs. These slide out extend the square footage which will allow you to stay in one location for many weeks without wanting to kill on another. The 5th wheel's raised neck section (called the goose-neck) connects over the bed of the tow vehicle to the fifth-wheel hitch. This hitch design reduces the overall length of the vehicle and because a large majority of the weight is over the rear axle of the truck, it improves the traction and handling of both vehicles. In the event the trailer needs repairs, the 5th wheel trailer can be left at the repair shop while you still have the use of your truck. In addition when you arrive at your destination and have set up for your stay, you have a truck that can take you wherever your dreams take you. This is much easier than driving a huge motor home to go to a nearby grocery store for a few items.

There are a few disadvantages to the fifth wheel. One is that the 5th wheel rides higher than the travel trailer so it tends to be blown around a little on the highways and in severe storms. The fifth wheel hitch limits the use of the truck bed for hauling large items and a fifth wheel cannot be hauled by a car or van.

Mary Speir, President of Mary's Online Enterprises, Inc.

For your choice of RV Covers that protect your investment, go to http://www.RVCoversProtect.com

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Why Do I Need a Pontoon Cover?

Why Do I Need a Pontoon Cover?

Why Do I Need a Pontoon Cover?

After my first trip on the river this spring, I could see so much neglect on boats and pontoons that have been sitting at the docks since last summer. The upholstery on the pontoons and jet skis is cracking and peeling and the foam seating is exposed; therefore, it is rotting away. It is hard to believe, but a great deal of damage occurs on a boat when it is not in use. Whether due to the elements or to the fact that things do fall apart, your boat will decline in condition even when it is just sitting around unused. If you want your boat to last 5 years, 10 years, and beyond, you need to invest in a nice cover.

Nothing can completely preserve your boat, but using a pontoon boat cover can go a long way toward this goal. A cover keeps the floors and upholstery in top condition. When looking for a cover for your pontoon, it is necessary to have one that allows the air to circulating when your pontoon is covered. Without air vents in the cover, the result will be mold and mildew that create unpleasant smells and discoloration of the seats. To prevent this from happening, you need a pontoon boat cover that is specially designed to protect your boat and make sure that it stays in top condition when stored for several months on end. You need a heavy-duty fabric that has maximum water resistance and repellency, won't shrink or stretch, and is resistant to mildew and UV damage.

I know the cover does not seem like the most important thing you need for your boat especially in the beginning, but three years from now when the upholstery is cracked, torn, and uncomfortable to sit on, you will wish you had taken care of this. Not only will it keep your boat safe, but it will also save you money. Several years ago my husband & I purchased a 10 year old pontoon boat. The pontoon had been sheltered but after 10 years the seats were in terrible shape. After searching the area for a marine seamstress we found that it is not easy to find someone who can re-upholster your pontoon seats and it is even harder to find one who will do it for a price you can afford. The quote we received for four seats was $1200. Of course, this could have been avoided. A pontoon cover ranges in cost from $100 to $180 (depending on the size of your pontoon boat) and it has a four year warranty.

In addition you should consider spending a little more (up to $300) that keeps your boat safe during transit.Considerpurchasing a high-strength marine canvas with a five year warranty that is designed for extra durability and all weather protection. An integrated buckle & strap system with adjustable straps will give you a tight custom fit for storage and you can trailer your pontoon back and forth to the river. A boat that is trailered without a cover will age very quickly, even if it only travels short distances. In the long run, doing this over and over will cause the boat to decline much more rapidly than it otherwise would.

Mary Speir, President of Mary's Online Enterprises, Inc.
For your choice of RV Covers (including pontoon covers) that protect your investment, go to http://www.RVCoversProtect.com

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Top 10 Reasons to Buy an RV Cover

Top 10 Reasons to Buy an RV Cover

The Top 10 Reasons to Buy an RV Cover

# 10. The covers come with a compression storage bag. This bag can store the cover when it is not protecting your RV.

# 9. The cover will keep the neighbors' kids out of your RV. You know how kids are. They are always wanting to check out what other people have. Nothing is worse than finding out that your RV has become the neighborhood's club house.

# 8. The cover will protect the exterior from the wind damage that is a result of a tornado! Recently a tornado blew through our neighborhood. Tree branches, among other things, were flying everywhere. The cover tore but the RV was still in pristine condition without the marks and damages created from flying debris. Remember, there is a multi-year warranty on the cover.

# 7. The cover will keep you from having to wash the RV repeatedly. When you finish washing the RV, throw the cover on it and whether it is one for a week or three months, when the cover comes off the RV is still clean.

# 6. The cover comes in a variety of polypropylene fabrics and sizes. The covers come in grey and white and give your RV a custom fit whether you have a truck camper or a Class A motor home.

# 5. The cover keeps tree sap and bird droppings from ruining the paint and detailing of the RV. When spring reaches it peak, the sap will be flowing out of the trees and the birds will be singing overhead and leaving their lunch on your vehicles if you are not the proud owner of an RV cover.

# 4. The cover eliminates black streaks. With a cover the roof is protected which means you won't have the worry of the black streaks appearing down your RV's sides.

# 3. The cover keeps the noisy neighbors from being jealous of your rig. If your neighbors have RV envy then it is probably best to keep your clean RV covered and out of their sights.

# 2. The covers are much less expensive and more convenient than an off-site RV storage. Consider the monthly costs of storing your rig in RV storage. The cost of one cover is probably equal to that of less than eight months of storage.

And finally the # 1 reason to buy an RV cover is...

# 1 The cover preserves the resale value of your investment! When you are ready to upgrade to a newer model, you will have more money in your pocket to purchase it!

Mary Speir, President of Mary's Online Enterprises, Inc.
For your choice of RV Covers that protect your investment, go to http://www.RVCoversProtect.com

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Mary_Speir


How to Replace Your Pontoon’s Vinyl Seats and $ave Money, To

How to Replace Your Pontoon’s Vinyl Seats and $ave Money, To

When my husband and I purchased a 1998 Fisher pontoon boat for what we thought was a steal, the first thing we needed to do is replace the dry-rotted vinyl on all the seats. The pontoon had been sitting in the sun for eight years and every seat had vinyl that was cracked and split with the foam rubber padding exposed, rotting, and disintegrating each time it was touched. It did not provide for a comfortable seating arrangement; after all, the reason you purchase a pontoon is to be able to take all your friends along with you on the river. When we visited the nearby marine upholstery shop we were shocked to discover that it was going to cost upwards of $1200 to have someone else reupholster our boat. As a mediocre seamstress I decided that I would look into doing the job myself.

 

Materials needed for this project: sharpened heavy duty scissors, marine vinyl, heavy duty leather needles for your sewing machine, heavy duty thread, sheets of foam rubber (1” thick), foam adhesive,  stainless steel pins, a durable seam ripper, staple gun,  stainless steel staples, long handled screw driver, pliers, power screwdriver, zip lock bags, a marker,

 

Step 1

First I visited my near-by cloth shop to see what they had available. After checking the Internet for marine vinyl I was surprised to find a wide variety of colors at Hancock Fabrics and the cost was reasonable, better than the online prices. If your cloth shop does not have marine vinyl, ask them if they could order it for you.  With that stated let me remind you that dark colors attract and hold the heat. They also fade quickly so I would suggest for your comfort and for the wear choose a light color like cream or white. While there I also purchased heavy duty leather needles for my Singer sewing machine. That’s right, I used my old sewing machine to do all the work, but buy at least two packages of the needles for leather. I would also purchase the longest pins the store carries. Look for the foam rubber in the store. Purchase several sheets of the flat 1” thick foam that can be placed over the worn, disintegrating foam that has been exposed to the sun.

 

Step 2

Remove the seats from the boat and disassemble the seats, such as the seat cushion, backrests and any other covered pieces. Begin by first removing all of the hardware that attached each seat to the boat. Thank goodness for power screwdrivers! Once the hardware is removed from the seat, place them in one of the zip lock bags and label it for each seat. This way you will not lose anything and it will make it easier to put the seats back and ensure a good fit.


Step 3
When the seats are disassembled, the next step is to remove the covers from the seating frame. Turn the seats upside down and remove the fabric by lifting the staples from underneath. In my case my frame was plastic, still in very good shape, and it was relatively easy to remove the staples. Using the pliers and screwdriver, remove the covers by inserting a long-handled screwdriver under the seam and simply lifting the staples out of the frame.

 

Step 4

The easiest way to reupholster a boat seat is to use the old fabric as a pattern for your new fabric. Using a seam ripper, carefully separate the cover into the pattern pieces. Lay the fabric down on a large flat surface and lay the old fabric face down on top. I then used a marker to trace an outline of the pattern on to the vinyl, but if you feel confident go ahead and cut the new fabric by tracing around the edges of the pattern. I gave myself an additional ½ inch allowance around the outside of each pattern piece. I would also suggest that you make each seat one at a time so that you don’t get your pieces mixed up. Pin the pieces together like they came apart and sew the pieces together. The first seat will be the hardest and with each additional seat you will get better with experience. With that in mind, decide which of your seats you want to look the best and do those last.


Step 5

Once you have completed the cover it is time to check the foam. If the underlying foam is in good condition then you are ready to re-cover it. If not, cut away the rotting foam and using foam adhesive glue the old and new foam together trying to maintain the original shape.

 

Step 6

At this point you are going to need a partner to pull the cover over the foam and pull it tightly back into position. Pull tightly to remove the wrinkles. The vinyl can take a great deal of pulling. Once it is in position, staple with the stainless steel staples. Stainless steel staples are more expensive but they will not rust and ruin your vinyl once you are back on the water. Place a staple at four equal points on the frame, then pull and staple the fabric all around the seat.

Step 7

Replace the seats back into the boat. Step back and admire your handiwork. You have just saved yourself a ton of money. In my case I was able to save approximately $950 by doing it myself.

 

Step 8

Now it is time to protect your almost new pontoon with the purchase of a low cost, 4 or 5 year warranty pontoon cover.  This should eliminate the extra cleaning needed due to the pelican’s last fly-over or the rapid deterioration and fading of the vinyl that has been left out in the sun for long periods of time.

How to Re-deck the Pontoon with New Carpeting

How to Re-deck the Pontoon with New Carpeting

When my husband and I purchased a 1998 Fisher pontoon boat for what we thought was a steal, one of the first things we needed to do is replace the dry-rotted carpet. The pontoon had been sitting in the sun for ten years and the carpet was torn and had areas of dry-rot. As soon as the boat season was over my husband started tearing down the pontoon. Here is what we did to bring an old pontoon back to life.

 

Materials that could be needed for this project: camera, paper  & marker, zip-loc bags, treated plywood to cover the deck, stainless steel hardware, carpeting (marine or indoor/outdoor), power drill, cordless screwdriver, carpet glue, paint roller or trowel, floor roller or rolling pin, sharp scraper, sandpaper, clamps, stainless steel staples & a stapler,

Step 1

Take pictures of your pontoon so that you have a visual memory of where things go. Use zip lock bags and labels to keep track of all the hardware. Disconnect all the wiring to the console and labeled it to be sure that you will be able to re-connect everything properly.

Step 2

Draw a diagram of the deck and include precise measurements. Then go back and measure again to be sure you have it all right.

Step 3

Check all the under deck wiring and the hardware to make sure that everything is tight. Be sure to pay special attention to the fittings in the transom area where most loose bolts are found.

Step 4

Remove the furniture, railings and the edge cap.

Step 5

If the deck is questionable, tear it out and replace it with CCA-treated plywood . This material is a chemically-treated wood that excels in weathering harsh marine conditions and has an incredibly long lifespan. Lay all the new sheets of treated plywood on top of the old plywood to mark all the areas that need to be cut, marked, or drilled. Then remove the old plywood. Place the new plywood on the cross members. Install the fasteners on the cross members where the wood is not butted together. Use at least three fasteners on the entire cross members.

Once your deck is finished, sweep or blow off any debris to be sure it is clean before installing the carpet.

Step 6

Roll out the carpet on your clean deck to insure that you have enough to cover the deck, and then put it somewhere handy until it is needed. If the carpet came on a heavy duty cardboard roll, save it for later to use as a roller. The color of your carpet is a very important detail to consider. Remember that dark colors attract and hold the heat. Light colors will get dirty faster but they will not require you to wear your shoes because the carpet is too hot to walk on.

Step 7

If your plywood is still in good condition, you will need to remove the old carpeting. Use a sharp knife and cut the carpet in strips at the deck joints and pull the strips up by hand. There's a good chance that some bits of carpet backing or other residue will be left over and you don't want lumps in your new carpet, so use a sharp instrument and scrape off as much of this stuff as possible. Some bits might stubbornly refuse to come off with a knife, so you may want to use a heat gun and a scraper to remove the residue. In extreme cases, you might have to sand off the residue with sandpaper or even a belt sander.

Step 8

Use a paint roller to apply a liberal amount of glue on the deck. Two gallons of glue are recommended for a 16 foot deck. Allow the water to “flash out” of the glue before applying the carpet.

Step 9

When the glue is tacky to the touch but before it turns clear, apply the carpet. This should be done when the temperature ranges above 60° F and when the humidity is not too high. The cooler the temperatures (and the higher the humidity), the longer it will take for the glue to dry. It is suggested that you have the deck out of the elements and you wait at least 24 hours even when all the conditions are optimal.

Step 10

Lay the carpet down in the rear first. Roll out the carpet flush with the edge. Keep it tight and straight. Work out the wrinkles with your hands by pulling the carpet toward the front and sides. An efficient way to install the carpeting is to lay the carpet down all at once, fold one half of the carpet back, and apply the glue while paying special attention to coat the edges. Then, lay the glued half down and use a roller to smooth out any air bubbles. Repeat this process on the second half of the carpet. The glue should dry in an hour or so.

Step 11

Staple the carpet along the rear with stainless steel staples

Step 12

Using a floor roller, rolling pin, or even the cardboard tubing the carpet came on, roll the carpet to ensure that the carpet is in contact with the plywood.

Step 13

Staple the rest of the edges and trim any excess carpet. Install the edge cap first. Set the entire rail on the deck and align it in position. Use clamps to keep it in place. Some people suggest that you use all new stainless steel hardware. In our case we were able to re-use the hardware that we removed.

Step 14

Pull out the pictures to use to re-install the hardware. Start with the edge cap then place the railing back in its proper location. Clamp the railings in place.  Set all furniture on the deck and fasten it down using stainless steel fasteners with fender washers.

Step 15

Re-install the steering, throttle, and shift cables. Re-inspect the pontoon’s steering by turning the steering left and right  prior to the next launch to insure a safe maiden voyage in your almost new pontoon.

Step 16

Now it is time to protect your almost new pontoon with the purchase of a low cost, 4 or 5 year warranty pontoon cover.  This cover should eliminate the extra cleaning needed after the last rain storm or the seagull’s last fly-over and it will sustain the look of your new carpet for a reasonable length of time instead of showing the rapid deterioration of the carpet that has been left out in the sun for long periods of time.

You can visit the following website that will show a video about Re-decking Your Pontoon at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi3RGJgZDfY Redecking Your Pontoon

The Best Kept Secret in SC, Hunting Island State Park

The Best Kept Secret in SC, Hunting Island State Park

The Best Kept Secret in South Carolina, Hunting Island State Park

When it is time to remove your RV cover and take the family on an excursion, one of the best sites is the Hunting Island State Park near Beaufort, South Carolina. The breeze off the ocean is terrific and you can hear the surf at night. Although erosion is slowly taking the beach away on Hunting Island, there are still several sites along the beach. If you're camping in a tent, they're fairly easy to get. If you're in an RV, plan to book your site 11 months in advance. Even if you are unable to plan ahead and reserve the beach sites, the sites in the maritime forest area are covered by a canopy of trees to provide shade from the hot South Carolina summers. The breeze from the ocean seems to stop just past the camp store and front beach sites. Anywhere in the park you are minutes away from the beach but remember if it is summer time in the South, there will be bugs. Be prepared with your favorite insect repellent.

Swimming at Hunting Island is a little bit precarious as the trees that once lined the beach are now a part of the shoreline. It is best to go for your first swim at low tide so that you can see where the sunken trees are. Even if you are not a sunbather, there are many tiny coves where you can be sheltered by the trees. This is a great spot for babies and even your dogs as dogs are allowed on the beaches at South Carolina as long as they are on a leash and well behaved.

There is so much to do at Hunting Island. If you have kids, you can't beat it. A number one priority on your list of must haves is the kids' bikes. Everyone rides their bikes in the park; they can ride all over the park on the paved paths and there are always lots of other kids to meet. There is fishing, cast netting, beach combing, skim boarding, boogie boarding, swimming, sunbathing and that's just at the beach. Some guys were even catching sand sharks at the beach.

The nature center is a must do here. The staff takes plenty of time with the family and allows hands on with almost all the living things in the center. The fishing pier is over 1300 feet long and is very interesting. The rangers give good advice for your fishing needs and the bait needed for the best fish at the time of your visit. Fish can be caught off pier or in the lagoon.

In the state park there are areas off the side of the road that are great for crabbing. Check the tides because the best time to crab is before and after low tide. Crabbing is relatively inexpensive and provides fun for the entire family. Bring the crabs back to the camp site and boil them up. You can't beat blue crabs for their taste! Be sure to collect all the remains of your crab feast and take it to the garbage or the raccoons will visit you that night and every night of your visit.

The lighthouse is worth the climb for the view at the top. The park collects $2.00 for the climb of 167 steps, but it is worth it to get a bird's eye view of the Atlantic and the surrounding coast.

Raccoons seem to be a problem for some, but if you remember to lock your food in your vehicle there should not be a problem. Because of the raccoons, there is only one place in the entire campground where you can dump your garbage. This is a very large campground that's full of raccoons so you spend a good bit of time walking to the trash can to dispose of your garbage, especially food items.

The deer are amazing and act rather tame here because they are so used to the people. You might see several over a four-day trip especially in the late afternoon. Don't be alarmed if one lets you get within a few feet of it. They are used to handouts but they are definitely not a nuisance.

The camp store was adequate and prices are reasonable considering the convenience and that the nearest grocery store is ten miles away. If I had any reservations about the campground it would be the bathhouses, especially those furthest away from the beach. They could all use some updating, but the beach and the salt air is hard on everything.

Hunting Island is huge and breathtakingly beautiful. It is absolutely something really worth seeing. It is the idyllic family vacation, but if you like to have an occasional alcoholic drink, this is not the place for you. This is a state park and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Mary Speir, President of Mary's Online Enterprises, Inc.

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Top 10 Tire Tips for RVs

Top 10 Tire Tips for RVs

The Top 10 Tire Tips For RVs 

The most neglected part of the RV is its tires. The most common reason for this damage is due to overloading the RV or not having the proper inflation of air. Here are the top ten tips for getting the most out of your tires.

1) Use a qualified inflation pressure gauge to check pressure.

2) Inflate tires to the tire manufacturer's pressure recommendations or according to the Federal data plate on your RV. The maximum pressure allowed for a tire is embossed on the side wall.

3) Always check when the tires are cold before traveling. Since hot air expands it gives a false reading if measured after use.

4) If you have dual wheels you should have valve extenders installed for ease of use and have rubber valves replaced with steel valves.

5) Check your tires for uneven wear and cracking on the side walls. If one tire shows much different wear than the others there could be a more serious problem. Have the tires inspected by a professional. Do not operate the RV with tires that show signs of wear until they have been inspected by a professional.

6) Have your RV weighed when it is fully loaded. Try the Flying J Truck stops to have your rig weighed. Many have scales for public use.

7) When you weigh your RV at the scales, weigh each tire individually to make sure that none of them are overloaded. If they are, correct the problem immediately.

8) Use wheel covers on your tires when not in use. Ozone and UV rays damage tires. Ozone causes dry rot and deterioration of the tire. UV rays speed up this process.

9) Rotate your tires on a regular basis. Rotation helps to equalize tread wear and is critical to gain the maximum life from your tire investment. Generally a rotation interval of 6,000 miles is recommended.

10) Tires over 6 or 7 years old should be replaced. You can determine the age by looking for the serial number embossed on the side wall. Look at the last three digits. The first two digits of the three is the week of the year. The last digit is the year the tire was manufactured. So, the number 149 would indicate the tire was made in the fourteenth week of 1999.

Mary Speir, President of Mary's Online Enterprises, Inc.
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Presse Release January 2010

Presse Release January 2010

 

RVCoversProtect.com                                                            Mary Speir (912) 665-1554 

RV Traveler Journeys Online to Promote Protective Ware with Launch of Web site  

Founder of RVCoversProtect.com, Mary Speir, created an online business to distribute an all-inclusive variety of RV protective covers and accessories to the mobile-home-consumer market. Her site encourages owners to maintain the quality of their personal RVs with the proper protective ware; additional information about the many benefits of these products can be found on the site’s newly added blog.  

From the coast of Washington DC to the tropics of the Florida Keys, Mary Speir has journeyed across a generous stretch of the United States without ever leaving the comfort of her home – her RV home that is.  

Ideal for extensive travel, sporting events and tailgates, camping trips, and friend or family visits, these recreational vehicles provide the comfort and familiarity of home while enabling passengers to experience a numerous variety of expeditions.  

“At the end of the day, just like anything else, when you’re done playing with the RV it’s important to clean it, cover it and keep it safe until next time,” Speir said.  

Fittingly, Speir transformed her passion for RV travel into an online business with the launch of www.RVCoversProtect.com in October 2009. Here, shoppers can browse through an extensive selection of RV protective ware designed to fully cover an assortment of recreational vehicle makes and models.  

Additionally, the Web site provides a variety of protective accessories for RVs such as fifth-wheel skirts, windshield protectors, AC covers, tank covers, tire covers and toy hauler screens.  

“When an RV is left outside it gets scratched up by nature, especially during the winter. A cover keeps the oxidation level on the rubber roof from mixing with leaves and other debris. This natural oxidation creates the white streaks on the sides of the RV, which can tarnish the vehicle,” Speir said.  

She went further to mention that RVs are an excellent substitute to a questionably clean hotel room, which is sure to provide peace of mind to any germaphobe. And if need be, travelers can comfortably live within its confines for weeks or months on end, just as Speir’s husband did while she was in the hospital several years ago.  

To learn more about this family-oriented way of travel, shoppers are encouraged to visit the Web site’s newly implemented blog, www.RVCoversprotect.com/blog. This interactive tool will also be used by Speir to discuss her personal RV travel stories (including recommendations for RV travel on a state-by-state basis), the many benefits of RV protective ware and RV maintenance.  

RVCoversProtect.com is dedicated to providing quality products matched with professional standards of customer service. Stop in today and receive free shipping on any order over $100! 

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The Best RV Covers Are Made of Ripstop Fabric

The Best RV Covers Are Made of Ripstop Fabric

The sporting goods community has a new term when it refers to the material used to make heavy duty tear resistant equipment. That term is ripstop and it refers to 100% woven fabric that is lightweight and has a nylon-threaded interlocking design that resists tearing and ripping. Ripstop fabrics are made by weaving and interlocking the nylon in a cross-hatch pattern with the base fabric. Various types of fabric can be used as the base fabric: cotton, polypropylene, silk and polyester. The nylon is then crosshatched with the base fabric making a fabric that is ideal for resisting tears and fraying. The fabric is only labeled as ripstop if nylon is crosshatched and interlocking with another base fabric.

Ripstop fabrics are very easy to identify because of the interlocking hatching of nylon threads throughout the material. In many cases the material has the feel of a barely raised box or diamond pattern. It is so versatile that ripstop fabrics have been used to make fire safety uniforms as well as camouflaged uniforms & equipment for the military. One of the best attributes of this material is that it is thin, lightweight, and even breathable- ideal for sports attire like jerseys and running shorts.
Ripstop fabric is being used when the design calls for a fabric used in the sporting goods area. Any recreational use of a heavy duty tough fabric that requires the material to stand up to rough conditions like heavy use as well as torrential winds and rain and yet the material still remains in tact under those stressful applications would benefit from a ripstop fabric. Since it is a water repellent fabric it is usually used when making camping equipment, tents, sails, parasails, parachutes, hang gliders, hot air balloons, kites, banners, sports clothing and now RV covers.

This ripstop fabric could not come at a better time for the RV cover industry. Because RV covers are used to protect large surface areas they are prone to tear.  The covers are in contact with the RV’s ladders, awning, AC units, TV antennas, bumpers, etc. that could snag the cover during installation. Then while in storage they are exposed to the forces of nature like winter winds and increased water weight due to snow and rain. Little wonder that tearing is an issue for RV covers. With a ripstop fabric, RV covers will last longer and will not need to be replaced as often as they are now.

As a dropshipper of RV covers, I have found that many of the discount RV covers that are sold today cannot withstand the strong winds that come during the winter when most of us have our RVs covered and stored. Up until this point the best cover I have been able to sell and recommend was the Goldline cover from Eevelle. The Goldline cover is made of a strong supple water resistant Tru-Weave fabric with a Durapel finish that outlasts any cover on the market up to this point. 
In June 2012, Classic Accessories came out with a new line of RV covers called PermaPRO. This line of RV covers is made of a ripstop fabric that promises to rival the Goldline cover. The PermaPRO fabric is one ply 100% woven polyester with the nylon hatching that makes it a true ripstop fabric. The PermaPRO RV covers are made of an extra strength ripstop fabric that repels water, protects against bird droppings, dirt, dust & scratches, provides UV block protection from sun damage, as well as being the best winter snow storage cover that will not tear or rip in the blustery winter winds or the increased water weight of melting snow. Small tears will not turn into large rips when exposed to the elements with the ripstop fabric on the PermaPRO line of RV covers and the fabric will be able to support the weight of melting snow and ice. 

     Investigate for yourself. Classic Accessories has a reputation for providing their customers with quality covers and accessories that have a very low return rate because their fabrics are lab tested to meet the rigorous standards of tear strength, water resistance, and water repellency. Visit RV Covers Protect to see why the ripstop fabric found in the PermaPRO RV covers is the new wave of the future for RV covers.

RV Covers for the Hot Days of Summer

RV Covers for the Hot Days of Summer

When December arrives, many RVers head home to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. During the winter months RVing slows down while people wait out the winter but the “snow bird RVer” has the luxury of heading south for the winter to enjoy the warmer temperatures in Florida, Arizona, and Mexico. The “snow birds” have discovered how to have the best of both worlds. They leave their extremely cold year round home and head south to their RV where they use their RV as a winter getaway home to enjoy the warmth of the South. They store their RV in the warm climates year round and fly south to their RV park right after the holidays to enjoy the warm winters until the snow is gone in their northern home.

When the snow melts and it is time to leave their winter home, the Snow bird RVer wants to leave their RV protected with an RV slip cover that will keep their winter fifth wheel or travel trailer clean and free from dust & dirt and dings & scratches. They want an RV storage cover that is water repellent and will protect their RV from the occasional southern rain storms, but most importantly the “Snow bird” RVer needs to find an RV cover that can withstand the harsh UV rays of the sun that will destroy their RV’s exterior while they are back home.

There are only two RV covers that can provide summer heat protection for the motor home, fifth wheel, or travel trailer. All the rest will disintegrate from the extreme temperatures. A slip on dust cover (like the Traveler RV cover or the Poly Pro 1 RV cover) will protect the RV for a while but it will be in shreds all around your RV and motor home when you return next winter. This type of cover cannot stand up to the extreme heat that your RV will encounter while you are away. The three ply top / single ply sided RV covers (like the Poly Pro 3 Deluxe RV cover or the Expedition RV cover) claim to give all weather protection but they also will not be able to handle the heat. They might still be covering your RV when you get to your southern home but most likely only parts of the cover will be still covering your RV. If you invest your money in any of these covers you will be replacing the cover every year.

What you need is the protection of best RV cover that will not disintegrate after 6-8 months of exposure to UV rays when you return home. The two covers that can stand up to the heat are the Goldline RV cover and the PermaPRO RV cover. The Goldline RV Cover is made by Eevelle in Carlsbad, California. The Goldline RV cover is a made to order RV cover that comes in two colors: desert tan or silver cloud grey. Since it is a semi custom, made to order RV cover it will take up to 4 weeks before it can be delivered to your southern address. This Goldline RV trailer cover is rated the #1 RV cover by customers and dealers alike. These RV storage covers are made of a strong yet supple fabric that will outlast all other RV covers. The Goldline RV cover is made of a water resistant extra plush Tru-Weave fabric with a Durapel finish that provides super duty UV protection and the Goldline RV cover is backed with the longest, best 5 year warranty.

The PermaPro RV cover is distributed by Classic Accessories in Kent, Washington. The PermaPRO RV cover is made of the newest extra-strength ripstop fabric, the first RV cover fabric to claim to be tear resistant. Not only is it tear resistant but it also repels water, protects against sun damage by blocking the UV rays, and even provides snow protection. The PermaPRO RV cover is also available for the RV that stands a little taller than the usual 9 ft RV. An extra height RV cover is required by those Class A and 5th wheel RVs that stand up to11 ft tall. The PermaPRO RV cover, like the lower end RV covers, gives your RV dirt, dust, and scratch protection, and it is protected by a 4 year warranty.

As winter slowly melts away and the warmer days of spring arrive, it will be time for you Snow birds to begin to prepare to fly back north to the confines of your year round home. Remember if you want to truly give your fifth wheel or travel trailer the best RV cover with the best UV protection, you will need to spend a few bucks more and purchase the Goldline RV cover or the PermaPRO RV cover. Those are the only two RV trailer covers that will still be protecting your RV when you return to your winter stomping grounds next year.

Troubleshoot Your Snowmobile Before the First Ride

Troubleshoot Your Snowmobile Before the First Ride

As fall blends into winter we shift from our land & water recreational vehicles to our snowmobiles. The snow has fallen and the snowmobile is calling. You pull it from its shed, crank the engine and nothing happens. Did you know that due to the extreme winter conditions, snowmobiles require more frequent maintenance that any other recreational vehicle. With that in mind let’s troubleshoot & see what’s wrong with your snowmobile. Keep in mind that the construction of snowmobiles will vary, so you should refer to your owner's manual before troubleshooting. The owner’s manual will provide a diagram of the snowmobile’s engine and where to find all of its components.
 
Is the engine stop switch pushed in the off position? The "Engine stop" switch is located on the snowmobile's control panel. Double check to make sure that the switch is not stuck in the off position. The "Engine stop" switch (if pushed down) will prevent the motor from starting. 

Is there gas left in the fuel tank since last winter? Next you must investigate the fuel tank. Gasoline can degrade over time. That can lead to a number of problems- hard starting, rough running, or no starting at all. Gasoline has highly volatile components that tend to evaporate over time. The less volatile components in the fuel cause the gasoline to burn less effectively. The result is poor engine performance. In other words, your engine may still start and run, but it probably won't run as well. Not only will the gasoline degrade over time but when a snowmobile sits for long periods of time without a protective snowmobile cover, water and condensation can enter the gas tank. Water, of course, does not work too well as a fuel in the internal combustion engine of a snowmobile. It will cause hard starting and rough running until it has been run through the engine. Water can also contribute to internal rusting of the gas lines and tank. How can you tell if the gas is old? You can check your old gas against gasoline that you know is fresh by placing both in clear glass containers and comparing their color. Oxidized fuel often turns darker over time. It may even have a sour smell.  If the old gas is considerably darker than the fresh gas, then your gas has gone bad. If you find that you have “old gas” in your snowmobile, you should drain the gas tank and re-fill it with fresher gasoline. If you insist on leaving gas in your engine for more that six months at a time, then you need to add a stabilizer to the fuel system so that it will preserve the gasoline and keep it from deteriorating over time.  It is probably a good idea to drain your fuel system at the end of the winter before storing your snowmobile for the summer.
 
Is the battery dead? The easiest way to check the battery is by turning on the headlights. No lights- no charge in the battery.
 
Have you checked the cylinder head gasket nuts? Locate the cylinder head nuts on top of the engine's cylinder block. If they are loose, tighten the head nuts with a wrench and then check the gaskets for damage. Loose head nuts can cause a loss in compression. Replace any worn or damaged gaskets.

Are there blockages in the fuel line? The next step is to check your fuel line for blockages. Remove the shroud that covers the engine. The fuel line runs from the tank to the engine and is usually clear so blockages will be easy to see. Blockages are caused by improper storage of your snowmobile. If you find a blockage, remove the fuel line, clean out the blockage and return it to its original position. If it is damaged, replace it.
 
What do the spark plugs look like? You should check the spark plugs in the snowmobile. Clean away carbon or other corrosion with a wire brush. Check out the porcelain part of the spark plug. Does it appear to have changed color? The white porcelain is the insulator of the spark plug. If the porcelain has turned beige or a light tan color, then it is still in good working order. If the spark plug is very white you could have an air leak. If it has changed to other colors then you have a problem with the engine.

Is there plenty of coolant?  If the coolant levels are low, put fresh coolant into the snowmobile, following the owners' manual guidelines. A recommended coolant/antifreeze is ethylene glycol (the green kind) to resist freezing. A 50/50 mixture has a freeze protection of about -32 degrees. A good additive to use with ethylene glycol is  Royal Purple Ice. This will allow you to drop the engine operating temperature about ten degrees.
 
Now what? At this point if troubleshooting has not solve the problem and you are unable to get your snowmobile running, it is time to see a professional repair service agent for a full inspection. Only a qualified snowmobile service technician can check & evaluate your carburetor, piston, cylinder and the V belt clutch settings for the more technical problems associated with your snowmobile. Most services will clean, lubricate and adjust your snowmobile along with the inspection.  They can also adjust the carburetor & clutch settings for the altitude at which you will be operating your snowmobile


Pontoons, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Pontoons, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

A pontoon boat is a lightweight vessel.  The hull of the boat is constructed of tubes called pontoons, which taper in at the front of the boat.  This allows for better movement and speed in the water.  An aluminum frame attaches the pontoons to the deck platform.  The deck of a pontoon boat can be made out of wood, aluminum or fiberglass.  Pontoon boats generally have railings around the flat shaped boat, to prevent people, and especially children from falling over board.

There are many accessories available that can be added to a pontoon boat to customize it for your use.  You can have bench seating all around the sides, in rows, or just use lawn furniture and tables.  Adding a camper enclosure can make most all pontoons suitable for spending a night on board. The port side gate and full-width swim platform invite you to play in the water. The stereo with an MP3 jack makes it easy to entertain, and the drop-down changing room lets you change into something more comfortable—and stay until after dark.  Attaching a bimini canopy makes your pontoon boat ready for an afternoon cruise with family and friends by providing shade from the hot sun.  For the fishermen; you can add built in livewells, rod holders, and bait buckets.  The deck of a pontoon boat also makes a great platform for fishing with the buddies.  It is also an ideal boat to use for scuba diving.  Some models are even fast enough to pull the kids on water skis, wakeboards, or tubes. These boats are also available with freshwater and toilet facilities. 

If you enjoy taking the boat out in the ocean then this is not the boat for you. You will hardly ever see anyone on a pontoon boat out in the ocean, as they are simply not built for rougher waters. The best place to cruise on a pontoon boat is in a lake, river, or other calm water.  They are not made for the sea because of its shallow hull.  Waves over two feet will be washing on to the deck of your boat.  Stay away from the rough waters of the ocean because of their short bow they cannot withstand rough seas at all.

Depending on the size of the pontoon boat, they usually can hold anywhere from 6-17 people.  They range in size from 14 to 28 feet.  The average price of a pontoon boat is $11,000, with prices ranging anywhere from $7,000 - $30,000 new.  A used pontoon boat can range from $1,000 - $15,000, but they are extremely hard to locate. Pontoon boats use an outboard engine and stern drive; with horsepower ranging from 10HP to 135HP. Of course it is important to keep that pontoon in tip top shape so it is important to purchase a pontoon cover to protect your investment and the exterior of your pontoon.

One of the latest designs for pontoons is the addition of a third pontoon, or the triple tube design. “Tri-toons” are the latest craze because of their versatility and stability. They allow for larger motors on the boat, which can add 15 mph on the water. A 300 horsepower motor can provide an incredible ride and can reach close to 60 miles per hour top end speed. This will give the boat the performance of a deck boat and will give a nice smooth wake for tubing, skiing, and wakeboarding. Tri-toons handle more like deck boats and cost approximately $23,000 new.

There are many reasons why people don’t like pontoons. First of all they are huge gas wasters. This is because they plow through the water and not on top of it. This method is very poor in efficiency and results in poor acceleration and lower top end speed. Secondly, most pontoon boats are equipped with an outboard that is underpowered for most people's usage needs. It takes 15 to 20% more horsepower outboard on a pontoon to do roughly the same on a ski boat with same HP engine. Finally, on a pontoon with a typical outboard of 60 to 90 HP and 4 to 5 people onboard, there is very little chance of pulling an adult skier or wake-boarder with it. You might be able to pull them, but it will be a terrible experience because you won't be able to get enough speed quickly to get them out of the water.

Well there you go. Do you think a pontoon would be right for you? Speaking from experience, a pontoon is the only boat that allows you the freedom to move around the deck without a fear of rocking the boat to the point of spilling over. It is great for taking kids fishing or a leisurely ride down the river to unwind and refresh. In my mind, there is nothing better for the price and the square footage.

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