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Friday, June 15, 2018

Choosing the Right Class of RV


The first step in considering an RV is to think about what you plan to do with your RV and your vacation time.

1    Will you be staying mostly in RV parks, or in remote locations?
2.     How many travelers will you be bringing?
3.     Who is going to drive the vehicle?
4.     Will your vacations tend to be longer trips (3+ weeks) or shorter trips?
5.     Will you be traveling year-round? in the cold weather?
6.     Will you be taking the RV into nearby city for sightseeing? Is parking and maneuverability important?
7.     Do you have any special storage needs? Bikes, kayaks, dogs/kennels, trade-show supplies, etc?


The first thing to decide is whether you want a motorized RV or a towable one. If the journey itself is the draw, then perhaps a motorized RV is for you. Most people start with a towable, specifically a pop-up.


Towable RVs

Pop-up or tent trailers come in 8’, 10’, and 12’ sizes and have most of the same amenities as a travel trailer. Travel trailers also come in different sizes (ranging from a small 9’ up to around 40’). It is important to consider sleeping arrangements and living space for your family as you evaluate each. The final towable is the 5th wheel. These require a pickup truck to tow, and the size of the 5th wheel will dictate the towing capacity of the truck. The nice part about a towable is that once you arrive at your destination, you set up your Tent Trailer, travel trailer, or 5th wheel and you have your car, truck, or SUV for local sightseeing.


Motorized RVs

There are 3 classes of motorized RVs – Class A, Class B, and Class C. The Class B is built on a van chassis with a raised roof. They are very easy to drive and have many of the same amenities as the Class A & C, just more compact. The Class A motorhomes are big on size and luxury; sizes ranging from 22’ to 45’. They are offered with both gas and diesel engines and can come with almost any amenity you can dream of. The more amenities, the bigger the price tag. The Class C motorhome can be almost as luxurious as the Class A but are generally smaller and more affordable. While the motorized RVs are cumbersome to park in an urban area, you can tow your car behind for use once you have set up camp.
There quite a range to choose from so consider all of the above. Another great recommendation is to talk to an RV specialist who can really help you find the right options at the right price.
Washington State has many beautiful parks for day use and overnight camping. In addition, Olympia Washington has an Auto Mall that caters to RV sales. With knowledgeable staff and a convenient location just off Highway 101, we are here to properly outfit you for your camping vacation.
Enjoy the great outdoors in just the right RV; we look forward to helping you!

It’s Simple! More Cars, Less Money
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Proudly Serving Olympia, Tacoma, and Puyallup

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Off-Roading Possibilities



Off-Roading, the sport of driving your vehicle on unsurfaced terrain, takes many forms. Recreational off-roading can include dune bashing, desert racing, cross-country, mudding, rock crawling, and raids. Some of these off-road challenges require customized vehicles and accessories like winches and specialized shocks.
However, today’s trucks and SUVs are amazing machines. While they are built to comfortably transport you and your gear on paved roads and highways, they are equipped to take you off the pavement and onto the dirt as well.
Going off road sounds fun and adventurous, but it is not always as simple as it sounds. If you are headed into the wilderness in your 4x4, here is some good advice to help you prepare:

Know Your Vehicle

There are several features in your truck or SUV that will help during your off-road adventure. The first is traction control, offered on most vehicles today. Some traction control systems are more involved than others but basically use either the brakes or the 4x4 mechanics to limit wheel slip. Some offer settings to accommodate the anticipated need. Be sure to read your owner’s manual to understand your specific traction control system and what to expect.

Locking differentials effectively locks the turning of the left and right wheel together to reduce slipping. Normally, the inside wheel turns more slowly as you corner your vehicle, allowing the onboard computer to adjust and shift power where its most needed. Locking the differential on a trail eliminates inconsistent speed between the left and right sides which can affect traction. The locked differential forces both wheels to spin at the same rate, making sure the power remains with wheel with the most traction.

4WD High and 4WD Low are also important to understand and use properly when off-roading. The low and high refers to the gearing of your transfer case. 4WD Low provides more torque and is most suitable for low-end speeds. 4WD High is better for higher speeds and to maintain momentum.
Washington State has some excellent trails for off-roading:
  •  Mount Walker
  •  Overland Loop Trail
  • Walker Valley Trail
  • Capitol Peak Trail
  •  Deep Park Road
  • Naches Pass Trail
  • Evans Creek Trail

To name a few.

Washington State has some excellent vehicles for you to off-road in, especially at the Olympia Auto Mall. If you are exciting about off-roading but need an appropriate vehicle (truck or SUV) for the adventure, visit the Auto Mall’s convenient location just off Highway 101 in Olympia. 9 great dealers and 8 brands and lots of knowledgeable staff to properly outfit you.
Happy off-roading, and we look forward to seeing you!

It’s Simple! More Cars, Less Money
The Olympia Auto Mall
Proudly Serving Olympia, Tacoma, and Puyallup