Getting your Vehicle ready for Winter

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Getting your Vehicle Ready for Winter.

The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, holiday decorations are slowly starting to appear. You may or may not be ready for winter but your car most certainly should be. While most weather adjustments for your vehicle can be made on your own, it is important to be aware that some safety precautions should be left to the professionals.

Get your car in for a comprehensive vehicle inspection:

Extreme weather conditions, both hot and cold can put a strain on your vehicle. Taking your car in for the proper 40 point inspection can help avoid waiting for a tow truck in a cold blizzard. A thorough inspection is ‘bumper to bumper’ and is focused on the following three key issues.

  1. Prevention
  2. Safety
  3. Maintenance

A certified mechanic and body shop can play a key role in the safety and longevity of your vehicle. It may seem like a hassle but a bi- yearly inspection can help you avoid potential weather hazards.

 

Tires:

Your tires are the four points of contact your vehicle makes with the weather ridden road. Snow, ice, rain and visibility are some of the hazards your car encounters during the winter. Keeping these challenges in mind, no safety expense should be spared with your tires.

Always ensuring that your tires have the right amount of tread is crucial to your safety. Hydroplaning in rain or ice is a phenomenon that can be very frightening and potentially fatal. In some regions with constant snow fall it is a good idea to get winter tires. Winter tires are designed with a compound that is malleable far below freezing allowing for the tire to adhere better to the roads.

As the temperature drops, so does the pressure in your tires. Making sure all of your tires are properly inflated is extremely important, including your spare!

 

Battery:

Your battery’s output could potentially drop as winter temperatures decrease. It takes up to two times more current to keep your battery activating a cold engine. This is called cold cranking amps (CCA). Colder climates require a batteries higher CCA rating.

Heating system:

Aside from keeping you comfortable in your vehicle during cold weather, your heater is directly linked to the health of your cars antifreeze. 50/50 combination of antifreeze and water will protect up to 0 degrees C.

Getting your heating system checked for leaks is another crucial part of maintaining your vehicle. Your block heater and cord are needed to keep the engine warm in colder temperatures. It is important to maintain those as well.

 

Emergency Kit:

You can never be too safe by making sure that a well stocked emergency kit is stored in your car. Some of the following are things to consider putting in your kit just in case a roadside emergency occurs:

-ice scraper

-food/water (water bottles/snack bars)

-tire gauge

-blanket/set of warm clothes

- flash light

-small scraper

-windshield wiper fluid

-booster cables

-flare/reflective lights

-tire changing kit

-first-aid supplies

Make sure you and your travel companions are well prepared this winter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making the Most out of your Conversion Van: Maintenance Guidelines

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Making the Most out of Your Conversion Van: Maintenance Guidelines

Loving the freedom and adventure your new Conversion Van allows you? To ensure maximum mileage with the least amount of time spent in the repair shop, it is important to know some basic maintenance guidelines. Minor repair issues are bound to occur in all cars. The key is to remain one step ahead to eliminate a small problem from getting out of hand.

Change Your Oil!

Clean oil is a key factor in keeping your beloved conversion van running like new. Fresh oil keeps all of your vans internal moving parts from grinding against each other. The hydrodynamic layer coats each part and is essential to a smooth inner mechanism.

Oil is also responsible for dispensing of combustion-by-products. Clean oil keeps these substances from attacking the motors internal parts.

Don’t forget with all of the fun and exciting trips your taking in your Conversion van to change that oil every 6,000 miles.

Brake Check

Pretty common sense rule: If your hearing squeaking or grinding while breaking it is best you take your Conversion Van in for a brake check.

It’s very common for dust to gather in your vehicles break drums. This will cause a squeaking or grinding noise and likely means your brakes have been worn down.

Having your conversion van inspected by a licensed mechanic at the first sign of a problem will ensure your vehicle is maintained efficiently and no further damage can occur.

Tire Tread!

With all of those adventurous trips you’ll be taking, quality tires will be an important component. Frequently checking your tires tread depth to make sure their grooves aren’t too worn down will keep you and your passengers riding safely and smoothly.

Make sure to look for ‘cupping’, which is a series of flat spots on the edge of the tread. Check all tires to ensure even wear and make sure to take note of any bulges in the tires sidewall that can mean an internal issue.

A safe and smooth road trip in your Conversion van is most always a good one. Having a yearly membership to AAA, travelers or any other roadside assistance company can really come in handy. If you feel unsure or have any questions about maintenance issues call a licensed mechanic at the first sign of trouble. Happy road trip adventures!

A Truly Versatile Vehicle: The Conversion Van

Silver executive ext. 161A Truly Versatile Vehicle: The Conversion Van:

Perhaps the most versatile automobile on the road, The Conversion van combines adventure, luxury, and entertainment. With the amenities of an R.V., more passenger and cargo space than an SUV and the plush interior of a European sedan, conversion vans should not be overlooked when browsing the market for your next vehicle.

Interested in traveling the open road but not looking for the hassle and costly maintenance of a large R.V.? The Conversion van is the perfect substitute. Conversion vans have the ability to turn third row seating into a comfortable bed for travel. Their size gives lots of space for luggage and road trip gear. Endless customization options from entertainment systems to small kitchen appliances allow for you to have the amenities of an R.V. with out the outrageous gas mileage and difficult parking. Smoother handling gives the driver and passengers a much more relaxed ride.

Looking for an alternative to a SUV? Conversion vans offer more passenger space and more overall bang for your buck! From state of the art entertainment systems to customized high quality leather interiors, conversion vans are a far more comfortable ride. With similar gas mileage and at a lower price point, the Conversion van is a clear choice when compared to current SUV’s on the market.

Number one in spacious amenities, road going comfort and luxurious custom interiors, Conversion vans are undoubtedly the best deal on the market when shopping for your next full size plus vehicle.

Conversion Vans for the Handicapped: Providing Safety, Comfort and Independence

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Life with a physical disability can be quite challenging. Comfort is a huge factor in the quality of day-to-day living. Choosing the right vehicle to transport you or your loved one  with a disability can be an overwhelming decision. Conversion vans with special modifications for the handicapped offer a lot of added elements of comfort other automobiles might not.

Conversion vans are more spacious than the average vehicle, allowing for extra leg room and space for the passenger and their wheelchair. Caregivers have more space to attend to the passenger with the disability.

Motorized valet seats powered by handheld remotes can be added to help passengers rise and enter the van comfortably and safely. Hydraulic wheelchair lifts can help passengers and their wheelchairs enter in the same comfortable and safe fashion.

The luxurious features of a conversion van also add to a more pleasant voyage. T.V’s, computers, video game consoles and I-pod docks are all features that can be installed in vans to provide passengers with entertainment options during a long trip.

110-Volt outlets located in the rear of the van allow for any additional medical equipment to be hooked up.

Traveling with a disability can be both fun and adventurous when equipped with the right vehicle to suit your specific needs.

We invite you to continue browsing our blog and general site to learn more about the features handicap vans and other vehicles designed for the disabled.

An Interview With Wai Lam Wong: Custom Wheelchair Designs That Empower

Wai Lam Wong's Lime Cycle WheelchairWheelchair vans are among the conversions we sell here at Classic Vans, and we have a great deal of respect for the designers who create the innovative wheelchairs our customers utilize. One of the most innovative designers we’ve heard about is Wai Lam Wong.

The Malaysian born product designer, who has a degree in Industrial Design, has merged an artist’s creativity with industrial design to produce innovative wheelchairs with features that reflect the user’s personality and needs.

We reached out to Wai Lam and asked if he’d be willing to answer a few questions about his designs, and what he sees as the future of wheelchair design. He graciously agreed, and has allowed us to print his responses here.

1. You designed two wheelchairs, the Big Foot and the Lime Cycle. Could you please explain the concept and features of each, and how they benefit the user?

The Big Foot wheelchair and the Lime Cycle were designed as product concepts to explore how a wheelchair can break away from a sterile and industrial aesthetic. The Big Foot injects humor and fun in the form of a pair of bubbly round legs wrapping around the users’ legs. The Lime Cycle experiments with how a wheelchair can be made modular so that by adding an extension, it can be converted into a hand cycle for further travel. The designs were done in 2003 and I believe there are already products similar to the Lime Cycle in the market.

2. What inspired you to design wheelchairs? How did you get started?

I was looking into areas where design is lacking and products for people with disabilities seemed like a good area to start. I had this vision that wheelchairs could one day be as personal as shoes, each reflecting the users’ personality instead of a purely functional object to enhance mobility.

The wheelchairs I designed are an attempt to liberate the form and structure of a wheelchair from the existing sterile outlook.

3. Can you tell us a little about your background and how your experiences set you on the path of inventing such things?

I was educated as an Industrial Designer. My work involves collaborating with clients and users to improve their products. This involves user research, concept generation, idea brainstorms, mechanical engineering and even prototype fabrications. I would really like develop the wheelchairs further with the help of real-world wheelchair users and medical professionals to take the wheelchairs concepts into the next stage and make functional prototypes.

Wai Lam Wong's Big Foot Wheelchair4. What do you enjoy most about the inventing and design process?

The most rewarding part about the design process is solving a problem in ways that no other person thought of.

5. What do you see as the future of wheelchair design?

I see the future of wheelchairs evolving into a very personal object with vast customization options to suit. The manual wheelchair will be around for a long time just like how the bicycle withstood the test of time even though we already have Segways, motorcycles and cars. New technology in materials such as carbon fiber, nano technology and smart materials will enable future wheelchairs to be lighter, more ergonomic and more efficient.

You can learn more about the Big Foot and Lime Cycle wheelchairs here.

Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with us, Wai Lam.