How to Make Your Own Electric Car and Save Money on Gas

Its commonly believed that you need to be a qualified mechanic in order to make an electric car, but as I will show you, this isn’t the case – just some relatively basic tools and a good set of instructions will do.

But you may be asking, why would I want to build an electric car anyway? Well, for one thing, you will save a lot of money. Unless you have been living under a stone for the past couple of years you will have noticed that gas prices have sky-rocketed. Well, electricity is cheap and renewable, its also clean and exceptionally quite, so not only will you save money, you’ll also help to save the planet.
Ok, I’m convinced, what do I do then?

Number 1 – and most important – get a good guide.
Number 2 – many hands make light work – its good to get a friend involved for some of the heavier stuff
Number 3 – get a suitable place to work – make it under cover this job normally takes a couple of days and you don’t want the work stopped by bad weather. Make sure its well lit, in fact, just a normal garage will be fine
Number 4 – get some basic tools- cordless drill, saws, wrenches, maybe a socket set…

Of course its best to also have a suitable vehicle. Small compact cars are best as they are lightweight and relatively simple to convert. A problem with small cars is that the batteries do take up quite a bit of space, but a good guide will show you how to get around this problem.
The parts are all readily available from most auto stores, so that shouldn’t be a problem, but if you live out in the boondocks, there are plenty of places to get the parts on-line. Again a good guide will help here. All, in all, it took me about a week to complete the work, and now my car runs on electricity!

With gas prices predicted to climb as high as 7.00 a gallon by the end of next year, its never been a better time to convert your car to run on electricity.

Facts You Need To Know About Truck Driving

In most developed countries, you will see large trucks traveling along the major highways. These huge vehicles are not just there for nothing because they’re performing an important job which is to transport goods to their destinations.

In the U.S., for instance, the 18-wheeler trucks are a normal sight on the road. But other than the vehicles, it’s the person behind the wheel that needs to be given credit. Truck drivers play a vital role in the trucking industry and they need to be skilled in order to do their job well. These people often drive 18-wheelers or the semi. They can be an independent driver, may work for a certain company or may own the vehicle and operates his own business.

To become a professional truck driver, one needs to undergo the proper CDL or commercial driver’s license training from an accredited school. This can be obtained at a vocational school that offers such course. Usually, CDL training schools teach students to drive an 18-wheeler truck and a semi. This is important because driving such a huge vehicle is very different from driving smaller vehicles such as the car, pickup or even a delivery van.

Through the CDL training, students are taught how to operate the truck’s systems. They are trained on how to go up or down a steep hill, how to prevent a load from moving while the truck is going through a curve as well as to load the goods properly on the semi trailer. Aspiring drivers will also learn via this course the proper way of parking an 18-wheeler, maneuvering it in traffic and turning it into narrow streets.

In addition, students of truck driving schools also need to learn to develop the basic repair skills such as changing a tire as well as connecting and disconnecting the tractor from the trailer. This is a vital part of the CDL training as it enables them to determine the problem of the truck and how to fix them in the event the huge vehicle breaks down in the middle of a highway where a mechanic or repair shop is not readily available.

Those who are serious in pursuing a commercial truck driving career should also prepare themselves to the challenges involved in their job. Do understand that your work goes beyond just driving the huge vehicle for long hours to far destinations and knowing how to repair it when it malfunctions.

With regards to the other tasks involved, you as a driver are required to load the goods or merchandise into the truck and then unload them when you arrive at the appropriate destination. An important part as well is to double check that what you’re loading into the vehicle is what’s specified in the manifest.

On the whole, a commercial truck driver carries with him a lot of responsibilities. Not only is he limited to handling the truck but he is also responsible for ensuring the efficiency, operation and safety of the vehicle assigned to him. Performing your task well consistently moving forward will also let you get the attention of the management and eventually lead to your promotion.

How to Decorate a Motorhome

Owning a RV or Motorhome is like owning a house…a house on wheels. There are many ways that you can add your own personal taste to your vehicle when you are setting out to decorate a Motorhome, its finding out what budget you have, and how long you want to take with decorating.

How To Decorate A Motorhome

There are many shapes and styles to Motorhomes, and many different ways to decorate them. So how can you choose a style that will suit who you are? Having a look at the style of your Motorhome is one important factor and another is how much you are willing to spend. Then there is also time….do you have the time to spend decorating? What about imagination……can you imagine how the Motorhome will look when finished?

Decorate A Motorhome

Lets look at how much money it will take to decorate your Motorhome. If you are after a style that will take your plain old Motorhome to “Wow” factor (stunning and amazing) then you will need to spend up big. Shopping at places that stock quality products, and matching themes will come into place. You could colour co-ordinate the entire vehicle from the lounge chairs, to cushions, curtains, towels, kitchen accessories, bathroom accessories to even the bedding!! Some favorite colours are Red, Black and White….so to decorate your bus you could use accessories that match the colour scheme of your taste.

Imagine A Finished Motorhome

Using imagination these colour schemes can suit any bus….looking stylist and modern. The bus could have a lounge chair with Red and Black cushions, the kitchen could have a Red Kettle and red kitchen accessories, the shower will match with black towels/face washers and accessories in the same colour theme, the main bed could match with a donna cover in black, with a touch of red. Team it up with white cupboards throughout and again Black bench tops in the kitchen. Keeping to a basic colour scheme and representing them throughout the bus will take a plain boring old bus to a “Wow” looking bus when searching for how to decorate a Motorhome.

Time To Decorate A Motorhome

It will take time to decorate a Motorhome, depending on what you want to do, and how much you are wanting to do. If you are short of time, then you are able to hire Decorating Companies who will come in and listen to your requirements, taking down notes and then giving you a quote. Once you are happy with the company and you are willing to spend the money, decorating a motorhome will take little time on your behalf.

Loving Your Motorhome

Once you have the imagination, the time taken care of the money available to spend than loving your Motorhome will be the fun part of decoration. Within no time your Motorhome will become a show piece and you will be proud to show your end results, with sharing your motorhome to family/friends and even reporters…you could feature your Motorhome in Magazines and Newspapers!

How To Decorate A Motorhome is easy once you know how. Here are a few basic tips to remember when you set out to decorate

  • Time- do you have the time or will you use a company?
  • Money – how much are you willing to spend?
  • Colour Scheme – finding out what colour you like will make decorating easier
  • Imagination – Can you picture the end result?
  • Love – loving your decoration job and the end picture will show your effects

Are you interested in finding out how I decorate our old Bedford Bus? Once David has finished with renovations I will be looking at decorating our Motorhome. So head over to New Life On The Road to find out How I Decorate A Motorhome.

Make Sure Your Caravan Parts Are in Road Worthy Shape Before Heading Out

As soon as the summer season starts, it is time again for a grand road trip holiday with your family. There is nothing like seeing breathtaking vistas and gorgeous landscapes from the comfort of your recreational vehicle. Make sure your caravan parts are in working order. Getting your caravan, pop-top, or camper serviced regularly is important for the safety of your family. Once your vehicle has been looked over by a professional caravan repairs company, you will have peace of mind while driving.

When you visit a caravan parts shop, not only will they prepare your vehicle for the succeeding 10,000 kilometres, but they will also provide you with a comprehensive report highlighting any future maintenance requirement worth mentioning.

There a number of reasons why you should make this a regular habit before hitting the open road. Bringing your RV to a caravan repairs shop gives you a thorough inspection guaranteed to save you money. This can be quite useful, especially if you own a second-hand vehicle that was purchased privately.

The comprehensive test on your caravan parts helps ensure you have not purchased a lemon. This is something you should do. If you have not yet bought the vehicle, you can still decide whether or not to buy it. Knowing what is wrong gives you an idea of how much money you will have to spend and extra leverage to purchase it at a reduced price.

Some of the caravan parts that are given a thorough inspection include the following:

– Wheels, brakes, and bearings

– Tyres and wheels

– Springs and shackles for wear

– Outriggers, chassis rails, cross-members, and A-Frames for damage/fatigue

– Jockey wheel and jack lubrication

– External traffic lights and wiring connections

– Hand brake cable adjustment

Another point worth mentioning about a caravan repairs company is that they can perform insurance work on behalf of all major insurance companies. Whether it is fire, storm, or impact damage, they can help you organise your claim and repairs in the most efficient and stress-free way possible.

For example, your vehicle breaks down and you want to get right back on the road to reach your destination on time. Having your caravan parts repaired to its original state can only be achieved if you obtain a full warranty on all authorised repairs.

One important check you should make before heading out is on your caravan roof. This is one portion that is hardly ever inspected. Most people wait till the eleventh hour to get it fixed when it is already beyond repair. Why wait till then? A caravan repairs shop can reseal your roof by applying a membrane that seals, acts as insulation, and reduces damages caused by hail storms to a certain extent. Sealing the roof makes it quieter during occurrences of heavy rainfall.

Remember, a caravan roof sealant starts to deteriorate once it has rolled off the factory floor. Add in sunlight, dust, oil, moisture, and temperature variations, and it is only a matter of time before the sealant starts to crack or, at worst, has disappeared entirely.