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Fuel Conservation Tips – NINE WAYS TO CONSERVE YOUR GASOLINE

With the help of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), we put together nine easy ways to save on gasoline.

1. Slow Down
One of the best ways to save on gas is to reduce your speed. According to the DOE, every 5 mph you drive over 60 mph represents a 7 percent decrease in fuel economy.

2. Check Your Tire Pressure
Under-inflated tires have more rolling resistance, which causes you to burn more fuel to keep the car moving. Refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (if equipped), or the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) label on or near the driver’s side door. Properly inflated tires may improve your fuel economy by up to 3.3 percent.

3. Accelerate With Care
Fast acceleration wastes fuel. Accelerate modestly so the transmission can shift up into the higher gears more efficiently. Rapid acceleration and braking can lower your gas mileage by up to 33 percent on the highway and up to 5 percent during city driving.

4. Drive A Consistent Speed
Follow the lead of trucks and keep a consistent speed. Constant slowing down and speeding up reduces fuel economy. Consider using cruise control when appropriate.

5. Avoid Excessive Idling
Idling your vehicle gets 0 miles per gallon.

6. Stick With Stock
New wheels and tires may look cool, but if they’re not the same as the OEM specifications, they could create more resistance, thereby reducing fuel economy.

7. Clean Out Your Car
Carrying around extra baggage — or anything that you don’t need for that trip — only adds extra weight to your car and impacts fuel economy. For example, depending on your vehicle’s weight, an extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could decrease your MPG by up to two percent.

8. Plan Your Trips Better
Consider grouping your trips instead of making several trips to accomplish your daily tasks. Several short trips may use twice as much fuel as a single, longer trip that covers the same distance.

9. Use The Proper Maintenance Fluids and Replacement Parts
Always use the engine oil, replacement parts and any other fluids that the manufacturer recommends. Change your oil at the recommended intervals and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for all routine maintenance.

As read on: http://www.dodge.com/en/owners/fuel_conservation_tips/index.html?pid=HR&adid=DodgeQ2eNews&sid=Ram&channel=e_News

How to Choose the Right Vehicle for Towing Your RV

Selecting the right tow vehicle to tow your RV, especially one that is that is agreeable as a daily driver, can be a very difficult decision. And even if you begged, most dealers would not allow you to actually hook up your RV and test the combination out. Much of what you have to go by has to depend on the vehicle’s specifications, its towing capacity, and your driving impressions. Whether you have your heart set on a particular vehicle or not, there are still many choices to be made about the engine, transmission, suspension, brakes, comfort and luxury features, and whether you want two or four-wheel drive.

Here are some important steps you should take when considering buying a vehicle to tow your RV.

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1) Trailer weight: Know the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and the actual weight of your RV. You can find the GCWR of the RV on the weight placard. Never use the “dry” weight rating typically found in a brochure, as this is the weight of the RV with no options or any of your stuff loaded in to it.

To find the weight of your RV, visit a public scale and have it weighed. See the Related Article section below for instructions on how to do this.

2) Vehicle loading: Consider the weight to be carried in your vehicle. Every vehicle has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). This is the maximum permissible weight of everything on board your vehicle, including the vehicle itself plus passengers, cargo, and fuel. Estimate the weight of all your camping gear, passengers, and luggage that is going to be in the vehicle, then add up the weights. You must also include the tongue or pin weight of your RV. This can add substantially to the vehicle’s total weight and put many vehicles over the permissible GVWR.

If you’ll be carrying close to the maximum GVWR while towing near the maximum towing weight, you should forget about that particular vehicle and go to something with more load and towing capacity.

3) Vehicle type: For comfortable, no-nonsense hauling, heavy duty trucks with towing packages and big diesel engines cannot be beat for towing the big 5th wheel. But for towing a smaller travel trailer or a pop-up camping trailer on the weekends, you don’t necessarily need a truck. You might be able to get by with a passenger vehicle, like an SUV or large sedan.

Check the vehicle’s manual for tow ratings. Be aware though, that seemingly similar vehicles (in power, size, and weight) can have quite different towing capacities, and some vehicles don’t allow towing at all.

4) Frame type: There are two type of frames in today’s vehicles: full-frame and unit-body. Full-frame vehicles and traditional trucks are the better choice for hauling very heavy loads because the tow hitch can be attached directly to the frame with trucks and full-frame SUVs, minimizing the strain placed on the body of the vehicle.

With a unit-body vehicle, there is not a traditional rail frame. The body and the chassis share the load together. The tow hitch is attached to the body or bumper in a unit-body vehicle. If you tow heavy loads regularly in a unit-body vehicle, you’re likely to find more creaks, rattles, and body integrity issues. If you just tow occasionally on weekends, it’s nothing to worry about.

5) Drive train: The undisputed choice for serious towing is rear-wheel drive. It offers better traction and stability compared to front-wheel drive. Truck-style four-wheel drive is not advised, as it should never be used while towing, unless you are in an emergency situation. All-wheel-drive systems are a mixed bag: some aid in towing, while others have a reduced towing capacity and are vulnerable to added wear or damage from towing.

If you’re thinking about the all-wheel-drive model, check that the towing capacity for the all-wheel-drive model is similar to the two-wheel-drive version. Some of the more sophisticated all-wheel-drive systems will change the proportion of torque going to the front and rear to compensate for any change in stability due to the RV. These systems are typically available on the car-like SUVs that are otherwise front-wheel drive.

6) Transmission: An automatic transmission is usually the best choice for towing. A manual is OK only for experienced, careful shifters. With an automatic, just remember a few precautions: make sure your vehicle has a transmission cooler, and remember to always disable overdrive to prevent excessive wear.

7) Engine type: Think torque rather than horsepower for towing. If the terrain permits, see how confident the vehicle can accelerate from a stop up a steep hill. Torque is what gets the load moving so in general, the more you have the better.

Modern turbo-diesels really excel in towing, and they’re a great choice when available due to their better mileage and long-term durability. They also maintain their power at higher altitudes where gas engines tend to lose power, as much as 3% power per 1000 feet of altitude. This assumes the gas engine is not turbo or supercharged.

Be aware that if you choose a smaller engine for economy, it might be so strained that it actually uses more fuel than the larger engine, not to mention all the extra engine wear.

8) Brakes: Most modern vehicles have assisted braking, known as ABS. Ensure that the vehicle you choose has ABS. It can really help in a panic situation, especially towing a large RV.

Some vehicles have an electronic trailer brake option which is incorporated into the vehicles braking system. This feature controls the brakes on the RV in relation to how much you are braking the vehicle. If the vehicle you are looking at has this option, get it!

9) Towing packages: Make sure you get a vehicle with the special towing package if it’s available. If it’s not, look at another vehicle.

The towing package should include an oil cooler, transmission fluid cooler, heavy-duty alternator and battery, higher-capacity rear springs, and possibly a stabilizer bar (or larger one than standard).

Trucks might also get a lower final drive ratio (a higher number means lower gearing which is desirable for towing), and heavy-duty differential. Don’t get a stripped-down version of the vehicle you want thinking to add all of these things as needed. It will be cost-prohibitive and likely void your warranty.

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Tips & Warnings

Along with the vehicles GVWR is another important specification: the GCWR, or Gross Combined Weight Rating. This is the maximum combined weight the tow vehicle and the RV can weigh legally. Exceeding this can not only damage the tow vehicle, but may have insurance implications in the event of an accident.

When selecting your tow vehicle, make absolutely certain that you consider the tongue or pin weight of your RV when determining the payload you need. For example, if you have a vehicle that can carry 1500 lbs., 750 lbs. may be tongue weight from the RV, leaving 750 lbs. for cargo, including people, fuel, bikes, coolers, chairs, wood, generator, etc. This might not be enough reserve payload capacity for your needs.

CLICK ON THE BRAND NAME to Check out the TOWING CAPACITY on a CHRYSLERDODGE, JEEP or RAM Vehicle!

As read on: http://www.ehow.com/how_2094697_choose-right-vehicle-towing-rv.html#ixzz1yobcFwCi

Looking for an affordable way to go on vacation this year?

Despite record high fuel costs, RV vacations remain affordable!

The experts are predicting fuel costs will reach $4 a gallon this summer. Don’t let this affect your vacation plans! Even if you factor in higher fuel prices, RV vacations remain the most economical. In fact, A recent study by PKF Consulting found that fuel prices would have to triple for RVing to be more expensive than other forms of travel.

A typical vacation, even with just a family of four, can become quite expensive. There are costs for transportation, lodging, food—and don’t forget the entertainment. Amusement park tickets, museum admission, historic tours, boat rentals and the like all add to vacation expenses. RV family vacations are, on average, 26 to 74 percent less expensive than travel by personal car, airline or cruise ship.

The RV combines your transportation, lodging and restaurant all in one. RVs come fully equipped with state-of-the-art kitchens, bathrooms, central air and heat, king-sized beds, entertainment systems and more, allowing you to bring all the comforts of home when you travel. Here are some tips that will help you save money on fuel while still enjoying all the fun, freedom and flexibility that RVing has to offer.

Camp closer to home. There’s no need to venture outside leave the state! There are over 1,000 campgrounds in Michigan, located near popular destinations, along major tourist routes and even in metropolitan areas. You’re always on vacation at the campsite, even if it’s only an hour drive home.
Stay longer in one place. Many RV parks are vacation destinations in their own right, offering something for everyone—swimming pools, playgrounds, game rooms, boating, fishing, nature trails, planned activities and more!
Eat in. Cook your family favorites in the convenience of an RV to avoid the high costs of eating out. Better yet, cook over your campfire!
Drive 55 instead of 65. AAA reports, for every 1 mph increase over 55 mph, fuel efficiency decreases 2.2 percent.
Adjust home thermostats to save energy when traveling.
Pack light and purchase firewood, water and other camping materials at the campground to keep the RV lightweight while traveling.
Tune up the engine of your motorhome or tow vehicle, inflate tires properly and conduct regular maintenance to maximize fuel efficiency.
Use the grade of fuel recommended by the engine manufacturer to increase miles per gallon.
Travel during off-peak times. Avoid rush hour or travel at night when the weather is cooler and the vehicle air conditioning is needed less.

Veteran RVer, Jayne Kasper travels nearly 2,000 miles in Michigan each year with husband Ted and dog Jasper. Jayne doesn’t let the cost of gas slow her down, “We stay at campgrounds closer to home. I’m on vacation the moment I step into my motor home, whether we’re 20 minutes or 2 hours from home.”

Here are some other facts to remember:

Airfares and hotel rates are rising rapidly as fuel costs increase and fuel surcharges are added. You can avoid those costs in an RV. Fuel prices would need to triple from their current level to make RVing more expensive for a family of four than other forms of travel.
Fuel is typically only the fourth largest expense on a road trip, behind lodging, food and vehicle payment and maintenance.
Save on entertainment costs by bringing along your family’s favorite DVDs and game systems.
Memories made on RV trips will last a lifetime—as will the physical and mental health benefits. With a few simple adjustments for fuel price increases, RVing remains as affordable and as fun as ever.

RVing is still one of the most cost effective ways to explore Michigan. Replace family memories of airport delays, cramped hotel rooms and expensive restaurants with those of scenic drives, comfortable, amenity-filled campgrounds, campfire cookouts and outdoor adventures. There’s so much to see and do right here in your home state! RV owners surveyed by Robert Hilton Associates cited the most important benefits of family camping are bringing the family closer together, having new experiences and teaching a respect of nature.

As read on: http://www.marvac.org/rv-fuel-costs-affordable.htm

The NEW 2013 Dodge Dart is HERE in our Showrooms!

The NEW 2013 Dodge Dart has made it to our Showrooms
and we are excited to show it off!!

We are also very excited to announce that we can OFFICIALLY start taking orders on your very own 2013 Dodge Dart! Our knowledgeable sales staff is ready and waiting to show you all the 2013 Dodge Dart has to offer you starting at ONLY $15,995!

Experience the largest touchscreen in the compact car class, available Uconnect® 8.4, featuring AM/FM/CD/MP3 and available SiriusXM Satellite Radio+ with replay mode. Get up-to-the-minute weather, fuel prices, sports and movie listings with available Garmin® Navigation and SiriusXM Travel Link™+. Crank up your own tunes via remote SD card or remote USB Port with iPod® mobile device control and more!

Stop in today and see it in person!

Chrysler: ‘Imported from Gotham City’ contest to promote new Batman ‘Dark Knight Rises’ movie

DETROIT – Warner Bros. Pictures and Chrysler have teamed up to bring fans the opportunity of a lifetime surrounding next month’s release of “The Dark Knight Rises,” the conclusion to the blockbuster Dark Knight trilogy.

Playing off Chrysler’s “Imported from Detroit” campaign, the “Imported from Gotham City” contest allows fans to create an original TV spot featuring Chrysler and Batman. Director/writer/producer Christopher Nolan will select the winning spot, which will debut on television around the release of the film.

Contestants will have two weeks to create their “Imported from Gotham City” original spot by using Chrysler 300 car footage, film footage, and music from the movie trailer.

A gallery of submissions will go live on Saturday, June 30th. Then the public will be able to vote on their favorite Gotham City collaboration.

How the winners will be chosen

The top three finalists will be announced online and Nolan will personally choose the winner. The winning spot will be determined by public vote, originality, creativity, memorability and brand effectiveness. Warner Bros. and Chrysler will debut the winning spot on national TV the week of the film’s release. The winner will receive a trip to Hollywood to finish their spot alongside a professional editor before traveling to New York City to attend the red carpet premiere screening of “The Dark Knight Rises,” on Monday, July 16th.

In addition to the winning Contest spot, Chrysler will unveil a 30-second, commercial titled “Imported from Gotham City.” The ad was designed and shot to look and feel similar to the world of the “The Dark Knight Rises.” Featuring a 2012 Chrysler 300.
Broadcast debut on WDIV-TV Local 4

It will make its broadcast debut on Tuesday, July 19th on NBC. A 60-second spot will also run online. Once live, both spots will be available on the Chrysler brand YouTube channel at http://www.YouTube.com/Chrysler.

“The 2012 Chrysler 300 featured in this marketing and advertising campaign was created intentionally to look as if it could be driven on the streets and fit in to the nightlife of Gotham City; it’s clearly a vehicle that stands out and makes one take notice,” said Saad Chehab, Chrysler Brand CEO.

“Imported from Gotham City” merchandise including t-shirts and hats will also be available for purchase.
How to enter

For more information and the official rules regarding the “Imported from Gotham City” contest, visit http://www.importedfromgothamcity.com.How the winners will be chosen

The top three finalists will be announced online and Nolan will personally choose the winner. The winning spot will be determined by public vote, originality, creativity, memorability and brand effectiveness. Warner Bros. and Chrysler will debut the winning spot on national TV the week of the film’s release. The winner will receive a trip to Hollywood to finish their spot alongside a professional editor before traveling to New York City to attend the red carpet premiere screening of “The Dark Knight Rises,” on Monday, July 16th.

In addition to the winning Contest spot, Chrysler will unveil a 30-second, commercial titled “Imported from Gotham City.” The ad was designed and shot to look and feel similar to the world of the “The Dark Knight Rises.” Featuring a 2012 Chrysler 300.
Broadcast debut on WDIV-TV Local 4

It will make its broadcast debut on Tuesday, July 19th on NBC. A 60-second spot will also run online. Once live, both spots will be available on the Chrysler brand YouTube channel at http://www.YouTube.com/Chrysler.

“The 2012 Chrysler 300 featured in this marketing and advertising campaign was created intentionally to look as if it could be driven on the streets and fit in to the nightlife of Gotham City; it’s clearly a vehicle that stands out and makes one take notice,” said Saad Chehab, Chrysler Brand CEO.

“Imported from Gotham City” merchandise including t-shirts and hats will also be available for purchase.
How to enter

For more information and the official rules regarding the “Imported from Gotham City” contest, visit http://www.importedfromgothamcity.com.

As read on: http://www.clickondetroit.com/money/automotive/Chrysler-Imported-from-Gotham-City-contest-to-promote-new-Batman-Dark-Knight-Rises-movie/-/2318858/15155328/-/20scmt/-/index.html

Win 500 Gallons of Fuel!


It seems these days the only thing stable about fuel prices is their instability. Well, that and the fact nobody ever enjoys paying higher prices at the pump.

Let RAM ease that pain by giving you free fuel. In the coming weeks, RAM will be giving away one grand prize of 500 gallons of fuel in addition to smaller-yet still significant-weekly prizes of 32 gallons, which just happens to be the size of the largest fuel tank available on the new 2013 RAM 1500. Coincidence, we think not.

Click here to enter for your chance to win.
And good luck!




*As read on: http://blog.ramtrucks.com/features/win-500-gallons-of-fuel/#more-6866

THE DODGE BRAND AND DICK SCOTT CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP RAM HELP RAISE $1,540

 

From left to right Jason Scott, General Manager at Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram; Liz Salliotte, Administrative Assistant at Northville High School; and Bryan Masi, Athletic Director at Northville High School.

From left to right Jason Scott, General Manager at Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram; Liz Salliotte, Administrative Assistant at Northville High School; and Bryan Masi, Athletic Director at Northville High School.

Northville, MI – Northville High School students and families participated in a Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser on April 19, 2012, and raised $1,540 for the school’s Turf Club. The Dodge brand contributed $20 for each new test drive in a new 2012 Dodge Durango, Dodge Journey or Dodge Grand Caravan.

“The Dodge brand and our dealers are committed to giving back to the communities where we do business,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO – Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “That is why we’re proud to support organizations that encourage student development and growth.”

“We love working with the parents and students in our community,” said Nichole Scott, Director of Dealership Operations, at Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. “We were very happy with the community turn out at the Dodge Booster Club school fundraiser. It is our pleasure to present the contribution check to the Northville High School Turf Club in the amount of $1,540. We also enjoyed the community’s enthusiastic response to our new 2012 Dodge Durango SUV, Dodge Journey crossover, and award-winning Dodge Grand Caravan minivan.”

The Dodge brand donated nearly $467,000 to high school booster clubs last year.