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A “truck rental” can mean many things from needing an extended cab to pick up a couch you scored on Craigslist to a massive moving truck to get into your dream home across state lines. If you’ve ever been a truck owner yourself, you know to steer clear of calls from friends when you’ve caught wind that they’re moving—when space and power on wheels are necessary, everyone wants access to a truck.
Unfortunately for many, truck ownership just isn’t feasible. They don’t offer the best gas mileage for a daily commuter, they can take up way too much space for an urban dweller, and they’re not going to fit into those compact spots for those who are regulars at the mall.
However, when you need a truck, you need one that’s up for the job.
- When You’re Moving
Whether you want to move your entire one-bedroom condo in a big moving truck or simply take the big pieces of furniture in a king cab, a truck is a must when moving. Renting a truck and loading it as well as driving it yourself can save you a lot of money. However, also keep these moving tips in mind:
- Pack room by room as early as possible
- Load an emergency bin last complete with favorite tools, checkbooks, and other daily necessities
- Consider hiring professionals to at least load the truck, then drive it yourself
- Make sure your property is insured while en route
- When You Bought Furniture
Consider this: The delivery fee for a single couch could be up to $100. If you buy more furniture, you might get charged per piece. It can easily cost 25 percent of that to rent a spacious truck for the entire day. The benefits of truck rental over delivery include:
- No being stuck at home to make the “delivery window”
- You don’t have to add tipping into the mix
- You can take care of a number of other tasks that require a truck the same day
- Your furniture shopping isn’t dictated by delivery fees
- When You’re Going on a Weekend Warrior Adventure
You have the jet skis, the inflated tubes or the snowmobiles—but now what? It doesn’t make sense to buy a truck if you only head into the great outdoors with all your gear a few times per year. Renting a truck for the weekend gives you all the space you need for great outdoor activities like:
- Hunting and fishing
- ATVing or snowmobiling
- Skiing and snowboarding
- Camping and overnight hiking
Plus, trucks can access dirt roads and rough terrain better than any commuter car. You’ll simply be in better hands behind the wheel of a truck.
- When You’re Headed to a Roundup
If you’ve never been to a “roundup” before—a rodeo that’s reached festival level—you’re missing out. They happen around the country and feature rodeo finals, BBQ competitions and a raucous good time. Everyone embraces their inner cowboy or cowgirl, and it’s the perfect opportunity to slip into your Wranglers, boots and a ten-gallon hat.
However, everything comes crashing down if you pull up in a Prius. Renting a truck completes the adventure, and you can finally decide which side of the fence you fall on—Ford or Chevy.
- When Garage Saleing or Antiquing
These are true treasure hunts and you’re never sure what you might discover—which is exactly why you need a truck. What happens if you stumble across the perfect antique secretary you’ve always wanted, but didn’t know until you saw it?
To make the most of a Saturday hitting the sales, get a truck rental just in case. It frees you up to score the deal of a lifetime.
Most of the time when we’re talking about winter weather and roads we’re talking about getting rid of it’s effects on the road to improve safety. However, there is a type of road which is built over snow or a similar substance called a winter road due to their reliance on seasonal climate. A special type of winter road is called ice road and this is what the majority of this article is in reference to.
If you live in a temperate region you may live your whole life without seeing an ice road. It is a road built over a frozen lake or even a bay of the ocean, though the word “road” may be pushing it somewhat.
Ice roads can be permanent or temporary–some only exist between late Fall and early Spring. Even when they are melted the lack of vegetation in a specific part of the water shows where the road used to be.
But why use an ice road when you can wait until the thaw occurs? As with many other things it comes down to expense. It’s cheaper to transport things by truck than by air freight. The other concern is that for some items, carrying by air is impractical. But the basic reason is the old adage, “the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.” If you can drive straight across a lake instead of taking a twisty road around it and a mountain you save a lot of time and fuel.
Making an Ice Road
In order to keep the road as traversable as it can be this routes are often snow plowed. Most people consider ice to be level, but not all types of water being frozen provide a level surface–snowplowing helps make it level.
To create a road takes more than plowing a couple lanes. Often you need to thicken the ice by drilling holes at intervals. The water from these holes floods out and in turn thickens the ice.
The vehicles on the ice road tend to be big trucks, though smaller pickups are also used. The speed limit for ice road is about 25 mph to help prevent the truck from falling through the ice.
Because you can’t just drive out onto most lakes you need some bizarre engineering. One way is a ramp made of slush. It doesn’t sound like a good solution, but it seems to work.
History of Ice Roads
Perhaps the most famous ice road in history is the 900-day siege of Leningrad. In June of 1941, the German and Finnish Army attacked and ultimately blockaded the city where many munitions were manufactured for the Red Army. The attempt to starve out the army and inhabitants failed in large part to allies driving supplies across Lake Ladoga at night. The Nazi Army simply didn’t think anyone was crazy enough to do it so they didn’t waste bombs breaking up the ice.
The ice roads in Canada have a long history going back to the 1930s. These weren’t used by trucks though but by caterpillar sleds. A number of them can be traced back to Al Hamilton of Grimshaw Transport, which still exists. Their main business is to transport fish from the topmost parts of Canada to the USA and beyond. These roads have since been improved by other trucking companies.
You know that golf cars are great little machines to drive you and your golfing buddies around the course. You also might think of them as moving refreshment stands, bringing you icy beverages and your favorite treats. Some of the posher ones might even hold your clubs or provide a radio—but it’s time to get that stock image of golf cars out of your head. They can, and do, provide so much more than a simple means around 18 holes.
Here are a few things that some golf cars feature that may surprise you. Golf may be a traditional game for ladies and gentlemen, but that doesn’t mean golf cars have to stick to the course. However, when they do, why not indulge in something more than what’s expected?
- Ergo Seats
You know the importance of ergonomics at work and at home—but what about at play? Ergonomic features in your golf car can make your ride even more pleasurable, whether your car is for a day on the links or regularly takes retirement community guests around the grounds. Developed via ergonomic software, seats are taller and larger to encourage proper posture. Consider the Signature Edition 4-passenger for a comfortable, ergo-friendly ride.
- Intelligent Drive Systems
When your golf car is used more for turf work than leisure activities, you might be facing some rocky (or snowy, or sandy) terrain. The IntelliTach 4-wheel drive system, available on the Carryall 295, 295 SE and 295 with IntelliTach, keeps you and your employees safe. This feature senses the outdoor terrain and adjusts accordingly. It’s the easiest 4×4 to use, taking the wonder and work out of navigating tricky driving conditions so your drivers can focus on the project at hand.
- Spacious Seating at High Speeds
You’ve probably seen those old school golf cars hauling around guests at airports and apartments at bumbling speeds. However, you don’t have to sacrifice efficiency for space when you choose a model like the TransPorter 6. It offers six seats, including the fold-down backseat, but can travel up to 17 mph. That’s about as safe of a break-neck speed that’s available, and it’ll get your guests where they’re going—whether it’s to the pool or the next flight.
- An Ant of a Machine
Just like ants, some golf cars provide exceptional power even for their relatively small size. For example, the Carryall 295 with IntelliTach can lift up to 500 pounds with zero counterweight and travels up to 25 mph. And the hauling and loading? It can take care of 1,200 pounds and boasts 12-inches of ground clearance. It’s an insane workhorse, which means your workload is drastically lightened.
- Why There Are 18 Holes…
As any avid golfer knows, there are 18 holes on a course because there are 18 shots in a fifth of whisky. While you may not be imbibing at every hole, it’s still important that the hospitality golf cars on your property are equipped with plenty of goodies. Something like the Café Express Deluxe can carry 150 12-ounce bottles, has a water drain system for easy cleanup and three separate compartments. It’s a mini food truck designed for the course.
There’s the perfect golf car for everyone, with features designed to simplify your life. Sometimes sticking to the basics makes sense. But in the case of golf cars, why settle?
When you have a UTV, you see it everywhere—and that’s just how you like it! Many UTV riders seek out films and videos that feature their model or one very similar. It’s exciting to see your machine in action, complete with an all-star cast and killer score.
“Crusty Demons of Dirt” (all films in the series) is the raw cult classic that kick-started the moto-x freestyle movement. In November of 1999, it got the Product of the Decade award from Dirt Rider Magazine and is a beloved classic by any and all motorbike lovers.
This film whisks you away on an African safari where the biggest dunes in the world are tackled. Featuring Bubba, Seth Enslow, and crew, it’s part Discovery Channel and part sheer craziness.
The “Terrafirma” series, especially 2 and 4, shows spectacular riding that’s perfectly edited with a soundtrack that’s nearly required on any off-trail expedition.
“Redline 4 Life” showcases some of the most outlandish stunts that have ever been done on dirt bikes and UTVs, but a big “Don’t try this at home!” warning can’t be repeated enough.
Check out The ATV Movie: “Revolutionary” to see the top riders in the world showing off their skills. Some are the underdogs of the motorsports world, coming from premier ATV practice tracks. Others show what they can do in their own backyards. Freestyle teams from around the globe are highlighted with crazy riding, unbelievable stunts, and reveal in the commentary and interviews what drives them to make their world all about UTVs.
“Butter” is another option (no, not the Jennifer Garner flick). This one is from G3 Productions and delivers the best riding in one sweet package. It follows the lives of the best UTV stunt masters in the world all in HD quality. The Guetter brothers are behind this production, traveling to awesome vistas around the US. It’s a new glimpse into the world of off-roading.
Producer Derek Guetter says, “They are going to blow people’s minds with the best riders and incredible stunning locations!”
It features big jumps, gorgeous dunes, and tracks that are sheer perfection.
Some things you definitely don’t want to experience for yourself, like the majority of what’s featured in the “Best of Huevos,” DVD. From Wes Miller and H Bomb Films comes some of the best UTV footage on the planet. Specializing in crashes, this DVD is the production of 12 years of labor. The Huevos series is one of the most beloved of extreme riders, but definitely serves as a warning of what not to do on your own UTV!
Just like boxers love boxing movies and singers love a good musical, UTV riders need and deserve their own homage videos. If you’re a rider, take care of your rig, and let these films take care of your craving for adventure when staying inside is on the itinerary.
How fast can your UTV go? It depends on the make and model, of course, but the Polaris RZR can top out at 70 mph! Not all UTVs are built for speed—some are built to be hauling machines. Assuming the average top speed of a UTV is 50 mph, that still gives you plenty of get up and go. In fact, these UTVs can outrun many things, including some vintage rides! Even better, a maintained UTV is built to sustain high speeds for long stretches. The same can’t be said of a tired old 1965 Mustang that’s barely highway legal anymore.
While you should never try to run from the police, it’s actually a fairly common attempt in a UTV. There are scores of reports every year of riders trying to take on the fuzz by giving them a run for their money. They’re always caught, but a fast driver in a faster UTV will certainly give police a challenge. Plus, UTVs can go where police cars can’t, such as across fields and down narrow trails.
Faster than a Speeding Coyote!
If it’s ever necessary, you might want to know which animals your UTV can outrun! For starters, the coyote maxes out at 42.9 mph and the brown bear at a measly 21.7 mph (although it certainly feels a lot faster if you’re fleeing from them on foot!). A greyhound doesn’t even break the 40 mph mark, a horse can get to 54.7 mph (so some UTVs can outrun them), and a lion reaches 49.7 mph, ensuring you can barely squeak by this predator.
Few land animals can outrace a UTV, but of course the cheetah is one of them at 74.6 mph. A pronghorn can reach 60.9 mph, although it won’t be chasing your rig down the trails. For hunters who take their UTVs on expeditions, this is critical knowledge. It’s illegal to give chase in a UTV, but if you’re hunting in dangerous territories, knowing your UTV can whisk you away to safety gives you extra peace of mind.
UTVs are not allowed on most highways, even though many can easily maintain minimum speeds. Still, it’s for the safety of everyone on the road. UTVs can be tough to spot, but there are some stretches of highways around the US where your machine is allowed. In these instances, you’ll easily be able to keep pace with almost any other car on the road. Just make sure you check the local laws first.
If you want a speed machine built for thrills, and with security for spills, get the experts on your side today. Get all the upgrades you need for a lightning fast, safe ride.
You may have bought your UTV for fun and games, but it’s also a real workhorse. There are UTVs designed for play, but even if you have a recreational vehicle it can still lighten the load of your household chores. For example, if you’re tired of shoveling snow this season, the Can-Am, Polaris, and other heavy-duty UTVs can take care of that task for you. A machine that’s made to maneuver in snow and is equipped with a plow can turn hours of work into just a few minutes.
However, snow plowing isn’t the only task your UTV can manage. Many come with incredible storage and hauling capabilities. If you want to take on some landscaping challenges, forget the awkward wheelbarrow and constant hauling of items from your garage to your yard. Your UTV can easily haul dirt, sod, branches, limbs, and even crates full of those early spring flowers you’re planting. Gardening and landscaping is back-breaking work, but it doesn’t have to be.
Make Protection a Priority
If you want your leisure ride to pull double duty, make sure you kit it out with the right accessories. For example, you may want to upgrade to a full-tilt, scratch-resistant windshield if you’ll be blazing through overgrown blackberry bushes! Adding a UTV heater for those chilly March mornings of work can keep you safe and comfortable. There are always ways to add on more storage, which you might find you need in the middle of a project.
As spring cleaning season creeps up on you, you’ll likely find endless projects around your property—and can use the help of a towing beast. It’s the perfect season to start planting, and those bushes, saplings, and gardens require a lot more than you expect. From mulch to chip shavings, clearing debris to towing away overgrown limbs, make this the year spring cleaning is done fast and easy.
From Playful to Worker Bee
If you own a farm or are a serious landscaper, you may want a special UTV just for work. However, if you just want to dabble in it, your recreational UTV is likely up for the task. All UTVs are powerful (and much more powerful than any human!). They can also keep you dry and warm when you need to take on those projects in the cold and rain. Working on your property in March is always a challenge, especially with the fickle weather and temperature swings. Consider adding on a roll bar or cage to maximize your safety, especially if you’ll be prowling over new (to you) terrain.
No matter what kind of machine you have, your local experts can help you accessorize quickly and affordably. Make sure your most valuable worker has everything it needs to get the job done.
Cuffing season is here, and there’s no reason a UTV ride can’t be dripping in romance. After all, the adrenaline is pumping, you have some gorgeous scenery, and with the right amount of cargo space you can pack a great romantic picnic into the mix. If you want to take your paramour on a ride to remember this Valentine’s Day, it’ll take a little bit of prep work. Consider this your ultimate love guide for UTV fans:
- Get any upgrades done now: Whether you need a new full-tilt windshield, a heater added to your rig, more cargo space, or a roll bar, make sure your UTV is kitted out with all the accessories you want before the big day.
- Get it clean: You should ideally clean your UTV after every muddy ride, but that doesn’t always happen. Take this time to wash it, detail the insides, and make it worthy of a great date. During this time, you can also check for any damage.
- Safety first: Before your big date, make sure the tires are in good condition, all the lights work, and take it for a brief spin to make sure all is well. The last thing you want is to be stuck with a flat tire, unable to ride because of a faulty light, or otherwise put you and your date in danger.
- Map the ride: There are thousands of miles of trail to explore around the country—and a good chance you haven’t seen them all. You have two choices. Go with a trail you know and love, which is a great way to introduce someone to your hobby. Alternatively, you can choose a trail that’s new to both of you and experience the first ride there together. Either way, make sure you know the rules, have any permits required and know how to get to the trail in advance.
- Pack romance: This is where you can get really personal, so imagine what the ultimate romantic picnic involves. Don’t forget a tarp (in case the ground is wet) and a durable blanket. Be sure to include romantic foods such as fruits, bubbly, s’mores ingredients, and anything else you envision that travels well. Pack food and drinks tightly to avoid destroying them on bumpy trails.
- Include surprises: There’s a lot you can pack into a UTV—much more than just a picnic! Bringing flowers with you or a romantic playlist can help kick the romance up a notch. Also bring an extra change of unisex clothes, such as a sweater and gloves, just in case the trails are especially wet or muddy.
Long holidays are right around the corner, making it a weekend to get out of town and indulge in some romance. Get all the upgrades you need for a lovely weekend with you and your better half (your date can come, too, of course!).
Whether you have a CF Moto, Arctic Cat or Honda Pioneer, not all UTV owners necessarily have trucks with big enough beds to haul a UTV. Towing your UTV can be done quickly, easily and safely, but not without the right tools and know-how. Unfortunately, many people don’t know how to best tow their UTV to the location where they’re going hunting, off-roading, landscaping or enjoying other activities. As a UTV owner (or hopeful owner), you may have seen dangerous towing practices on the highway ranging from illegal trailers to UTVs that seemed to magically be hanging on by a thread.
Bear in mind that if you need to suddenly change lanes, the weight of a UTV alone (no matter how heavy it is) will not be sufficient to keep it on a trailer. However, with the right security systems you can make sudden stops or swerve if necessary, but that should still be avoided. Take some time to ensure you have the right tools before taking your UTV on a joy ride.
Pick up some D-rings, which are very cost effective and offer additional hook points for trailers. Not all trailers come with “enough” hooks to keep a UTV optimally secured. Also, this can help prevent strap chafing on your machine, which regularly causes straps to break on individuals who haul their UTV often. Next, get a ratcheting strap—especially if you have a heavy UTV. Big ratcheting straps can keep the heaviest of UTVs on a trailer, so make sure you get the largest width possible. Otherwise, a 1,200 pound UTV doesn’t stand a chance.
One of the most important features you have is already on your UTV: The parking brake. It is a fast, simple and free move that might make the difference between a UTV staying on the trailer or not. Remember that there is no such thing as too many straps. The best number is three, and they can help immensely on bumpy roads. Criss-cross the straps to maximize “coverage”.
A Closer Inspection
No tool will work if it’s broken. Before pulling away, make sure the trailer brake lights are in good working order. The breakaway chains should also be double checked. These are the chains you hook up in case the hitch falters and becomes unattached from the vehicle/trailer. Ensure they are also criss-crossed to keep the trailer stable and straight on the highway.
Double check the trailer tires, lighting and gates, too. Of course, don’t forget about a safety inspection check of the UTV. Nothing is more frustrating than getting to a recreational area and finding out your UTV is in desperate need of maintenance or of a quick fix. Safety always comes first in all aspects of UTV ownership, including the towing stage.
How does rallying differ from something like Formula 1? Well a rally is more of a point-to-point race rather than round a circuit. The cars which take place must be built for roads, rather than using special race cars.
The more famous example, and one of the first rallies, was the Monte Carlo Rally which began in 1911. Actually, there were rallies before that, the Paris-Rouen competition in 1894, you would be lucky getting a car to go all the way from Paris to Monte Carlo! After this came the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris race. Then in Britain came the London-Glasgow race and Germany the Herkomer trophy, which was a 1000Km hill climb.
Alpine rally began in the 1930s, starting with the Alpenfahrt, which despite its unfortunate sounding name, continued until 1973. (It just means “Alpen travel” by the way.)
After the Second World War, every European country seemed to hold its own rally. There needed to be a way to join all these rallies together, which unfortunately didn’t happen until 1953 with the European Rally Championship.
Rally Then and Now:
You don’t need to be professional to take part in a rally but it is expensive to join. A Sydney to London will cost about the equivalent of $41,000 and just because you sign up in a number of months before the race there’s no guarantee you will get a place – it’s first come, first served.
One key component of Rally Driving is the ability to repair common mechanical issues on the fly. This was a much bigger component historically as vintage and veteran cars are more likely to break down than their modern counterparts. But even with a modern style rally you will need knowledge of mechanic repair should anything go wrong.
It seems that people want bigger challenges, preferring not to look at the small events; however this must be the place to start for anyone new to the wheel, as it were.
Dangers of Rally:
People go on about the dangers of Formula One racing, especially in its beginnings, but how dangerous is rally driving? At the time of writing Anthony Mora seems to be the last registered death in 2017 in the French Rally Cup.
However, an unnamed spectator died when Hayden Padden performed a rather large corner skid and made the car fall down an embankment in 2017. Three spectators were killed in a rally in single accident in Scotland the same year, making spectating seem more dangerous than racing.
Despite Morbid Curiosity:
As with any other racing, people do take a morbid interest in car crashes and the internet overflows with pictures of damaged cars as well as crash footage. I suppose the most interesting part of the racing are the crashes, however unsettling it might seem, the real issue is the false perception that racing is inherently dangerous.
Safety concerns are quickly addressed in the industry and the races are continuously improved. Although rally driving doesn’t produce the most deaths in motor sport, far from it, it seems that racing and death will always keep close company, whatever changes are made.