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KSAL Staff - October 14, 2016 3:03 pm

Winterizing your vehicles and campers:

Hi, this is Blake Housh filling in for Lydia Housh with Becker Autos & Trailers of Beloit!  In this blog I will give you a few tips on winterizing your vehicles and campers. If you have any more questions or want to see what we can offer you at Becker Autos & Trailers, please feel free to call/text me at 785-534-1227 or shoot me an email at beckerautos@nckcn.com.

It’s important to get your vehicles and campers winter ready

With the cold temperatures in our area there are often issues that arise from the frequent cold.

Things to make sure and check on a vehicle:

Battery: the extreme cold and extreme heat can be most harsh on a battery.  If you have noticed your vehicle taking a little longer to start or if you haven’t had to replace your battery yet, you might consider getting it tested before winter.  A dead battery is no fun, and especially no fun when the Kansas wind is blowing in the cold winter temps.  Run to a local mechanic, or parts store (who often will do this test for free) to see the status of your battery.

Antifreeze: Make sure your antifreeze is rated to withstand the temps that may be coming this winter.  You can buy a tester that will test the degrees which your antifreeze is rated.  You could also stop by your local mechanic to perform this service.

Windshield washer fluid: Something you may not think of.  But they make a winter blend and summer blend on your washer fluid!  Make sure you are filled with the winter blend so you can clean off your windshield when needed and not have it freeze up.

Tire tread: Look how close you are getting to your wear bars on your tires.  If they are there or close, you may want to consider getting a new set or 2 new tires before winter road conditions.  If you are in a 4 wheel drive or all wheel drive vehicle we suggest keeping all 4 tires at equal tread depth.  On a front or rear wheel drive car you can replace 2 at a time.


Things to make sure and do on a camper

Unplug your camper battery – there are items in a camper that may run while your battery is still plugged in and can drain it.  If a drained battery freezes it will probably ruin the life of your battery.  Some use a smart trickle charger during the winter to maintain a charge on a battery.  Make sure it’s not on a constant charge but just when it needs it.  Or move your battery into a warmer are and put on a trickle charger before your next use.

Empty tanks completely: make sure your sewer and holding tanks are completely empty.  Frozen liquid expands and can cause issues.

Blow out water in lines:  You can use an air compressor to blow out water lines to make sure there is no water that will freeze in them.  If you aren’t comfortable with this consult your owners manual for details or hire someone… like Becker Autos & Trailers in Beloit, to winterize for you.

Should you use antifreeze? Some people do and some people don’t use the antifreeze to protect your camper over the winter.  The main thing is being able to put antifreeze in the lines without getting it throughout your tanks, so you don’t have to worry about that antifreeze in your water next year.  Again consult your owner’s manual or hire it done.

Bottom line is, make sure you are not only safe with winter conditions ahead, but also that you prevent future issues from arising due to winter weather.

Don’t forget here at Becker Autos & Trailers we have over 60 vehicles, 35 campers and 100 trailers on the lot and we’re here to help find the ones for you!  Open House and show special pricing on now! You can check out our website at beckerautos.com!

NASCAR: Watch for the Becker Autos & Trailers number 55 Sprint Cup Car driven by Cole Whitt at Kansas speedway this Sunday!  Becker Autos & Trailers will be sponsoring the hood on the car.  Becker Autos & Trailers has teamed with Premium Motors to help sponsor the car in the race.

This car gets us good visibility across Kansas.  We also enjoy the fact that we can help out such a small team that works so hard.  We feel like we have a lot of similarities when it comes to the way premium motorsports does business.  Their pit crew is their mechanics and everyone has more than one job on the team.  We are happy to represent our family owned, small town business on such a car.


Thanks for reading!

Blake Housh

Becker Autos & Trailers in Beloit

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