Automotive

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Monroe Safety Triangle™: What my worn shocks did to my car.

I’m writing this as I prepare for another weekend of camping with my family—this time we’ll be tent camping at the Boy Scout camp, so no popup camper. As my kids would say: “Awww frowny face emoji.” But, we’ll still be loading up the van with enough stuff to eat, sleep and entertain the six … Continue Reading

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Buying Your Kid’s First Car

I always love getting into those “first car” conversations with people. “I had a 67 blah-blah-blah with a 289 and three-on-the-tree…” or “It was a little red convertible with daisy floor mats and a Roxy sticker on the window…” And then they usually follow that with: the year they got it how much they paid … Continue Reading

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Tips for Towing a Camper

Some of you might know I rehabbed a little popup camper. I got it for a song. Well, not literally, but if it was a song it might be this one. That song would probably have scared the previous owner into just giving it to me. Anyway, I got it cheap. It was a gamble … Continue Reading

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10+ DIY Car Maintenance Tips and Tricks

Marty and I have always both been DIY guys. One reason is because we’re cheap frugal. Another reason is that we want things done right. But mostly because we’re cheap. The fine folks at Purolator know how cheap we are so they tossed us some greenbacks and asked us to share some of our tips … Continue Reading

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How to Change Your Oil

We use to say “Oil” like “Earl.” As in… “There’s earl in them thar hills.” Black gold. Texas Tea. And then the Clampetts pull into my driveway in their ’23 oldsmobile truck and help me change the oil. These are the things that run through my head every time I change my oil. And yes, … Continue Reading

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The Toyota Sienna Minivan – Dadand Approved

I get why people make fun of minivans. I used to goof on them, too. They’re an easy target. They’re the sweatpants of the car world. People say you’ve given up on your individuality and next you’ll be wearing a white belt and pulling your pants up to your nipples, old man.  But that’s all crap, … Continue Reading

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Fixing a rusty mower deck

I’ve always had a beater mower around. It finally got to the point where more grass (and sticks and rocks) came out of the holes in the deck than out of the grass shoot. “What’s a beater mower?”, you say? You know, it’s the mower you get off the side of the road with a … Continue Reading

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How to Change a Headlight

Dadand was contacted by Sylvania and asked to review their new Sylvania SilverStar ULTRA bulbs. They must have ESP because I was just telling Emily how I feel like my headlights were dimming (which is a real thing by the way). Anyway, what better way to put together a quick tutorial on how to change your … Continue Reading

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Building Countertops for a Popup Camper

Project Popup Camper: Countertops Okay, I got some work done on Project Popup. For those of you who forget, go here. For those of you are mesmerized by our handsomeness and don’t want to leave this page, our picture will be there too. Seriously now. Project Popup is a 2000 Viking camper trailer. I bought … Continue Reading

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Connecting a Battery Tender to a Honda Ruckus

Anyone with a vehicle they store for a period of time needs a Battery Tender to trickle charge and maintain the battery. The Battery Tenders all come with 2 connection types, a ring terminal harness and an alligator clip harness. Each accessory has a 2-pin quick-disconnect plug so you can, like it says, quickly disconnect. You … Continue Reading

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