Worst Things About Owning a Truck

Owning a truck isn’t all fun and games, as many pickup owners have likely already told you. There’s a few downsides that not everyone will enjoy. Here are some of the worst things about owning a truck presented by us here at Shults Ford of Harmarville.

You’ll be the center of attention at tailgates.

If there’s one thing trucks are the sole leaders of, it’s tailgating. The bed is perfect for hanging out and transporting coolers, grills, and other necessary items for a tailgate party. That means you might find people gathering around your truck on game day.

You’ll have to eat a lot of pizza.

Pizza is the go-to food of people who have just moved. Since trucks are some of the capable vehicles in the industry, odds are you’ll be asked to help people move. Put two and two together, and odds are you’ll find yourself scarfing down quite a bit of pizza.

You’ll be the transportation for many trips.

Trucks are some of the most versatile vehicles on the road, which means there are few places you aren’t capable of exploring. Unfortunately, that means you might find yourself driving when you take your friends camping or exploring areas otherwise unreachable by car.

On the bright side, you’ll get to have some pretty cool adventures.

Worst Things About Owning a Truck - 2017 Ford F-150

Finding the Most Beautiful Campground in Pennsylvania with Your Ford F-150

Now that spring is finally here, outdoor enthusiasts are no doubt planning their season of camping adventures. Anyone who calls Pennsylvania their home would be remiss not to make a special visit to what some people call the most beautiful campground in Pennsylvania.

Campers Paradise, located at the edge of McConnells Mill State Park, is just an hour away from Shults Ford Harmarville. This gorgeous campground offers multiple forms of accommodation, from available cabins that are perfect for the next winter season, to a rentable teepee in the camp’s Wild West Territory. You can even sleep up to eight in the covered wagon accommodation.

However, many folks prefer to keep their camping experiences rugged and old fashioned. There are plenty of areas at Campers Paradise where visitors can set up their tent and campsite with just the stars and the trees as their company.

In these situations, it’s helpful to have one other companion—the Ford F-150. This classic American pickup has the capability to drive on tough terrains, making it the perfect vehicle to get you to your remote campsite. It has the strength and the space needed to bring along whatever gear you might want—from bikes to kayaks to extensive camping supplies. At Shults Ford Harmarville, we love finding new ways to make the F-150 a helpful asset to camping trips all year round.

Campground in Pennsylvania

Why Road Trips in a Ford Edge Are the Best Kind of Road Trips

There’s nothing quite like hitting the open road for a trip away from the norm. Road trips are a great way to experience the country from a different perspective, and offer an intimate setting for family bonding. If you can get behind this type of adventure, then you need to consider planning your next road trip in a Ford Edge. This sporty crossover has the space and the comfort that will make your whole crew feel at home from point A to point B.

But road trips aren’t just about seats big enough for napping. There are design details in the 2017 Ford Edge that enhance each ride beyond modern comfort. Features like ambient LED lighting in the cabin will set the mood after dark. But when the sun is still up, having the available Panoramic Vista Roof® open will give passengers a whole new connection with the sunny skies as you move along to your destination.

A perfect road trip vehicle would also be equipped with the perfect suite of technology and safety features. After all, nothing can act as a substitute for the peace of mind that comes with knowing your vehicle is a safe haven. The 2017 Ford Edge is full of gadgets, from driver-assist technologies to tools like navigation,that will surely make your trip a success.

To learn more about what’s offered in the Ford Edge, or to hear why we love road trips in this crossover, stop by Shults Ford Harmarville today.

Road trips in a Ford Edge

History of April Fools’ Day

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April Fools’ Day
has been a tradition as long as we can remember. But just where did that tradition start?

There has been some debate amongst historians over when April Fools’ first began. Also called All Fools’ Day, the original conception of this holiday is still a mystery. Some historians believe that it all began in 1582, when the Julian calendar became the Gregorian calendar. This change made the start of the year January 1st instead of April 1st.

However, many people never knew about the change, so they ended up celebrating New Years on April 1st. The people who didn’t know became a joke, having people place paper fish on their back as a way of making fun of them, calling them “easily caught fish”. This comedic occurrence might have been the beginning of April Fools’ Day.

It’s possible that this idea spread or that the celebration of April Fools’ started because of the vernal equinox, when Mother Nature was accused of “tricking” people. Throughout the 18th century, April Fools’ Day became more popular.  It’s even a two-day event in Scotland.

Even large corporations like Burger King and Sports Illustrated celebrate April Fools’ Day. No matter how you celebrate April Fools’ Day this year, know that it comes with plenty of history!

2018 Ford Expedition Prototype

2017 Ford Expedition driving in the desert

Not much is known about the 2018 Ford Expedition, but its prototype has been spied out on the road. What is certain so far is that it’s sure to bring exciting change.

The new Ford Expedition was camouflaged when it went out for a stroll in Detroit, but some updates could still be seen. The 2018 Expedition is modeled after the all-new F-150. It has a similar aluminum-intensive body structure, which makes the Expedition tougher than ever.

While it’ll be plenty tough, the innovative aluminum structure actually makes the Expedition more lightweight. This helps conserve fuel economy, making it even easier to navigate on the road.

The EcoBoost V6 engine is another addition to this car. There’s also a smaller engine option available for those who want to save even more on gas.

So what about technology? The 2018 Expedition has that, too. While it couldn’t be seen from the outside of the camouflaged car, the inside has Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system. That means every driver will have access to their favorite entertainment and plenty of technology updates.

It will be a bit until you see the 2018 Ford Expedition, but it’ll be worth it when you get behind the wheel with all of these exciting changes.

10 Holiday Gifts for Car Enthusiasts

Shopping for car lovers can be difficult, especially if you aren’t familiar with the industry. Fortunately, there are many great gifts that will please any driver. Here are a few gifts for car enthusiasts as suggested by us here at Shults Ford of Harmarville. Happy holidays!

  • Apps – Smartphone apps are relatively inexpensive, if not free, and are the best way to allow a driver to keep a close eye on their vehicle. Some apps even allow drivers to monitor fuel consumption and real-time stats.
  • Racetrack Coasters – Nothing is simpler than a set of racetrack coasters. Let your loved one bring their passion in from the garage.
  • Video Games – There’s a rather large number of car-based video games on the market. Stop by your local gaming store and peruse the shelves or ask for help!
  • Solar Charger – Electric cars are becoming more and more popular. As a result, some companies, like BMW, are creating solar chargers.
  • Mirror Speaker – What’s better than listening to music from a portable mirror speaker?
  • GoPro – Off-road drivers love to hit the trails. Let them share their experience by investing in a GoPro.
  • Leather Wallets – Wallet makers tend to pander to specific audiences. That’s true for car enthusiasts, as indicated by the GTO leather wallet.
  • Power Wheels – Got a kid that found their passion for cars early? What makes a better gift than a drivable power toy-vehicle?
  • Anki Drive Kit – Ever wanted to test your skills on a miniature racetrack? Now you can with the Anki DRIVE Kit. This gift features an AI-controlled opponent that adapts and gets better at racing the longer you play.
  • A New Car – Let’s be real. What better gift is there than your car enthusiast’s dream ride? While most can’t afford a new car for Christmas, those who can could blow their car enthusiast’s mind this holiday season!

Gifts for Car Enthusiasts

Ford Last Mile Mobility Challenge

As an automotive manufacturer, Ford is always on the forefront of furthering mobility. Ford employees are stepping up to the plate to do their part. The Ford Last Mile Mobility Challenge takes submissions for personal assistant devices from Ford employees. The challenge received more than 600 submissions in 2016, which was an annual record. The short list of finalists rounds out to an impressive lineup of mobility inventions.

Carr-E, created by Killian Vas of Germany, can transport up to 260 lbs. and travel up to 14 miles. The four-wheeled device also has a top speed of 11 mph. Place an item on the device and it will follow an electronic transmitter.

TriCiti, created by James Neugebauer, Torsten Gerhardt, and Robert Spahl, is a rideable device and carrying assistant. The machine can be modified to carrying groceries, golf bags, and more. It boasts a 19-mile range and a top speed of up to 12 mph.

The EChair, developed by Gunther Cuypers, Robin Celis, and David Longin, is an electric wheelchair with a twist. This particular invention can load itself into a vehicle. That alone offers more independence to those with limited mobility.

We here at Shults Ford of Harmarville are happy to see Ford employees taking the initiative when it comes to furthering mobility!

Ford Last Mile Mobility Challenge

Ford Complex Honeybees Tended by Volunteer Worker

Ford employee Mary Mason, who works at the Ford River Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Michigan, has taken up the task of tending to tens of thousands of honeybees right outside the complex. Honeybee populations have been steadily declining for decades, and Mason hopes to combat the decline by supporting the more than 80,000 bees installed in two beehives on the grounds of the Rouge plant.

Factors such as Colony Collapse Disorder, pesticides, and parasites have had serious negative effects on US honeybees, one of our vital pollinating species. Ford is working with Mason to further its wildlife habitat strategy, which over the last 15 years has turned the Rouge Complex from a plain gray building to a place where nature thrives.

The Heritage 2000 Program started Ford’s environmental initiatives, where they brought in a sustainability designer to make over the complex. Because the complex already has flowering crabapple trees on their grounds, it seemed like a perfect fit for the honeybees.

The Ford complex honeybees were introduced to the orchard thirteen years ago, and Mason, who brought some of her own bees in as well, has volunteered to take care of them for the last three. Mason shared that the die-off rate of bees in Michigan is 60 to 70%, and she’s glad for the chance to care for the bees in a pesticide-free environment.

Ford complex honeybees

Ford Fund Investment in Detroit Neighborhood to Build Community Center and Further Educational Opportunities

Ford Fund will invest $5 million in a struggling Detroit neighborhood to build a community center and create education opportunities. Ford Fund is Ford Motor Company’s philanthropic arm and has made investments of over $161 million in area communities over the last 10 years.

The Ford Fund investment in Detroit will launch a second Ford Resource and Engagement Center in conjunction with Detroit Public Schools and the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. The center will be housed at Fisher Magnet Upper Academy on the east side of the city and will give better access to educational materials and other essential services for area children and adults.

In addition to providing information access and services, the Ford Resource and Engagement Center will do its best to meet community needs by providing programs asked for by residents of the surrounding neighborhoods, including job training programs, cultural and art services, and food distribution.

The first Detroit Ford Resource and Engagement Center is located on the southwest side in Mexicantown Mercado and has helped more than 80,000 residents. The original center offers services such as preparing tax returns and giving more than 1.2 million pounds of food. Ford says the return on investment for the community is $3 for every $1 spent on the programs by Ford.

The new center is due to open in early 2017 and will be managed by the Detroit Public Schools Foundation.

Ford Fund investment in Detroit

Winter Car Tips: Preparing for the Cold Season

Getting your car ready for winter is important when it comes to safety and maintenance. Wintertime brings colder temperatures, harsh weather, and more traffic around the holidays. Follow some of these basic winter car tips to keep you and your car protected during the upcoming months.

According to Kiplinger, one of the first things you should consider are winter tires. All-season tires are practical, but winter tires are specially designed for the season—as the name implies. These tires come with special rubber compounds that stand up in cold weather, as well as deep treads for added grip. Many winter tires also have special trenches to divert water, which prevents hydroplaning.

Next, get new wipers. You should replace wipers at least once a year. Wiper blades are especially important in the winter, when melting ice and snow can blur your windshield. Also, top off your wiper fluid with deicer to help improve visibility in bad weather.

Have your battery professionally checked. Cold temperatures wreak havoc on electrical systems, which is the major reason batteries tend to die in the winter. If your battery is more than three years old or if the juice is running low, consider getting a replacement as soon as possible. No one wants to get stranded in the winter.

Finally, wax your lights. This might sound strange, but winter is often accompanied by short days and less sunlight. Waxing the lights can prevent ice and snow from building up, and it also removes dirt and grime. Better visibility leads to better safety.

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