Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Ultimate Roadtrip: The Best Eastern U.S Roadside Attractions

Trucking Nation you are always on a road trip, why not make it the ultimate road trip by visiting the best roadside attractions our great country has to offer. Here are the best stops of the Eastern U.S from budgettravel.com:

Connecticut - Louis' Lunch
As the story goes, in 1900 a man requested that the luncheonette's owner make him something to eat on the go -- the result was a broiled beef patty in between two slices of bread. Voila! America's 1st hamburger. Louis' still serves them the same way, and don't even think about ketchup - condiments are forbidden. louislunch.com

Delaware - Mike's Famous Harley-Davidson
Head into Mike's Warehouse Grill for a bowl of Mike's Famous chili, served with jalapeno corn bread (yummm!). At I-295 and Rte. 9, south of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, Mike's is also home to the Museum of the American Road. Don't miss the tribute to Dave Barr, a double-leg amputee who rode his Harley around the world. mikesfamous.com

Maine - Desert of Maine
Geologists say that nearly 11,000 years ago, a glacier deposited sand that was only discovered when poor farming techniques led to topsoil erosion. The result is a 44-acre desert with 12-foot dunes--not exactly the standard New England attraction. Guided safaris and gemstone hunts are available. Open May-October. desertofmaine.com

Maryland - The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum
To save money, founders Elmer and Joanne Martin originally purchased while mannequins and added black heads and hands. Today, over 120 figures are on display, including Dred Scott, Billie Holiday, cowboy Bill Pickett, Osborne Payne, and Harriet Tubman--all now proudly custom-made for the museum. greatblacksinwax.org.

Massachusetts - Museum of Bad Art
Clashing colors and poor perspective--described in tongue-in-cheek captions--are on display in a museum-- dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and celebration of bad art in all its forms. Much like fine art museums, the curator at MOBA--8 miles south of Boston--selects paintings that are original in style and content, like Sunday on the Pot With George, an Impressionist view of an overweight man on a toilet. museumofbadart.org

New Jersey - Lucy the Elephant
65-ft tall and constructed entirely of wood and tin, Lucy the Elephant is so, well, elephantine that she was once converted into a four-bedroom summer home. Built in 1881, the pachyderm was intended to draw developers to South Atlantic City and has since withstood demolition, hurricanes, and countless visitors poking around the inside of her stomach. lucytheelephant.org

New York - Jell-O Museum
Long before Bill Cosby starred in the company's advertisements, Jell-O was paving the way for modern American merchandising. To build his brand, patent owner Orator Woodard advertised in Ladies' Home Journal in the early 1900s, gave free samples to housewives a few years later, and even had it served to immigrants on Ellis Island. jellomuseum.com

Pennsylvania - The Shoe House
This three-bedroom, ankle-high-shoe-shaped house was built in 1948 by Mahlon Haines--a self-made millionaire nicknamed the Show Wizard of York County. The Shoe House is open Thursday through Sunday for tours explaining its construction. No old women reside there, in case anyone was wondering. jarrettsville.org/family/shoehouse.htm

Rhode Island - World's Largest Bug
A 59-foot-long termite named Nibbles Woodaway sits atop the three-story New England Pest Control building in Providence ( and is easily visible from I-95). Nearly 1,000 times bigger than an actual termite, Nibbles often gets dressed up for holidays. Fans of  Dumb and Dumber may recall the bug's bit-time movie debut.

Vermont - Ben & Jerry's Flavor Graveyard
For every popular flavor--Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey--there are those that don't survive, and the folks at Ben & Jerry's have given at least some of them a proper burial. The cemetery in Waterbury features headstones for flavors such as This Is Nuts  and Miz Jelen's Sweet Potato Pie. benjerry.com

When your on the road and need a break, these roadside attractions will give a whole new meaning to the word Pit Stop. 
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Thursday, 3 April 2014

How To: Spring Cleaning Your Truck

Happy Spring Trucking Nation! It was a long Winter and finally temperatures are starting to rise. Now is the perfect time to Spring Clean your truck and get it ready for warmer seasons. CDLLife has 10 great tips to detailing your truck to make it shine:

1. Start with Compressed Air.
The first step is to fire up an air compressor and blow all the dirt that is hidden in all the nooks and crannies of your truck onto the carpets. This way they are now out of the open where it is easy to vacuum instead of hidden in hard to reach areas.

2. Use Stiff Scrub Brushes on your carpets.
Stiff brushes loosen up dirt from the carpets and upholstery. If you have leather seats use conditioner with aloe to clean.

3. For a new car smell - Clean Your Ducts.
While you have the compressor out use it to blow dust and dirt out of the heating and A/C duct-work. You should aim the compressor at the wall of the ducts behind the vent grilles, where dust and dirt stick and cause musty smells.

4. Use Non-Acid based cleaner on your tires.
Acid-based cleaners can cause wheels to oxidize and pit. Also try a degreaser on your wheels, but avoid detergents because they can damage paint if it splashes. Wheels and tires should be cleaned before you clean and protect your truck's paint.

5. Nothing like an old-fashioned Hand Wash.
Hand washing your truck allows you to familiarize yourself with your truck's entire surface. Just don't be like most people and use dish washing detergent to clean your rig. It will definitely get it clean, but it also strips away protective wax coatings. Exposing the truck to nicks and scratches. A car wash solution is worth the money to preserve the finish. Make sure you dry it after you are finished washing because water will leave dirt and minerals on your truck once it evaporates. Ideally dry with a rubber-blade squeegee. This way you won't scratch the paint. Also, don't forget to start at the top. It seems simple, but many of us like to start at the bottom or eye level. Start at the top so you don't catch streaks running down your truck.

6. Use Paint Cleaners.
Sometimes washing your truck isn't enough. Bird-dropping, dead bugs, and pollutants settle on the paint and can saturate through the wax and clear coatings into the color coat underneath. If you run your hand accrss the surface of your truck and it feels rough and scratchy then go grab some paint cleaner. Paint cleaner removes wax and unwanted environmental chemicals. Cleaners can also remove small scratches from your truck as well.

7. Polish to smooth out paint
 Polish your truck to smooth the surface of the paint. This will really bring out the shine and give it that new truck look. If you can get your hands on an oscillating buffer that is a great tool for this.

8. Protect your truck with Wax.
 Wax will wear off over time, but in that time it will absorb stains and small scratches before it reaches the paint. It may be good idea to wax your truck on a regular basis, maybe every season, that way you're keeping your paint protected as much as possible.

9. Wash and Wax your Windows Last.
Clean the glass last because it will have grime and dirt form your previous steps. Try to avoid using cleaner that contain ammonia because it can be bad for upholstery if it spills on it. Waxing windows is a good call too, especially if you are picking up a lot of dust on the road. Dust won't stick to your windows as easily with wax covering them.

10. Roll Down your windows to clean.
This way you are hitting every spot. If you clean them while the windows are up you aren't getting the full window. Make sure you get those top edges. You've cleaned your whole truck, why skimp out now.

With these top tips from CDLLife you can get your truck to shine like it just came from the factory. Make sure to give the inside of the cab a good scrub over too. Have fun!

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