How to Safely Transport a Paddleboard With Your Chevy

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A favorite summertime activity for many Missouri families is paddleboarding. There are plenty of beautiful lakes and rivers in the state where you can enjoy this relaxing activity. Unfortunately, before you can head out onto the water, you have to transport your expensive paddleboard on the roof of your car. We are going to share some valuable tips that will help you safely transport a paddleboard with your Chevy.

With a roof rack

Nearly all Chevrolet SUVs are available with a roof rack. However, you may also need the crossbars to properly use the roof rack. With the crossbars in place, you can secure your paddleboard to those bars.

  1. First, lay down some padding to protect your board from the crossbars. Many people use pool noodles as crossbar padding. Simply slice them open and wrap them around the bars.
  2. Lay the board on top of the padding. Depending on the length of your board and vehicle, the board may have to hang over part of your windshield and past the bumper.
  3. Use tie-down straps to secure your board to the crossbars.

Without a roof rack

If you do not have a roof rack, consider getting a soft rack system. This comes with a protective pad and straps that are designed to run through the interior of your vehicle. Follow the directions that come with the system properly attach your board to the roof.

ELCO Chevrolet is here to help you get the most out of your Chevy. Call us if you need help customizing your SUV for warm-weather adventures in Missouri and beyond.

How To Pack Light on a Summer Road Trip With Your Chevy

Summer is the ideal time to take an epic road trip with your Chevy. However, before you can hit the road, you first need to figure out how to fit all of your luggage and gear inside the car. Follow these tips to pack light and have plenty of space in your car to stay comfortable during your summer travels.

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Select your outfits carefully

Before filling up your suitcase, take a look at the weather forecasts for the areas you’re traveling in and choose your clothes accordingly. Pick tops and bottoms that match with each other, so that you can wash your clothes in the middle of your road trip and then wear them again with different pieces. By doing this, you can bring fewer clothes overall and pack them in a much smaller suitcase.

Grab your essentials

Place your toothbrush, toothpaste, medications, and other essentials in a sealable, gallon-size bag. Unless you need to use specific shampoo, conditioner, and body soap, you won’t need to pack these items since almost all hotels come with them.

Fill your bags

When putting your gear into one or more bags, be sure to place the heaviest items on the bottom and the lightest ones on top. Roll up each clothing item and put your toiletry bag on top of them. If you’re bringing cash, split it up and store it in two separate bags for extra safety.

Need any maintenance or even a new Chevy before your road trip? Stop by ELCO Chevrolet in Ballwin, Missouri, and our staff will be happy to help.

Maintenance Items To Check Before Road Tripping With Your Chevy

Summer is the perfect time of year to head out on a family road trip. Before you hit the road, you should make sure your vehicle is road-trip-ready. Here are a few maintenance items to check before you leave.

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  • Oil change. While the industry standard has long been every three months or 3,000 miles, you should check your vehicle’s owner’s manual of the exact recommended schedule. If you will hit your oil change interval while on your trip, you should get the oil changed early.
  • Tire checks. Your tires are going to do a lot of work on your road trip. Make sure they are in good condition before you go. Check the tire pressure in each tire and get them rotated if you are close to the recommended interval.
  • Air filters. Your car has two important air filters: the cabin air filter and the engine air filter. As you would expect, the cabin air filter cleans the air flowering into your cabin and the engine air filter helps clean the air that flows into your engine. Check both filters to see if they need to be replaced.
  • Air conditioning. A long summer road trip without air conditioning would be awful. Make sure your AC system is fully charged and ready to keep you cool.

Schedule a pre-road trip service appointment for your Chevy when you call us at ELCO Chevrolet in Ballwin, Missouri. It’s an easy way to help ensure that you and your loved ones stay safe on your summer adventures.