Must Have Gadgets for Wisconsin

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When you drive in the winter, you’ll need some winter accessories for your vehicle. Even if you just bought a four-wheel drive vehicle from Jack Link’s Auto and RV Supercenter, you’ll want some of these to help you through the Wisconsin winters.

Tire Chains

Tire chains will help you with snowy and icy roads if you are traveling in or live in an area where the secondary roads aren’t always cleared after a snow storm. The chains will help the tires gain traction in deep snow or on ice

Windshield Snow Shade

Pick up a snow shade for your windshield to help keep your windshield clean of snow. This gadget also performs another important function: It keeps your vehicle’s wipers from sticking to the windshield. If you try to use the wipers and they’re frozen to the window, you’ll burn out the wiper motor a lot quicker than you would under normal usage. And, to easily clear the snow, just slide the shield and the snow off all at once.

Utility Snow Plow

A utility snow plow is invaluable when you have a long driveway or you live on a road that’s never cleared by the county. If you need to get out in an emergency or an emergency vehicle needs to get in, you’ll be able to clear the road or driveway to your house.

Traction Weight

If your pickup is having a hard time handling the snow, a traction weight is just what you need to get better traction. Trucks are light in the rear, thus don’t generally have good traction. With the traction weight, you’ll have more weight over the rear tires to help them grip the road when it’s slippery.

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Stop by Jack Link’s Auto and RV Supercenter to test drive a vehicle when you want to replace your current vehicle; and be sure you have the accessories you need to drive safety during the Wisconsin winters.

Best Ski Areas in Wisconsin

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If you want to go skiing, pack up the car or the RV, depending on where you’re going and whether you want to stay in a lodge/cottage or your own place, and head out to some of the best places for skiing in Wisconsin. If you don’t have a car you can trust or think spending a few days in an RV to go skiing sound like fun, stop by Jack Links Auto and RV Supercenter to pick up what you need, whether it’s a truck and toy hauler combination or just a new car or RV.

Alpine Valley Resort

Alpine Valley is located in White Lake and it features 90 skiable acres. This ski area features 14 lifts; and its longest run is 3,000 feet. The vertical is 388 feet. Night skiing is available seven days. The terrain mix is 40-40-20. Rentals and lessons are also available.

Bruce Mound

Bruce Mound is located in Black River Falls and it features 40 skiable acres, a 375-foot vertical, three lifts and a 29-29-42 terrain mix. The longest run is 3,000 feet. Night skiing is available on Fridays. Rentals and lessons are available.

Cascade Mountain

This ski area is located in Portage. The summit is 1,280 feet and the base is 820 feet. Cascade Mountain features 10 lifts, a terrain mix of 37-19-44 and its longest run is 1,800 feet. Night skiing is available seven days.

Christie Mountain

Christie Mountain is located in Bruce and features 20 skiable acres with a 350-foot vertical. The summit is 1,650 feet and the base elevation is 1,300 feet. Christie Mountain features five lifts and a 40-25-35 terrain mix. The longest run is 4,000 feet and night skiing is available from Wednesday through Saturday. Rentals and lessons are also available.

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If you are in the market for a new vehicle or a new RV, stop by Jack Links Auto and RV Supercenter to test drive a new vehicle or to walk through the many RV floor plans we have available. If you are looking for an RV and need a truck to haul it, we can provide you with both.

The 2016 Ford Escape SE

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If you’re in the market for a pre-owned vehicle but you want something newer, stop by Jack Link’s Auto and RV Supercenter to test drive the 2016 Ford Escape SE. This model has just 200 miles on it and features a four-cylinder turbocharged engine.

Interior Features

The Escape’s interior features include an eight-way power drivers seat with power adjustable lumbar support, reclining rear seats, rear ventilation ducts, digital keypad power door locks, one-touch power windows, external temperature display, cruise control, electric power steering, an overhead console with storage, front and rear cup holders, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls, a rear view camera, dual illuminating vanity mirrors, interior air filtration and air conditioning.

Entertainment Features

The Escape’s entertainment features include six speaker, satellite radio, an AM/FM stereo, USB connection, speed-sensitive volume control, auxiliary audio input, Bluetooth and six months of satellite radio service.

Safety and Security Features

The 2016 Escape features variably intermittent wipers, a rear window wiper and defroster, four-wheel ABS disc brakes with ventilated front rotors and solid rear rotors, front and rear head airbags, child seat anchors, dual front and dual rear side-mounted airbags with head protection chambers, an engine immobilizer, emergency braking assist, rear door child safety locks, passenger airbag occupant-sensing deactivation, airbag deployment notification, a tire pressure monitoring system, traction control, dusk-sensing headlights, front fog lights, auto delay off headlights and stability control.

Dimensions

The interior features 39.9 inches of front head room, 43.1 inches of front legroom, 54.8 inches of front hip room and 56 inches of front shoulder room. The rear features 52.4 inches of hiproom, 39 inches of head room, 36.8 inches of legroom and 55.3 inches of shoulder room.

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Stop by Jack Links Auto and RV Supercenter if you are in the market for a pre-owned SUV that has very few miles on it to learn more about the 2016 Ford Escape SE’s convenience, entertainment, safety and security features.

The Ford F-150 vs Chevy Silverado

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If you are ready for a new truck, it’s best to do your research to see which truck best fits your needs. That means comparing trucks from different manufacturers, such as the Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado. Once you choose, head over to Jack Link’s Auto to test drive the F-150 to solidify your decision.

Weight and Towing

The more a vehicle weighs, the more horsepower it takes to move it. The new 2015 F-150 is lighter than the Silverado as it uses aluminum for the cab and bed instead of heavy steel. The firewall is steel. And, if you get the Platinum level, it has a turbocharged V-6 so you’ll get better gas mileage due to the combination of a lighter truck and the turbo. Despite being lighter, the F-150 has better towing capability and has a larger payload.

Styling and Engine

The F-150 was fully redesigned for 2015 while the Silverado is almost the same as the 2014 model year. The Ford also has several new convenience and safety features for this year. And, the Ford features a new engine: the 2.7-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine. The Silverado offers a 6.2-liter V-8 with the new LS trim level as one of the few new options.

Both manufacturers offer several powertrains to choose from. The F-150’s base level 3.5-liter V-6 engine makes 283 horsepower. The Silverado also uses a V-6, a 4.3-liter engine. The Chevy engine makes just two more horsepower than the Ford engine, although the Ford does it in less cubic inches than the Chevy does.

If you are looking at bigger engines, the Chevy’s 5.3-liter V-8 makes 355 horsepower; and its 6.2-liter V-8 makes 420 horsepower. Ford offers a V-8 that makes 385 horsepower and another turbocharged V-6 that makes 365 horsepower.

Overall, the F-150 gets better gas mileage than the Silverado with its more efficient engine.

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Stop by Jack Link’s Auto and RV Supercenter today to test drive a Ford F-150 and to learn more about this model’s convenience, safety, security and entertainment features.