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tire care ensures longer the toughest all-terrain tires can so, it's time to purchase new tires. down if they aren't properly Finallv, be sure vour tires are properly It only takes a few minutes to balanced and aligned: Not only will your tires so you don't run into either on- or off-road. General the following for good tire maintenance: Proper air pressure rot only for better tread wear, prevent tire failure. Check least once a month and you set off on a trip. hand-held air pressure sure the tires are cool (not at least three hours) before ;pressure. Hot tires expand, and them also expands, giving gauge reading. proper inflation level for r you intend to do: You should the manufacturer's guide- inflation, but it is possi- to a slightly higher pressure 're loaded down with equip- pulling a trailer. however, that you follow minimum and maximum for loads and inflation , for safety's sake. regular intervals: tread wear and longer Many tire professionals re- "forward X" method when This means the rear tires to the opposite side of the vehicle and vice versa (i.e.: right front, right rear to left right front to left rear, left rear): to keep the same con- t tire on the same axle and to patterned tires on side of the vehicle. the tread depth: Can you lhe tread pattern or are there or worn spots? Is the tire's wear indicator visible? If Wild critters there are to see America's great outdoors, that no one wants to run thief. But he's there's a chance you'll him someday if you're a iean ruin a camping trip faster :Someone steal your ice chest :hat you were planning to eat two days. Cash and other more temptation than some are able to stand. a few tips and taking ad- 9-7 better mileage tires perfornl better and hmger, but proper alignment keeps you on a straight course. USE A GOOD HAND-HELD AIR PRESSI.qIE GAUGE to check tire inflation before taking off on a trip. vantage of some new technology can re- duce your chances of becoming a victim. Practice the following pointers and you'll stand a better chance of hanging on to what's yours: Boats: Remove fishing, skiing and other attractive equipment when leaving the boat unattended overnight or for ex- tended periods during the day. Cars: Don't leave valuables such as purses, wallets and cameras lying on the seat or dashboard in open view when you leave your car for a hike or other time- consuming activity, even if the car is locked. Thieves now have very efficient tools for opening locked vehicle doors. Place the valuables in the glove box or trunk. When you leave your campsite unat- tended for a length of time, let the ranger or a trustworthy neighbor know so they can keep an eye on your property. Campground security,, ultimately, is the responsibility of the camper, not the ranger, So whether you camp in a tent, a pop-up trailer or a first-class RV, follow- ing the above security tips and taking ad- vantage of new technology in security devices will help ensure that all the mem- ories you bring home from the woods are happy ones. rkey Hunters Got It!... Diaphram Turkey Calls Easy Squeeze-O-Matic Turkey Calls e Clothing Service! ;e Sporting Goods Hours: Thursday,9-5:30 1-77 Exit 42 Hwy. 16 South Saturday 9-5:30 Crab Orchard, WV 255-1217 e You've loaded the car, hitched the boat trailer to the back and gathered the kids. While you may be all set to leave lot a weekend on the water, neglecting to check up on your trailer tires could leave you high and dry. Here are some tips on trailer tire care from Richard Sutter. General Tire's project engineer for off- the-road and bias truck tires: Always follow recommended in]kttion pressures: Because trailer tires often are used intermittently, people tend not to check them regularly, Sutter says. "We recommend checking the tire pressure of your trailer tires each time you use the trailer," he advises. "While you have the air pressure gauge in hand, also check tire pressures on the tow vehicle." An overinflated tire can wear out ra-, pidly in the center, while an underinfla- ted tire tends to wear in the shoulder area. Under-inflation can even lead to a tire failure, so be certain to check the recommended pressures provided by the vehicle supplier. This information also can be found imprinted on the tire's side- wall. Next, check treaddepth: "When a tire wear bar shows up as a solid bar within two grooves, it's time to replace the tire," Sutter says. Visually inspect your tires: Especially if you're an off-road type driver, watch for sidewall cuts or snags, Sutter warns. If you see fabric through any cut or snag, the tire should be inspected, repaired or replaced by a qualified person. Check tires for cracks: Although trailer tires generally are designed for greater cracking resistance (because the tires have a long life), cracks should re- ceive regular inspections. Have cracks checked immediately by a tire profes- sional. "Tires often experience ozone attack on the rubber near salt water or near electrical lines where higher-than-nor- mal ozone levels occur naturally," Sutter says. "These factors often lead to crack- Loading a small boat properly is im- When your guests are aboard, make portant for two reasons: the performance sure their weight is distributed evenly of the boat and the safety of passengers, fore and aft and side to side to keep the Here are a few loading tips from the boat in trim. Do not exceed the total Mariner Outboards boating authorities: weight and number of people listed on To prevent capsizing a small boat, the boat's capacity place. A heavier load hand equipment to someone in the boat;_ will reduce the boat's freeboard (distance don't carry equipment aboard. Wh4n from the water to the boat's rail) and re- loading, stow all supplies securely, and duce stability. The lower the boat rides in keep decks clear. Fasten gear to prevent the water, the easier it is for waves or shifting. Show your guests where to sit. wakes to swamp it. Help them put on and adjust their PFDs Guests should remain seated at all properly. Hold the boat as steady as pos- times in a small boat. If it is necessary to sible while they're boarding, change positions in the boat, reduce When boarding a small boat from a speed or come to a complete stop. When dock or low pier, step into the center of changing positions, keep low in the boat the boat. Stay low and hold on to both and hold on to both sides for balance. sides to keep your balance. Explore The Greenbrier River and River Trail With Mountain Bike Rental 0nly $10/per day Canoe Rental Only $20/per day (shuttle service additional) OPEN 7-DAYS A WEEK "Complete-line Sporting Goods" 106 8th Street 799-4050 Marlinton The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, April 26, 1990 7B ing that should be continually moni- * Drive with care when towing: Re- toted." member, when you're towing a trailer, Check traih, r tire rims and lug nuts. your vehicle handles differently. It's ira- Look for bends or rust, Sutter advises, portant to take extra care when changing Also, check to ensure lug nuts are secure, speeds or directions, Sutter emphasizes. Make sure you have the proper equip- "Careful, gentle driving is better for your ment in the event of tire failure: Should a tires (and vehicle occupants) in the long tire failure occur, tire changing equip- run." ment for your car or truck isn't always * Keep the ,~ame type ~l tire on each interchangeable with your trailer. And, axle: "Without a doubt, radial tires are always carry a spare, best for a trailer application," Sutter I~m't overload your trailer: Check says. "'Radials hold the road better, but the weight capacity of your tires, Sutter whether you run radial or bias tires, be advises. It's printed directly on the side- sure to keep the same tire construction wall. on the same axle.'" 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