How to Pack Light on a Road Trip

How to Pack Light | Moorefield, WV

When packing for a road trip, there’s a fine line between preparing and over-packing. Here are some helpful suggestions for how to pack light on your next excursion.

Check the weather

Consult the 10-day weather forecast for the regions you’ll be traveling through and in during your trip. This will help you narrow down which clothes to pack and which ones to leave in your closet.

Mix and match

Pack as few outfits as possible — and plan on doing a bit of laundry at some point during your stay. And pack clothing pieces that coordinate so you can mix and match them to change up your look.

Roll instead of fold

Folded clothes might fit well in your dresser at home, but for a suitcase, rolled clothes take up less room. Side bonus: Rolled clothes tend to wrinkle less during transportation than folded ones.

Items to leave at home

Maximize space when packing toiletries by leaving soap, shampoos, and conditioners at home when possible. Whether you’re staying at an Airbnb, a friend’s house, or a hotel, your place of lodging will likely supply these items.

Contact us at Weimer Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram if you’re in need of a new Jeep® to transport you on your next trip. We can also schedule a maintenance appointment for your vehicle to ensure that you and your loved ones stay safe wherever the road takes you.

Next-Gen 2019 Ram 1500 Honored with Edmunds Editors’ Choice Award

The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 has been making waves since its debut for its balance of bold, burly performance and sophisticated style and technologies. This February, the 2019 Ram 1500 received even more recognition, in the form of a coveted Edmunds Editors’ Choice Award.  

The editors at Edmunds couldn’t resist the 2019 Ram 1500’s breathtaking features. Editor-in-Chief Alistair Weaver said, “One of the best vehicles we’ve driven in a long time, the new Ram 1500 is a clever mix of old-school brawn, cutting-edge technology and thoughtful engineering. It drives well, tows well, and inside it feels more upmarket than even some luxury cars. It’s a standout vehicle in all aspects and easily grabbed top honors for trucks in 2019.”

The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 doesn’t make any compromises, delivering a driving experience perfectly suited for modern drivers. Both V6 and V8 models feature an innovative, all-new eTorque mild hybrid system, increasing fuel efficiency while maintaining stellar performance. While the Ram 1500’s burly capability allows it to tow up to 12,750 pounds and haul up to 2,300 pounds of payload, its interior matches such brawn with brilliant, upscale features and technologies. The interior features an advanced Uconnect® 4C infotainment system with a 12-inch touch-screen display and smartphone integration technology. The truck also offers a range of cutting-edge safety features, including adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.

To determine the winners of the awards, Edmunds editors carefully weigh the strengths and shortcomings of over 300 vehicles, evaluating each vehicle according to set criteria. Even up against such steep competition, the 2019 Ram 1500 distinguished itself.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Honors Minivan History

Fiat Chrysler dominated the minivan segment in 2018, capturing more than half the market share. Since bringing the first minivan to the market in 1984, Fiat Chrysler has continued to innovate each and every year. In honor of the segment’s 35th anniversary, a 2019 Chrysler Pacifica special edition is coming to dealer showrooms.

The 35th Anniversary Edition 2019 Chrysler Pacifica made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show alongside the Dodge Grand Caravan. The special edition package is available on the Touring L, Touring Plus, and Limited trim levels.

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica special edition features unique 35th anniversary badging and liquid chrome Chrysler wing badges. Gloss black trim on the front fascia and rear liftgate create a premium look.

Inside, the Pacifica special edition features a black interior with Cranberry Wine accent stitching on the seats and steering wheel. Leather upholstery adds luxurious atmosphere to the cabin. The floor mats will feature 35th Anniversary logos.

Drivers can add sporty flair to their 2019 Chrysler Pacifica special edition with the available S Appearance package. A black grille, headlight accents, badging, and wheels add a more athletic spin to the family minivan.

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica special edition will arrive in dealership showrooms this summer — including here at Weimer CDJR. Pricing isn’t available yet, but experts aren’t expecting to see a major increase compared to the regular trim levels.

Truck Camping

Why go camping with just tents when you can go camping with your truck? When you have a Ram pickup truck, it’s easy to go truck camping.

Whether you’re checking out the sights of Big Ridge Campground or enjoying the water at Riverside Campground, you’ll want to take your truck along for the ride for these benefits:

Handling

Vehicles like the Ram 1500 will tackle tough road surfaces more easily than other vehicles. This means that you can pick those normally tough-to-get-to camping areas.

Truck bed

If you like sleeping under the stars, a Ram pickup’s spacious bed is perfect for laying down some sleeping bags and enjoying the outdoors. A 115-volt power outlet in the bed lets you plug in speakers, a TV for late-night camping movies, or a heated blanket.

Ample storage

You might need to pack a lot when you go camping — tents, coolers, sleeping bags, and more. A Ram pickup is perfect for storing all of your gear thanks to both bed storage and innovative interior storage.

Towing and payload

Every Ram pickup has the power to tow the camping gear you need. If you like fishing, no problem! The 2018 Ram 3500 can tow up to a whopping 31,120 pounds, which means you can take your boat along for the ride. If you prefer camping out of a trailer, it can also be towed easily.

To learn more about the impressive capability of a Ram pickup truck, visit Weimer Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

Clueless About Cold Weather Driving? Check out these Simple Winter Car Care Tips

Winter weather can create all sorts of problematic driving conditions. Between ice, snow, low visibility, and freezing temperatures, drivers have a lot to think about when on the road during the coldest part of the year. With these simple winter car care tips, though, there’s no reason you can’t drive with confidence all year long.

Wipers

Consider swapping out your car’s existing blades with special winter wiper blades and remember to use cold-weather washer fluid that won’t freeze up when the temperature drops outside.

Tires

Before driving in freezing conditions, check your car’s tires for good tread depth and proper inflation. You should also think about installing a dedicated set of winter tires that perform better than all-season tires when the roads get cold.

Antifreeze

Clean, flush out, and replenish antifreeze in your vehicle’s cooling system. This should be done routinely, but is particularly important in winter.

Wash and wax

Hit the car wash to keep your car in the best shape possible. While this may seem like a purely cosmetic concern, washing your vehicle and then applying a protective layer of wax is one of the best ways to protect your vehicle’s exterior from corrosive substances like salt, which is common on the road in winter.

Make sure your car is ready for winter by scheduling a maintenance check at Weimer Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

Family-Friendly Holiday Activities

The holidays are approaching fast, which means you’ll be spending lots of time with your family.  Here are some holiday activities you can do this season that will be fun for the whole crew.

Gingerbread houses

Making gingerbread houses together is a creative activity for a snowy night in. Have tons of materials such as icing, candy, peppermints, and sprinkles ready and have everyone decorate a part of the house or their own house. Ready-made gingerbread house kits make this activity a little easier, but you can always make your own gingerbread.

Driving lights tour

You love your car almost as much as you love your family, so why not take everyone out for a winter drive to look at the lights? Some neighborhoods and parks have brilliant, drive-thru light displays, and nothing is more fun than seeing your kids “ooh” and “ah” from their car seats.

Go caroling

Include everyone in the family for a caroling activity. You can go caroling around your neighborhood, or contact a nursing home to see if they’d welcome your singing talents there.

Pick out a tree

The authenticity and smell of a real pine tree can be a great treat during the Christmas season, and so is picking one out! May Christmas Tree Farm is approximately 25 minutes outside Moorefield, and it is the perfect place to find the perfect tree.

Before you set off on your holiday adventures with your family, make sure your car is ready. Schedule a maintenance check with our talented service professionals at Weimer Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

2019 Ram 1500 Honored with Spot on Wards’ 10 Best User Experience List

We can talk for days about how powerful and capable modern pickup trucks are. Yet, we oft-overlooked feature is how enjoyable driving these burly trucks are. Ram is committed to meeting and exceeding driver expectations at every turn and in unexpected ways. Earlier this year, the 2019 Ram 1500 was named to Wards’ 10 Best Interiors List. This is an impressive feat for a pickup truck. However, it just received further accolades: the 2019 Ram 1500 was named to Wards’ 10 Best User Experience List, further adding to its impressive credentials.

“The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 was designed to be the most technologically advanced pickup ever, and we are honored that WardsAuto has chosen the Ram 1500 for Ward’s 10 Best User Experience list,” said Jim Morrison, who is the Head of Ram Brand, FCA — North America. “We are dedicated to keeping Ram truck customers connected, engaged and informed all while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.”

To show this dedication, the 2019 Ram 1500 comes equipped with a fourth-generation Uconnect® infotainment system. This features a large 12-inch color touch-screen display, Apple CarPlay™, and all-new SiriusXM®. Including 360L personalized listening experience to elevate your enjoyment behind the wheel. To enjoy all your favorite tunes, the 2019 Ram 1500 offers the Harman Kardon audio system. This is the most powerful audio system ever available in a pickup, featuring 19 speakers. The Uconnect® system also offers available navigation. Which provides easy, convenient, and hands-free navigation to help you safely get where you need to be.

Learn more about the award-winning 2019 Ram 1500 when you visit Weimer Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

FCA Autonomous Driving Technology: New $30 Million Test Facility

Fiat-Chrysler recently announced that it would be investing $30 million in FCA autonomous driving technology. The new lab and testing facility will be at the Chelsea Proving Grounds. The brand will also be investing in advanced safety and driver-assistance technologies as well. The new 6,500-square-foot command center is the ideal place for innovation.

FCA has long been a leader when it comes to automotive technologies and autonomous vehicles are the next step in auto history. According to FCA, the new Chelsea Proving Grounds facility in southeast Michigan will include a 35-acre safety-evaluation area, a dedicated highway-speed track, and a centralized command center. In short, it’s the perfect place to thoroughly test self-driving cars.

“The all-new facility at Chelsea Proving Grounds will help support and enable the successful rollout of the company’s five-year plan laid out earlier this year,” said Mike Manley, Chief Executive Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Chief Operating Officer, NAFTA region. “Our ability to test for autonomous and advanced safety technologies enables FCA to offer our customers the features they want across our brand portfolio.”

Autonomous vehicle systems are capable of driving with minimal driver input. This includes harsh environments and around obstacles. Currently, FCA is working to perfect sensor technologies and software systems. These systems would be capable of both keeping drivers safe as well as improving efficiency and driving times.

We at Weimer Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram are excited to see the strides the new testing facility will make in autonomous driving technology.

Essential Items for Dorm Living

As the new school year begins, many students are preparing for dorm living. The transition into dorm life can be challenging, but being well prepared with the essentials will make it much easier.

Shower Caddy and Flip Flops

Showering in a shared space is a whole new experience. A shower caddy and waterproof flip-flops are two shower essentials. The former will make it easy to carry your things between your room and the bathroom. The latter will keep your feet clean and bacteria free in the shower.

Personal Items

The more you can customize your dorm room, the better you’ll feel living there. Bring your favorite sheets and comforter, a plant for your desk, posters of your favorite bands, or whatever makes you feel at home.

Snacks

A lot of College dining halls have limited hours. So, the more can prepare for those late study sessions, the better. Find your local, go-to grocery spot and keep your room stocked with snacks. Not only will this be convenient, but it will keep the late-night munchies at bay!

Storage Containers

Space will certainly be limited in your dorm, so it’s helpful to stay as organized as possible. Find out what you can about the space ahead of time and look for storage containers that can fit under the beds or stack neatly in a corner.

To make sure your car is up to the college move, schedule a maintenance check at Weimer Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

Drive-In Theatre Tips

The drive-in movie theatre is a classic summer activity for families, dates, or a night out with friends. But, if you’ve never been before you might not know what to expect. Use these drive-in theatre tips to ensure the best experience during your visit.

Call Ahead for Details

Before you head to your local drive-in, it’s a good idea to call ahead to get the scoop. Most drive-ins only take cash at the concessions or at the gate, which will be good to know. Thinking of bringing your dog? You’ll want to ask about that, too, since pet regulations differ depending on the theatre.

Arrive Early

Like regular movie theatres, the seating at drive-in theatres is on a first-come, first-serve basis, only the seats are in or around your vehicle. Get to the theatre early to ensure a good spot for your car.

Bring Entertainment

If you’re arriving early as recommended, be sure to bring a few things to keep everyone occupied before the movie starts. This could be books, Frisbees, or other outdoor games.

Bring Outside Gear

It’s perfectly okay to sit in your car for the duration of the movie, and if your car is comfortable you may prefer it. It is nice, however, to bring other seating options as well, like lawn chairs. If you plan to bring outside seats, you’ll also want to bring a portable radio so that you can tune into the station that’s playing the sound for the movie, and you may also want some blankets or pillows for added comfort.

Get your car ready for all your summer adventures by scheduling a maintenance check at Weimer Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM.