How to Protect Your Vehicle from Sun and Heat This Summer

2022 Ford Expedition | Spirit Lake, IA

Summers can get plenty hot in Iowa, so now is the time to start thinking about how you’ll protect your vehicle from intense sun and heat. To get you started, here are a few simple heat-fighting tips from our team here at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake.

Care for the Exterior

The more the sun beats down on your car, the more the paint is at risk of fading and cracking. However, regular washes can banish damaging dust and dirt, while a good wax job will help protect the finish.

Protect the Interior

Too much sun exposure can fade, crack, and dry out your car’s seats, dash, and other interior surfaces. When you park, try to find a shady spot to limit the sun’s rays. You may also want to get a folding windshield visor and covers for the seats. It’s a good idea to wipe down surfaces frequently to remove dust particles, too.

Keep up with Maintenance

Heat can have negative effects under the hood as well. To prevent serious problems, be sure to keep your fluids topped up, have your battery and charging system inspected, and follow maintenance recommendations for your cooling system and A/C.

Ready to get a head start on the heat? Schedule a service appointment at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake so your vehicle will be prepared for summer’s worst.

New Ford F-150 Rattler Is Ready for Off-Road Adventures

2022 Ford F-150 | Spirit Lake, IA
Pictured: 2022 Ford F-150

Whether you’re driving it on the street or the trail, the new 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler is sure to spark your sense of adventure. The F-150 Rattler boasts a Built Ford Tough design, a slew of advanced off-road equipment, and plenty of exclusive styling touches both inside and out.

For starters, the F-150 Rattler comes standard with a 4WD system and a whole host of all-terrain features based on the FX4 package. These include an electronic-locking rear differential, specially tuned off-road shocks, and hill descent control. Protective skid plates and all-terrain tires boost the Rattler’s off-road performance capabilities even more.

The F-150 Rattler’s exterior shows off a sporty dual exhaust system that emits a “bold sound,” dark-painted 18-inch wheels, and black accents, along with special F-150 Rattler fender badges and rattlesnake-like graphics. You can also choose from paint shades like Carbonized Gray, Iconic Silver, Antimatter Blue, and Avalanche.

Inside, the truck emphasizes a desert theme with snakeskin-patterned, contrast-stitched seats and burnished bronze instrument panel trim. 

The 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler will go on sale this fall. To learn more about how you can get behind the wheel of this unique F-150 variant, contact our team here at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake.

Top Three Skiing Resorts in Iowa

Top Three Skiing Resorts in Iowa | Spirit Lake, IA

Many people assume that Iowa is a flat state full of miles and miles of corn fields. But, there are more than a few skiing resorts peppering the Hawkeye State. While these resorts might not offer extreme vertical heights of other states’ slopes, they can still give you and your family a lot of fun in the winter.

Mt. Crescent Ski Area

The Mt. Crescent Ski Area is in the mountainous terrain of the Iowa Bluffs about 15 miles northeast of Omaha, Nebraska. This has become a popular place to learn to ski or snowboard. They are open every weekend through the winter and, thanks to their snow machines, there is always a “100 percent chance of snow.” Even if you’d rather not ski or snowboard, you can come here for the great sledding hills.

Seven Oaks

Located in Boone, Seven Oaks is a great place to go in central Iowa if you love skiing. The resort features 11 runs that vary in difficulty. It also offers a trail yard, a beginner’s area, and a terrain park. In addition, the park routinely offers late-night skiing events for the more adventurous skiing fan in your family.

Sundown Mountain

Located near Dubuque, Sundown Mountain is always ready for winter fun. The resort features 21 scenic trails, two terrain parks, and two mountaintop lodges with spectacular views. If you’re looking for an extended ski vacation, Sundown Mountain might just be the perfect destination. Iowa has much to offer for the adventurous skiing fan.  For an outdoorsy SUV you can take your skis and snow clothes in, check out the newest vehicles at one of the Motor Inn Auto stores.

Our Favorite Summertime Destinations in Iowa

Summertime Destinations in Iowa | Motor Inn

Summer is the perfect time to fall back in love with the open road. And if you’re in Iowa, you’re in luck, as there is certainly no shortage of incredible things to discover. Whether you’re a lifelong resident or just visiting this summer, make a point to check out new places this year. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some of our favorite summertime destinations in Iowa.

Okoboji

Okoboji is home to five blue water lakes featuring over 70 miles of beautiful shorelines, making it an indispensable summertime location in Iowa. Check out Arnolds Park Amusement Park, visit the Okoboji Summer Theatre, or revel in the Dickinson County Nature Center area.

Des Moines

For a trip with an urban flair, visit Iowa’s capital Des Moines. No matter what you’re into, this city has something for everyone. Stop by the beautiful Des Moines Farmer Market or stroll around the historic East Village area. You can also explore the Blank Park Zoo or the Des Moines Botanical Gardens.

Winterset

For a more idyllic getaway, look no further than Winterset, home to some of the most iconic covered bridges in the country. While there you can also visit the John Wayne Birthplace Museum. You can also stroll through the city park, or just get lost driving on some incredibly gorgeous backroads.

If you need a new vehicle to transport you to and from these fun summertime destinations in Iowa, stop by Motor Inn of Spirit Lake.

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