Living on the Go

There is an emerging trend in the younger generations of today to “live small”. The idea is to sacrifice a large mortgage and larger type of home in order to spend that money traveling and/or doing things you want to do while living in a more modest home. In that spirit, this oil change Peoria services company thought it would be neat to talk about some of the types of “homes” available today for those who want to live small and also travel around in mobile homes.
 
Tricycle home
 

That’s right, it’s the home we have all been waiting for: the Tricycle Home! Made by People’s Industrial Design Office (PIDO), picture the comfort of living in one’s own home with the convenience of going anywhere you want to go. It folds out like an accordion so it can be expanded or made compact and is lightweight enough to tug it around on a trike! PIDO even makes towable gardens that you can bring around with you, as well. According to weburbanist.com, the Tricycle Home comes with a sink, stove, bathtub, water tank and transforming furniture which are all manually powered.
 
Ecocapsule
 

 
This egg-like living space can be towed around behind a car like a camper and has all the essentials needed in a home from a toilet and shower to a sink and stove. According to its website, the Ecocapsule is powered through solar power, a wind turbine, and rain collection. If you have an electric car, the Ecocapsule can charge it. Go green or go live in your normal shaped home! Does the Ecocapsule intrigue you? If you’re interested, there are pre-orders are available. The first 50 will go for 79,000 Euros (approx. $84,000). Significantly cheaper than a house, it can make sense for those wishing to not have a mortgage for years to come.
 
Idaho Sheep Camp Wagons
 

 
It’s about to get old school up in here. This one is for the pioneer in all of us. According to choicehomewarranty.com, these beauties feature “stoves, electricity, sleeping areas, storage, and more.” The Idaho Sheep Camp Wagons are a cool nod to the past. Would you want to live in one? That’s up to you. But like their name suggests these can be used to just go on short trips for camping or other activities which could definitely be a neat experience. And don’t worry, these wagons are designed to be towable on freeways, too. But why would you do that when you can be pulled by horse?
 
House Bus
 

 
It’s the magic…house bus? In our last feature, we have what was once an ordinary school bus now turned into a pretty unique living space. According to wpicreative.com it is a, “beautiful, 1978 International, 35′ bus with custom, all-wood interior, full kitchen and living space, wood stove, and roof deck (everything but a bathroom).” This is a quality refurbishment that seems to have been done really well. Unfortunately, this puppy has already been sold. It’s still pretty neat, though.
 
Has this lifestyle intrigued you?These homes may not be for everyone but it’s cool to see what other people are doing and how they are choosing to live life. Need an oil change? We have oil change Peoria services so stop on by! Have fun on your mobile living adventures!

Gilbert Mesa Could Use Food Trucking

The food trucking industry has been an exciting development in the food world and has gained a lot of popularity. Statistics from 2015 show that the food truck industry brings in over $1.2 billion a year. That’s a good amount of cash. The business model of the industry has allowed its vendors to create unique and delicious foods. If you’re from the Gilbert Mesa area then you might not have seen many food trucks and if you don’t know much about this industry yet, here is a little peak on what it is like for the food truck owners.
 
A New Frontier
 
As you might imagine, running a food truck is less expensive than running a restaurant. There’s less staff and a smaller kitchen. Smaller expenses means there is less risk and less risk leads to less stress among other benefits (not to say that it isn’t stressful). The smaller expenses allow more cooks to get their foot in the door and gain an audience for their products which will help them open up a restaurant later on if they so desire.
 
Momentary Monetary
 
The income can waver, however. Trucks who operate where it gets cold and snowy in the winter (which is definitely not here in Gilbert Mesa) can go through a bad winter season. Sales can drop as much as 50%, according to the President of the National Food Truck Association (NFTA). Yikes. So food truck owners have to plan for the off season while things are going well.
 
Going Curbular
 
Trucks can sell at curbside as well as at events. If they’re going curbside they’ll be driving around for spots where they think they will get the most customers. Of course, if an area is known to be good business among the food trucks scene, then the food trucks may have to fight to get a spot in their favorite areas. You might think that this means food trucks would have a hostile attitude towards each other but according to an interview by spoonuniversity.com of the President of the NFTA, there is actually a sense of “community and camaraderie.” The President of NFTA supported this by mentioning, “If one truck can’t do an event, the owner will pass it along to another food truck.” It’s nice to hear about people helping each other survive out there in the food world. Speaking of events…
 
Planning Ahead
 
Serving at private and corporate events is another way that the Food Trucks can make money. This way is less spontaneous and risky (in terms of knowing whether or not there’ll be sales) but it costs more time in planning and communication. Also, festivals may charge food trucks to sell at their locations. An interview on blogto.com with a food truck owner states, “Many charge food trucks a flat fee to be there (anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars) and some even take a percentage of their sales.” These expenses can get pretty high so they are another thing for the trucks to consider.
 
The food truck life seems like an interesting one. It is a good route to go for those weary of opening a restaurant and it has resulted in a lot of unique, delicious, and uniquely delicious foods. Mmm food… is anyone else hungry now?
 
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Driving in Style

You know what goes great with cars besides speed, wheels, and Gilbert Mesa auto repair? We’re talking luxury baby, that’s right. Sweet, sweet luxury. Everyone wants it but how many can afford it? While most of us may never make the kind of cash to own top-of-the-line luxury vehicles, let’s take a moment to live vicariously through the upper echelon of society.

 

First of all, you can get those cars with the doors that open up at slanted angles. Yes, the classic “I’m rich and I don’t care who knows it” doors. The press-a-button-to-open kind. An obvious must-have feature of any true luxury enthusiast. You’ve probably seen them in movies like the Dark Knight where Bruce Wayne rolls up in his fancy car that costs more than most of us make in a year. Are they necessary? No. Does it matter? Not when you’re Batman.

 

The 2011 Volvo S80 comes complete with a heartbeat sensor, according to autobytel.com (AB).This safety feature is capable of detecting heartbeats, as you may have suspected. It’s purpose is to let the owner know if someone is hiding in their car. Because if you’re rich you’re more likely to have kidnapping problems. Nobody wants to be kidnapped. #richproblems

 

If you’re rolling up in a Rolls Royce these days, a Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead to be exact, you’ll be riding in style. TheRichest.com (TR) states that these vehicles can come installed with a lit up car ceiling designed to look like the night sky. And who wouldn’t want that? Plus, it only costs $12,000. A steal!

 

We’ve all heard of cars with fancy leather but what about Granite? Yes, according to TR, while used mostly in homes, granite trim is also an option for your vehicle. Because it’s not just about what’s on the outside. The inside matters, too. Gotta love granite.

 

And did you know the 2014 Honda Odyssey comes with a built-in vacuum cleaner? Oh yeah, luxury cleaning at its finest. According to Odometer.com, it’s real. Some doubted it, but where are they now? Driving their dirty cars on the road, that’s where.

 

This last feature is functional and awesome at the same time. Here’s a hint: it’s night vision. AB states that the navigation display of a 2011 BMW 7 Series vehicle will go all Navy Seals on those dark and scary roads so you can navigate your way easily at night. Plus, it comes coupled with a Pedestrian Detection system that detects if animals and pedestrians are on the side of the road. And it alerts you. It’s the kind of feature perfect for those rich, tactical espionage types.

 

Well it’s time to come back down to reality folks, where ceilings look like ceilings and doors have to be opened by hand. But don’t let this paradigm shift get you down. Yes, we might get kidnapped in our own vehicles because we didn’t have enough money to afford a heartbeat sensor and, yes, we might have to look at the actual night sky. But, what we do have is each other! Aww… So have a good day, drive safe, and if you’re ever having car problems stop by your favorite Gilbert Mesa auto repair shop!

 

Images used under creative commons license – commercial use (3/4/2017) Farzan Farivar (Flickr)

Real Car Stunts in Film

Explosions, mass destruction, and more explosions are some of the many compelling, larger-than-life cinematography done in movies that really bring in a “wow” factor. With the quality of special effects these days, it can be difficult to discern what is real and what is computer generated. Did that car really jump over that helicopter? Was Alderaan really blown up by the Death Star? Did Tom Cruise really hang on the side of that airplane? By the way, he actually did… In the movie-stunt world, car stunts have been around for long enough to have their own legacy within the silver screen. And with CGI messing with everyone’s judgement these days, we thought it would be fun to point out car stunts that actually happened.

Fair warning: the video clips in this article contain foul language

 
 

The Car with the Golden Jump

 

The James Bond franchise has tons of stunts in it, as we all know. However, one film in particular has one of the best car stunts in the franchise albeit that it’s in what is commonly regarded as one of the worst movies of the franchise. In “The Man with the Golden Gun,” Bond sees that he can get across a river by jumping his car off of a broken bridge and landing on the other end of the bridge. Something everyone has had to do at one time or another. Due to the the bridge being broken, and both ends twisted, his car is spun in a corkscrew effect as he launches off. Of course, Bond pulls it off in style, landing smoothly on the other side. An impressive feat in itself, according to IndieWire.com (IW), the stuntman landed it first try.

 
 

Furious Vaulting

 

You can’t make an article about car stunts and not include one of the most famous (if not the most famous) car-movie franchises of all time. While a lot of the high-flying, fast-paced action may come across as too unbelievable for some audiences, you might be surprised about what the films actually do pull off. In this clip below, drivers are actually towing a vault behind them destroying nearly 200 vehicles, according to IW. That’s a lot of cars to fix for an auto repair Mesa AZ!

 
 

The Car Chase Blues

 

Wait, a comedy movie has a real worthwhile automobile stunt? Well yes, it does. “The Blues Brothers” contains more than one sequence of car action but at around the 2:15 mark in this video is a car pile of car piles that you might not expect to come from a Saturday Night Live spin-off.

 
 

Helicopters Die Hard

 

“Live Free or Die Hard” contains a vehicle collision that even people who aren’t diehard Die Hard fans (just let that sink in for a moment) can enjoy. According to IW, while some elements of these scenes are embellished, such as the guy jumping out of the helicopter, they did actually launch a car into a helicopter. Pretty cool!

 
 

We have nothing against CGI here at your Carlife auto repair Mesa AZ, but there will always be something special about automobile stunts that are done for real. We hope you have enjoyed watching these real car stunts. Stay tuned for more on all-things-cars!

 

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