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Philly Throttle’s Adam Cramer Talks Motorcycles With EmpireCovers For Candid Interview

Each month, EmpireCovers interviews a local expert to showcase local industry expertise and talent. This month we met with Adam Cramer, star of Philly Throttle.

This motorcycle mechanic’s knowledge goes beyond repair and maintenance. Cramer is also a wordsmith with a love for Philadelphia. When I asked if he would sit down for an interview, he obliged. I soon noticed Cramer wasn’t used to sitting down. He’s always on the go, so he answered my questions as he repaired a café racer motorcycle.

Maintaining a motorcycle while it is in good condition is the most important part of motorcycle care. Cramer talks about his EmpireCovers motorcycle cover and his favorite features. Protect your bike, whether it’s stored indoors or outside with EmpireCovers.

Watch the full interview:

Liberty Vintage Motorcycles is located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Fishtown district. From the outside, a large metal gate and chains secure the shop. For those lucky enough to go inside, the shop is a wonderland of vintage motorcycles. I didn’t count the number of bikes, but I would guess it’s in the hundreds. There were rows of Harleys, Triumphs, Hondas and more.  If you look up, you’ll see motorcycles literally hanging from the ceiling. There’s also a helicopter. Yes, a helicopter.

The shop is definitely a hidden gem. The first Friday of every month, the art community opens its doors to showcase local talent and pieces. Cramer also opens his doors. Local bands play, there is a keg and everyone has a good time. From time to time, people ask Cramer where the art is displayed. His response is “everywhere.”

For Cramer, it’s a work hard, play hard attitude. He admits that he never wants to lose sight of what’s important to him – the motorcycles. Each bike has its own story and beauty. While he doesn’t want to know how many motorcycles he has, he appreciates them all the same. He even called himself the motorcycle Casanova.

EmpireCovers Attends Auto Mania Powered By Carlisle Events

Car parts and vintage memorabilia filled the Auto Mania halls. Carlisle Events hosted the largest indoor heated swap and meet at the Agricultural Hall in Allentown, PA. The EmpireCovers team attended the event and dusted off some hidden automotive treasures.

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Thousands of car enthusiasts attended the car corral and swap meet. There were vendors outside braving the winter vortex and others comfortably inside. Cars for sale filled the parking lot. A few classics could be found inside in mint condition for a bargain. If you were looking for a car part, this was the place to be.

From tools to engines, vendors at the Carlisle event had it all. There were rows of hand-made model cars, vintage road signs and more. It was like a blast from the past. It was also an opportunity the team to talk about EmpireCovers car covers.

Check out pictures from Auto Mania:

What Car Cover Do I Need?

Purchasing a car cover is an important investment. It is also an easy process with EmpireCovers. There are a few questions you will need to ask yourself before buying a car cover.

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First, ask yourself which elements your vehicle is exposed to. If the vehicle is parked in a garage, you will want an indoor car cover. If you leave your vehicle outside, you will want an outdoor car cover that can withstand the elements. If you live in the north, you may want to protect against snow and rain. If you live in the south, you may want to protect against UV rays.

Now that you know what elements you want to protect your car against, you can select the cover that best fits your needs. EmpireCovers makes the process even easier with a car cover selector. Simply enter the year, make and model of the vehicle you would like to protect. EmpireCovers will automatically provide a list of car covers that fit your vehicle.

EmpireCovers offers a variety of covers to meet any budget and protect against the elements. If you are looking for an indoor car cover, you may like EmpireCovers Titan Indoor Car Cover for the best protection against dust and other indoor hazards. If you’re looking for an all-weather cover to protect against a variety of elements, you may want to purchase the American Armor Car Cover. This durable cover is 100% waterproof, UV resistant and made completely in the United States!

Each EmpireCovers car cover has unique protective benefits for your vehicle. Purchasing a cover for your vehicle will protect your investment for years to come. If you’re still unsure which cover is best for you, contact our product specialists at 888.872.6855. They will help you select a car cover that meets all of your protective needs.

EmpireCovers Awarded Best RV Cover By Motorhome Magazine

EmpireCovers won the Readers’ Choice 2013 RV Awards for best motorhome cover.

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“Being voted the best RV cover is a great honor for EmpireCovers,” said Founder and CEO Jake Goldblum. “We’re glad our customers recognized us as the best RV covers on the market. Our research and development team spends a lot of time testing our vehicle covers to ensure they protect as we advertise.”

“We listen to our customers and do our best to give them and their vehicles the ultimate protection at an affordable rate,” Goldblum added.

The Motorhome Magazine had 26 categories with over 150 brands, products and services to choose from. Readers had more than three months to vote for their favorites.

Are you looking to purchase the best RV cover on the market? Check out EmpireCovers RV covers today!

EmpireCovers sells high quality protective motorhome covers for RVs, trailers and campers. Protect your motorhome from wind, rain and the sun. EmpireCovers offers a water resistant RV cover and a 100% waterproof cover with added DWR for ultimate water protection. All covers as breathable to prevent mold and mildew growth on your RV.

Avoid the hassle (and lack of protection) with tarps and bungee cords. Our covers also offer access to your RV while it is covered with strategically placed zippers for doors and storage areas.

Whether you leave your RV stored indoors or outside, EmpireCovers has a cover for you. If you need help selecting the best cover for your motorhome, you can call The Cover Experts at 888.872.6855.

EmpireCovers Selected As 2013 Philadelphia SmartCEO Future 50 Award Winner

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EmpireCovers, a national provider of high quality vehicle covers, was selected as a winner of the 2013 Philadelphia SmartCEO Future 50 Awards. The black tie event took place on January 16 at Drexelbrook.

“We are honored to be selected as a SmartCEO Future 50 award winner,” said Jake Goldblum, Founder and CEO of EmpireCovers. “The EmpireCovers team has worked hard this year and we’re glad that our hard work is paying off. We’re continuing to expand our product line and always improving our expertise in the automotive protection industry.”

The Future 50 Awards program is a highly anticipated award program from SmartCEO. Fifty companies in the Philadelphia area were recognized for their fast-growth and success. According to SmartCEO, “These companies represent the future of the region’s economy and embody the entrepreneurial spirit critical for leadership and success.”

Goldblum was featured in the November 2013 edition of Philadelphia SmartCEO for being one of the top CEOs in the region. Check out his interview with SmartCEO Philadelphia. He will also be featured in the January/February edition for his success with EmpireCovers.

Predict The Big Game Score And Win Big With Super Cover Giveaway

This year we’re combining our passions for A Super Cover Giveaway! If you can predict the Professional Football Championship Game (Sorry! We know the name, but it’s trademarked and we’d have to spend a whole lot of money to use “it”) winner and the final score, we’ll give you an EmpireCovers car cover or a $100 credit to Empire Patio Covers!

Entering the giveaway is simple, especially for any football guru! Just complete the following:

- Tell Us Your Email (so we can contact you when you win)

- Predict Who Will Be The American Conference Champions

- Predict Who Will Be The National Conference Champions

- Select The Big Game Winner

- Tell Us The Exact* Final Score Of The Big Game

This is a fun competition so share it with your friends and family. Let’s see who is the football expert. Make sure to submit your predictions before the championship games on Sunday Jan 19th!

 

*In the event that we do not have a winner who predicts the exact final score, we will choose a winner based on who is closest to the final score without going over. Deadline for all entries is 2:59 PM EST 1/19/2014. Winner will be chosen on 2/3/2014 and notified via email. No purchase is necessary to enter.

An Economical Alternative to Car Storage

Car storage is an excellent way to protect your vehicle from the elements, but it is not the most economical solution.

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Indoor car storage has many benefits to your vehicle. Your car will be protected from rain, snow, UV rays and other elements. Since you won’t be driving your car, it should remain in the same condition you parked it in. Choosing to rent storage for your car will also leave extra space in your garage, if you have one.

Placing your vehicle in storage also has its disadvantages. While car storage protects your vehicle, it puts a dent in your wallet; car storage can be extremely expensive, especially when choosing a climate controlled storage unit. It can also be difficult to access your vehicle once it is placed in storage. Often times there are set hours and times when you are allowed to access your unit.

Before renting an indoor car storage unit, consider this affordable alternative – a car cover. When your car is stored indoors or outdoors, a car cover is a great way to protect your vehicle from the elements.

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EmpireCovers offers a variety of car covers to meet any budget. Selecting the best EmpireCovers car cover for your needs is easier than ever! Simply enter your vehicle’s make, year and model then you can see which car cover fits your protection needs. The five star rating system shows how each cover protects against an element. If your vehicle is stored outdoors, it is important to purchase an all-weather vehicle cover like the EmpireCovers American Armor car cover.

Carports are also an affordable solution for car storage. All EmpireCovers carports are made of steel and durable polyethylene fabric for superior protection from the elements.

Even if you’ve already chosen car storage, a car cover can help keep your vehicle in pristine condition. When your car is in indoor storage or a garage, it is still exposed to dust and debris. The EmpireCovers Titan Indoor Car Cover is a perfect solution for protection against indoor elements like dust.

7 Reasons To Use A Car Cover On New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is a special time for everyone to reflect on his or her accomplishments. It’s a new beginning to a new year. New Year’s Eve is also a dangerous time for your car. It is exposed to elements and other hazards that it might not be on any other day of the year.

EmpireCovers wishes everyone a happy New Year! Because we are The Cover Experts, it’s only right that we tell you why you should cover your car on this special day. Here are seven reasons you should protect your car on New Year’s Eve.

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They’re everywhere, especially on New Year’s Eve, and they aren’t necessarily in a fraternity. When people consume alcohol, they usually make decisions that aren’t the best. Protect your car from rowdy, intoxicated people who are ringing in the New Year with a bang. A car cover will save you money and maybe a fight.

Firework ashes 

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Ashes from fireworks contain alkaline and other harmful chemicals. If the ash settles on the car and it is exposed to moisture, your car’s finish can be damaged. Ashes scratch your vehicle’s paint causing irreversible damage. If you do not own a car cover, wash your vehicle immediately to avoid damage. Do not brush the ash off.

Nudists 

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We’re not talking about the nudists who live in colonies. We’re talking about that one person. We all have a friend who always seems to lose his or her clothing on New Year’s Eve, or any day for that matter. No one likes butt cheek imprints on their windshield. Let an EmpireCovers car cover protect your innocent car from the people’s privates.

Confetti 

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These are so beautiful in the sky and fun to dance in, but not so much for your car. If your car is exposed to confetti for a long period of time (which we assume it will be since you won’t be driving under the influence), the confetti will stick to your car and fade its finish. That’s not a good look.

Vomit 

Yes, it is disgusting but it can happen to anyone. Vomit is extremely acidic which is extremely bad for your car’s finish. Not to mention the foul odor and eyesore.  Gross.

Champagne 

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Everyone’s inner rapper comes out on New Year’s Eve. It starts by “popping bottles” and a sick beat. While you may enjoy the taste of the bubbly, your car isn’t so excited. Champagne leaves a sticky mess on your car that’s difficult to remove, plus it’s a total waste of alcohol.

Thieves 

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Technically this is a New Year’s Day reason, but it is still relevant. According to USA Today, more cars get stolen on New Year’s Day than any other day of the year. Car covers are an excellent theft deterrent. Learn more about the EmpireCovers anti-theft car covers.

 

What do you protect your car against on New Year’s Eve? Remember to drink responsibly. Call a cab or arrange for a designated driver if you’re drinking. Happy New Year!

Welcome to BlogEngine.NET 2.9

If you see this post it means that BlogEngine.NET 2.9 is running and the hard part of creating your own blog is done. There is only a few things left to do.

Write Permissions

To be able to log in to the blog and writing posts, you need to enable write permissions on the App_Data folder. If your blog is hosted at a hosting provider, you can either log into your account’s admin page or call the support. You need write permissions on the App_Data folder because all posts, comments, and blog attachments are saved as XML files and placed in the App_Data folder. 

If you wish to use a database to to store your blog data, we still encourage you to enable this write access for an images you may wish to store for your blog posts.  If you are interested in using Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, SQL CE, or other databases, please see the BlogEngine wiki to get started.

Security

When you've got write permissions to the App_Data folder, you need to change the username and password. Find the sign-in link located either at the bottom or top of the page depending on your current theme and click it. Now enter "admin" in both the username and password fields and click the button. You will now see an admin menu appear. It has a link to the "Users" admin page. From there you can change the username and password.  Passwords are hashed by default so if you lose your password, please see the BlogEngine wiki for information on recovery.

Configuration and Profile

Now that you have your blog secured, take a look through the settings and give your new blog a title.  BlogEngine.NET 2.9 is set up to take full advantage of of many semantic formats and technologies such as FOAF, SIOC and APML. It means that the content stored in your BlogEngine.NET installation will be fully portable and auto-discoverable.  Be sure to fill in your author profile to take better advantage of this.

Themes, Widgets & Extensions

One last thing to consider is customizing the look of your blog.  We have a few themes available right out of the box including two fully setup to use our new widget framework.  The widget framework allows drop and drag placement on your side bar as well as editing and configuration right in the widget while you are logged in.  Extensions allow you to extend and customize the behavior of your blog.  Be sure to check the BlogEngine.NET Gallery at dnbegallery.org as the go-to location for downloading widgets, themes and extensions.

On the web

You can find BlogEngine.NET on the official website. Here you'll find tutorials, documentation, tips and tricks and much more. The ongoing development of BlogEngine.NET can be followed at CodePlex where the daily builds will be published for anyone to download.  Again, new themes, widgets and extensions can be downloaded at the BlogEngine.NET gallery.

Good luck and happy writing.

The BlogEngine.NET team

How To Prevent Your Boat Cover From Pooling

Buying a boat cover is one of the best ways to care for your boat, especially during the winter months. Applying a boat cover is easy to use and provides ultimate protection from the snow, rain, sun and other elements. Being aware and caring for your EmpireCovers boat cover will help protect your investment even further.

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Pooling occurs when heavy rain or snow accumulates onto your boat cover and does not run off. The material begins to stretch causing the tightly woven fibers to spread apart as a direct result from the weight of the water or snow. Once those fibers are stretched there is a greater risk of water leaking through the cover. This ultimately compromises the covers protection.

Adding support poles to your cover is an affordable solution to pooling. Support poles can be added to any boat, anywhere. It is important to choose poles with a rubber base to keep the pole secure on the boat’s floor. A plastic dome at the top will support the boat cover without causing damage. EmpireCovers offers an ideal aluminum tension rod that adjusts between 26” and 64”.

If you have a V-Hull boat, EmpireCovers has a unique boat cover support system to prevent pooling. This system is specifically designed to support the full length of your cover. The flexible placement positions and adjusts make this a complement to any V-Hull boat under 27 free long. Installation is hassle-free making your cover installation a cinch.

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Whether you’re protecting a pontoon or a fishing boat, adding support to your boat cover will increase its longevity. The EmpireCovers support poles or boat cover support system is economical ways to protect your investment. For more tips on how to care for your boat during the winter, check out Brandon Card’s 7 Steps for Winter Bass Boat Storage.