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Speakers Wanted For EmpireCovers Auto Buzz Google Hangout On Air

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EmpireCovers is hosting a Google Hangout and looking for automotive professionals to share their expertise. The Hangout is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct 30 at 2:00 p.m. EST, entitled “EmpireCovers Auto Buzz”. Experts will discuss automotive protection products, safety trends and news in the automotive industry.

The Hangout will be moderated by Dave Cloonan, Returns Manager at EmpireCovers, and Courtney Iovanovich, Public Relations Specialist at EmpireCovers. As a company servicing the United States and Canada, EmpireCovers uses innovative solutions to provide high quality protective covers in the automotive industry.

As a leader in the automotive protection industry, EmpireCovers will cover interesting testing and methodology used to ensure our covers deliver unsurpassed protection to the vehicles they cover. If your company goes above and beyond to ensure its customers receive the best safety and protection, let us know for a chance to be one of the featured speakers at EmpireCovers Auto Buzz. We are also interested in hearing from journalists and bloggers who have noticed safety trends of consumer products in the automotive industry. A wide variety of automotive topics will be covered during the show, so no niche or story is too small.

After the featured speakers are finished, a Q&A session will be open to all attendees. EmpireCovers is giving away an Titan 5L Waterproof Car Cover to the guest with the best automotive-related question.

Automotive experts and journalists interested in speaking are encouraged to contact Courtney via email at Courtney@EmpireCovers.com or phone at (267) 287-8285.

If you’re interested in listening in, please RSVP on the EmpireCovers Google event page. To submit a question to the chat, add your question to the event page or tweet us @EmpireCovers with the hashtag #ECAutoBuzz.

EmpireCovers Releases Car Cover Commercial

EmpireCovers has been a leader in the vehicle protection industry since 2004. Social media and innovative advertising strategies have further set us apart from the competition. In a press release on Tuesday, we released our first commercial.

Watch as a jealous man uses black magic in attempts to destroy his neighbor’s property. Supernatural powers are no match for EmpireCovers. See EmpireCovers protective covers in action; a car cover protects a Camaro SSRS from water, a motorcycle cover protects a Harley Davidson from snow, a grill cover protects a grill from UV rays, and a carport protects a dog from a meteoroid.

The nearly two-minute video comedically highlights some of EmpireCovers products, but EmpireCovers sells hundreds of high quality vehicle covers to fit almost every vehicle on the road, and water!

EmpireCovers Founder and CEO, Jake Goldblum, believes this video is a great way for the company to showcase its products and personality.  Fans of EmpireCovers see entertaining pictures posted daily on Facebook, Twitter and more, but this commercial really grasps the EmpireCovers persona. We’re a fun company that’s serious about protecting your assets.

What Size Cover Fits A Class A RV

It isn’t a one-size fits all deal. While Class A motorhomes are large, they can vary greatly in length. EmpireCovers sells distinctive covers sure to fit almost every Class A motorhome. Choosing the right cover for your needs will depend on the size of your RV and where it will be stored.

EmpireCovers Class A RV Cover

All EmpireCovers’ Class A covers are 110” wide x 114” tall. In order to receive the best fit for your RV, measure from the front bumper straight back to the rear bumper. If a spare tire or ladder reaches past the rear, please add this additional length into your measurement. To measure the height of your RV, measure from the base to the roof. Do not include AC units, vents, satellites, etc. Now you are able to select the best size for your motorhome. Below is a full list of EmpireCovers’ Class A RV covers:

Size A fits most RVs up to 24’ long

Size B fits most RVs 24’ – 27’ long

Size C fits most RVs 27’ – 30’ long

Size D fits most RVs 30’ – 33’ long

Size E fits most RVs 33’ – 37’ long

Size F fits most RVs 37’ – 40’ long

Size G fits most RVs 40’ – 43’ long

Now that you’ve found the best size cover for your motorhome, it is time to select the type of cover. EmpireCovers offers two types of RV covers. Both covers have a full elastic hem around the entire cover to ensure a tight fit, tie down grommets for additional security, and an antenna patch. Our RV covers also come with full height zippered panels for complete access to your motorhome while it is covered. These covers also have air vents to prevent the cover from flapping.

ProTECHtor Class A RV Covers

This EmpireCovers motorhome cover has a top panel made from triple-layer water resistant material to protect against sun, dirt and dust. Single-layer side panels are made from ProTECHtor material, which is lightweight and easy to use. This cover is great for indoor storage.

Premier Class A RV Covers

EmpireCovers’ exclusive Premier RV cover is made from a durable 300-denier polyester to provide all-weather protection. This cover is 100% waterproof to prevent mold and mildew growth. An added coating of Durable Water Repellent (DWR) ensures ultimate water protection. Our Premier motorhome cover is great for long-term outdoor storage.

If you’re still unsure which cover fits best for your RV needs, please contact the EmpireCovers customer service team at 888-872-6855.

Chevrolet Volt Car Covers by EmpireCovers

Electric cars are the latest craze, but what exactly needs to be done to care and maintain your eco-friendly ride? While EmpireCovers hasn’t quite developed a solar panel car cover, we can protect your assets while you reduce your carbon footprint.

Although EmpireCovers car covers are semi-custom fit for high quality products at low prices, we made a modification for the Chevy Volt, without compromising the affordable price tag. EmpireCovers’ Volt car cover is made with a Velcro panel to allow your car to charge while it is covered.

This Made-in-USA cover is a great fit for your American car. Our American Max Car Cover offers great protection from the harsh sun, heavy rains and brutal winter. Dust is no match for this cover. Its 3 thick layers of Endura Plus™ material make it water resistant, yet allows moisture to evaporate to prevent rot and mildew.

The Velcro panel allows easy access to charge your Chevy Volt while it’s being protected. Built-in grommets and a full elastic hem make this cover ideal for daily use. This cover is also backed by a 7-year warranty!

Someone from the EmpireCovers team recently purchased a Chevy Volt, and let us put our cover to the test.

As you can see, this cover was made to fit a Chevy Volt. The double-stitched seams hug the Volt’s unique curves for ultimate protection. Protect your car while you protect the environment.

Do you have another type of hybrid car? EmpireCovers’ car covers fit 99% of all vehicles! Check out EmpireCovers’ wide variety of car covers!

EmpireCovers Halloween Car Cover Contest

There’s nothing scarier than bird droppings on a clean car… or is there?

This Halloween, EmpireCovers is hosting a hauntingly creative contest. Students from local high schools and universities have been selected to participate in the craziest contest yet, EmpireCovers Halloween Car Cover Contest.

EmpireCovers Halloween Car Cover Contest

Philadelphia area students are challenged to design a Halloween-inspired creation on an EmpireCovers’ car cover. The only rule is: there are no rules. Artists have full control to bring their ideas to life.

EmpireCovers has increased the prizes to add more thrills! A top prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the winning cover. Second and third place will receive $500 and $250, respectively.

If you are a Philadelphia art student and interested in participating, here is all you need to know:

How to enter:

  1. Fill out our entry form. Eligible entrants will be chosen to bring their design to life.
  2. Those chosen have until October 21st to create and submit their masterpiece.
  3. Voting begins on October 22nd, so share your entry on social media, blogs and wherever else you want!

How to win:

  1. Share your entry.
  2. Earn the most votes!

Deadlines:

  • Students have until October 4th to fill out the entry form to be considered for the contest.
  • Participants must submit their car cover creation by October 21st
  • Voting closes October 31st
  • Winners will be notified on November 1st

Not a student but still want to participate? From October 22-31, EmpireCovers’ Facebook fans will vote to decide the best design. One lucky voter will win an EmpireCovers vehicle cover!

Disclaimer: EmpireCovers does not recommend painting or drawing on the car covers while it is in direct contact with the vehicle.

EmpireCovers Sponsors A Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

Last month, the EmpireCovers crew was racing around in Ferarris and Lamborghinis. This month, we’re interviewing our Porsche racing driver, Tim Holt. That’s right! EmpireCovers is the official sponsor of Tim Holt Racing’s 2007 Porsche GT3 Cup.

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When we arrived at Holt Motorsports, we were immersed in a sea of polished Porsches. Among the red, the white and the silver beauties, we saw a black Porsche with a need for speed and EmpireCovers written all over it, literally. After walking through the showroom, we sat down with Tim to talk racing and how he protects his assets.

Do you remember your first race?

Clearly. Yes. Absolutely! It was at Pocono Raceway. It was completely different car that was 1,200lb and 200 horsepower. I was 15 years old and a little nervous because I had just got my racing license and I was racing against guys that were 35. I thought I wouldn’t do well at all but then I ended up winning! That’s when it all happened and the addiction started. Everything I’ve done since then has been to get more tires, racing fuel and faster cars. I remember that day clearly. It was a great day, all thanks to my dad.

What is the biggest challenge transitioning from salesman to racer?

That’s a really good question. That one is really making me think. Racing is mental and physical. I have to prepare for races physically and mentally. I usually ride my bike at least 30 miles every day and I hit the gym. I can sit in the office all day and answer calls and sell Porsches. It isn’t easy to sit in the car while you race. It’s hard physically because of the adrenaline but mentally, too. I am inches away from the guy next to me, thinking, “he better not mess up. I hope he doesn’t mess up,” then I think, “Well I better not mess up!”

How do you care for the Porsches you race?

After every race I change all the fluids, brake pads, rotors and other wear items. Every other race, I disassemble the car down to the motor and make sure everything is in spec and it working correctly. This is all done with the help of Holt Motorsports, Dawe’s Motorsports Devlopment and of course, EmpireCovers!

IMG_0026What is your favorite part about your EmpireCovers’ car cover?

Well the best part is that is actually fits the Porsche. Some Porsches have whaletails, but the EmpireCovers’ Porsche one is bigger than that. I was hesitant that the cover would fit, but it actually fits great. I look at other Porsches I compete against, and their covers don’t look as good as mine.

There was one race, where there was a downpour. It was storming bad. When I got to the track, I figured the cover would be gone because that’s what happened with other covers I’ve used before. Not only was my cover securely on the car, my car was also completely dry. Other drivers had mildew starting to grow because their covers couldn’t handle the storm. I mean it rained hard. I was shocked that my [American Armor] cover held up.

Check out Tim put on his American Armor EmpireCovers car cover:

Choosing A Waterproof Car Cover

When you think of things that damage your car, the last thing on your list is probably water. After all, you do use it to wash your car.

Exposing your car to water over a long period of time can cause irreversible damage to its exterior. Acid rain can erode your vehicle’s finish. Condensation on your car results in mold and mildew. All of which can cause your vehicle’s paint to chip and exposed metal to rust.

Simply adding a 100% waterproof car cover is a great way to prevent these effects from happening to your vehicle. It is important to do your research when looking for a waterproof cover. Many companies sell water repellent covers, which trap condensation and damage your car. To ensure the best protection for your vehicle, purchase a 100% waterproof, breathable car cover.

EmpireCovers has three 100% waterproof car covers:

American Armor: If you read our blog, or you’re an EmpireCovers’ customer, you know all about our all-American car cover. This is our top-line, all-weather protector. Its Dupont Tyvek outer layer holds up against the harshest weather conditions, and a microfiber inner layer to protect your paint job. The cover is also breathable to prevent mold and mildew growth.

Titan V 5L: This cover has five ultrasonically welded layers to ensure 100% waterproof protection. Made of waterproof Polypropylene material, this cover can withstand downpours. It is also breathable to stop mold and mildew.

Empire Waterproof Car Cover: It is all in the title. This waterproof cover’s micro-pore technology protects against rain and allows condensation to escape as evaporated gas. Most “waterproof” covers are actually water repellent. Water repellent covers stop water from entering but trap condensation, which damages your vehicle’s paint.

Choosing the right car cover for your needs is simple. Enter the make, year and model of your vehicle on our website and we’ll choose the best size. To the right of each product is a protection level scale. Consider where you live and what elements your vehicle is exposed to. You can hover your mouse over the product for more information or click on the product for full details. Once you’ve picked your favorite, simply add the item to your cart and go through EmpireCovers’ fast, easy checkout.

3 Tips To Get Tree Sap Off Of Your Car

Removing tree sap from your vehicle can be a pain. It is sticky and removal risks damaging your car’s paint. Don’t let your car fall victim to Mother Nature!

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There are many steps that can be taken to prevent tree sap damage, such as buying an EmpireCovers car cover, not parking your car under a tree or living in a place that doesn’t have all four seasons. If your car has already been exposed to tree sap, here are some tips to get the tree sap off your car:

1. Nail polish remover. Generously apply nail polish remover on a cotton ball and wipe it on the sap. Once the sap is removed, wash the area with a mixture of baking soda and water.

2. Bacon Grease. Make delicious bacon for breakfast, or dinner. Once it has cooled down and your finished eating, take the leftover bacon grease and apply it directly on the sap. Let it sit until you notice the tree sap dissolving. After you notice the tree sap dissolving, rub off the rest of the sap.

3. Car cleaning products. There are plenty of tree sap remover products on the market. Search Google or your local automotive supply store for the best products for removal.

Some of these suggestions may work better than others. Prevention is the best option. The damage tree sap can do to your car is huge compared to the cost of an EmpireCovers car cover. Choosing the car cover that will provide the best protection for you depends on where you live, where you park and what you want to protect against.

Carport Kit Dimensions for Campers and RVs

Purchasing a carport for a camper is a great way to store your RV in the off-season. EmpireCovers carports offer superior protection and are more affordable than a garage or permanent metal structure. The size of your RV and area you live help determine which carport kit is right for you.

EmpireCovers has three unique carports sizes to fit Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, camper trailers and folding campers. These large carports can also be used to store multiple smaller vehicles. Below are the camper carport kit dimensions:

Small Camper Carport Kit

Measuring at 12’W x 24’L x 10’H, this EmpireCovers carport is great for Class B RVs, small trailers, toy haulers and foldup campers. Its steel frame is made from a 9 oz. polyethylene fabric that is water and UV resistant. It can also provide storage from vehicles, motorcycles, tractors, equestrian needs and more.

Class B RV Carport Kit

 

This carport’s dimensions are 12’W x 28’L x 10’H. This RV port fits Class B RVs, camper trailers and folding campers. It is made from the same fabric as the small camper carport kit. Like all EmpireCovers RV carports, this shelter is made for maximum strength, rust deterrence and zippered panels for easy accessibility.

Class A & C RVs Carport Kit

EmpireCovers largest carport measures 14’W x 36’L x 12’H. This carport is perfect for Class A & C RVs or multiple vehicles. It is made from 10.3 oz. polyethylene fabric and galvanized steel for guaranteed year round protection. This shelter also includes two zippered 10’6” W front and rear door entry.

After you’ve decided which carport kit dimension is right for you, it is important to choose a peak or round frame top. The peak carport frame is best for areas that receive a lot of rain. The round carport frame is great for snowy weather conditions and larger vehicles and equipment.

Assembling your EmpireCovers carport is quick and easy! All you need is a toolbox, ladder and friend! Never assemble a carport alone. Read the directions to properly assemble your carport. Watch our carport assembly video for added support!

The EmpireCovers Team Drive A Ferrari & Lamborghini in Philadelphia

Car covers aren’t the first things you think of when you hear the word “luxury.” How about Lamborghini? Ferrari? Well the EmpireCovers team got a chance to drive these lavish cars.

EmpireCovers CEO, Jake Goldblum, was practically speechless after driving the red Ferrari F430 Spyder. When asked about his experience, his only words were, “That was awesome! Cowabunga!”

Robert Brous, SEM and Business Development Specialist, and Scott Shemtov, eCommerce Web Analytics Specialist, also filled their need for speed driving the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder and Ferrari, respectively. Our adrenaline was pumping and we all joked about who was the best driver. From the straightaways to the curves, we all had a great time.

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After my turn behind the wheel of the Lamborghini, I got a chance to talk to the Gotham Dream Cars manager, Mike Pytlar, who confirmed I was the best driver of the group. Okay, he didn’t say that but I know he was thinking it.  He did have some great answers to my questions.

This isn’t necessarily a question but I wanted to thank you for having cars with an automatic transmission. I can’t drive a stick shift, so I was a little said when I thought I wouldn’t be able to drive a Lamborghini. Do you get that a lot?

Well, none of our cars are stick. A lot of people who come in here can drive a stick, but not a Ferrari stick shift. It’s different driving down the highway at a normal speed than driving in a racecourse at a high speed. So to answer your question, yes. We do get a lot of people in here who cannot drive a stick on these cars.

We see that Gotham Dream Cars rent your luxury cars for weddings, anniversary presents and other events. Has there been an outrageous request or unique occasion that someone rented a car for?

That depends on your definition of outrageous. We did have a client who rented one of our cars for one week. He drove it from New York to California and back. Just the rental cost him $65,000. I bet he had a great trip though!

One of our favorite things about Gotham Dream Cars is that you make driving a luxury car affordable to the general public. EmpireCovers was built to make protecting your assets inexpensive. How do you protect your vehicles?

We store them in the trailer when we’re traveling. As soon as a car is back at the warehouse, it is detailed. Whether it is rented, drove in the Dream Car Sprint or tour, it is detailed. We like to keep our cars are clean and maintained as possible.

 

Check out Jake’s in-car video: