Winter in Dixon, Illinois can be tough to enjoy if you don’t
know where to look for the fun. Here are three seasonal adventures in the Dixon
area that you should take.
Dixon Christmas Walk
The annual downtown Dixon Christmas Walk takes place on Friday, Dec. 6, starting at 6 p.m. It’s the perfect setting to enjoy a fun wintry evening with your family. Festivities include horse and carriage rides, live ice sculptures, Santa Claus, food and craft vendors, wares from local merchants, and much more.
Byron Forest Preserve
When winter hits Illinois in full force, the Byron Forest Preserve has miles of trails to explore on cross-country skis. Pack a lunch and a thermos of hot chocolate, then spend a whole day on the trails to build memories with your loved ones. You can also bring along some sleds to hone your skills at this sport.
Matthiessen State Park
Just under an hour’s drive southeast of Dixon, Matthiessen State Park makes a delightful day trip. Witness canyons, streams, prairie, and forest as you explore the park grounds, then get a photo op by the frozen waterfall to commemorate your trip.
There are plenty of signs that your tires need attention and/or replacement well before you’re stranded on the road with a flat. To help prevent a tire blowout, learn the following signs of when to buy new tires.
Vanishing tread depth
Your tires should not be smooth. They should always possess
adequate tread depth — never less than 1/16 of an inch, more if you’re
constantly driving on surfaces that are wet. Look for the tread wear indicator
bars if your tires are newer. The appearance of one of more these bars signal
that the tread is getting low and it’s time for new tires.
Take a good look your tire’s sidewall — if you notice any
damage, track, cuts or cracks, your tire is leaking or starting to leak. Since
proper inflation is key to your safety on the road, helping to prevent
dangerous blowouts, any signs of a leak should be inspected immediately by our
service professionals at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.
Outer surface bulges
Even if the tread depth of your tires is correct and there’s
no damage in the sidewalls, you can still be at risk from a tire blowout if the
outer surface of the tire has a blister or bulge, signs that the tire is
U.S. News & World Report recently launched
a list of “Future Trucks 2020: The Best New Pickup Trucks Arriving Next Year.”
The redesigned 2020 Ram HD made the publication’s list of heavy-duty pickup
trucks for drivers to check out if they’re looking for something cutting-edge.
The Ram HD has always been known for its incredible towing and hauling
capabilities and Ram’s team of engineers and designers took its power to the
next level with this new redesign.
The 2020 Ram HD’s available 6.7-liter inline-six with an automatic transmission cranks out 400 HP and a whopping best-in-class torque of up to 1,000 lb-ft. Other engine options include a turbo-diesel option as well as a Hemi® V8. The V8, matched to an eight-speed automatic, is the Ram HD’s standard engine.
Standard safety features also made the cut,
including automatic emergency braking and selectable tire pressures. A standard
360-degree camera system surpasses competitors, who typically only offer rear
backup cameras standard but provide comparable systems as additional options.
U.S. News also cited the 2020 Ram HD’s
high-strength steel frame in an age where competitors experiment with other,
lighter materials gives it an extra layer of reliability and durability. The
redesigned 2020 Ram HD has already entered production and is slated to go on
For more news on the 2020 Ram HD, contact us at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.
In decades past, the Jeep® brand has offered a
variety of pickup models including the most recent Comanche and the Scrambler
from the 1980s. Now, however, we are getting an all-new Jeep® pickup
in the form of the 2020 Jeep® Gladiator. It is available now at Ken
Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.
The Gladiator has almost identical styling to the Wrangler.
It just has a truck bed added to the back. However, it has a longer wheelbase
to compensate for the added length of the bed. Just like the Wrangler, you can
take off the doors and roof for an open-air driving experience.
All Gladiator models are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine
rated at 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. This engine gives the
Gladiator plenty of power. When properly equipped, the Gladiator can tow up to
a class-leading 7,650 pounds.
Just because the Gladiator has a truck bed, that will not
slow it down when it comes to tackling tough terrain. In fact, it is the
first-ever Trail Rated® pickup truck on the market. Every Gladiator comes
standard with a variety of off-road equipment including heavy-duty Dana® 44
front and rear solid axles and front and rear tow hooks.
Test-drive the 2020 Jeep Gladiator for yourself when you stop by Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.
Welcome to the official blog of Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram! At Ken Nelson, we know that when new customers arrive at our dealership, they’ve already done their homework. We want to aid in that process by providing you with easy access to online tools and information about the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram models we offer. Our competitive pricing, exceptional service, and family-friendly atmosphere keep our customers coming back time and time again.
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