Three Michigan Road Trips You Should Take This Spring

There’s no better way to hit the reset button than with a trip away from home. Fortunately, for those living anywhere near Rochester Hills CDJR in Rochester, Michigan, there are plenty of excellent Michigan road trips that are perfect for the spring season. Hop in the Jeep—top off, of course—and head on one of these excursions.Jeep Road Trip

Holland State Park

A drive on I-96 West will take you over to Holland State Park, where the water is welcoming and the sunsets are out of this world. Bring a tent and camp for the weekend, or pack your bicycles in the back of your Ram pickup to enjoy riding over 25 miles of roadside trails.

Lake of the Clouds

Late spring is the perfect time for a trip to the Upper Peninsula, where you can find breathtaking natural wonders like Lake of the Clouds in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. There’s plenty of hiking, camping, and fishing to be done at this natural resort.

Mackinac Island

As much as we love our vehicles at Rochester Hills CDJR, we also know that it’s good to get away from things like cars and cell phones for a simpler way of living. It’s during these times that we like to visit Mackinac Island, where cars are left behind, and life seems to slow down in the most pleasant of ways.

The History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is just around the corner and everyone at Rochester Hills CDJR is making their plans for a fantastic weekend. But Memorial Day is about more than just barbecues, parades, and a long weekend from work; this holiday has its roots in an American tradition that deserves to be honored and remembered as we move into the season of pool passes and long summer nights.Memorial Day

The history of Memorial Day starts in the mid-1800s, just after the American Civil War ended. Thousands and thousands of American soldiers were killed in combat, a toll that required the creation of some of the first national cemeteries. People all across the county were looking for a way to honor and remember these fallen veterans, and many of them did so by visiting, decorating, and praying over their graves.

In 1868, General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic declared May 30th as “Decoration Day,” making it a unified time to remember these American soldiers. However, it wasn’t until after World War I that Decoration Day became widely practiced across the country to honor all fallen soldiers, not just those from the Civil War. In 1968, Memorial Day become a federal holiday and landed a permanent position as the last Monday in May.

Today, many families still use Memorial Day to remember the soldiers in their lives who have served or are serving. This year, make your Memorial Day about more than just relaxing with a plate of ribs. Take the time to honor those who have served our great country.

Famous Movies with Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Rams!

Have you ever watched a movie and shouted, “That’s my car!” Well, if you haven’t, maybe you should check out some famous movies that feature Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles!

Driving Miss Daisy – What does Miss Daisy actually drive in this movie when she’s not getting driven? A 1947 Chrysler Royal!

Rush – This movie will give you undercover cops and awesome cars! The 1968 Dodge Charger is featured heavily in this film, driven by main actor Jason Patrick.

Jurassic Park & Jurassic World – Jeeps everywhere! Jurassic Park features Jeep Wranglers and Jeep Cherokees, and the newest movie in the franchise, Jurassic World, even references the original Jeep Wranglers from the first movie!

Twister – There are tons of Chrysler vehicles featured in Twister, but the 1995 Dodge Ram is especially featured when it incurs major damage in one scene but then is able to drive the tornado chasers away in the next scene!

Can’t Buy Me Love – Patrick Dempsey gets behind the wheel of a Chrysler 300 wagon in this classic film, straight outta 1968!

So what are you favorite movies featuring your favorite cars? Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming Fast and Furious 8 movie, which will feature an awesome Dodge Ice Charger!

Mopar Ram Accessories

Mopar Ram Accessories

Ram’s lineup of trucks is the best collection of pickups in the industry. So how do you make them even better? Equip them with Mopar accessories! For years, Mopar has been providing drivers with some of the very best accessories for their vehicles. Mopar’s lineup of accessories for the Ram family of trucks is one of the company’s most extensive product collections. Take your Ram truck to the next level by adding on these Mopar Ram accessories.

Trailer Towing Mirror

Sometimes you need your Ram truck to haul a heavy load behind it in a trailer. In order to keep an eye on that trailer at all times, Mopar has created a trailer towing mirror for the Ram, making long trips with lots of cargo during the summer easier than ever!

Skid Plates

Ram trucks are the toughest in the automotive world, making them perfect for off-roading. However, to provide added protection to your Ram’s most vital components, Mopar provides Ram drivers with specialized skid plates.

Interior Ambient Lighting Kit

Mopar’s accessories are not limited to the exterior of your Ram vehicle. Mopar also has designed a signature Interior Ambient Lighting Kit to add extra style and ambiance to the interior of your Ram truck.

For the best accessories for your Ram vehicle, Mopar is the most obvious choice!

5 Michigan Vacation Destinations

5 Michigan Vacation Destinations

Michigan gets pretty chilly during the fall, winter, and spring months. However, when summer arrives, you can bet that things start warming up! The warmer temperatures allow Michigan residents to enjoy various vacation locations that they don’t always get to the rest of the year. This summer, be sure to make the trip to these 5 Michigan Vacation destinations!

Mackinac Island State Park

Mackinac Island is considered by many to be the most beautiful spot in all of Michigan. Therefore, the best time to experience all of the beauty that the park has to offer is during the summer.

Detroit Zoo

Located in the heart of Michigan’s largest city, this wild attraction allows guest to get up close and personal with lions, tigers, and polar bears.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

The beautiful sculptures located at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park are surrounded by the beautiful plant life that is also located at the park.

The Henry Ford Museum

Michigan’s economy has always been defined by the automotive industry, and no other museum records the history of that industry better than the Henry Ford.

Michigan’s Adventure

Michigan’s premier amusement park is filled with attractions for guests of all ages, from child-friendly rides to thrilling roller coasters like the Thunderhawk.

What Snacks Should You Bring On Road Trips?

Best Snacks For Road Trips

Any road trip enthusiast will tell you that careful planning can make or break a trip—including the proper snacks. Although it might sound like a silly concept, it is true that many drivers eat while they’re on the road. That’s why we’ve put together a post on snacks for road trips to give you an idea of the dos and don’ts of eating on the road.

According to How Stuff Works, the ideal foods for the roads make you feel full and don’t distract you from driving. They also give you energy and keep you alert. First, bring a mini cooler and keep it within reach. If you have passengers, put them in charge of snack distribution. The best snacks tend to be nuts, granola bars, and bananas. What do they have in common? They aren’t messy and they can be eaten with one hand.

What should you avoid? Obviously, you don’t want to bring messy foods that might distract from the road. Chips make your hands greasy, sandwich and hot dog condiments tend to get everywhere, and foods with pits or that have a lot of fluid can also be a problem, including cherries or peaches.

Other favorites include: fruit leather, jerky, celery and carrot sticks, and good old-fashioned trail mix. For drinks, go light—you don’t want to pull over every five seconds. Generally, you can’t go wrong with water. Avoid sugary drinks that may give you a rush and then a sugar crash. Though there are mixed feelings on caffeine, it is a stimulant, making coffee, tea, and energy drinks a possibility for late nights.

RAM 1500 EcoDiesel Gives Truck Fans What They Want

RAM 1500 EcoDiesel

Truck aficionados are always clamoring for higher towing capacity without losing fuel economy. With the 2014 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel, one of the most popular trucks in America as a two-time Motor Trend Truck of the Year, the 2014 RAM gives truck fans what they want.

Although the EcoDiesel model of the 2014 RAM 1500 costs slightly more than the traditional gasoline-version, Chrysler expects the EcoDiesel models of the 2014 Ram 1500 to account for 10-15 percent of 1500-series sales in 2014 according to an autoblog article.

Part of the reason for the optimism on behalf of the auto maker is the fact that the 8,000  trucks they initially offered to specific dealerships were completely allocated  in just three days. RAM was not totally surprised by the success because of a few reasons. The trim levels featuring the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 and standard eight-speed TorqueFlight automatic combine to offer 240 horsepower with an estimated fuel economy of 28 mpg.

Contact us at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM to learn even more about the 2014 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel.