Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Organization

Right here in Michigan, there is a great non-profit organization whose primary goal is to support our wounded veterans that have served in either Iraq or Afghanistan and also live in Michigan. That group is called The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund (FWSF).

Army Soldier

The Beginning

Since mid-2006, FWSF has supported veterans in need of assistance. A great deal of the organization’s funding is provided by local businesses and organizations, as well as donations. FWSF supports our veterans through a variety of means, including assistance with housing payments, utilities, transportation costs, food, home repairs, medical expenses, funeral costs, and more.

Recent Years

In 2015, FWSF was able to assist 253 veterans with $465,371. In 2016, the group received even more funding and were able to support 360 veterans with $707,523. As the needs of our veterans continue to grow, FWSF hopes to help even more.

If you have been searching for a great non-profit organization to donate your time or money, consider the FWSF. None of their volunteers or members receive any pay. That means the FWSF has a current give rate of 97%, which makes you feel confident your money is going where it is intended.

Here at Rochester Hills Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we are proud to support and showcase The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund.

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Family Green Car of the Year

There is no denying that a minivan is the ultimate family hauler. Now, with the first-ever Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, families have a new way to combine the versatility they need with the efficiency they want. This innovative model was recently named the Northwest Family Green Car of the Year by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA).

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrd

Reviews

NWAPA members gathered in Portland, Oregon, to test drive 19 energy-efficient and fuel-saving vehicles, including gasoline-electric models, battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and even a hydrogen fuel cell model. The Chrysler Pacific Hybrid impressed the writers with its great range, efficiency, and excellent versatility.

Range

“With its 33-mile electric-only range, the Pacifica Hybrid has plenty of range for most drivers’ daily commutes…” said NWAPA President John Vincent. “Journalists overwhelmingly picked the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid as the Northwest Family Green Car of the Year, recognizing the first hybrid minivan’s exceptional fuel economy as a groundbreaking way to extend family budgets.”

Safety

Along with its fuel-saving powertrain, the Pacifica offers more than 100 available safety and security features, along with an abundance of desirable tech features. Families will especially appreciate the available Uconnect Theater rear seat entertainment system.

Come experience the next-level of family transportation with the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, available now at Rochester Hills Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

Fun Summer Activities

Finding the perfect summer activity isn’t easy, but the fun you have and memories you create are well worth the search. To help you out, those of us at Rochester Hills Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram have put together a list of some fun summer activities for you to try out this season.

Fun Summer Activities

Drink Lemonade

Spending some quality time with friends and family is best done with a drink in your hand. Lemonade is a classic summer beverage that many people enjoy on a hot day. Sit out on the porch and relax with an ice-cold glass of lemonade. If you’re not a fan of lemonade, you can always indulge in a glass of iced tea instead!

Get a Tan

The hot summer sun is perfect for those who enjoy tanning or sitting outside to enjoy the warm rays. Setting up a lawn chair or laying on a towel in the yard or on the porch makes for a great way to get a natural tan. Make sure you use plenty of sunscreen to avoid harmful UV rays! You’ll have that summer glow in no time.

Visit a Park

Local parks offer the perfect opportunity to get outside and explore nature. Meet up with friends and family and explore a park in your area. You never know what hidden gems may be hiding in your own backyard!

Enjoying the warm sun is one of the best parts of this time of year, so head outside and soak up some Vitamin D this summer!

2018 Dodge Durango SRT

The Dodge Durango stands as a powerful SUV designed for families who are constantly in search for their next great adventure. While the standard SUV does its job well, some drivers (and engineers) thought it could use higher performance. For that very reason, the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is coming with more power under the hood than ever before.

2017 Dodge Durango

Power

Don’t be alarmed! The Dodge Durango SRT will still be the family-friendly, three-row SUV that drivers know and love. It will just come stocked with a larger engine: a 6.4-liter V8 engine that produces 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. And that’s not all the new Durango SRT has to offer.

Options

The new model will also boast a best-in-class towing capacity of 8,600 lbs when properly equipped. It’s also America’s most powerful three-row SUV with a 0-to-60-mph time of just 4.4 seconds and the fastest quarter-mile run in its class. The upcoming three-row SUV will also feature seven drive modes: Auto, Sport, Track, Snow, Tow, Valet, and Eco.

You can expect to see the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT heading to the dealership later this summer.

We here at Rochester Hills Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram can’t wait to hear the Durango SRT’s engine roar!

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.

Best Jeep Accessories to Add to Your Wrangler

Best Jeep Accessories

The Best Accessories for Your Jeep Wrangler

If you’ve got your hands on a Jeep that you intend to take off-road, odds are you’re wondering about the best Jeep accessories on the market. Here’s a quick overview of what you should be keeping in mind when shopping

Lift kit

You’ve probably seen Jeeps and trucks with lift kits before, but the Wrangler gets an extra kick out of a lift kit because improved ground clearance equals better off-roading adventuring.

Mud tires

If you enjoy crawling over rocks and through swampy, muddy terrain, a set of solid mud tires will help your Jeep perform and handle better.

Fender flares

If you’ve got the lift kit and bigger tires, you’ll need to be able to fit those tires on your Jeep. Bigger fender flares will make more space for your wheels.

Recovery winches

No matter how prepared you are for going off-road, odds are you’re eventually going to get stuck somewhere. This is why you should opt for a recovery winch with a capable rope for pulling a trapped Jeep out of perilous places.

Off-road lights

Visibility is important in the wild. That’s why you should give your Jeep some extra lighting, preferably with LED bulbs.

If you have any more concerns about the best Jeep accessories, don’t hesitate to call or stop in to ask us here at Rochester Hills CDJR. We’ll give you all the information you need to make a good decision.