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What can you do with a Bear Arms Ammo Box?

 Have you ever wonder what all you can put in an ammo can?

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This little box is 11.625″ x 5.125″ x 7.125″ of heaven. Anything that you have laying around the house can fit in this thing! Whether you need to clean up after Christmas or you already getting ready for some spring cleaning!

Go from this:

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To this in seconds:

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Don’t have any yarn and don’t see how this will help you? Do you have candy laying around at home? Maybe pens, pencils, and/or markers? Do you have kids at home with Hot Wheels or Barbie clothes? This box would be perfect for you! And it is at a great price this year!

For those of you with children, especially young ones, you know they love to color on whatever they can get their hands on! So why not buy them something at a good cheap price that they can draw all over! They can keep their own treasured items in it!!

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Ladies do you have tons of make-up and other beauty products!? This is a great cheap option to put your items in a box and put it below the sink or in a cabinet. Make that bathroom just a little less cluttered one Bear Arms Ammo Box at a time!

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So start your year off right and buy a Bear Arms Ammo Box from RuralKing.com!

How to keep your dog warm and safe outside in the cold.

dog There are several things a pet needs to survive out the conditions. First off you need to make sure they have a shelter, you want to make sure this shelter is facing the East, southeast or south, there is less wind coming from this directions. It is best to place the dog house next to a shelter or your house to help avoid strong winds. Secondly choose a house that is appropriate to your dogs size. It is better to have a larger house then one too small. If you live in a colder climate try to find a house that has a flap over the door or longer entrance. Our ASL Solutions Insulated Dog House Palace DP20 is a great example of this. You can do a make shift flap using any plastic flap and cutting it to fit the doorway and attaching it just above the entrance if you have a flat entrance such as those on our Precision Pet, Extreme Outback Log Cabin (Large), 2701-3LARGEFD, or Precision Pet, Extreme Outback Country Lodge (Large), 2716-27119. One of Rural Kings houses that is great for winter is our dog igloos that we sell in stores.

     Petmate Indigo Dog Home

Secondly you will want to make sure there is appropriate bedding in the shelter. You can use straw (mix in some cedar chips to keep bugs away), bedding, old blankets, any materials that can help the dog nestle in. Heated pet mats are a huge plus to keeping your pet warm. Farm Innovators 17×24 in. Heated Plastic Mat 98P-M/HM-80, or WarmlyYours 3′ TempZone 120V Floor Warming Mat TRT120-3.0, or the WarmlyYours 1.5′ Environ 120V Floor Warming Mat ERT120-1.5. There are many types of heated pet mats, you will want to make sure the pet mat you have chose is suitable to the bedding you are using.

   

Next will be items such as a heater water bowl (Farm Innovators 1-1/2 Gallon Round Heated Pet Bowl P-60)  or water heater to keep your pets bowl from freezing. Be sure not to use a metal heater in a plastic bowl!  Water is very important to a pets survival in the water, they need it just as much on a cold day as a hot one. You might want is a self feeder dog bowl or a covered feeding area to keep the food from freezing and getting wet. In the winter you might find that your pet is eating a little bit more. This is because since it is cold their bodies are shivering and burning more calories trying to keep warm. It is ok to feed them a little more in the winter!

 

The last few items you may want are clothing options such as a coat/hoodie for your pet when going for walks. Some short or fine haired dogs do not have the warmth from thick fur to be out in the cold for long periods of time. But make sure this is not left on your dog for days at a time, your dog’s skin does need to breath. Coats need to be cleaned as well since your dog will perspire just like we do. You might also consider foot booties. Yes, this might seem like a silly thing but your dog can get cracked paws and their skin can freeze just like ours can when they are out in the weather for too long or going for extended walks. Most of the booties available can also be used for walking on hot sidewalks in the summer to prevent blistering. (Double the use!)

   

One thing people tend to forget is that domesticated animals rely on their owners to take care of them in not only the cold but hot days as well.The humane society has a great article on keeping your pet warm. http://www.animalhumanesociety.org/training/sheltering-your-dog .As well as an article on https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Cold-weather-pet-safety.aspx that explains the difference in dog sizes and hair/fur types and how winter effects them all differently.

Check back with us on keeping your horses and  live stock warm, as well as how to make an out door winter cat house!

Gear Up! DIY Car Winter Survival Kit

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In an emergency, a winter survival kit could save your life!

We all hope to never be in this situation, but the fact is, IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU! Being prepared is never a bad idea or a waste of time. With this quick DIY winter emergency kit you will have the peace of mind that you will stand a fighting chance against the brutality of Mother Nature’s winter temperatures in the event of the unthinkable. Also, you can store this kit and add to the trunk of your car next year! You have nothing to lose!

Here is what you need:

  • a shovel
  • windshield scraper (a credit card will work if you are in a pinch!)
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • battery powered radio
  • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter
  • water
  • snack food (power bars are a great idea)
  • matches and small candles
  • extra hats, socks and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • blankets or sleeping bag
  • tow chain or rope
  • road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
  • booster cables
  • emergency flares and reflectors
  • fluorescent flag to attract attention

Here are some items you can purchase from Rural King! Shop in store or stay warm and shop conveniently ONLINE at www.ruralking.com!

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Wait For a Tow Truck Safely

In this rough cold season, heaven forbid,you might need to call a tow truck if you find yourself stranded due to a flat tire, car accident or mechanical trouble. There are some important steps to follow after calling for a tow. Know how to wait for a tow truck to keep yourself and your car safe.

 

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Move your car.

  • Move your car as far away from moving traffic and as far onto the road’s shoulder as possible if you can safely drive the vehicle. This will keep passing motorists from hitting your disabled vehicle while waiting for a tow truck and will make it easier for the tow truck driver to situate his truck near enough to your car to hook up the tow.
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Turn your hazard lights on.

  • Turn the vehicle’s hazard lights on after you’ve moved the car safely off the road while you’re waiting to be towed. The button or switch for your vehicle’s hazard lights is usually on the steering column or the dashboard. The flashing lights will alert other motorists that your car is disabled and help them see it on the side of the road, especially at night.
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Place reflective triangles around the vehicle.

  • Use reflective triangles or cones from an emergency roadside kit to cordon off the area around your disabled vehicle. Be sure to place at least one at the front and one at the rear of the vehicle and a third along the side of the car facing the road. This will help make your vehicle visible to other motorists while you’re waiting for your vehicle to be towed.
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Organize belongings.

  • Get together anything inside the vehicle that you need to take with you after you’ve been towed. This should include any valuable items and any vehicle insurance information stored in your glove compartment. Organize everything so you can leave your car quickly with everything you need.
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Stay in your vehicle.

  • Remain in your vehicle after taking outside safety measures until the tow truck arrives. This is important, because it will keep you safe from the elements and passing vehicles.
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Use caution if approached.

  • Be careful if you’re approached by other motorists while waiting for a tow truck. Lock your doors, stay in the car and crack the window an inch to talk to them instead of rolling it all the way down. Do not leave the vehicle or accept a ride if the person approaching your vehicle is anyone other than the tow truck driver.
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Get identification.

  • Ask the tow truck dispatcher for the name of the driver being dispatched to you or the identification number or license plate number of the tow truck being sent. This will help you know if the vehicle that arrives is legitimate and the driver is who he says he or she is. Verify this information before exiting your vehicle.

ITEMS TO KEEP HANDY IN YOUR CAR

 

Schumacher Electric, Jump Starter, XP400

SKU: 000810399

Voltek 24 LED Amber Light Bar with Clear Cover

SKU: 204190001

Voltek 12V Red Plaid Heated Travel Blanket HB12VPLAID

SKU: 010035036

Warning Triangle Kit 3 Triangles

SKU: 088220019

DIY Winterizing

This is only my second year experiencing the freezing temperatures Illinois has to offer and I am still trying to adapt. A big thing for me last year was the slick icy sidewalks and the ice all over my car I was lucky enough to get to scrape off every morning! This year I wanted to try a few DIY tricks which should help to solve these issues for me this year.

DIY Sidewalk Salt

What you will need:

1 Teaspoon Dawn dish soap

1 Tablespoon Rubbing Alcohol

8 Cups of hot water

1 Large bucket

What to do:

  • Grab your bucket and mix the Dawn dish soap and the Rubbing alcohol together really well, until completely combined.
  • Add the hot water **caution** and continue to stir until everything is completely combined.
  • You are now ready to use your Sidewalk salt! All you will need to do is pour the mixture over any areas that would typically freeze over with ice.

This mix will not freeze and best of all it will NOT eat away at your concrete like the salts can!

DIY Ice Melt

What you will need:

Sugar

Epsom Salt

Bucket

What to do:

Grab your bucket and ingredients

  • Mix 1 part sugar and 1 part Epsom salt (You can use however much of the products needed to cover the trouble areas)
  • Sprinkle over the area you wish to melt the snow/ice

** This mixture will not hurt plants, ground, birds, dogs, or cats!

   DIY Frost Proofing Your Car

What you will need:

1 spray bottle

Vinegar

Water

What to do:

  • Fill the spray bottle with 3 parts vinegar and 1 part water.
  • Spray down your car windows before you go to sleep or just after you get home to prevent the ice build-up on the windows!

** The vinegar contains acetic acid which will raise the melting point of water which prevents it from freezing! If you forget to do this before you go to sleep, no problem, spray the windows down in the morning and it will melt the ice away.

 Enjoy your winter a little more hassle free with this quick and easy DIY tips!