Business Travel By Motor Coach – Fine But Be Sure to Look at the Oil in the Generators First |

For nearly 7-years I toured the United States in what I called a Mobile Command Center, but it was really a cross between a high-end motor coach and a NASCAR truck and trailer with expandable sides. It was for traveling, office, and marketing, and what a branding vehicle it is painted Dodge Viper Bright Yellow! Now then, when traveling for business in an office on wheels or even for personal use, you must do the routine maintenance early and often – that includes changing the oil, especially in the generators.

One of the most important things in a motor home is power for your accessories. Therefore, you cannot risk having a disruption with your portable generator onboard. To ensure that it works in a trouble-free way, you must change the oil and the air and air filters as appropriate. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations in the operations manual.

Below are tips on changing the oil in your motor home’s on-board generator;

1. Pull out your operations manual if you are unsure or about anything or if this is the first time you’ve done it yourself.

2. Make sure you have an oil pan, a manufacturer’s recommended oil filter, and the oil which has been specified by the generator manufacture. If you don’t use genuine parts, you may void your warranty. Besides that, these parts are specially designed, and have special lubricants inside to protect the wear and tear on the motor, which may be dissimilar to other types of engines.

3. Run your generator for 10 or 15 minutes.

4. Remove the cover on your generator.

5. Remove the oil plug, placing an oil pan catcher underneath.

6. As the oil drains out remove the oil filter also.

7. After all the oil is drained out, replace the oil plug, and put on the new filter.

8. Next, put in the specified amount of oil, wait a couple of minutes, and then check the dipstick to make sure the oil level is proper.

9. Turn on the generator for two or three minutes; check the oil level again with the dipstick. Everything should be okay, but if you need to add a little extra oil, add only the appropriate amount.

10. Before you are finished and while you still have the cover off of your generator, you should also check the air filter, and fuel filter. Some manufacturers recommend changing the fuel filter every time and some manufacturers recommend changing the air filter every third time you change the oil. You need to pay attention to this.

11. When changing the fuel filter – make sure you do it exactly as the operation manual states. Also realize that if you don’t get the air filter on properly you can cause damage to your motor. Make sure you put it back together the same way you took it apart. You may have to lay the parts out in a row, so you can remember exactly how it goes back together. If you are unsure look at the systematic in your operations manual.

By doing this routine maintenance on your motor home’s generator yourself, you can save a significant amount of money. It is also recommended by those who are writers for major motor coach publications, that you keep all the receipts in a file, so there will be no possible way that the manufacturer can void the warranty, because you can prove you used genuine parts. Please consider all this.

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International Business Travel Tips |

International business travel presents its own unique set of challenges, so it’s best to always be prepared for the worst-case scenario (and then hope it doesn’t happen!). A few things to consider before traveling abroad:

1. Always carry your laptop onto the plane and keep it near at all times. Contraire to popular myth, airport x-ray machines will not harm your computer. Also remember to back up before you leave – you’re most likely to have your computer crash or worse, have it stolen, while traveling abroad.

2. can help you find a seat on your international flight with a convenient and accessible plug-in, and let you know which type of adapter you’ll need in order to use your laptop, if any. Many airlines offer in-flight wireless internet access for a small fee and using your laptop for work in-flight is a great way to pass the time. It’s better to use the plane’s own power than depleting your laptop battery. Bringing a second battery is also suggested.

3. Make sure you have the correct outlet adapter. If you plan to travel to Australia, you will need a special adapter, which can be purchased at myriad online sites, such as Likewise, Europe and Asia have different outlets as well. Many hotels provide adapters for your convenience, and many don’t so it’s better to be prepared and bring your own regardless. has a handy guide on finding the correct adapter.

4. Check with your cell phone provider to make sure your phone will work overseas. GSM, short for Global System for Mobile Communications, is a digital radio frequency that is accepted in virtually every country on the planet and allows for seamless international travel. Even with a GSM phone, different countries may require a different SIM card. SIM cards are the “brains” of your phone. For example, you will need a European SIM card for travel to Europe, and you will need an Australian SIM card for travel to Australia and New Zealand. Both GSM phones and SIM cards can be purchased online or through your local cell phone retailer. Cell phone coverage is surprisingly good Downunder especially considering its relative population.

5. If you’re traveling internationally for business, chances are good that you’re pretty familiar with the customs and culture associated with your travel destination. However, international business etiquette is constantly evolving. To avoid embarrassing mistakes that may ultimately not only damage your own reputation, but your company’s as well, take a minute to research the latest cultural developments and learn key phrases and pleasantries in the native language as a courtesy, even if you’re doing business in English.