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11-POINTS TO CHECK WHEN TROUBLESHOOTING A NON-STARTING SNOWMOBILE
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January 13, 2021

You spent your summer on your boat or jet ski and really hadn’t thought about your snowmobile in months. Now that there is a chill in the air, and snow begins to fall, you are ready to trade in your bathing suit for a snowsuit. So you jump on your sled, and try to crank it over and... nothing. Use these 11-points to narrow down the cause, so you can get out on the powder.

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December 22, 2020
HOW-TO INSTALL THE ROP SHOP SNOW / MUD TIRE CHAINS AND TENSIONERS

RUGGED U: Some of the toughest conditions for both Outdoor Power Equipment as well as Power Sport vehicles is sometimes traveling through the mud in the spring and fall, or snow in the winter. One of the best ways to avoid getting stuck is by installing tire chains. NEED HELP? Here is a handy video we produced to help you install The ROP Shop's tire chains so you can Stay Rugged.

Auger section of a snowblower. Auger section of a snowblower.
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December 14, 2020
RUGGED U'S 14-SNOW BLOWING TIPS, TRICKS AND TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Whether you are a snow pro, or just purchased your first snowblower or snow thrower this season, there is always room to learn something new. Rugged U has a few tips, tricks, and tools of the trade to give you a hand. Plus if you are in need of any OEM or aftermarket replacement parts, The ROP Shop is there to help as well.

Two Outdoor Concepts trucks with snowplow attachments. Two Outdoor Concepts trucks with snowplow attachments.
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November 25, 2020
A SNOWPLOW DRIVER'S CHECKLIST

A white Christmas may look nice, but it can make holiday travel stressful, hectic, and downright dangerous. If you put a plow on your truck to make this time of year easier for your friends and family, or if you own a fleet of trucks and clear out parking lots, proper prep and maintenance is key to a successful season. There are a few boxes to check to get both your truck and plow ready for the hard work of shoving snow out of the way, but for the well-being of yourself and your equipment it’s best to get it done. The ROP Shop's Rugged U blog can help you out.

A hand spraying pump saver into the pump of a pressure washer. A hand spraying pump saver into the pump of a pressure washer.
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October 21, 2020
FALL / WINTER OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT PREPARATION

As the fall leaves begin to hit the ground, many of us are tired of the summer chores that come with using our mower, pressure washer, string trimmer, and other outdoor power equipment. Though we might be tempted to simply toss those items in the back of the garage until next season, failing to properly prepare them for winter can be a costly mistake. The ROP Shop's Rugged U blog can help you out.

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October 17, 2020
HOW TO RECOGNIZE WHEN YOU CAN STOP MOWING

Homeowners can keep an eye on the following conditions to determine when the time is right to put their mowers away for the winter. Let Rugged U help with Tips, Tricks, and Tools of the trade on how to prepare your lawn and winterize your power equipment to be ready for another season.

A small dog lays in the grass with a ball in it's mouth. A small dog lays in the grass with a ball in it's mouth.
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August 5, 2020
PROBLEMS THAT CAN LEAD TO LAWN DAMAGE

A beautiful lawn is a goal for many homeowners. Some homeowners may find those lovely lawns may last momentarily, only to disappear when damage (be it pest-, weather- or child-related) sets in. While well-established grass can be resilient, even the most well-maintained lawns can be vulnerable. Preventing damage first involves getting to the root of the problem when it comes to lawn care. The ROP Shop's Rugged U blog can help you out.

A mud path with the tire tracks from a dirt bike imprinted in it. A mud path with the tire tracks from a dirt bike imprinted in it.
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July 6, 2020
A QUICK 5 IMPORTANT TIPS FOR OFF-ROAD DRIVING

Off-road driving is a fun hobby for many drivers. Such driving requires more than turning the wheel and seeking adventure. Knowledge of how to traverse unpaved roadways and having the proper equipment can help off-roading enthusiasts avoid pitfalls. Before you take out your ATV 'quad', UTV, dirt bike, or another all-terrain vehicle, be sure you are prepared for what may come your way. The ROP Shop's Rugged U blog can help you out.

A used carburetor on a concrete floor next to a screwdriver. A used carburetor on a concrete floor next to a screwdriver.
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June 10, 2020
HOW-TO TROUBLESHOOT A FUEL SUPPLY / SYSTEM AND CARBURETOR PROBLEMS

When you go to start any small engine or motor, you expect it to start, and hopefully start after the first try. However, issues within the fuel system or fuel supply, as well as trouble in the carburetor can delay getting a task completed. The ROP Shop's Rugged U has several How-To tips for troubleshooting your problem.

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May 9, 2020
5 SIMPLE TOWING TIPS FOR THE AVERAGE JOE

Regardless of why drivers tow, it's important to keep certain things in mind before hitching up, especially for those drivers will little or no experience towing. Rugged U can help you out.

A man holding a pressure washer pump to be replaced on his pressure washer. A man holding a pressure washer pump to be replaced on his pressure washer.
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April 27, 2020
5 PRESSURE WASHER TIPS, TRICKS, AND TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Living in uncertain times causes many to find more economical ways to deal with run down or broken pressure washer pump or equipment. First, a consumer will usually try to just deal with inconvenience or Jerry-rig the problem. This can either be frustrating, time-consuming, or lead to sometimes more costly or dangerous. The ROP Shop's Rugged U can help you with the common problems associated with power washers, lances, tips, guns, hoses, and pumps.

Tree ready to be planted by caring people. Tree ready to be planted by caring people.
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April 10, 2020
PRINTABLE TREE AND SHRUB PLANTING AND WATERING GUIDE

We tapped into the professional minds at Outdoor Concepts to get the best practices for watering and planting a new tree or shrub. This helpful information sheet is printable and can be used over and over. The ROP Shop's Rugged U blog can help you out.

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April 3, 2020
PRINTABLE STORM PREPARATION INFORMATION SHEET

Whether it be a tornado, hurricane, hail, or something else, storm season is always a scary thing to face if you are not prepared. The ROP Shop has a quick and printable information sheet to help you ensure you are prepared for the damage and cleanup that comes afterward. The ROP Shop's Rugged U blog can help you out.

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