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Best Campsites Near DeRidder for a Weekend Away

campsites near DeRidder

Do you like to get away from it all? Then be sure to check out one of these awesome campsites near DeRidder, Louisiana.

Back 40 Bow Park (DeRidder)

Located right here in DeRidder, Back 40 Bow has RV spots, tent camping, and cabins. Spots for hiking and swimming supply plenty of outdoor recreation for campers, too, and it’s located in close proximity to Sam Houston Jones State Park.

Longville Lake Park (Longville)

With the lake nearby, you can enjoy a weekend of boating, swimming, and fishing. Longville additionally has RV hookups and tent sites. Plus, there’s a spot to go golfing nearby, so you can make sure you’re never bored.

Juddie Clairs (Ragley)

Set up a tent and bring a sleeping back to Juddie Clairs for a weekend away in the wilderness, where you can fish, swim, and play golf at a location managed by pleasant local groundskeepers.

Enduro Trailhead (Sugartown)

There’s nothing quite like a trip to Enduro Trailhead, featuring activities like horseback riding and offering picnic and barbecue areas. Campfires are permitted here, as well as staying in the onsite cabins and going fishing.

Take a truck or SUV like the 2017 Nissan Titan or Nissan Rogue to one of these campsites near DeRidder. Their power and capability will allow you to easily navigate off the beaten path. Come check them out today at 171 Nissan.

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Best Hiking Places Near Alexandria, LA

hiking places near Alexandria, LA

Sometimes, it really pays off to step away from the stress or mundane atmosphere of a normal routine and get a breath of fresh air in nature. Since 171 Nissan is so close to the surrounding area, we like to take regular hikes in one of these two favorite hiking places near Alexandria, LA. Once you’re there, you  will be amazed at what a little time away can do for you.

Kisatchie National Forest

This national forest is located right next to Alexandria, LA. You can drive out to a variety of trailheads when you take a capable and maneuverable vehicle like the Nissan Rogue as your transportation. Bring camping gear and set up for the night, or use your Nissan Rogue to travel off-road until you find the perfect picnic location.

Sabine National Forest

West of Kisatchie, you’ll find another national forest. Sabine National Forest is actually just across the Texas border, and it’s a bit of a drive from Alexandria. However, the Nissan Rogue has plenty of entertainment technology to keep you occupied on the drive. Once you’re there, you can go backpacking or choose from a number of long trails for a day hike in this breathtaking forest.

 

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Best Louisiana Colleges To Attend Near Lake Charles

best Louisiana colleges

Shearman Fine Artws Center, McNeese State University

If you or someone you know if preparing to move up from high school to college and you live in the Lake Charles area, here’s some of the best Louisiana colleges to attend near us.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

A number of academic benefits and innovative SMART classrooms await you at one of the best colleges in Louisiana, which offers over 80 degree programs and counseling services for first-generation college students.

McNeese State University

One of McNeese State’s main draws is that it’s one of few universities that house a farm on campus – with over 1,400 acres of land dedicated to agriculture and research. Also, newly-admitted students can attend “Cowboy Camp,” a special and exclusive orientation.

Louisiana College

If you’re looking for a Christian private school, head to Louisiana College. There are various degree programs, an on-campus chapel, spiritual programs, and accreditation through professional organizations.

Louisiana State University in Alexandria

This branch campus in Alexandria offers 13 bachelor’s degree programs as well as benefits like varsity rodeo and rugby teams and an undergraduate academic journal. Check out the exclusive Honors Program, too.

Some of the best Louisiana colleges are near us right here in the Lake Charles and Alexandria area. If you want to stay close to home, schedule a tour for one of these schools today.

 

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4 Ways to Get Better Fuel Economy While Driving

Gas Pump

Looking to get better fuel economy? Here are a few tips:

 

Accelerate Gradually and Don’t Speed

Even the most aerodynamic, well-designed vehicle will experience increased drag at higher speeds, which requires more fuel to move the same distance. Couple this with the fact that accelerating quickly burns more fuel than slowly applying the gas, and you’ve got a fuel economy disaster on your hands if you’re the type to rush during your drive.

 

Pay Attention To Your Tires

It may not be the most obvious thing in the world, but having improperly inflated tires can actually negatively impact your fuel economy! This is because poor tire health causes your vehicle to need more fuel to push it the same distance.

 

Stay On Top of Your Maintenance Schedule

We all slack a little when it comes to routine vehicle service, but keeping your powertrain healthy is crucial to maintaining top fuel economy numbers. So get that oil change on time and have your engine tuned periodically; your gas tank, and your wallet, will thank you.

 

Buy an Efficient Car – Like the Nissan Altima!

Probably the most obvious way to save on gas is to buy a vehicle that doesn’t use much. The 2017 Nissan Altima gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27 mpg in the city and a staggering 39 mpg on the highway,* making it one of the most efficient non-hybrids you can get your hands on.

 

Head to 171 Nissan so you can test drive the new 2017 Altima. Not only does it get better fuel economy – it’s an all-around quality car.

 

*All fuel economy numbers are based on estimated EPA averages.

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4 Best Tips For Packing Your Car

2017 Nissan Altima interior - packing your car for vacation or moving

One of the biggest problems when traveling or moving is trying to fit everything in your vehicle (2017 Nissan Altima, anyone?). We’ll share some of our favorite space-saving tips that will make packing your car a breeze!

  • Pack similar items together – Make sure that you have breakable items at least kind of together. This will help you make sure that they’re placed carefully in a low-risk area of the car.
  • Take advantage of all space – The trunk isn’t the only place to store things in a car! Store items under seats and anywhere else you can find it.
  • Use bags, not boxes – As you may realize, it can be hard to fit a squared-off object into a rounded car interior. By packing in bags your cargo becomes more pliable and easier to fit.
    • Bonus tip: use vacuum bags for even more space!
  • Use an overhead carrier – There will always be times when you just need more space than you have. Add a carrier to the top of your car and pack it with the items you know you won’t need until you reach your destination.

Whether you’re going on a road trip, leaving for vacation or moving, let’s face it: space is always coveted when packing your car. Make the most of it with a new 2017 Nissan Altima sedan from 171 Nissan in DeRidder, LA!

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Nissan GT-R Track Edition Headed to New York Auto Show

GT-R Track Edition

The New York International Auto Show will run from April 14th-23rd at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City this year, and at this show, Nissan will unveil the limited-production GT-R Track Edition.

For the 2017 model year, the GT-R is getting some major attention. It started out with redesigned models of both the GT-R Premium and GT-R NISMO and now adds this Track Edition, which fits in between the other two models.

The Track Edition is sure to be popular among enthusiasts. It comes equipped with the same 565-horsepower engine as the Premium model; however, it promises to deliver a higher level of performance.

“The new GT-R Track Edition gives buyers a specialized model, one true to GT-R heritage and available only by special order,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. “Building on the major upgrade to every GT-R for 2017, the Track Edition is an amazing package inside, outside and under the skin.”

Performance features on the Track Edition include an advanced four-wheel independent suspension with unique NISMO tuning, reduced weight, NISMO-spec tires, more roll stiffness, and additional adhesive bonding.

The 2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition will be available late this summer only by special order through dealerships, like us here at 171 Nissan.

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How to Entertain Kids on Road Trips

Kids on road trips

Taking kids on road trips can be a bit of a hassle, but if you go prepared and stock up on fun ways for them to keep themselves busy, you’ll have much smoother trip. Just follow these easy tips for finding great entertainment for kids!

First of all, entertaining your kids doesn’t have to be expensive. You don’t have to have a minivan with rear-seat Blu-ray players if you visit your local library. Libraries don’t just have books, although books are a great thing to bring along! You can also get portable handheld movies and even Wi-Fi hotspots so they can use a tablet or phone.

There are also all kinds of road trip games we remember from our childhoods. Pass these games onto your kids—the Slug Bug Game where you punch someone every time you see a VW Beetle (well, maybe not that one), the license plate game, the A to Z sign game. Sure, they get old after a while, but that’s when you play the Quiet Game. Whoever talks first loses!

Get some coloring books, bring handheld games, bring movies if you have a way to watch them—there are endless ways to keep kids entertained on road trips!  For more tips to make your traveling better, stop by 171 Nissan today!

 

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Nissan Designs a Better Car for Dogs

car for dogs

Do you have a canine companion that you consider a member of your family? You aren’t alone. All across the U.S., there are plenty of people who love their pet like their own child. However, car safety is a big issue when it comes to bringing Fido along with you. According to a recent survey conducted by Nissan, 90% of dog owners want a car with more dog-friendly features, so Nissan decided to pursue the obvious solution: engineering a concept car for dogs, the XTrail 4Dogs.

Some more numbers were included in the survey: 98.7% of survey respondents use their car to transport their pet, and of that number, 88.7% of them bring their dog along for the ride at least once a week. That’s a lot of dogs riding in cars on a weekly basis!

Responders tended to agree that the trunk or backseat was the best place to keep a dog during these weekly excursions, but voiced concerns about canine accessibility when it came to actually getting their beloved furry family members into the vehicle. The XTrail 4Dogs concept includes a ramp to make getting in and out of the trunk easier than ever. What’s more is that the trunk can easily fit not one, but two dogs with plenty of space leftover, and even includes a shower, dryer, no-spill water bowl, treat dispenser, and more.

Unfortunately, Nissan’s car for dogs isn’t making its way to the mainstream market, but we at 171 Nissan think it’s a good way to spread awareness for dog safety in your car.

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EyesOn Design Award Goes to the Nissan Vmotion 2.0 Concept

Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept

Every year at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, the best looking vehicles are recognized and rewarded. This year, Nissan’s innovation Vmotion 2.0 concept earned the EyesOn Design Award for Best Concept Vehicle.

The EyesOn Design award winners are chosen by a panel of automotive design leaders from around the world. The award is given to both the best concept vehicles and best production vehicle at the NAIAS.

Mamoru Aoki, executive design director, Nissan Global Design Strategy, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., said, “This prestigious award, earned from top design leaders from around the world, exemplifies the enormous potential of Nissan’s newest design direction. We’re honored to be here and excited to continue to show the world the limitless capability of Nissan design.”

Vmotion 2.0 represents the future of Nissan’s production sedans, both in design and technology. While it might seem to be off in a far distant future, technology like autonomous driving isn’t too far off at all.

Along with its autonomous technology, Vmotion 2.0 has a “floating roof” design and crisp character lines throughout the car’s body. On the front end, sharp cut-outs and a 3D “V-motion” grille give the concept its distinct look.

What do you think of Nissan’s Vmotion 2.0 concept?

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ARFLA’s Effects on Our Community

ARFLA’s effects

When it comes to helping save homeless animals and improving their health and welfare, no one does more than the Animal Rescue Foundation of Louisiana (ARFLA). ARFLA’s effects can be seen across the state, including here in DeRidder.

ARFLA is a non-profit organization that strives to protect the animals around Louisiana who can’t protect themselves. Their physical shelter is located in Lafayette, but they frequently have adoption and fundraising events in other parts of the state. They rescue animals through a variety of sources, including picking up abandoned animals, rescuing dogs from high kill shelters, taking animals from people who cannot keep their pets, and taking litters of puppies in when the owners agree to have the mother spayed.

If you’re looking to add a new furry friend to your family, please consider choosing ARFLA as your pet adoption center. Every animal available for adoption has been fully vetted and temperament tested before being eligible for placement. In addition, all animals receive the necessary veterinarian care, including vaccinations, de-worming, spaying or neutering, microchipping, heartworm testing and treatment, necessary surgeries, and, of course, love and care.

To adopt a dog from ARFLA, you first need to fill out the adoption application. You can also help by donating needed supplies or donating money to the shelter.

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