How do you guys in cold weather keep your equipment from freezing?

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  1. Torrey W

    Torrey W Syndicated Entrepreneur

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    I've been through about 5 winters now and am lucky enough to now have a indoor space to keep the tm.
    But I didn't always and had to fight the freezing nights.

    What all mods to the vehicle, heaters, methods etc.
     
  2. Presidential Cleanng

    Presidential Cleanng FatCat Entrepreneur

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    Electric blankets work for me. Within a year I have a building in the plan, so I won't have to worry about this at all.
     
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  3. Carpet-Rx of Louisville

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    I just put a space heater in my van when I park it at the end of the day. Hasn't failed me in three years.
    Plus it feels good climbing inside a warm van on a winter morning. :)
     
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    When I have my trailer set up, first thing to be done is insulation.

    I plan to keep it warm enough with insulation and a milk house type electric heater. I figure it will run about another 100 bucks a month to keep the stuff from freezing.
     
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    Small electric space heater runs about a dollar a day .
     
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  6. Torrey W

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    how the heck have I never thought if or heard of anyone doing this before!?

    Great idea.

    I use to use a space heater and was worried it would somehow fail and cause a fire..
    More than once I've had a breaker pop or something fail and I would go out to a frozen van..

    The blanket just sounds like a easy, safe and smart thing.
     
  7. Brian__G

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    I've brought my machine inside the last two winters. I'm not sure what I'll do when I get a TM. I'm hoping that at that point there will be sufficient revenue to afford better options.
     
  8. Carpet-Rx of Louisville

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    Brian G,
    Just go to walgreens or something and pick up a small space heater to set inside your van. Hook it up to an extention cord and run that inside your garage or house even. You don't need to put it on a very high setting either.

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  9. Royal Man

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    I have an oil filled heater that looks like a radiator. Plus my garage and an insulated van. When it can stay 10-15 below for extended periods. You need to keep it as warms as possible. NO electric blankets or small space heaters for me. ( BTW: With a electric blanket. How do you keep your racks of chems and tools (that may have a little water in them) from freezing?)
     
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    Im with royalman.... Oil filled heaters are the most effective means of keeping the space heated.. Also plug it into a low amp air mover to eliminate dead spots and stale air.

    As for me 50x60 radiant floor heats all erysuhev.jpg

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    What are you transporting your equipment with now?

    My question to anyone not using a van or box truck is how do you keep the equipment from freezing between jobs?
     
  12. Brian__G

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    I'm using a van.
     
  13. TheEyeball

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    Wrong. You are all dumb and wrong. The only way to keep your van from freezing is to get a lot of great reviews on your website. Reviews are what will really make the cold get scared and leave your equipment alone. If you are trying to heat your van with any other means besides having great reviews on your website it's just a bunch of blather.
     
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  14. Carpet-Rx of Louisville

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    My first winter as an o/o I had a portable and a chemical rack. I cranked that lil space heater on max high and some of my chemical jugs actually expanded a little like they were going to burst. Just use a space heater or something simple. No need to over think this.
     
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    I think the most effective way to heat your van is to sleep in it and your breath and body heat will keep it warm. And it cost much less than those extra dollar a day space heaters.

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  16. TimMagaw

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    I just spread Fels Naptha all over everything and it keeps it all nice and warm. It just isnt an awesome spotter, it will also generate its own heat source when needed.
     
  17. TimMagaw

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    Honestly. I use one of these. 9ce1350f-e2b9-4280-abff-b53c05e5ac95_1000.jpg
     
  18. TimMagaw

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    I have two of these, one for daily use and the second when it gets real cold. I have this next to my machine so it keeps it nice and warm. It will keep the van interior about 50 degrees. I have insulated my van on the sides and ceiling to help keep the heat in. and when it gets down into the low teens and single digits I will put the second heater at the back door of the van and run it and I will drape a moving blanket over my truckmount to keep the front gauges kind of warm.
     
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    There is a guy in Louisville that has twelve vans. There are three on call seven days a week. If you don't have a heater at your house he tells you to let the van run all night with the heat on full blast. True story.

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  20. Royal Man

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    Don't be a hater!!
     
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