Winter Readiness

Dogs are part of the house/bed heat protocol here. Single digits outside, thermostat turned to 52 or so for the night, with the upstairs vents all closed, and I still sweat. At least one dog on the bed, and the other right next to it. Two humans. Queen bed, one blanket. Toasty warm at a minimum.

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Linz posted:
Trajan Aurelius posted:

The German Army has had extensive experience on the Russian steppes.   Their experiences are worth studying here.  Many of the lessons learned are familiar to the reader here.  40 pounds has consistently been the practical limit for carrying loads in the field.  Dress in layers.  Initiative carries the day.  Everything takes twice as long and sometimes you do need to go there.

Tucked away for a 'best out of 5' match?

I have seen the map for the Heer  plan to defend Germany in case of a Soviet inspired Warsaw Pact attack.  It was a map of Poland and Russia with a big red arrow going straight for Moscow and marked "12th Panzer Division" with a 72 hour timeline. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sincerely,

 

Trajan Aurelius

 

 

When violence is the local language, be fluent.

 

“Governments may think and say as they like, but force cannot be eliminated, and it is the only real and unanswerable power. We are told that the pen is mightier than the sword, but I know which of these weapons I would choose.“   Lt. General Paul Carton de Wiart, British Army

 

We are currently having a little winter weather here.

It is -39C (-38F) with the wind chill, with winds gusting to 60km/h (37mph).

We have about a foot or so of snow on the ground still from the last storm, and it is moving around in the wind pretty good.

Walking the dogs (we have two Samoyeds and a Samoyed/Great Pyrenees), at 06:15 this morning was quite bracing.

I'm at work now, hoping that everyone behaves themselves, and I don't have to go out and raise my eyebrows at anyone.

Regards.

Mark

Formerly known as ML

MWL posted:

We are currently having a little winter weather here.

It is -39C (-38F) with the wind chill, with winds gusting to 60km/h (37mph).


I'm at work now, hoping that everyone behaves themselves, and I don't have to go out and raise my eyebrows at anyone.

Regards.

Mark

Otherwise they will crack & fall off?

Well, the power is out right now. Has been for the past 2 1/2 hours, and the earliest estimate is another 2 1/2 hours before it is back on.

No generator at work, so it is rapidly getting cooler inside, and darker.

My eyebrows cracking and falling off is now the least of my concerns.

Regards.

Mark

Formerly known as ML

MWL posted:

Well, the power is out right now. Has been for the past 2 1/2 hours, and the earliest estimate is another 2 1/2 hours before it is back on.

No generator at work, so it is rapidly getting cooler inside, and darker.

My eyebrows cracking and falling off is now the least of my concerns.

Regards.

Mark

Did I mention there was going to be a test?  Let us know what your grade is.

 

 

 

 

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Sincerely,

 

Trajan Aurelius

 

 

When violence is the local language, be fluent.

 

“Governments may think and say as they like, but force cannot be eliminated, and it is the only real and unanswerable power. We are told that the pen is mightier than the sword, but I know which of these weapons I would choose.“   Lt. General Paul Carton de Wiart, British Army

 

The power is now back on. It got cool enough towards the end, that I considered putting on a jacket.

I have my fully equipped 4x4 truck outside with a full set of cold weather clothing and survival pack in the back with snow shoes and poles.

At home I have an automatic standby generator with a weeks supply of fuel in two tanks.

At least this shift wil be over in a couple of hours.

Regards.

Mark

Formerly known as ML

Up to 20 now, and snow is supposed to start in a few hours, followed by sleet in the morning. Glad I'm working and not wasting a day off with shitty weather.

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Doug

If I mention Corona, I ain't talking about beer.

 

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"Afterall.... if you get yourself into a fair fight.. you really haven't learned anything in all the time you have spent on Lightfighter, your tactics suck, and you don't deserve to breed."  David Reeves

 

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This is what we got today.

If I can figure out how to load pics from my phone previously taken I have some rather interesting ones. 

Gonna get @ -8*f tonight with out the windchill...

Location: in SE Idaho, the birthplace of television. 

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Doug

If I mention Corona, I ain't talking about beer.

 

"It's your turn to do until it's not."  TA

 

"Afterall.... if you get yourself into a fair fight.. you really haven't learned anything in all the time you have spent on Lightfighter, your tactics suck, and you don't deserve to breed."  David Reeves

 

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Bad weather on the east coast. Tanker driver and another person killed during multi-car pile up on I-95. Video of a gasoline tanker trying to stop on an icy overpass and going over the edge and crashing and exploding below. Also video of  Cincinnati, OH pumper sliding into cars on an icy hill. All from Statter911.

Everyone be extra careful out there.

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https://www.statter911.com/201...y-roads-in-virginia/

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Doug

If I mention Corona, I ain't talking about beer.

 

"It's your turn to do until it's not."  TA

 

"Afterall.... if you get yourself into a fair fight.. you really haven't learned anything in all the time you have spent on Lightfighter, your tactics suck, and you don't deserve to breed."  David Reeves

 

JOINED:  9/20/09     LOCATION:  Outside of KSA Finally!

We got around six inches of snow last night. Temps drop to zero and have stayed there all day. All the Colorado transplants make the driving more hazardous than the weather.  Tomorrow is gonna be in the thirties so there will be some melt. That's when it gets bad is the roads that then freeze. 

Because...........Malinois 

We're starting to get into the see-saw portion of the year, with long freeze periods followed by temperate thaws and melt, so it's either snow/ice/crunchy ground or mud until about April.   We started the woodstove in November this year, it will burn continuously with only clean-out periods until late April as well.   So all is well.    Plenty of food and water until spring, even if we got snowed in to then.    Once we get into this weather, everyone in the house (people and critters) all pile up and keep each other warm.  

Diesel plugged up to block heater on the cold days now, got everything all loaded up in the truck, gear, chains, etc.   Extra gloves and hats in both vehicles.    Stopped by the farmer's coop and got new shoes on Subaru, tried some Toyos on the recommendation of the staff there, we'll see how they go.   Goal this year is to stay out of the ditch, easier said than done on a 90 minute commute through the mountains on the twistys.

Couple questions:

If power isn't available for diesel block heaters in the winter, what do you guys do to start diesels in extreme temps?   A small generator would work, of course.    A propane heater under the truck would probably help, I know my buddy has used some sort of pan and a straw/gelled alcohol product they sell in Alaska for cold starts.   Cycling glow plugs a few times.   Any other tips?

I need some decent cables/chains for a 2005 Subaru Forester, any brands I should look at?

 

I've heard of making a small fire under a semi-truck's engine in a pinch, but there is a lot more clearance room. It heats the 10+ gallons of oil and the block. You'd have to watch pretty carefully. You could probably do some good with a small propane torch or the like, but I'd have to be pretty desperate because the only ways I can see that working involves a lot of miserable time in the cold. Not sure how long it would take to get enough heat into the block.

It was one thing I really liked about spending most of my OTR time in Mack trucks. Their engines, at least the old ones (not real old, mid 80s, but not like the current generation), would tolerate some nasty cold and still start when not plugged in. It is a lot easier on them if they are plugged in, of course.

I got the V8 Superliner to start at -5F once when it got a lot colder overnight than I expected. A lot of guys did not know that Mack did not allow winter fronts (radiator covers) to be used without violating the warranty. I compare that to an old Freightliner I drove with an old tech Reman 400 Cummins. Screaming fast, but a really narrow power band (1800-2200); if it fell to 1799 it was time to downshift in a hurry. That was one nasty bastard to start - most of the time if it was under 50F, it was ether and 30 minutes of feathering the throttle.

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WD-40 is better than ether for cold starts. You can use the IR propane heaters with a hose from the propane tank to the heater under the truck. Tarp the front end and use a salamander forced air heater to blow hot air under the truck if you forgot to put additive in and gelled up.

You can get the WEBASTO coolant heaters that can run off of gasoline or diesel and they use maybe a gallon or two a night of fuel, but are perfect for off the grid use. They use the vehicle's fuel to run or you can plumb them to an auxiliary tank, but using your existing fuel tank also keeps the fuel warm. They are super nice as your heater is preheating the cab and engine. If you slide off of the road they also will run for over a week if your tank was even half full vs a day day and a half with only using the engine to provide heat.

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Commercial trucks use them, I love them and I have my local truck breaker looking for a specific model to use in my '06 Superduty so my kids will quit complaining when they have to ride in the back... (it has a cap, seatbelts etc, I'm not a totally heartless monster)

Location: in SE Idaho, the birthplace of television. 

This random thought crossed my mind ... where do y'all keep your bottled water stash, in the cabin or in the bed of the truck?  I was just thinking, "Get stuck. Get thirsty.  DAMN! The water is frozen!"

 

 

 

 

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Sincerely,

 

Trajan Aurelius

 

 

When violence is the local language, be fluent.

 

“Governments may think and say as they like, but force cannot be eliminated, and it is the only real and unanswerable power. We are told that the pen is mightier than the sword, but I know which of these weapons I would choose.“   Lt. General Paul Carton de Wiart, British Army

 

Trajan Aurelius posted:

This random thought crossed my mind ... where do y'all keep your bottled water stash, in the cabin or in the bed of the truck?  I was just thinking, "Get stuck. Get thirsty.  DAMN! The water is frozen!"

In a cooler on the back floor inside the cab of the truck. It rarely freezes completely, and when it has, a couple minutes over the defroster thaws it sufficiently 

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M. Wilson posted:

WD-40 is better than ether for cold starts.

[ Can you elaborate? ]

You can get the WEBASTO coolant heaters that can run off of gasoline or diesel ..

[ Are they tapped in to the existing fuel system?  Is the heat source ( fire ) inside the cabin or truck bed? The VW Thing had a similar system that sometimes backfired into the cabin. That made mornings 'interesting' and messed with mileage calculations?  Or do they heat the coolant in the engine compartment and circulate the water that way? ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sincerely,

 

Trajan Aurelius

 

 

When violence is the local language, be fluent.

 

“Governments may think and say as they like, but force cannot be eliminated, and it is the only real and unanswerable power. We are told that the pen is mightier than the sword, but I know which of these weapons I would choose.“   Lt. General Paul Carton de Wiart, British Army

 

Take the air filter out and spray the wd40 into the intake as you crank it over and it fires up as the wd40 has more energy in it than ether does and doesn't hurt the engine like ether can  (ether can wash the oil off of the cylinder walls and score/scuff the bore).

The wabasto heaters can be mounted in the engine compartment or along a frame rail. They are tired into the heater line and pump the heated coolant through the system. They have another style that heats air (think of your home's furnace) in the cab and the combustion air and the cab air never meet. They also circulate the fuel to keep it from gelling but when I was in ND I ran some extra coolant lines around the fuel cell and put that Reflectix insulation to keep more heat in. Guys thought I was crazy shutting off my truck and couldn't believe that it would fire back up 12hrs later at -40 (and colder) without being plugged in or in a heated garage. I got my old set up fromy a semi truck wrecking yard for a bit under $500 for everything.

This winter I may finally get around to putting my HVAC system out of a ford conversion van back into the rear cap of my wife's Superduty so the kids don't freeze to death when we go on drives.

They have a rough life, I took a third row seat out of Tahoe and built a frame to mount the seats to (the belts are built into the seat) so they are a tail gunner. Each side has USB ports, iPad and a 12v port for a heated blanket and a mini fridge.

Location: in SE Idaho, the birthplace of television. 

Well, the first winter storm of the 2017-18 is making it's way through the norther tier of the United States this week.  Are you ready?

 

 

 

 

 

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Sincerely,

 

Trajan Aurelius

 

 

When violence is the local language, be fluent.

 

“Governments may think and say as they like, but force cannot be eliminated, and it is the only real and unanswerable power. We are told that the pen is mightier than the sword, but I know which of these weapons I would choose.“   Lt. General Paul Carton de Wiart, British Army

 

Well, I just bought a 50lb bucket of ice melter from BJ's tonight. I never really took my bag out of the back of the cab during the summer. I've been waiting for the temps to drop so that I could go buy new snow tires for my truck.

No. I'm not ready. 

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Doug

If I mention Corona, I ain't talking about beer.

 

"It's your turn to do until it's not."  TA

 

"Afterall.... if you get yourself into a fair fight.. you really haven't learned anything in all the time you have spent on Lightfighter, your tactics suck, and you don't deserve to breed."  David Reeves

 

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Trajan Aurelius posted:

Well, the first winter storm of the 2017-18 is making it's way through the norther tier of the United States this week.  Are you ready?

 

The answer to this was pretty much a "NO" for me. Went to the long sleeves and a beenie at work already. First layer of the winter clothes in the squad car and actually was wearing it a couple days. I have to remember to throw a couple hand warmer packs into my duty bag when I go back to work this week. 

My POV was only about 50% ready. I had already thrown my bag of winter clothes into the back, made sure my shovel and jumper cables were back there still. I added a heavy blanket (I need to find some quality wool blankets cheap one of these days) and made sure I had extra batteries for the flashlights.

This week comes a final car wash, changing the windshield fluid to winter stuff, tire rotation and a needed alignment, new windshield wiper blades, and application of RainX. 

The winter months of last year I was in the police academy, so this will be my first winter on duty. Fun Fun.

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According the the local weather folks here, the lake effect from Lake Erie is going to be bad this year.

Lots of cold, and lots of wet this year. I miss the winters in Saudi, already.

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Doug

If I mention Corona, I ain't talking about beer.

 

"It's your turn to do until it's not."  TA

 

"Afterall.... if you get yourself into a fair fight.. you really haven't learned anything in all the time you have spent on Lightfighter, your tactics suck, and you don't deserve to breed."  David Reeves

 

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Vehicle serviced and snow shovel, kitty litter for traction, chains, clothes and sleeping bag loaded. Stocked up on soup, electric blanket on the bed. Will charge the hand held scanners and close crawlspace vents this weekend. Touched up some spots where the paint had gotten bad on the house a month ago. Traded fans for space heaters in the house. Second winter storm expected to hit the Sierras Fri/Sat.

Dave

"Keep that cheap, wail'n slut quiet!" A.J. Maggott

And meanwhile, I have a big thunderstorm just offshore here on Lake Erie rolling through with awesome lighting and window-rattling thunder and a temp of 60 degrees while I drink my coffee before heading out to work this morning.

Temps will then proceed to plummet later today.

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Doug

If I mention Corona, I ain't talking about beer.

 

"It's your turn to do until it's not."  TA

 

"Afterall.... if you get yourself into a fair fight.. you really haven't learned anything in all the time you have spent on Lightfighter, your tactics suck, and you don't deserve to breed."  David Reeves

 

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And the weather MILF here just mentioned tornadic activity is possible for us (STL area) today.... sure feels like it outside...

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As this will be my first winter with a 4WD vehicle, I'm pretty sure that my area won't see much more than an occasional dusting or flurries.

In the years past I have always had a 2WD pickup and through driving with a little common sense and decent tires, I have been ok.

We did have one year that was a little more challenging and I added a ShurTrax bag to the bed of my truck. Added a decent amount of weight to the bed of the truck without taking up a lot of room OR shifting around on me.

In the previous winters I have kept a small toughbox in the bed with a cable come-a-long, tow chain x2, tow strap x2, Hi-Lift Farm jack, ratchet straps and bungies, heavy gloves, spare coveralls (the good carharts are in the backseat) muck boots, basic tools, midget D-Handle and Flat Shovels, propane plumbers torch (with a single burner screw on "coffee" burner) tire plug kit, and a 7 gal air tank. Fire Extinguisher. All of this is covered -inside the toughbox- by a folded/ rolled insanely heavy weight "waxed" canvas tarp that is about 12x20.  A few years back I did screw in a couple of battery powered LED lights on the underside of the lid (note-- change the damn batteries every year even if you don't think they need it.

The tarp is a lot better to lay on when working on the side of the road than the frozen - wet- slushy ground.

Inside the truck in 3 x3day packs- Insulated Carhart coveralls, good insulated work gloves x2, neck gaiter, Wiggys Lamelite poncho liners x2, heavy knit cap (some of you may call it a stocking cap) Heavy winter work coat (Duluth Trading) spare pants (flanel lined Carharts), spare socks,  spare thermals and flannel shirt. Jumper cables, JetBoil, various lights / flashlights, Stanley FuBar (drivers door pocket), SOG hawk (drivers side console pocket. Fire Extinguisher (laterally across the front BOTTOM of the drivers seat)

Under the back seat - case of water, box of granola bars, 2 boxes of breakfast bars.

Hanging from the back of the passenger seat headrest- CLS bag.

This is in addition to those things that normally manage to make it into my truck on a daily basis depending on my threat assessment / spidey sense.



Thoughts?

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yakc130 posted:

According the the local weather folks here, the lake effect from Lake Erie is going to be bad this year.

Lots of cold, and lots of wet this year. I miss the winters in Saudi, already.

Yeah but the Saudi forecast has been downgraded to "Partly clear skies with a 20% chance of ballistic missile or interceptor debris"

~Will

 




 

 

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Perhaps this should get moved to the preparedness section, no? 

 

You'd never know winter is coming with it being about 70 degrees yesterday. I'm ready for a couple big ass dumps of snow.

 

 

 

 

 

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So today we had thunderstorms blow  through with all kinds of warnings. I haven't seen any news, but apparently there were spotter reports of at least three funnel clouds around here.

59 right now, and by morning it's supposed to be about 40-45.

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Doug

If I mention Corona, I ain't talking about beer.

 

"It's your turn to do until it's not."  TA

 

"Afterall.... if you get yourself into a fair fight.. you really haven't learned anything in all the time you have spent on Lightfighter, your tactics suck, and you don't deserve to breed."  David Reeves

 

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Doesn't snow where I live. It does in one of the areas I work in, so I keep a kit in the work truck. Chains, shovel, black GI fleece jacket and pants, water in an igloo to keep it from freezing, a couple of MRE's. Tarp for laying down on when putting on chains. I also have a 2 meter/440 mobile in the truck for bad cell areas. The fleece suit works better for me than sleeping bag or blankets when trying to lay down on the pickup seat. I have been stuck once up the mountain overnight and frequently end up babysitting a generator for power outages. Also keep Carhart hooded jacket for over the fleece if needed. Also, several pairs of wool socks and a spare pair of boots.

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7 months of the year is snow up here, so winter vehicle prepardness is on everyones mind.  I keep a toolkit with 30" breaker bar and torque wrench to ease with tire changes.  I also have a full size winter spare cause my summer donut is just terrifying to drive on in winter.  WINTER snow/ice rated tires are a must, as all terrain just doesnt cut it.  I also keep ice chains on hand if i do a roadtrip, as some areas require them in winter.  Bucket of ice melt to help with traction as well to melt the ice under my vehicle jack to prevent it from slipping if i have to change a tire.  A couple of Wool/fleece blankets cause im a heat slut.  I always keep my washer fluid topped up with a spare in the back, because with ice melt on the roads it can get pretty slushy even in -15C.  Extra POL as well (Coolant/oil).  Block heater stays plugged in when at home or work to keep the battery from freezing. 

I also keep spare winter clothes (Integral Designs SilPoncho, Arcteryx puffy jacket, merino wool thermals, wool socks, toque, balaclava, gloves, and hiking boots with grips).  Regular survival items in a backpack (road flares, flare launcher, CB radio, handheld radio, hand/foot warmers, cliff bars, bottles of water, pocket rocket and fuel, canteen cup, SOL Escape Bivy, emergency candles, marker panel, flashlight, headlamp).   I use the back of my SUV for car camping, so theres already a 2" foam mattress in the back.

I live 40KM outside of the city in a small town, so recovery if i go off the road or hit a deer or moose can take hours, especially in winter.  I also have a couple of cellular dead spots that get amplified during storms so i require the alternate means of comms.   I have a fairly detailed mass cas trauma kit in the car, as well as a booboo kit, as the highway I drive on gets rather sketchy with idiot drivers, and theres always a couple of fatalities a year.

IMHO the best prepardness for winter, especially driving, is to keep your vehicle in good condition for the the weather.  Tires, oil type, block heater etc.  Always drive to the conditions, and allow lots of time for breaking.  Mostly just dont drive like an idiot.

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Having lived in Canada for the last 10 years, I have come to the conclusion that the best preparation for winter, is to move to Arizona.

The first couple of winters here was fun, but shovelling up to 10 feet of snow every year has become tedious. Throw in the odd ice storm, and winter can go f@ck itself.

Regards.

Mark

Formerly known as ML

Got four new Cooper snow tires last Thursday, and had to go in today and have them checked. Turns out that two of them are out of round. The shop tried to re-balance them, and moved them from front to rear. They said  to give that a try, and if it doesn't work, come back and they will see what they can do, including replacing them outright.

Cleaned out the back of the truck and threw in the 360 lbs of tube sand, and ran the portable generator for my BIL to make sure that it still works.

I guess that I should be ready for the snow that they are predicting later this week.

Fuck winter, cold, and snow.

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Doug

If I mention Corona, I ain't talking about beer.

 

"It's your turn to do until it's not."  TA

 

"Afterall.... if you get yourself into a fair fight.. you really haven't learned anything in all the time you have spent on Lightfighter, your tactics suck, and you don't deserve to breed."  David Reeves

 

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