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Old 11-30-2004
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Since I have a 4x4 I will not put any additional weight in the bed.

Here is a nice MOD I learned on another forum.

Disconnect the wiper fluid hose at the reservoir and at the T connection, save it for spring.
Get a length of tubing the same ID as the washer hose you took off, but about three times as long.
Wrap the new hose around your radiator hose at least 1/2 a dozen times and then reconnect to the washer output heading to the nozzles.
This way your washer fluid is warmed by the radiator hose.
Going 80+ MPH north on the NYS Thruway I know I will appreciate the warmed wiper fluid.
I buy the really good stuff in the winter (rain-X **** yellow) but it still sometimes slush’s up when it hits the windscreen.
This is especially true when the temp is below 0' Fahrenheit and the speed of the truck pushes the wind chill WAY below that.
Driving up at night this is often the case.
I am going to try that! that is pretty clever, I must admit...
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What about the transition from really really cold to hot, isnt there a possibility of craking the winshield, if you can break a glass into pieces, im sure you can crack a winshield...

But, i have no need for this, im in Tx, so really i wouldnt know...
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Why is the rain-x bad in the deicer?
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i dont think the tempature difference is that great. the heat transfer from the rad hose would depend on the amount of turns u went around. also the heat loss to the air would equal it out to a safe level.
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Hot liquid will crack cold windshields. It has happened here at work when we used to use hot water to melt the snow off of vehicles. Now we use an instantaneous water heater set to about 70 degrees.
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A nice idea would be a fluid reservoir heater that maintains a constant, but reasonable temperature, much as Dave just mentioned.
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It just warms the fluid people - by the time it hits the windscreen it is not dangerous to it in the least.
The close hose is the return so it is not even the hotter side of the radiator.
And the Rain X fluid is the best that I have found - good to like 24 below or more.
It just still can't handle the wind chill factor and the spraying burst into the cold wind.
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i am glad that i don't have to worry about this type of stuff. though i have to say that yesterday when i got in my truck i hate to wait for it to heat up to remove the ice from my windshield. i has been cold in cali. this year
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Old 12-01-2004
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Basically nothing for me in Florida, except our winter for December is rain usually, so its mudding time for us here! hahaha
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The wiper fluid hose around the radiator hose seems like a good idea, but i'm not going for it, as i already have a crack in my windsheild that seems to be getting longer by the week. :(
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New tires for stock tires and that's it. Did a radiator flush a month ago.
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I should listen to my own advice. I went running out to go to an EMS call early yesterday morning and my damn window had frost all over it because the dew froze. Well, everyone make note that the pine scented bug-wash fluid turns to instant slush at 30 degrees and turned my "winter wiper blades" into sticks of ice which smeared this crap all over the window. Time to pump that out and use the deicing stuff I have sitting in the shed for weeks.

Another thing I just thought of to help warm he washer fluid... when you wrap it around the radiator hose a few time, wrap that all in aluminum foil and tape it up. It will keep the hose warm and heat the fluid a lot better.
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Old 12-06-2004
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I will be honest with you. When I went shopping with my dad for Rangers I said "dont even think about getting me a Ranger that's not a ext. cab with 4x4, I dotn want to slide around on the hills in the winter!!!" So I got and ext. cab and 4x4. But imma buy some sand bags to throw in the bed, and place them over the axle. And our winters in Ohio are funny, two years back, no snow, last year, worst ever, like 1 foot of snow., and the salt trucks were out of salt, all they could do was scrap with the blades.

Note: Prestone makes a de-icer spray and it cuts right through snow, and ice.
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Right now, stocking up on wheel cleaner..lol
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^^lmao
I think im going to put my valance back on for the winter!!
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Right now, stocking up on wheel cleaner..lol
Wheel cleaner? May i ask why do you need wheel cleaner in the winter, or is the **** on sale, and too good to pass up?
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what part of FL do u all live in... i live in the st.pete/tampa bay area..
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Wheel cleaner? May i ask why do you need wheel cleaner in the winter, or is the **** on sale, and too good to pass up?

Look at my avatar, my wheels get dirty.. FAST..

Just being funny, wheel cleaner? Why not.. Its my money..
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Last year I've used sand bags (X4) and with a sprayed in box liner!! and now this year, I got a new OEM ford tonneau cover and it's heavy!! I wonder is that heavy enough? 80lbs and 60lbs of spryin linder coating!!so that's total of 150lbs!! what you all think, do I still need a sand bags?
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My winter mod is going to be for the Mustang. I'll either be getting a suspension, or the new Baer conversion kit.
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Last year I've used sand bags (X4) and with a sprayed in box liner!! and now this year, I got a new OEM ford tonneau cover and it's heavy!! I wonder is that heavy enough? 80lbs and 60lbs of spryin linder coating!!so that's total of 150lbs!! what you all think, do I still need a sand bags?
I had the hard tonneau, bed extender, emergency box full of stuff, a few 2x4's, bedliner AND sandbags and I had a hard time going straight!
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The guys here at work are trying to convince me I don't need the sandbags now that I've got a 4x4! .. I'm not so sure though the way I drive! :D
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instead of wrapping the hose around the radiator hose, why not just put some vodka or similar alcohol in the washer tank? alcohol wont freeze.....
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Suddenly I'm finding myself wanting to pause your avatar...
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No extra weight in the bed for me.
I made it through last winter with no problems and don't expect any this year either.

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