Handling the Cold...HOW DO YOU DO IT?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by tman78, Jan 5, 2018.

  1. Brandt

    Brandt Road Train Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    It's pretty simple, when you get below about 15 never turn truck off. Diesel engine also return warm not buned fuel to the tanks to keep the diesel warm in tanks. Never go below 1/2 tank of fuel because that warm diesel and cold tank will cause water condensation inside tank. That will freeze that not good because it will clog fuel filters.

    Truck stops are supposed to blend fuel for the colder temps. They can add stuff that will lower the gell/cloud point to -20F. You can also buy the same stuff yourself and add it to the truck tanks.

    When you get even colder you can add number 1 diesel. That hard to get in USA but in Canada they blend it with diesel all winter since it normal colder temps in Canada. Not sure but number 1 diesel it good for like -30 or -40, it kerosene.

    Anotherther big thing people forget is wind chill does not affect trucks. Your average truck running red coolant is only rated for -26F. You can even get diesel fuel tank heaters if your in places were extremely cold temps is normal.
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  3. Tai

    Tai Medium Load Member

    1) - Not sure who told you this but its wrong.
    2) - No actually my company's anti-idle settings disable themselves when it starts to get cold.
    3) - This one I've never heard.... I mean on my 34 my truck normally idles but I have a stupid battery EPU that needs to be charged if I'm in it. And I'd rather not listen to the engine running 24/7 but I'd rather be annoyed then the truck dieing on me when its freezing out. Or not starting when my 34 is over.
    4) - Are you sure your not getting APU mixed up with inverters? I can see some companies cheaping out and putting an underpowered inverter in the truck that can't run an electric blanket.
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  5. Fold_Moiler

    Fold_Moiler Road Train Member

    Mar 17, 2017
    You can get #1 around here in mn. Just maybe not at the big corporate truck stops.

    We’ve been dumping transports of it in Illinois and Iowa since it’s been so cold.

    Our fuel is a bio and #1 blend. Hasn’t gelled on me yet...
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  6. uncleal13

    uncleal13 Road Train Member

    Apr 9, 2009
    Humboldt, Sk
    Webasto engine and bunk heaters I use down to -30, below that I leave it running.
    I have a sleeping bag rated to -18. Got to use it once. At -24 the bunk heater quit and I didn’t bother trying to start the truck as it was still an hour away from the engine heater kicking in.
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  7. Jazz1

    Jazz1 Road Train Member

    May 7, 2012
    Thunder Bay On
    E724D6CC-77A7-4A8F-A612-01F0172B32B9.jpeg -38 this morning. Been like this all week. Seems folks biggest issue is running inferior fuel and lack of maintenance. Poor man pay twice
    I drove by 8 froze up units last night on one 220 mile stretch. Maybe they will have had enough of my country and return to their homeland
    This afternoon was playtime at a brisk -25:)
  8. gokiddogo

    gokiddogo Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2012
    Ontario Canada
    Or just let the cold do it's thing..........
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  9. PandaPancake

    PandaPancake Light Load Member

    Dec 23, 2017
    I use this: LUCID 5 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress - Dual-Layered - CertiPUR-US Certified - Firm Feel - Twin XL Size https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NX8GIMK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_BUbuAbRH8NNEC

    Might seem thin but I use it in a cascadia. Wind chill was -50 at one point and I never got cold. I use fleece sheets and have blankets nearby but the heater is really good in this truck. Other than that just follow your company's advice. It's their equipment
  10. Katbirdmine

    Katbirdmine Bobtail Member

    Jun 26, 2017
    Blue Grass, Ia
    Great advice! especially about insulation under the mattress. I have a sleeping bag that goes to -40, but I haven't verified that and hope not to!

    What is wrong with companies that they would allow a shipment going out of something that will freeze and then lose the load and inconvenience the drivers? or is it dispatchers? or both?

    I cooked most my food, Actually in an ever cooking slow cooker, adding meat, vegetables, and rice, beans, barley, pasta, etc or soups as a base. Always tasty and always wholesome.
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