what to you do to stay warm?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by oldslowchevy, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. Numb

    Numb Crusty Curmudgeon

    Jan 30, 2012
    Charlotte, N.Carolina
    I'm a little old to be playing at camping in sub zero weather. lol. have woke up with my bottled water froze solid, but that was 20 yrs ago. now when it gets that cold, well, these old bones don't like the cold much. they put those heat controls in the bunk area for a reason, ya know.
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  3. flatbedder

    flatbedder Medium Load Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    Ya, i dont know how guys do it. My cutoff is around 40. Im sorry but in a cheap, non insulated freightshaker, 40 degrees is cold.
    All these guys that say they dont idle till its in the teens are either goofy or full of it I think. Nobody would wait to turn the heat on at
    home in those temps!! Just my opinion, and everybody has their own tolerances i suppose
  4. DirtyBob

    DirtyBob Road Train Member

    Sep 2, 2010
    After you go camping when it's 10F out in basketball shorts because of a metal frame around your leg that prevents you from putting pants on or getting in a sleeping bag, sleeping in a cold truck is never a problem again.

    I'd post a picture of the metal, but I don't think most would like it.
  5. DirtyBob

    DirtyBob Road Train Member

    Sep 2, 2010
  6. tomcat1808

    tomcat1808 Bobtail Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Plenty of covers and blankets
  7. CertifiedSweetie

    CertifiedSweetie Road Train Member

    Nov 18, 2008
    I have a Coleman sleeping bag ( I highly recommend) and a blanket. But for the most part I idle and my bunk blower went out ao I usually have to open the curtains to let heat flow to the back. But once its 45 degrees or below I idle. The bf used to keep me worm :D but since I had to cut him loose I have to cuddle up with the dog in my sleeping bag until the heat gets warms the back.

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  8. CondoCruiser

    CondoCruiser The Legend

    Apr 18, 2010
    I've always been spoiled. In the beginning it was idling and then evolved to bunk heaters. I remember getting stuck in St.Paul and -30 out. The bunk heater kept me toasty.

    But I've had my share of cold weather camping. When I was in the army we were in the field and it rained all day and that night it dropped down in the teens. I spent a week in the hospital with pneumonia. That taught me how to stay warm! :)
  9. Mountain Hummingbird

    Mountain Hummingbird Medium Load Member

    Oct 14, 2012
    German Army sleeping bag, neatest thing since the tent. Has arms and the bottom opens folds back to be used as a coat. good to minus 50 by itself can get an optional liner for it that they use at the south pole.
  10. southerndude

    southerndude Light Load Member

    Sep 1, 2012
    Of course I have not experienced cold weather in a truck YET, but I do have a lot of experience winter camping in subzero temperatures and here is some of the things I would do to stay warm at night in a mummy bag inside a tent in the Adirondacks.

    Take one of those chemical hand warmers and open it up. When it gets exposed to the air it starts to heat up. Throw in in the bottom of your bag for a nice toasty night. They last just about long enough for a good nights sleep.

    When the temperature is below freezing (and only when the temperature is below freezing, otherwise you will sweat all night long and get sick), get inside one of those "space blanket" sleeping bags or what is known as a bivouac bag made of silvery Mylar. Then, get inside your sleeping bag. By sealing the mylar around your body and then sealing the mummy bag around you on the outside, you create a perfect vapor barrier to keep your body heat in. Again.. the problem is if the temperature is above freezing you will sweat so DON'T DO IT.

    If you are not running any heat and sleeping without idling, the inside of your truck may develop frost on the inside and it can actually snow inside your truck! How do you stop this from happening? Well.. all that moisture is actually coming from your body and from your breath. The simplest way to solve this problem is to ventilate. Leave a window cracked somewhere even if it is subzero out. Again... this will only happen when you are not providing any kind of heat inside from idling or a bunk heater.

    Well... there's some of what I used to do for winter sleeping.
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  11. fisher guy

    fisher guy Road Train Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    Ocala Florida
    holy crap i may try that hand warmer thing im good on everything else as snow in the truck and sweating till im sick is not my thing lol
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