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Protecting TM From Over Night Freeze

Jim Ellis

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This is the first year I've had 3 TM's - I have room for 2 TM's in my warehouse garage but #3 - the HTM will have to stay out. I've wrapped the equipment with blankets to try and prevent a freeze of the equipment (will get down to about 30 tonight). Has anyone ever plugged in a small forced air heater ? I thought about plugging one in - setting it on low and putting into the E150 to prevent freezing. Anybody try this? Is this a good idea?
 

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What's the coldest you experience? A 1500 watt forced air heater will work great if it doesn't get too cold. Is the van insulated? I live in Manitoba Canada we get overnight lows if
20 below easy. A small 1500 watt woundn't cut it. I have one and sometimes two 4500 watt construction heaters for the inside of my 16 ft boxtruck. I also have the box and undercarriage spray foamed.
 

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In Alabama it doesn't get too cold - during the late fall through dead of winter we might have about 20 overnight freezes - most of them between 20-30 as the low and a few as low as 10 degrees.
 

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Has anyone ever plugged in a small forced air heater ? I thought about plugging one in - setting it on low and putting into the E150 to prevent freezing. Anybody try this? Is this a good idea?
Of course and of course!
 

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I do the same in my trailer, I leave three sheets, I take out the gallons of gas and leave an automatic heater at 60. Everyday my TM is ready to work.

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I bring my Pro1200 in bed with me on those cold nights. There's not much room left for my wife and my corgi but it's not too bad if I spoon it.
I did that with my Speedster and it leaked all over the bed so now its in the ensuite!
 

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I wonder how well an electric blanket might work? Even on low setting it would prevent anything under it from freezing....Mind you I've never tried it, just thought of it actually:D
 

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I use a radiator looking heater. Like the others if it gets below about 10° I use two.
 

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I wonder how well an electric blanket might work? Even on low setting it would prevent anything under it from freezing....Mind you I've never tried it, just thought of it actually:D
for a porty? good idea and we can get granny to knit a scarf, toque, booties and mittens for it to!
 
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a carpet cleaner has a strong bond with his machine! Just ask a biker how he feels about his Harley? bet he has it at the foot of his bed instead of his dog!
 
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I use a space heater on 800 watt setting. Not the high (1500 watt setting). Plug it in when we get off work 5/6 pm. I do this for temp to about low 20's. If lower than that then I put a blanket around TM then plug in heater. If temp are going to be low 10's and below then heater on high and blanket and pressure hoses off the floor.
 
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I run two, not for extra heat, but just incase one dies....it's happened before!

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I also leave 2 in the van.
Each on different circuits
One is turned down a bit lower than the second so it does NOT run unless the first dies or the temps get too cold for the first one to keep up with.
 

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A little trick I use with my boat is to put a shop-drop-light with a 100 watt bulb under my engine to keep it from freezing.
 

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I use two plug in heaters. One from Costco, that heat dish thing and then a small blower type. Keeps the truck nice and toasty all night long. Heating up a 16ft box truck isnt easy. I am thinking of covering the machine with a queen size electric blanket this year instead of using the heaters.
 

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I use two plug in heaters. One from Costco, that heat dish thing and then a small blower type. Keeps the truck nice and toasty all night long. Heating up a 16ft box truck isnt easy. I am thinking of covering the machine with a queen size electric blanket this year instead of using the heaters.
The industry should develop it's own purpose made electric blanket just for covering truck mounts....