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Protecting TM From Over Night Freeze

Jason Whaley

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Well I'd need more...

First I have a 125 gallon fresh water tank. Second I have two hoses running from that tank, one auto fill, the other supplies the machine with water. Third I have my pressure hoses in two different locations, Forth the machine. Not to mention all the tools I use for cleaning carpets, upholstery, and tile and grout. I want the whole back of the box truck to stay above freezing, I've got too much invested to be forking out money for repairs...just my opinion!


I've replaced a $2,000 heat exchanger before due to a freeze, that type of investment will change a man! :eek:
 

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Well I'd need more...

First I have a 125 gallon fresh water tank. Second I have two hoses running from that tank, one auto fill, the other supplies the machine with water. Third I have my pressure hoses in two different locations, Forth the machine. Not to mention all the tools I use for cleaning carpets, upholstery, and tile and grout. I want the whole back of the box truck to stay above freezing, I've got too much invested to be forking out money for repairs...just my opinion!


I've replaced a $2,000 heat exchanger before due to a freeze, that type of investment will change a man! :eek:
Park it in the garage. It doesn't get that cold in North Carolina.
 

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Can't park a 12 foot box truck in the garage and it got down to 21 last night.

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that's a little cool! balmy 36 F here right now! Where are you located that its -6C / 21 F Jason?
 

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So what have you done in the past? I grew up in Charlottesville Virginia with almost identical climate....all the truck mounts I used back then were parked in a garage. Like I previously mentioned I just thought of using an electric blanket. There are guys working up north in Maine, Canada around the Great Lakes and parts of the midwest that have managed in pretty severe temps. I live in a more moderate climate ever so often temp hit's freezing...so I can't speak on some of their methods. I'm certain the electric blanket would work. A queen size mattress size should be able to cover a machine. It's certainly a quick and easy solution for those nights you want to be on the safe side....I would think.
 

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Raleigh / Durham area, central NC. That's below average for this time of year, we had a cold front come through yesterday.

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I hear ya! we are normally at -5 F / -20 C at this time of year but this year and last have been mild! not complaining that's for sure!
 

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Has anyone thought of getting spray foam applied to inside of van or foam boards installed? after all the vans are made of metal!
 

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I'm worried about the same, I'm in the uk. I have no way of putting heater into van due too location, any tips - 10 is about the worst cheers


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So what have you done in the past?
I use small box heaters, it's the easiest sure fire way to make sure as soon as I pull in a customers driveway that all of my equipment will be ready to go. There's nothing worse than trying to de-thaw 300 feet of pressure hose, next to having to replace a heat exchanger. I'm sure a heating blanket will work too, just not fond of the idea myself. To each their own I guess...
 

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Why would
This is what I use to keep my van warm. It works good down to the single digits, after that I run two of them and it keeps it nice and warm
I use something just like this. Never had any problems. Matter of fact it's always nice and toasty when I get in the van because of it.
 

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