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Old 11-25-2010, 03:42 AM
 
Location: Montana
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Didn't make it. Truck started fine, didn't make it to town. Stranded me about 5 miles from home. Bit chilly standing out there along the highway. Towed home. New part ordered, will be here Monday.

Tomorrow is supposed to be colder yet, and seeings how I'm a whoos, I'm not taking the 4 wheeler 20 miles to town. Guess I'll cook up some trout for Thanksgiving.


I feel your pain.. throughout moving, work etc... as soon as the temp hit -10 BANG!... I get a flat tire on the way into town. With the wind it was about -15 or -20, but at least I keep a floor jack in my truck so it went a bit easier.

We are delaying our Thanksgiving due to getting our other house ready to rent, and the ability of our family to visit. Our T-day will be Saturday.. Tomorrow will be elk steak and eggs, sawing more firewood in the snow and being thankful that we have the ability to do that.

To some it might seem like a pain, but to us, well... At least we don't have to live in the city!
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Old 11-25-2010, 05:07 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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In the desert heat, 10W40 gets too thin and is all shot to hell at 3000 miles, and you can really feel the grit it's picked up. 20W50 holds up much better. (And actually I started using 20W50 back in MT because the mechanic told me it would handle hard work better. It didn't seem to be a problem in winter.) My truck is too old to have any of those newfangled alloys anyway.

That dual battery switching doodad does sound like a good idea. Is it always a manual switch or does it come in automatic too? I'm wondering if in a single-battery vehicle, you could put it inbetween the truck battery and the trailer battery (pretend like they're in the same system) so it works as you say, so the truck battery is protected.

Elk says, "seeings how I'm a whoos," ... a what??? Oh, you mean a wuss? Don't blame ya... we had the kind of icy wind here this morning that bites chunks off your face. Kinda like you'd get on that open-air 4-wheeler, you'd arrive in town with just a nekkid skull.
I run 20W50 in my truck. I started it on 20W50 in 1984 and it's still getting 20W50 today. I've never had a problem in the cold or the heat.

The switching unti is NOT manual, it's automatic. Yes, you can use the battery in the camper as the secondary. Will switch and start the truck, but if using the camper lights it won't switch and use truck battery. Think of it this way. It's a switching unit for Dual Battery operation. Doesn't make any difference where the battery's are located. Trouble is, you don't have big enough wire to carry the amperage back to start the engine. So be careful with running down the primary because when it swtiches, you'll burn up the wiring.

There is no alloy's in my Kitty either.
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Old 11-25-2010, 06:10 AM
 
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Question: My daughter's year in MT will end in Jan, I will be flying out to help her drive back. Montana Griz and ElkHunter have been very helpful on best routes & alternate routes of travel. Cell phone service may NOT be reliable, any thoughts on renting a satellite phone for the trip? As always I appreciate the help. Have a great holiday everyone.
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Old 11-25-2010, 06:15 AM
 
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DM me and can help hook you up with a reliable sat phone rental if you need one.. If you are on the interstate(s) cell phone service is pretty good though.. Don't spend the $$ if you don't need to.
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Old 11-25-2010, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Yesterday, when I broke down, I coasted down an off ramp and stopped just short of the stop sign, well over to the side. I opened the hood to check for damage. I got on my cell phone and called a friend, he said he would be right there.

It took him 15 minutes. In that 15 minutes I had 9 people stop and offer help. Either give me a ride or "Here, crawl in here where it's warm and we'll wait for your friend."

I might add, only 4 of those people were on the county road and stopped. 5 of those people made it a point to come down the off ramp, offer assistance and when they realized I was fine they went up the on ramp and continued down the interstate. I figure that's going out of their way to try and help.

Sat phone??? Cell phone??? I really didn't need either one. They saw the fact that my hood was open and made an effort to help.

The chances of you needing a Sat phone is very slim. If the weather is such that travel is questionable, get a room, get a movie and thank your maker that you really don't have to be out in that stuff.
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Old 11-25-2010, 08:05 AM
 
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Yesterday, when I broke down, I coasted down an off ramp and stopped just short of the stop sign, well over to the side. I opened the hood to check for damage. I got on my cell phone and called a friend, he said he would be right there.

It took him 15 minutes. In that 15 minutes I had 9 people stop and offer help. Either give me a ride or "Here, crawl in here where it's warm and we'll wait for your friend."

I might add, only 4 of those people were on the county road and stopped. 5 of those people made it a point to come down the off ramp, offer assistance and when they realized I was fine they went up the on ramp and continued down the interstate. I figure that's going out of their way to try and help.

Sat phone??? Cell phone??? I really didn't need either one. They saw the fact that my hood was open and made an effort to help.

The chances of you needing a Sat phone is very slim. If the weather is such that travel is questionable, get a room, get a movie and thank your maker that you really don't have to be out in that stuff.
I'm sure happy that there are still people out there who will help. That story tends to reinforce my faith in others especially when one is in need!! Have a great holiday!
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Old 11-25-2010, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Montana
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Had a guy stop to help w my tire too... We try to stop and help as a general practice also. Neighbors are neighbors wherever we happen to hang our hats.
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Old 11-25-2010, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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I run 20W50 in my truck. I started it on 20W50 in 1984 and it's still getting 20W50 today. I've never had a problem in the cold or the heat.
As I said, I think 20W50 actually works a little better in the cold, and there's absolutely no comparison in the heat.

Also helps that I have a busted thermostat (which I won't let them replace ) so the truck runs much cooler than it's 'supposed to'. Makes a BIG difference all around... WAY more power (I get a second "sweet spot" at about 70mph, that's not there when it's running at the 'right' temp), better gas mileage, and doesn't overheat if I get stuck in traffic (which it will do if the therm is working "properly"). If it gets sluggish in winter, I fix it with a piece of cardboard in front of the radiator.

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The switching unti is NOT manual, it's automatic. Yes, you can use the battery in the camper as the secondary. Will switch and start the truck, but if using the camper lights it won't switch and use truck battery. Think of it this way. It's a switching unit for Dual Battery operation. Doesn't make any difference where the battery's are located. Trouble is, you don't have big enough wire to carry the amperage back to start the engine. So be careful with running down the primary because when it swtiches, you'll burn up the wiring.

There is no alloy's in my Kitty either.
Oldies are goodies

Ah, that's good to know about the switching doodad. I suppose a person could put heavy enough wiring from truck to trailer that it could start both ways, it would just be a tish over standard weight -- not much different from jumper cables, now that I think about it. Probably be easier to just swap the batteries, if it came to that.

I don't think I've ever run down my primary, other than when it's died of old age like it just did. I didn't realise how long it had been sick til I got the new battery and lordy, what a difference in how it starts! wasn't starting hard before, just kinda "quiet and tired". Now it goes START! ROAR! like a brand new truck. I about jumped out of the cab the first time.
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Old 11-25-2010, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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It took him 15 minutes. In that 15 minutes I had 9 people stop and offer help. Either give me a ride or "Here, crawl in here where it's warm and we'll wait for your friend."

I might add, only 4 of those people were on the county road and stopped. 5 of those people made it a point to come down the off ramp, offer assistance and when they realized I was fine they went up the on ramp and continued down the interstate. I figure that's going out of their way to try and help.
Now that's neighbourly neighbouring After all, next time it might be them sitting there and you driving by.

'Fraid if it were me driving past, you'd be as warm outdoors... heat still doesn't work so great even after we flushed the heater coil real good (enough rusty crap came flying out of it to start a steel mill). Used to be able to cook canned food on the dashboard, no kidding. Now you can tell it's on but it sure won't toast you. Oh well, it's better than when it was none!

So what busted on your truck? Seems to me you need to speak to it about this leaving you by the side of the road thing. Quite rude of it. Probably conspired with the four-wheeler that thought it was gonna get to play if the lazy truck ducked out of its job.
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Old 11-25-2010, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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I feel your pain.. throughout moving, work etc... as soon as the temp hit -10 BANG!... I get a flat tire on the way into town. With the wind it was about -15 or -20, but at least I keep a floor jack in my truck so it went a bit easier.
A floor jack? Wow. And here people look at me funny cuz I drag around 2 or 3 hydralic jacks (four if I'm towing). I've needed two every damn time I've rescued my former tenant and her flat-of-the-week. Come to think of it a floor jack suddenly sounds right handy!

Funny story about my spare tire: it came strapped to the bottom of the gas tank in the usual way of its era. First time the truck was up on a rack, I looked at that and said now how the hell do I get that out of there if I have a rear flat? So I says to the mechanic, while it's up there let's take that spare off and throw it in the back. -- I dunno what Ford was thinking but they'd tightened it down just a tad too enthusiastic-like. Mechanic goes to crank it loose and it won't come. Got a crowbar to turn the holder-doodad with and it STILL won't come. Busted an air wrench trying to loosen the main bolt. Finally he cut it off with a blowtorch!!
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