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New England Winter for a Desert Volvo? Topic is solved

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Re: New England Winter for a Desert Volvo?

Post by June » Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:03 pm

viper69 wrote:
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The 'coldest' one seems to be a Rain-x on Walmart USA. There may some marketing opportunities for Alaska perhaps :)

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Rain-x-30f-D ... /187143633

Agreed, I just found the purple one from them a minute ago. They make 2 orange variants rated about -25, one with a de-ICER, and One without I think.


But up in Canada RainX did sell a -40 version at one point via WalMart.
I've used the orange one from RainX for years during winter. It works great and smells good. Here it says good to -25°. Also RainX products seem to prevent wiper chatter. So +1 for RainX. June
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Re: New England Winter for a Desert Volvo?

Post by viper69 » Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:48 pm

June wrote:
Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:03 pm
viper69 wrote:
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:46 pm
oragex wrote:
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:28 pm
The 'coldest' one seems to be a Rain-x on Walmart USA. There may some marketing opportunities for Alaska perhaps :)

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Rain-x-30f-D ... /187143633
Thanks! I’ve only used the green RainX, but went to store tonight and picked up the exact one you showed


Agreed, I just found the purple one from them a minute ago. They make 2 orange variants rated about -25, one with a de-ICER, and One without I think.


But up in Canada RainX did sell a -40 version at one point via WalMart.
I've used the orange one from RainX for years during winter. It works great and smells good. Here it says good to -25°. Also RainX products seem to prevent wiper chatter. So +1 for RainX. June
Picked up two of those tonight!
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Re: New England Winter for a Desert Volvo?  Topic is solved

Post by Dave in Maine » Fri Nov 23, 2018 6:35 am

1. Get some winter wiper blades. These have a sort of rubber boot covering all the parts that connect the blade proper to the wiper arm. It makes for a cleaner, neater setup. They're also designed for the colder temps, to remain flexible.
2. Add a survival kit to your trunk. Sleeping bag, hat, scarf, some high-cal non-perishable food, flashlights, maybe a candle or two and lighter. It is very easy to get stuck in a very bad situation when it snows. I also carry a pair of heavy-duty towing straps and a comealong.
3. Add a full-sized snow shovel to your trunk. I cut a couple inches off the handle so it would fit in my car. It makes a huge difference getting out of snowbanks or whatever. Since it's usually just me in the car, I generally stow the shovel behind the front seat.
4. Buy two snow scraper-brushes and one ice-only scraper. I keep one snow scraper-brush inside the door of my house and the other in the car. That way I can clean the snow off the outside of the car without opening the door to get the brush out (and dumping snow into the car). The ice-only scraper and other snow scraper-brush I leave in the car for use elsewhere.
5. Add a USB charger plug thing that you can stick in your lighter socket, as well as a new cord that will connect it to your phone.
6. Keep a good pair of mittens in the passenger compartment of the car. I use the military-style "trigger-finger" mittens with leather/canvas shells and long gauntlets that go to the elbow, and wool liners. The shells keep you hands dry, the liners keep them warm. You can drive wearing these. Mine are Swedish surplus, straight out of arsenal stock and far better than the US version. There are few things worse than cold hands, one being frostbite. Depending on where you go in New England, well-below-zero temperatures are something you can count on meeting. In those temperatures losing most dexterity comes rapidly and frostbite is possible.
7. If your car is that nice, consider buying a beater for the winter and leave the nice car under a cover or inside.
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Re: New England Winter for a Desert Volvo?

Post by June » Fri Nov 23, 2018 7:09 am

Dave in Maine is correct. I had all but forgot about snowshuvels and ice scrapers! Also whatever car you use during the winter it is important to always keep the fuel tank topped off full when storms are expected and not below 2/3 all winter. If you get stuck and need the heater during a storm you want pleanty of fuel. June
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Re: New England Winter for a Desert Volvo?

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Thanks people!
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Re: New England Winter for a Desert Volvo?

Post by BEJinFbk » Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:42 am

June wrote:
Fri Nov 23, 2018 7:09 am
Dave in Maine is correct. I had all but forgot about snowshuvels and ice scrapers! Also whatever car you use during the winter it is important to always keep the fuel tank topped off full when storms are expected and not below 2/3 all winter. If you get stuck and need the heater during a storm you want pleanty of fuel. June
+1 on plenty of gas!
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Re: New England Winter for a Desert Volvo?

Post by abscate » Fri Nov 23, 2018 3:26 pm

You should keep dry gas , or methanol , in case you get a tank of gas with water in it.

You need snow tires on all four wheels. “ All season tires “ are not snow tires.

You should have a tow strap so that you can both be pulled out and pull others out if they get stuck. Chain is best , but strap is more practical.

If you keep a small air compressor in your car, you can let your air out of your tires to get unstuck from slush, then pump them back up.

Fuel tank never below 1/4 in winter. 1/4 tank will idle all night.
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Re: New England Winter for a Desert Volvo?

Post by wizechatmgr » Fri Nov 23, 2018 6:18 pm

Make sure all defrosters work, including the rear & mirrors. Makes life so much easier when they work.
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Re: New England Winter for a Desert Volvo?

Post by BEJinFbk » Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:18 am

I can't believe that no one's mentioned heated seats.
LOVE the Heated Seats! Just enjoying them earlier today... 8)
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Re: New England Winter for a Desert Volvo?

Post by wizechatmgr » Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:40 am

BEJinFbk wrote:
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I can't believe that no one's mentioned heated seats.
LOVE the Heated Seats! Just enjoying them earlier today... 8)
Love the heated 3rd seat =)
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