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Old 10-19-2018, 12:25 PM   #41 (permalink)
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I've probably mentioned this in the thread already, but my dad puts a sheet of cardboard under each windshield wiper on days that will frost (for cars that live outside). No scraping necessary the next morning, just pull the cardboard off and drive.

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Regarding inside windshield frost, someone (Piwoslaw???) somewhere suggested to lay silicagel in a sock on the dashboard. I cannot find the thread though. (but I collect silicagel bags ever since)
Just buy cat litter (the silica gel type, not the clay); it's very cheap.

You can "recharge" silica gel by placing it in an oven at the lowest temperature for half an hour.

I had horrid condensation in the Prius, but found out that was due to water infiltration into the cabin that finally manifest in a flooded rear floor pan. Fixing the leak has nearly eliminated the condensation problem.

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Old 10-27-2018, 01:34 PM   #42 (permalink)
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I drive a "kombi" style car (station wagon to you) and that means a lot of air I heat when I do not need to. So in winter I install a barrier (well, a cardboard desk in fact) just behind passengers seats to keep the cold air in cargo bay and warm air in cabin. To solve visibility issues I cut a window and covered it with transparent plastic foil ("rescued" from some toy box, iirc). It is no beauty, but it works.
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So in winter I install a barrier (well, a cardboard desk in fact) just behind passengers seats to keep the cold air in cargo bay and warm air in cabin. To solve visibility issues I cut a window and covered it with transparent plastic foil
What a great idea...!! And to think i have driven similar vehicles for all of these years and that thought never occurred to me! I know what i'm doing this winter! :{)
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I should have done that decades ago in my VW Kombi! I did bungee-cord a forward-facing sunflower heater between the front seats to get some heat in there!
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Old 10-28-2018, 06:40 AM   #45 (permalink)
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I should have done that decades ago in my VW Kombi! I did bungee-cord a forward-facing sunflower heater between the front seats to get some heat in there!
No place colder than the front seats of one of those in the wintertime. I never had the optional gas heater but I hear they made a pretty big difference. I just froze.
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No place colder than the front seats of one of those in the wintertime. I never had the optional gas heater but I hear they made a pretty big difference. I just froze.
We too had a "hippie bus" as our kids laughingly called it. It was always cold in that thing! We did not have the gas heater either and I must say, i was glad to see it go when we sold it last year!



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