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Old 12-25-2017, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike from TN View Post
we have no garage and no carport to park under here in Tennessee. We are in hailstorm country and we use the moving blankets to protect roofs, windows and hoods when we are expecting hail. During storms, I use bungee cords to keep them from blowing off.
What if you got a couple of them and stitched them together. You could even poke holes and sew them together with zip ties. If you made it big enough, you could cover all windows AND side mirrors.What ever you decide to do, good luck! I hate scraping ice!
Im not in hailstorm country but we do get hail warnings a few times a year. Needless to say I panic.I never thought of the moving blankets.Does it work pretty well?
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Old 12-28-2017, 02:48 AM
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Why not use a cover that fits over the entire truck? Get a tonneau cover and throw the truck cover in the bed when not in use.
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Im not in hailstorm country but we do get hail warnings a few times a year. Needless to say I panic.I never thought of the moving blankets.Does it work pretty well?
we donít get giant hailstones like they do in the Midwest but they are big enough to dent roofs and hoods. So far no damage. If you have a Harbor Freight Tools nearby, they sell them cheap.
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Fun fact, the A-10A uses a 50/50 mix of ethanol and distilled water for the windshield wash squirter. The ethanol keeps the water from freezing at altitude.
Might try a large towel or blanket on the windshield at night. I'd say use some stout magnets to hold it down, but with the aluminum body and all, might be difficult to keep it down on the window. Good luck, we've yet for the temps to go below 48. Today it's 78į outside...

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Old 12-30-2017, 06:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike from TN View Post
we donít get giant hailstones like they do in the Midwest but they are big enough to dent roofs and hoods. So far no damage. If you have a Harbor Freight Tools nearby, they sell them cheap.
Actually, Harbor Freight might be a good idea for me. I live right on the border and there's a HF in Bellingham, about 15 minutes away.

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Why not use a cover that fits over the entire truck? Get a tonneau cover and throw the truck cover in the bed when not in use.
My Thule bike rack calls dibs on the 6.5' bed. Also, next few months is going to see the addition of a Weatherguard box so a tonneau is a no-go. If I get blankets or a cover I'll probs throw it in the backseat with the rest of my junk, works too.

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Fun fact, the A-10A uses a 50/50 mix of ethanol and distilled water for the windshield wash squirter. The ethanol keeps the water from freezing at altitude.
Might try a large towel or blanket on the windshield at night. I'd say use some stout magnets to hold it down, but with the aluminum body and all, might be difficult to keep it down on the window. Good luck, we've yet for the temps to go below 48. Today it's 78į outside...
well, if it works for the Hog then damn, I guess it'll work for me

I haven't had luck with finding covers at my local Crappy Tire, or large moving blankets at any local moving supplies stores but I'm thinking I'd tie it to the mirrors.
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I've used this because my wife bought it.

https://www.google.com/shopping/prod...DiBsoQ8wIIeDAD

I'm more old school though. Walk outside and start the truck, put defrost on full hot. Come back in a couple minutes and use a scraper until it's just good enough to see. Then take off and it gets hot quick and finishes it.
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A Google search showed:
"Mix one part water to two parts rubbing alcohol. Apply to the window and watch it peel right off!"

Or 70 % IPA with a few drops of dish soap.
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