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Going to cold weather. What to prepare for?

Hey everyone. As i have seen from a lot of posters, there seems to be a good amount of people that have these trucks in cold weather. I'm looking for some info on what to expect as I am from CA and will being going to Brian Head , Utah(right now temps are 30F-10F) in the end of Jan for a snowboarding trip.

Are there anythings in particular that i need to do? oil? coolant? anti-fuel gelling? buying an engine block heater?

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how long will you be there? if not very long i wouldnt worry about alot just keep a bottle of PS911 in the truck just incase you have problems also fill up with fuel from that area as soon as you can as it should have anti gel in it and your cali fuel most likely wont

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how long will you be there? if not very long i wouldnt worry about alot just keep a bottle of PS911 in the truck just incase you have problems also fill up with fuel from that area as soon as you can as it should have anti gel in it and your cali fuel most likely wont
he pretty much nailed the head, just let the glow plugs warm up fully when u start it, it def wont like being started in the cold, i usually plug my truck in down here in VA, its been in the 20's recently at night with a wind chill of like 10degrees. but my truck came equipped with a block heater. Def makes start ups much easier on the truck.

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Nice

That's what i was thinking...as long as i fill up around there the fuel should be ok. Good call on the PS911. Any recommendations on where to get it? The PS911

I'll be there for 5 days 4 nights.

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That's what i was thinking...as long as i fill up around there the fuel should be ok. Good call on the PS911. Any recommendations on where to get it?

I'll be there for 5 days 4 nights.
Any truckstop will have it, look for the one's near where you are going, I'd dump some of the 911 in or use some HOWE'S Diesel Treat, you can use more than what they recommend and it won't hurt anything.

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day time temps

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being going to Brian Head , Utah(right now temps are 30F - 10F) in the end of Jan
Those temps are day time temps.

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Take long underwear with you.....

OHHH..you mean for your truck?

Change your oil to some synthetic. Buy two hydrometers,(cheap) one for your radiator fluid and one for your batteries and check all three. Recheck the condition of youre serpentine belt.. The cold brings out the worst in these items.
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id add the white bottle of power service to your fuel on fill ups. i would take every step possible to avoid putting 911 in my tank. just my$.02

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5 days and 4 nights is not worth buying or installing anything special except the ps911 you can probably pick it up just about any parts store around there. and do let the gp's cycle atleast once before start up. if it is really cold ie less than 20 degrees i would cycle them twice and allow the truck about 5-10 min of warm up time b4 heading out on the road

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awesome

Again...thanks everyone for the feed back.

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