Mr. Truck – Clear Windshields a breeze – let it snow!
If you drive much in the cold winter, you know what it’s like with windshield wipers collecting ice and getting heavier and heavier. Then you get to stick your head out the window and reach around and grab the wiper and flick it to get some ice off. Of course now your hand is cold and so are all your passengers. I change wiper blades once a year. In my state, Colorado, and many others, they use sodium chloride ” rock salt ” combined with liquid calcium chloride or salt brine, instead of the sand-salt mixture used for decades. If you don’t have washer fluid and good wipers, it can be life threatening on the wet roads in the winter. Those chemicals, with the salt sprayed on the roads can dramatically lower your vision and in a snow storm, vision is important.
I found a couple products at SEMA that solve the frozen wiper dilemma, Whaminator and Heat Flexx.
Now that’s a name ! Sounds like something Governor Arnold would say. The Whaminator vibrates on your windshield wiper. With fast installation, the vibrator is about an inch in diameter that clamps to the wiper arm. The wiring quick ties to the arm and under the hood where the remote unit wires to your truck’s battery. Whaminator comes with a remote and all the hardware. I installed it in 15 minutes. Now when my wipers are collecting ice, I whip out my remote and watch it shake.
For more info http://www.hamsar.com.
Heat Flexx are heated windshield wipers. Another quick install, just pop out the old wipers, pop in Heat Flexx and plug in the wiring to each wiper and into the engine compartment to the fuse box or battery. I attached a 12-volt plug to my battery so I can plug in the Heat Flexx and unplug them in the spring. You can attach a toggle switch for controlling in the cab. The wipers are frameless like you see on newer European cars. I’m looking forward to spring.
For more info http://www.heatflexx.com
Kent Sundling (alias “Mr. Truck”) spent 20 years wearing out pickup trucks as only a farmer could. With over 1 million miles pulling trailers, Mr. Truck has a unique collection of truck and farm stories that will educate and entertain. Mr.Truck gave up his bib overalls and John Deeres in his quest to save the farm and moved to the big city to sell trucks. After selling trucks for 10 years, this farmer now writes for eight magazines and owns over two dozen Web sites, helping folks find the “Right Truck.” If you have a question for Mr. Truck, you may contact him at his Web site, http://www.mrtruck.net.