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Old 12-04-2012, 08:40 PM   #1
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Hey guys,
I'm thinking about taking my 93 gf8 wagon up to Tahoe cuz I'm tired of asking for rides and waiting others schedules to clear up. Right now my setup is just stock fwd manual transmission. Are there any mods you guys would recommend me getting other than snow tires and chains? Or should I be fine, I've only driven my buddies Ford Escape.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:47 PM   #2
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With proper tires, you'll be fine. The only thing I add to that is to assume that the car is going to die in the middle of nowhere. If you're heading up to ski, you likely have the clothing in the car to be able to be there long enough to not die.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:05 PM   #3
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Tires and make sure it's in good running condition.
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:24 AM   #4
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along with a decent ice scraper and snow tires, i mounted a snow/recovery shovel inside my trunk lid for obvious reasons. i got stuck in really deep snow last year while playing around due to being lowered. luckily my buddy with his jeep pulled me out. also, my parking spot in my complex gets snowed in, so i needed something to clear it out with. $20 on amazon, well worth it.
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:35 AM   #5
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Hey guys,
I'm thinking about taking my 93 gf8 wagon up to Tahoe cuz I'm tired of asking for rides and waiting others schedules to clear up. Right now my setup is just stock fwd manual transmission. Are there any mods you guys would recommend me getting other than snow tires and chains? Or should I be fine, I've only driven my buddies Ford Escape.
bring a gallon of water, throw a sleeping bag in the back, good flashlight, a wa to light a fire, and a bag of trail mix
Revert back to your Boy Scout days and "Be Prepared".

Hope the snow's light and its a clear day of shredding.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:10 AM   #6
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Already been said, but bring a survival kit in the event you get stranded. This includes water and non-perishable food. All the other suggestions are good, too, such as a shovel, sleeping bag, and don't forget some kitty litter if you find yourself stuck and needing traction.

Obviously make sure your car is in good running condition. This includes all fluids being topped off, wipers in good condition, and a full tank of gas. Common sense goes a long way.
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:38 AM   #7
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I go one step further with the "survival kit" and bring along some camping cookware and a butane stove, and some packets of oatmeal and hot cocoa. Best case scenario, you can have a warm meal and cocoa for less than the $22 you'd pay at the lodge. Worst case, you can melt snow/boil water, and have some warm food to get through the night.

I also bring along an ATV whip flag in the event that I get stranded when it's dumping snow. If need be, I'll zip tie it to my roof rack or antenna so I don't get mowed over by a plow.

As far as the car, get some good deicer spray (prestone), fill your washer reservoir with good deicer/windshield wash, and remember to lift your wiper blades and keep your parking brake off.
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:35 PM   #8
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:30 PM   #9
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bring a gallon of water, throw a sleeping bag in the back, good flashlight, a wa to light a fire, and a bag of trail mix
Revert back to your Boy Scout days and "Be Prepared".
given your location, guessing you haven't had to pack a true winter survival kit... A gallon of water just becomes a solid block of ice that will do nothing for you. If you are in a multi-day survival situation in the winter, you will have tons of relatively clean frozen water all around you already.

If you stay with the car (which you generally should), warmth and fat calories are #1 and #2, pretty much everything else is optional if you have those met. Lack of either of those in a winter survival situation in a car will kill you. Snow is your water, and shivering will keep you warm, if you have some decent clothes. (hence the fat calories, shivering burns LOTS of calories!)
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:38 PM   #10
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Jumper cables and a tow strap. If you get stuck/stranded or you battery dies, these will help. Without them, another car (passer by) is useless except for a ride.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:08 PM   #11
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extra windshield wiper fluid if you're expecting medium to heavy snowfall...
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:38 AM   #12
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Haha thanks guys, I think I should also be able to survive if the world was to end haha!
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:03 PM   #13
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Haha thanks guys, I think I should also be able to survive if the world was to end haha!
Not even joking, I keep a sleeping bag and modified 'bug out' bag in my trunk. Ramen, tea, water, multiple ways to start fire, extra socks, hoodie, hat/gloves, tools for the car, tarp, mini shovel, zip ties, tape, medical kit, a good knife, etc.

Overkill.. eh, maybe. The sleeping bag and ramen are from when I used to stay over in college at friends houses since I drove. I added tools and stuff later to accommodate it being a bag for the car.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:40 PM   #14
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Not even joking, I keep a sleeping bag and modified 'bug out' bag in my trunk. Ramen, tea, water, multiple ways to start fire, extra socks, hoodie, hat/gloves, tools for the car, tarp, mini shovel, zip ties, tape, medical kit, a good knife, etc.

Overkill.. eh, maybe. The sleeping bag and ramen are from when I used to stay over in college at friends houses since I drove. I added tools and stuff later to accommodate it being a bag for the car.
And you 04 WRX holds all that? that's crazy, i usually keep extra oil my spare an ice scrapper and a screwdriver. But the GF8's have such a light body that any extra i add to it totally bogs it down.
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:12 PM   #15
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Not even joking, I keep a sleeping bag and modified 'bug out' bag in my trunk. Ramen, tea, water, multiple ways to start fire, extra socks, hoodie, hat/gloves, tools for the car, tarp, mini shovel, zip ties, tape, medical kit, a good knife, etc.

Overkill.. eh, maybe. The sleeping bag and ramen are from when I used to stay over in college at friends houses since I drove. I added tools and stuff later to accommodate it being a bag for the car.
same here, several days supply of water/MREs, lighters, flint, knives, several flashlights, extra batteries, med kit, duct tape, mylar blanket, a quilt, extra clothes, gloves, tool set, assorted bottled car fluids, jumper cables, power converter, etc.

if worse comes to worst i can jump in my car and survive for at least a few weeks.
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:58 PM   #16
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Haha thanks guys, I think I should also be able to survive if the world was to end haha!
you're not talking about dec21st based on the mayan calendar, right? ha
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:56 PM   #17
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The Mayan calendar is cyclic, and doesn't end dec21 that is a myth, it is simply the beginning of a new cycle. I wish people would stop claiming the Mayans predicted the end of days when it was BS pop culture that did!!!

I carry a minimal kit in the car, one of those safety/warm blankets, matches w/paper, couple of powerbars and basic first aid kit.

Definitely no water until spring depending on where you live(unless you just put it in at the beginning of a trip), you'd be better off melting snow than trying to melt a solid block of ice!
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