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Old 12-28-2005, 09:01   #1 (permalink)
Roy Hann
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Aftermarket OAT recommendations?

Can anyone suggest a good after-market thermometer? What I want is
something with a sensor that can be mounted reasonably close to road-level
on a Disco I, with a display I can easily read while driving in the dark
(which I suppose pretty much dictates an illuminated digital display). If
it gave an audible warning when the temperature approaches freezing, that
would be welcome.

Roy


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Old 12-28-2005, 13:02   #2 (permalink)
Austin Shackles
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On or around Wed, 28 Dec 2005 16:46:19 -0000, "Roy Hann"
<specially@processed.almost.meat> enlightened us thusly:

>Can anyone suggest a good after-market thermometer? What I want is
>something with a sensor that can be mounted reasonably close to road-level
>on a Disco I, with a display I can easily read while driving in the dark
>(which I suppose pretty much dictates an illuminated digital display). If
>it gave an audible warning when the temperature approaches freezing, that
>would be welcome.


you used to be able to buy 'em in Halfrauds. Get the right one and it has a
frost alarm and so forth.
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Old 12-28-2005, 14:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Aftermarket OAT recommendations?

Austin Shackles wrote:

> On or around Wed, 28 Dec 2005 16:46:19 -0000, "Roy Hann"
> <specially@processed.almost.meat> enlightened us thusly:
>
>
>>Can anyone suggest a good after-market thermometer? What I want is
>>something with a sensor that can be mounted reasonably close to road-level
>>on a Disco I, with a display I can easily read while driving in the dark
>>(which I suppose pretty much dictates an illuminated digital display). If
>>it gave an audible warning when the temperature approaches freezing, that
>>would be welcome.

>
>
> you used to be able to buy 'em in Halfrauds. Get the right one and it has a
> frost alarm and so forth.


About as useful as those inclinometers.
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Old 12-28-2005, 14:01   #4 (permalink)
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Dougal <DougalAThiskennel.free-online.co.uk> wrote:

> Austin Shackles wrote:
>
>> On or around Wed, 28 Dec 2005 16:46:19 -0000, "Roy Hann"
>> <specially@processed.almost.meat> enlightened us thusly:
>>
>>> Can anyone suggest a good after-market thermometer? What I want is
>>> something with a sensor that can be mounted reasonably close to
>>> road-level ...


>> you used to be able to buy 'em in Halfrauds. Get the right one and it
>> has a
>> frost alarm and so forth.

>
> About as useful as those inclinometers.


Nonsense: are you suggesting you never needed to be told which way is "up"
:)

btw: I understood warnings of potential black-ice are a good thing (tm) -
or maybe I misunderstand the o/p.

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Old 12-28-2005, 14:01   #5 (permalink)
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William Tasso wrote:

> btw: I understood warnings of potential black-ice are a good thing (tm)
> - or maybe I misunderstand the o/p.


That may well have been his intention but the best solution is to drive
with your window open and listen and/or feel what the steering wheel is
telling you.

I suppose I'm basically saying that they won't tell you anything that
you don't know already.
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Old 12-28-2005, 15:01   #6 (permalink)
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I know when it is freezing cos the windscreen ices up on the inside when I
breathe on it :(

Mind you there is quite a bit of black ice on the roads at the moment.

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"Roy Hann" <specially@processed.almost.meat> wrote in message
news:5eSdnex55J4rXC_eRVnygg@pipex.net...
> Can anyone suggest a good after-market thermometer? What I want is
> something with a sensor that can be mounted reasonably close to road-level
> on a Disco I, with a display I can easily read while driving in the dark
> (which I suppose pretty much dictates an illuminated digital display). If
> it gave an audible warning when the temperature approaches freezing, that
> would be welcome.
>
> Roy
>
>



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Old 12-29-2005, 03:01   #7 (permalink)
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On or around Wed, 28 Dec 2005 21:28:29 +0000, Dougal
<DougalAThiskennel.free-online.co.uk> enlightened us thusly:

>William Tasso wrote:
>
> > btw: I understood warnings of potential black-ice are a good thing (tm)
>> - or maybe I misunderstand the o/p.

>
>That may well have been his intention but the best solution is to drive
>with your window open and listen and/or feel what the steering wheel is
>telling you.
>
>I suppose I'm basically saying that they won't tell you anything that
>you don't know already.


not so: in a modern motor with good heater, you can set off with the
temperature about 4 degrees, drive a bit and it becomes -1 and could be icy
without your ever having noticed.

and I for one don't like driving with the window open in freezing
conditions...
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therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee"
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Old 12-29-2005, 03:01   #8 (permalink)
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....and Dougal spake unto the tribes of Usenet, saying...

> I suppose I'm basically saying that they won't tell you anything that
> you don't know already.


You're right, of course, but the extra warning is welcome. I find these
devices most useful on long journeys, especially in modern vehicles with
good heating. It's easy to get caught out and not realise just how cold it
is where you have travelled to. I drive a lot between West Wales and the
east coast of England, and the temperature difference in a day can be huge.
It's given me a "heads up" of difficult conditions many times. Of course
the sensible driver will be aware of this, but the extra warning doesn't do
any harm.

Does not apply to Series vehicles, obviously! Lean forward and touch the
windscreen. If your hand sticks to it, beware of ice.


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Old 12-29-2005, 03:01   #9 (permalink)
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"Dougal" <DougalAThiskennel.free-online.co.uk> wrote in message
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> William Tasso wrote:
>
> > btw: I understood warnings of potential black-ice are a good thing

(tm)
> > - or maybe I misunderstand the o/p.

>
> That may well have been his intention but the best solution is to drive
> with your window open and listen and/or feel what the steering wheel is
> telling you.


I'd rather not wait for the steering to tell me. I want a *warning* not a
demonstration. I should mention that I spent 20 years in western Canada and
I fancy I know about driving on ice. The main thing to know about it is
that when 2700kg of vehicle decides to really let go on ice it happens
instantly and you aren't going to get it back.

> I suppose I'm basically saying that they won't tell you anything that
> you don't know already.


No, unless you are an excruciatingly cautious driver what you are basically
saying is that you have been lucky. So have I, but I don't mistake luck for
a law of nature.

Also I can't see my missus being keen on driving with the window open.

Roy


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Old 12-29-2005, 06:01   #10 (permalink)
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On or around Thu, 29 Dec 2005 10:44:12 -0000, "Roy Hann"
<specially@processed.almost.meat> enlightened us thusly:

>"Dougal" <DougalAThiskennel.free-online.co.uk> wrote in message
>news:oqudnWVC-ODjni7eRVnysA@eclipse.net.uk...
>> William Tasso wrote:
>>
>> > btw: I understood warnings of potential black-ice are a good thing

>(tm)
>> > - or maybe I misunderstand the o/p.

>>
>> That may well have been his intention but the best solution is to drive
>> with your window open and listen and/or feel what the steering wheel is
>> telling you.

>
>I'd rather not wait for the steering to tell me. I want a *warning* not a
>demonstration. I should mention that I spent 20 years in western Canada and
>I fancy I know about driving on ice. The main thing to know about it is
>that when 2700kg of vehicle decides to really let go on ice it happens
>instantly and you aren't going to get it back.
>
>> I suppose I'm basically saying that they won't tell you anything that
>> you don't know already.

>
>No, unless you are an excruciatingly cautious driver what you are basically
>saying is that you have been lucky. So have I, but I don't mistake luck for
>a law of nature.
>
>Also I can't see my missus being keen on driving with the window open.


I used to be a passenger sometimes in a vehicle where the driver insisted on
having the window open and the heater off "so as to stay alert". I'm not
convinced it works, TBH - if you're too tired to drive, cold fresh air has a
very limited and short-term effect, IME. Getting out and walking up and
down, doing stretching exercises and so forth is more beneficial.
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