When I worked on fiber-optic data transport network controlling the trans-Alaska pipeline north of the Arctic Circle (Alaska's North Slope), our trucks were specially outfitted for the Cold and the gravel roads. Block heaters, oil pan heaters and battery warmers were standard. At -30 below zero F and colder, we left our diesel vehicles (my pickup) running continuously, filling them up every 12 hours, until it warmed up. Sometimes that was days. We left them running and plugged into the bull-rails... All fluids and greases were synthetic, all brake lines were covered sheet metal (gravel roads). All trucks operated with specially siped Bridgestone HD radials... All of us driving in the remote areas of the state carried about $1000 worth of arctic gear, food and water. All of our trucks has a CB radio and an Alyeska programmed, Motorola Maxtrac VHF band radio. I have 25,000 miles driving in the Arctic and have run into wind and blizzard storms that few in this world have ever seen. The stories I can tell... 25,000 miles driving back and forth along the Haul Road or Dalton Hwy along the northern 1/3 of the Pipeline -- from Prudhoe Bay to just south of the Yukon River. One storm should have killed me, but by the grace of God I'm still here. My experience far exceeds any Ice Road Trucker. No joke. Godspeed!
Originally Posted by Danno
For additional insurance, I recommend a stick on oil pan heater if 100 to 150 watts. Wolverine is a good brand. Block heaters only warm the coolant with minimal to no impact on oil temps.