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  1. tgpii

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    I think I may have asked this before. If I have asked this or there are similar forums please let me know.



    I currently live in Chicago, Illinois. I applied for a job in Anchorage, Alaska. It will be just me moving.



    Currently I drive a 2012 Prius C two. It has 71,000 miles. If I move to Anchorage I have a few different options I am thinking about. I just wish the Prius C had a temperature gauge. I do own the car.



    #1. Is the car worth saving or should I just fly and get a new car when I get their? I really don't like this because I can't move as much junk.



    #2. Drive the Prius C from Chicago to Anchorage. I am debating on weather I could maybe take a small trailer with? Since Harbor Freight stop selling trailers, not sure what trailer if I could or should use. Maybe a trailer that is designed for motorcycles to tow, but those are on the expensive side. Would want a small cheap trailer.



    #3. Rent a Uhaul or other rent a wreck, with a car trailer/dolly.



    #4. Fly and have the car shipped. Not sure if the car is worth it.



    Another question I know I would need to have an engine block heater installed. Do I need a battery heater or other types of car auxiliary heaters? Where can/could I have them installed?



    If anyone has two cents on above or another idea please let me know. Thank you and Happy Hump Day!
     
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    Dealership will probably do installed price for the block heater around $250 in the States. Just a guesstimate.

    Two hours usage is good, almost everywhere, maybe 3 hours, in dead-of-winter Alaska. Assume you will forget to unplug, sooner or later, plan accordingly: secure the cord to the front grill with double zip ties, a couple of inches apart, and use an extension cord that pulls straight out, easily, and is also secured to something solid. Ensure if/when you forget to unplug, the block heater cord will not be dragging on the road, that it's up high enough to be clear.
     
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    The heater only cost $50-$100 bucks. What about battery warmer? I would use a timer on the heater.
     
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    The block heater part is $50~100, but install is not a lot of fun, thus the $250 installed guestimate. I've done the EGR, so I guess yeah, I'd be able to manage it. Not sure about the c, but likely you'd want to take the wipers and cowl off.

    Not sure about a battery warmer, maybe @spiderman can comment? Not sure how active he still is here.
     
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    Thanks. Anything on my other questions? Thanks.
     
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    I happened to see battery warmers today, they're around $30? Just a wrap around blanket. The c's battery location might be problematic, and maybe reduce the need too?
     
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    I would put the batter warmer around the batter and leave it, just plug and unplug it. Also what about oil pain and other heathers? If I got the job in AK, I would get an engine block heater for sure, and see how it works. I have started my 2012 prius C in -10 temp and -30 wind chill. That was after it sat outside all night.
     
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    Yeah just start with block heater, see how that goes. probably enough.
     
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    From what I been researching Anchorage only has a few days below Zero. Now if I went to Fairbanks that is another game.
     
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