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    Heated bowling balls in trunk...

    First off: I do not own a car for myself yet, but I will have a WRX soon (within a few months). This is hypothetical knowledge that I will eventually have to put into practice. For the sake of this, assume I have a 2002 WRX sedan.

    So, the HS bowling season is officially over for the year. During this time, since I can't drive myself (NJ permit allows me to drive... with a parent in the shotgun seat), my mom would load my equipment into her van, pick me up at school, and drop me off, with my equipment, at the bowling alley (long story as to why there's no bus and I can't leave my stuff in the school).

    So basically, for next year, I want to be able to drive myself and not have my mom strain her back on my 70 pounds of bowling balls any more. However, a few things need to be taken into consideration:

    * I'm going to be parked, engine off between about 7am and 2pm.
    * I'm not going to be parked anywhere within useful distance of an electrical outlet or other source of electricity.
    * Ideally, bowling balls should be kept at room temperature of the bowling alley always. a few degrees below is okay, but leaving them in the trunk in the winter all day could lead to BAD things (cracking)
    * I have decent electrical skills, but not particularly in the context of a car (never put much work into a car besides learning how to check oil - once I get this car, I hope to become very skilled)
    * I should be able to take the balls out of the trunk and still use it for other purposes
    * I should be able to leave the car parked without this thing on, if I decide.

    So basically, although I have some ideas,I'm not entirely sure how feasible they are, and I'm wondering if others have other ideas... My ideas:
    * Trunk heater. Pros: more seamless deal, just have to drop my bags in there and everything is done. Cons: need to heat the whole space, not just the balls. Also, would probably be crazy-hard to install.
    * Ball warmers. Run a 12v aux jack that's always-on to the trunk, grab two electric blankets (one for each two-ball bag), set them at their lowest setting or so. Pros: confined to just the space of the balls, so most efficient. Would also have easily-accessible voltage back there for other stuff. Cons: have to wrap the balls individually, which is hard and takes time. Also, it seems like those blankets draw a lot of power... although I don't know how it compares to the power I have available from the battery.

    Any comments on this?

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    i have no comments other than YOU ROCK for being on your HS bowling league. lol

    i've been on bowling leagues from the time i was in pre-k all the way up to 4th grade. (moved from NY to FL at that time.. bowling isnt a big thing down here at all)

    well, that's all. good luck on your endeavors.

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    What do you need 70lbs worth of bowling balls for? I have never seen a reason for more than three (one high rev, one medium rev, one plastic), and I hardly ever carried all three. Then again, I never had an issue adapting to a wide variety of lines :shrug:

    As for keeping them from freezing, we always left ours in the school office. One thing to consider would be getting a locker at your "home alley" - shouldn't be too expensive for the year, and that'll take care of half the days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    What do you need 70lbs worth of bowling balls for? I have never seen a reason for more than three (one high rev, one medium rev, one plastic), and I hardly ever carried all three. Then again, I never had an issue adapting to a wide variety of lines :shrug:
    plastic, low-hook (Radical inferno), high-hook early (complete NV), high-hook late (PGR - don't ask why that one is where it is ). Woks for me, gives me a good line pretty much everywhere with not too much effort (staying within maybe 5 boards of feet and 2 or 3 mph, although some places require some movement)... but this thread is not about bowling
    As for keeping them from freezing, we always left ours in the school office. One thing to consider would be getting a locker at your "home alley" - shouldn't be too expensive for the year, and that'll take care of half the days.
    The problem is that I have a saturday (and probably a bit more next year) league at one alley, and monday tuesday and thursday at another for school (ntm tournaments and stuff). So, if I left them at the second alley, I still have to get them there once a week.

    Plus, our school is very small (we don't have our own gym), and it's not even the school I'm bowling for (I go to the vocational school), so it's not particularly possible for me to store my stuff during the day in school.

    soo... it seems like the only solution is to keep either the trunk or the bags warm.

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    hand warmers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mycologist View Post
    yikes... $405 and it probably doesn't even fit what I want?

    hmm... I've been thinking that the best solution actually may be whole-trunk heating, although probably not coils in the outside or anything.

    If there is anyone with a wrx who parks in a garage want to do some testing, I'd be able to do figure out how much power I'd need... just park for a while in the garage, record the temperature in the trunk at that point, then park outside for a few hours, record trunk temperature after that given time, I could figure out how much energy I'd need to keep it at my desired temperature for however long...

    so I guess to the actual modifications questions... what's the best way to insulate a trunk in a wrx? About how much current should I safely be able to draw for 7 hours at a time, and how much time should I make sure to have it running after drawing that much?

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    seems to be a reasonable solution.

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    There is nothing I hate more in this world than cold balls. They just don't perform as well.


    This thread delivers.

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    I would say go out to your car and rub your balls on a regular basis. If this is not feasable the the other thing to do is carry your balls around with you. The downside to carrying them around all day is that you would have to have a fairly heavy duty sack. Also I'm not sure how your classes would you handle pulling your balls out and rubbing them during class time.

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    Buy a cooler....I know what you are thinking, a cooler is for keeping things cold but believe this or not, if you put hot things in them, they stay hot. Toss a hand warmer in with them and you should be OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannyG View Post
    Buy a cooler....I know what you are thinking, a cooler is for keeping things cold but believe this or not, if you put hot things in them, they stay hot. Toss a hand warmer in with them and you should be OK.
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    you could also get something like this thingy, but battery powered
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    + 1 easiest, cheapest thing to do, insulated cooler and a few of those hand warmer packets.. They've kept me warm all day..

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannyG View Post
    Buy a cooler....I know what you are thinking, a cooler is for keeping things cold but believe this or not, if you put hot things in them, they stay hot. Toss a hand warmer in with them and you should be OK.
    well, this is really where I got my previous idea - basically, instead of getting a cooler the size of the trunk essentially, why not use the trunk (perhaps with better insulation) as the cooler?

    the only reason I could think of would be dependent on how well the trunk can retain heat...

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