Majority of Caravans I've seen here in Canada come with a block heater (and the power outlets for them are everywhere, too), and now that the weather is getting colder, I see them all the time with power cord hanging next to the driver's headlight. So as far as -40 C goes, not starting is not the main issue, but that doesn't happen a lot, at least here in Calgary
Could you give some tips as of how to lubricate the linkage (does it need to come apart) and what to use? I've never heard of Fluid Film, is that something specific or some alternatives could be used (can't really find anything here in Canada). I want to do all the "cheap fixes" too before the weather gets colder again, although my issues went 95 % with the fluid change and new filter. Sometimes it doesn't engage regardless of temperature, which very well could be solved by lubricating the shift gear linkage, as in this case, simply wiggling with the shifter helps.Make sure the shift gear linkage, on top of the transmission, is well lubricated. Fluid Film to the rescue.