Great suggestions, Steve. Thank you! I like the idea of the heated blanket. I suspect, however, that my missus won’t be as tempted to ride with me so often, but who knows.
So I managed to get these couplers, but damn, for the life of me, I cannot find a local store that has the matching hardware. Why is 7/16-14 such a hard to find size?! I’ve checked Lowe’s, Home Depot and Ace. Guess I need to order from McMaster. Damn.Not sure what you have there but this is what you need:
Everbilt 7/16 in.-14 tpi Zinc Rod Coupling Nuts-822291 - The Home Depot
Any hardware store, Lowes, Home Depot, etc. will have them for about a buck each.