Block heater suggestion.

Discussion in 'Canadian Truckers Forum' started by NRG, Jun 19, 2014.

  1. NRG

    NRG Light Load Member

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    Need a suggestion on a block heater on my new truck. I'm looking at 2 options:

    1. Espar tandem (diesel fired) coolant and bunk heaters. Coolant heater has circulating pump.

    2. Small APU with ability to charge truck batteries through inverter, very powerful (13.500btu) bunk heater and ability to power my truck factory electrical block (immersion) and oil pan heaters (on the same plug).

    Now, I know the diesel fired coolant heater is more powerful then the factory electric one, plus it will circulate the coolant. However the factory setup has also the oil pan heater that is wired to the same plug with block heater.

    I'm just wandering if factory setup with my APU would be enough for northern Alberta winter temperatures. Need that truck up and running every morning.
     
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  3. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

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    Based on my experience, take what's behind door #1. I've had that combination in several trucks without issue. I even shut the truck off at -40 without problem. Plus, you can program the Espar for future heat.

    I did have a truck with an APU, but I don't think I will again.
     
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