Diesel bunk heaters

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  1. gokiddogo

    gokiddogo Road Train Member

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    The bigger unit is not recommended. It will hardly run near its capacity and will get loaded up with carbon. The standard bunk heater is more than sufficient.
     
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  3. dunchues

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    They are also really good on mail order parts
     
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  4. Gumper

    Gumper Road Train Member

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    I’d ask about that. When it’s deep in the double digits below zero I’ll stay home. It’s not worth the abuse on both man and machine to work in those extremes. I used to work outside every day all year round with no more than clothing to keep me warm, so I do whatever I can to avoid that -20* and below crap.
     
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  5. mitmaks

    mitmaks Road Train Member

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    You can get espar parts online/ebay usually at better price than going to Thermo king
     
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  6. Ridgeline

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    I've got a few trucks running the the cold climate in ND and Montana for two customers. I have two heaters installed on them; D4 for the cabin and sleeper and an H-LII for the truck itself. I also had Arctic Fox fuel heaters installed in the tanks and inline fuel lines. These trucks have a separate tank that holds 75 gallons of fuel, the drivers purchase reefer fuel and put that in those tanks. NO hook ups between the truck tanks and the heater tanks.
     
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  7. blairandgretchen

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    My vote is for Espar too - there’s a good You Tube video on maintenance, and they’re a pretty quick return on investment.

    I didn’t have the block heater version.
     
  8. Oldironfan

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    The hydronic heaters are supposed to be able to warm an engine to operating temps in 2 hours. And you can get a timer for them.
    Way less cold start wear on engine.
     
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  9. Gumper

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    $1750 to buy and install an Espar from the closest dealer. Looks like I’ll be doing it myself.
     
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  10. Ridgeline

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    That's cheap, get it professionally done because if there is an issue with the heater, guess what?

    You have to deal with a dealer.
     
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  11. gokiddogo

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    1750 USD is high for that job. I bought mine for about 1100 cdn and maybe 300 in install. I would guess 1400 I was into it for. Which is maybe 1100 USD. So your price is like 50% higher...

    If you have the mechanical know how they aren't that difficult to install. Hey there's an idea for a video for @Ezrider_48501
     
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