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post #11 of 19 Old 10-09-2010, 01:33 AM
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why not get a litttle honda generator and a 1500 watt ceramic heater. if you spend that much time sitting in the truck it will pay for itself in saved fuel in 3 months. plus you save the wear on the engine and don't reduce you oil change intervals. the genny will run the block heater and a small battery charger to keep everything topped right up. if you wanted to get fancy for summer you get one of those a/c units that connects to the window with hoses. leave it in the truck box til you stop then hook it into one of the back windows and you're set.end of the day its all portable and you can move it over onto another truck in 5 minutes
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why not get a litttle honda generator and a 1500 watt ceramic heater. if you spend that much time sitting in the truck it will pay for itself in saved fuel in 3 months. plus you save the wear on the engine and don't reduce you oil change intervals. the genny will run the block heater and a small battery charger to keep everything topped right up. if you wanted to get fancy for summer you get one of those a/c units that connects to the window with hoses. leave it in the truck box til you stop then hook it into one of the back windows and you're set.end of the day its all portable and you can move it over onto another truck in 5 minutes
Very similar to what the big rigs do, they have these heater units that fit in the frame boxes of the big rigs. Show on tv was saying the big rigs burn about a gallon of diesel an hour at idle, but this little heater only burns 1/8 to 1/4 gallon of diesel an hour and keeps the cab at preset temps. Really good idea if you ask me, if it keeps the hours on your motor down might as well.
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except those fancy thermoking units are real expensive. the cat engines i worked on in 2001 burned about 1.3 to 1.5 an hour, so 8-12 gallons for 8 hours,30-50 bucks a night plus taking an entire day off the life of the oil and engine.
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I use my truck as an office, in heat and humidity it idles keeping me cool running my equipment. In the cool weather coming up, it will idle keeping me warm, running computer/printer and battery charger. With a genetic analomy that causes my right foot to weigh a bit more, I have never worried about condensation, carbon build up, just a bit of tire wear...
I did mount a hard wired mega inverter under my back seat that can run anything I need to use. And... I leave it on 24-7. If I am not running equipment, it will not run the batteries down.

I have thought about the generator deal...I usually idle no more than an hour at the outside...only when the weather dictates,
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Mr. Diesel himself (Gryglak) told me not to hook up the SEIC without a load on the motor. No load just idling!
That's for the 2011 6.7
How are you able to talk to him? Just curious.
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except those fancy thermoking units are real expensive.
About $15,000 (give or take a couple of $1,000) expensive. But with all the anti-idle laws they are almost required if you do not want to freeze to death while delivering food and supplies to the American public. But I digress.

I would say if you are going to idle for extended periods of time the "high idle" would be a must. I installed one my GMC that I just got rid of and loved it. All the "big rigs" have them for a reason, they idle a lot. In my opinion with the high idle you are giving the engine better oil pressure and circulation. But this is just my opinion, hope it helps.
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Uh ....

Just buy an espar or wabasto heater for around $1000, some come with vehicle specific install kits that mate with the trucks wiring harness. These burn 0.6L per hour on HIGH. They also can turn on the heater core fan and pre heat the cab. all done on a programable timer. There is always lots for sale on ebay. These are for pick ups, the ones you are talking about are for rigs.

not sayin', just sayin'
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Mr. Diesel himself (Gryglak) told me not to hook up the SEIC without a load on the motor. No load just idling!
That's for the 2011 6.7
I'm glad to hear this as I had the exact same concern you did. I'm still going to get an oil heater to complement the block heater. I also plan to use syn oil. If that still isn't enough, I'll go with an Espar or Wabasto.

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