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Old 08-19-2015, 10:20 AM   #1
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Cold weather heating, your preferred choice?

With the cold season getting closer I thought the subject of staying warm might be useful.
While we still have time to work in comfort lol

If you have a diesel powered vehicle, what would be your first choice for heating your rig?

Same question for the gasser out there.
If you have a gasoline powered vehicle, what would be your first choice for heating your rig?
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Old 08-19-2015, 10:28 AM   #2
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If you have a gasoline powered vehicle, what would be your first choice for heating your rig?
Mine would be propane, all else being equal. (But then how the vehicle is already set up, or specific travel plans could possibly change that.)
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Old 08-19-2015, 10:31 AM   #3
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Re: Cold weather heating, your preferred choice?

We have a propane furnace in a diesel van. And, we turn it off at night and use a down comforter to stay cozy warm. I can reach the thermostat and turn on the furnace before we get out of bed.

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Old 08-19-2015, 01:44 PM   #4
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Re: Cold weather heating, your preferred choice?

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We have a propane furnace in a diesel van. And, we turn it off at night and use a down comforter to stay cozy warm. I can reach the thermostat and turn on the furnace before we get out of bed.

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I do exactly the same thing as Mike.

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Old 08-19-2015, 01:49 PM   #5
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Re: Cold weather heating, your preferred choice?

I have a propex and we crank it up on cold nights! The wife and kid like it like that. I lay on top of the covers and sweat!
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Re: Cold weather heating, your preferred choice?

Espar D-4. Pulls very little amperage, fuel efficient, fairly quiet on high compared to propane units I've heard, ultra quiet on a lower setting and works at high altitude. The only Issues I've had were operator generated (my fault) but I know some others have had problems. On startup and shutdown you might pick up a diesel smell from the exhaust for a few seconds.
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Old 08-19-2015, 05:30 PM   #7
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Re: Cold weather heating, your preferred choice?

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We have a propane furnace in a diesel van. And, we turn it off at night and use a down comforter to stay cozy warm. I can reach the thermostat and turn on the furnace before we get out of bed.

Mike
I do exactly the same thing as Mike.

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Re: Cold weather heating, your preferred choice?

If I had a diesel I'd look at an Espar and if I had a gasser (which I do) I'd look at Propex (which I did).
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Old 08-20-2015, 11:03 PM   #9
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Re: Cold weather heating, your preferred choice?

I'm leaning towards the Espar...
Affordable, easy install and very efficient.

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Re: Cold weather heating, your preferred choice?

Our only non-engine source of heat has been a large dog. Technically I suppose I have electric heat on the rooftop AC, but I've never used, it since I've never brought a generator along during cold weather, and really can't see myself starting one up in the morning since I'd layer up before exiting the van regardless.

The previous dog (who passed on at the end of last year) was barely OK for light overnight snow, though getting out from under the down wasn't great on mornings like that. This means we were done camping around thanksgiving. Not that I'd want to wake up after a big Tahoe storm with the van 10 miles up a fire-road, so there are other reasons for that as well.

The current dog seems to run significantly warmer, but then she's still actively growing. Nonetheless, I have high hopes for being a bit more cozy.
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