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Old 12-26-2005, 02:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1000 Watt Block Heater

I know the 7.3 liters came with a 1000 watt block heater. I would like to make a setup in the bed of my truck with another battery and inverter to "plug in my truck" while im not near a recepticle. I would be running lines from my alternator so that when I started it up, it would automatically charge the battery. However, I would keep it seperate from my two batteries for starting. Sometimes, I have to leave my truck in below zero conditions for 2-3 days and it would be really nice to have that piece of mind that I have a way to plug in the truck if I need to.

The question at hand is......If I were only to get a 600 watt inverter, would this give enough juice to the block heater to make it worth it. Only reason I ask, is because there is about a $120 difference from a 600 watt to a 1000 watt inverter. Any opinions???
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Re: 1000 Watt Block Heater

I would think you will need the 1000 watt inverter. I also think that that is a huge draw on a cold battery and it may not work. How about an espar heater. If you cycle you glow plugs twice for two min each it should start even at -20. If I am going to extreem cold with no plug in I will bring by small generator.
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Re: 1000 Watt Block Heater

What you need is an <font color="red"> Espar coolant heater</font> . They run off diesel fuel which you have a big tank of. They really put out the heat and can be turned on automatically by I believe a 7 day timer.

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Re: 1000 Watt Block Heater

Cool, I will look into the coolant heater. Thanks guys!
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Re: 1000 Watt Block Heater

I think you would need a full bed full of batteries to run the heater for a full 3 hours.
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Re: 1000 Watt Block Heater

Yep, an inverter won't do the job. One battery could feed 1000 watts for only a few minutes before being sucked dry.

I would use my Honda EU-2000 generator and plug the block heater into the generator.

Honda also makes an EU-1000 generator, but it's too small to produce 1,000 watts continuously.

The EU-2000 is small, lightweight, and quiet. And it starts easily in cold weather. Cheaper generators with more power are available, but they are heavy, big, extremely loud, and probably won't start when you need them to. Plus the cheap generators won't last long while the Honda EU will last "forever".

Move up one notch to the Honda EU-3000 and you can get electric start - in case you hate to start a rope-pull generator at 10 below zero. But the EU-3000 costs twice as much as the EU-2000 and it's a lot bigger and heavier.

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Re: 1000 Watt Block Heater

Would like to say "Amen" to the Honda 2000EU generator. We just bought one based on the outstanding results of those who own them in our travel trailer club.

Others have bought cheaper generators, but invariably have had problems with them plus many are louder than the Hondas.
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Re: 1000 Watt Block Heater

I have had an ESPAR for a couple of winters. I have a second set of batteries (gel cells for max voltage at low temp) that run the accessories of the truck and the marker lights on the trailer (all now LED). I even have a power source to the cab heater, and in -20 weather, I can run the cab fan and the ESPAR overnight and stay reasonably comfortable without draining the starting batteries. It is hardly the cheap way out, but it makes the truck completely independant of line power.
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