Re: diesel fired coolant heater
You might PM Pat Dolan. I believe he has a Webasto or Espar installed in his truck. He hails from The Great White North so he should be able to give you some good information (IIRC).
On edit: I found this from Pat by searching all forums for Espar or Webasto. [ QUOTE ]
Although I now live in the bannana belt (where winter temperatures seldom stay much below -40 or so) I used to live in Northern Manitoba, and still work a lot in Northern Alberta (no where NEAR as cold as further East - i.e. MB). The number one thing to do is change ALL of your lube oils to full synthetic. Although you can go with 0W-30 in the engine in really cold weather you can't leave it in when it warms up, so, I find that 5W-40 Delvac 1 will crank just fine at -45/-50 and works great year 'round. I use Mobil 1 ATF in the gearbox and transfer case, and 75W-90 Mobil 1 in each axle. I also use full synth grease for the steering and driveshaft. Keep some good gel-cel (non-flooded) batteries with battery blankets (80W electric warmers), the dual alternator option is great (if you are ordering new), the factory block heater is fantastic, but if you can't plug in, I use a ESPAR D5 diesel-fired heater that runs from a bank of auxiliary gel cells. A winter front is really nice, but a "nose garage" is required for really cold/windy places.
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