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The cost of staying warm

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  1. FlyingVan
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    If you have the DigiMax thermostat you can see how many hours on the heater,also you can read fault codes when things go south.
     
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    My blower motor went at 550 hours, still yet to replace it. Gotta call Espar to see what they can do. I wish it was as easy as just getting a Espar, along with that comes 2 or 4 batteries, a inverter, roof vents, 2 layers of insulation, etc.
     
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      Yep, under $600, and such a fine experance.
       
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      Didn't make that rating "not helpful" damn funny though. Totally correct too. (I feel your pain rater)

      Dealer I spoke to said gas version was dangerous. Still want one though.
       
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      Wtf its just as safe as the diesel version but uses more fuel ....
       
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      Espar and Webasto both make excellent and completely 100% safe gasoline fueled units. Your "dealer" is a dummy or...didn't have a gas one to sell you.
       
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      That's exactly right P1, he didn't have one. Thus the fulside of negativity.
       
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      I've got a Espar D4 and it's my second year having it. It does a awesome job and i keep toasty! I Love It!

      The cost has already be explained, but one thing I would add IMHO is you need a small generator to keep the battery or batteries charged and to have electricity while sitting. Idling would heavily cost you more money. Now if you move everyday or get a load then you'll be fine except on the weekend.
       
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      Mine just has a knob with 0-4 numbers. I tried googling but found nothing. If I need service I'll check with them.
       
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      I'm at the point where I am willing to pay for an espar myself (drive for owner) because I'm so tired of the cold. Been sick for almost 2 weeks now.
       
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      When they plug in to troubleshoot.
       
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      I was in the same boat. I offered to pay half for a espar. Owner declined, but did go half on a big buddy heater which I did get to keep.
      I still use it when at home, so that worked out.

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      Plan is to insulate it atleast (my cost of course). And hopefully pick up some kind of buddy heater. Unless I find a better fleet owner that has a van already with bunk and heater plus better split.
       
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      I would have jumped at the offer for you to pay half.
      And gave you a very reasonable target to hit to get your half back.
      I wouldn’t be without heat, so I wouldn’t have a driver out there without heat.
       
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      If it was me and I was in your shoes, while you need heat I would put that money into a down payment and get your own van and run fast away from that owner!
       
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      Except the thermostat is in the unit which is mounted on the floor; the cold, uninsulated floor.
       
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      In those cases, the thermostat measures the cold air intake and is adjusted by the rheostat on the controller. Last year I replaced my rheostat controller with the digital thermostat controller.

      With the digital controller you tell the unit to measure the temperature from either the air intake or at the controller itself. Doesn't really matter which you choose. Then you input a specific temp into the controller thermostat. In my case I have it measured at the controller, and I have it set to 78 degrees F, and that keeps it about 72-75 degrees in the van (as confirmed by a separate, external thermometer).

      If I set it to measure at the air intake of the heater, I'd probably need to adjust the 78 degree temp to something very different in order to achieve the same 72-75 room temperature.

      But either way, after a few days of adjusting the temperature setting, you hone it in on the right setting. Then forget about it. Turns out, in my van, 80 is a little too warm 76 it's a little too cold, but 78 is Goldilocks.
       
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      You run yours a lot warmer and longer then mine

      If needed during the day, I run it at 62-65F, at night I'll normally bump it up to 68F or leave at 65F depending on temps. Only once so far have I turned it up to 70F this winter, and still ended up turning it back down to 68F mid sleep. I guess that's my sweet spot.

      I like the digital thermostat, although I was questioning its accuracy.
      After using a separate digital thermometer to compare, mine is pretty much spot on


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      That's because I'm usually nekkid in here. Window coverings go up, clothing comes off. :eek:
       
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