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Am I missing the obvious - why not use vehicle's heater?
#11
Bob is too funny...
Cheap heat for van dwellers
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(12-05-2017, 08:03 PM)John61CT Wrote: Yes and that's exactly why everyone knows their engines are shot at very low mileages.

Hey Mr Nitpicky!   Tongue

In the case of the long haul truckers idling engines, those engines go a million miles or more, idling every night or not.

But that's a commercial engine with 10 gallons of oil, not 4 quarts of oil. Plus large OTR diesel engines usually have 2 large capacity oil filters, and occasionally, 3 of them.

And with regular drain intervals, the pollutants and cylinder wall wash-down that occurs in large diesels during cold weather extended idling is mostly not a problem.

The primary reason the entire USA trucking industry is moving away from extended idling is that local, city, county, state, and federal anti-idling ordinances have increased in the last 15 years or so. 

Of course we still run an engine overnight, but it's a lot smaller engine, and it runs the on-board APU all night long to maintain sleeper comfort and provide DC and AC power for hotel loads. Most APU's share coolant with the main engine, so it keeps that big iron block warmed up all night, which helps in starting the next day when it's very cold. 

But yes, most small gasoline engines usually have no way to idle-up (higher idle RPM), so, cylinder washdown, and resulting oil contamination, is an issue with some smaller gas engines.
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#13
I like the buddy system stay warm cuddled up with a warm buddy. Hey it's organic
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#14
Many people die from carbon monoxide by running the engine to keep warm. Please be careful.
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#15
Far more people are injured and or die from using propane heating sources. The vast majority of vehicle deaths by CO are suicide related.

https://www.lifewire.com/using-portable-...ars-534787

Your health and safety are at elevated risk when using a propane heating system in a confined space, period....
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Some tips for CO vehicle exhaust safety ....

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#17
That's why I like sleeping bags--they never killed anyone. Smile

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#18
You have never caught some of the body parts I have in the zippers of sleeping bags I have apparently, didn't kill me but boy did it hurt!
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Owwwwww !!!!!
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#20
Someone needs more practice with zippers...


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