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Old 01-27-2007, 03:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Lewis friend
OK, do you thihk something like this is safe to use in the truck?

Do you think it would be safer to use the 20lb bottle and keep that outside.

I'm basically in the same boat as tootsie04; I want to be able to sleep without idling. I'm having some difficulty sleeping with the noise and vibration.

The thing is, i'm a company driver so the espar thing probably won't work. Great idea though.
Personally I wouldn't-First of all cuz it's propane and I'd be very nervous with a Possible IED going off in my truck and I've used Propane heaters(Mr. Heater Actually) in my deer blind and have gotten fumes from it which is probably why Canada put this in on the site you posted:The Portable Buddy is Certified for Outdoor Use Only In Canada

I wouldn't trust it but that's just me and I know I wouldn't be able to sleep in my bunk thinking about it.

You can get a Heater pad at a Truck Dealership-I know you probably wouldn't get the company to ok the ESPAR(Even though it would probably safe the company you drive for quite a bit of money).
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Old 01-27-2007, 04:45 AM
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Yeah, i'm just a little unconfortable with the concept of using anything that burns something for heat inside the truck.

I've priced out portable generators such as coleman powermate 3750 (pumps out 3000watts) $360 at pepboys. This idea would work; The company wouldn't have any problems with me bolting one to the catwalk. And then i would just use a small ceramic heater. Fetching gas everyday is not what i consider a big deal. I forget how large the tank is, but coleman says it will run for 10 hrs at 1/2 load.

The idea i find most interesting is to use deep cell batteries and an inverter.
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Old 01-27-2007, 05:30 AM
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Yoopr stole the words from my keyboard! :lol:

The Espar works AWSOME. Why you would want a portable (loud, smelly) generator is beyond me, especially with the advances in inverters.

I'd be pretty p-o'd if someone ran a loud generator next to my truck. Plus, it could be a safety hazard.

To each is own though! :wink:
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Old 01-28-2007, 05:02 PM
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we are going with the Espar system. BUT since this is a lease\purchase truck Arrow has final say. Which will most likley be NO....they want us to buy the APU unit at 10,000 We dont want an APU unit!!

The salesman called this morning from Kenworth and our truck deal is a go....not the 86" we wanted but this will get us started anyway. So the Espar system will go into OUR truck in a few weeks.

Never pis$ off anything that can bleed for 5 days without dying.

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Old 01-28-2007, 05:15 PM
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good luck and i know you'll love it
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Old 01-28-2007, 06:50 PM
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Good luck and you'll love the Espar unit.

One tip, dont turn it up past a 1/4 turn the first time you turn it on, it puts out alot more heat then you think it will.
My dispatcher wants to know why im not there yet, she says its only 2 inches away when she measured it on her map!
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Old 02-17-2019, 08:23 PM
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I bought one of the $600 generators and although it still runs it is slowly falling apart. Pretty much all the switches have fallen off and the start cord snapped after only a couple of starts, they are also very heavy compared to the Honda.
You can check more inverter reviews to get best as per your requirement.
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Old 04-30-2019, 01:30 PM
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Default best portable generators

Who has been able to sample the various brokers on this list and can be able to pick out the best one?
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Old 05-24-2019, 12:15 PM
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Why don't you go with oil or gas heaters instead of running an electric heater with a portable generator? I don't think portable generator is a good idea if you are only willing to run a heater.
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Old 06-17-2019, 01:42 PM
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I got one in my backyard since I graduated high school. Tell me if you need this. It sounds like a frickin' machine gun, smokes up like a chimney, breaks down every 30 mins, and I'll sell you for a buck.
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