Engineer In Residence
In temps that cold, its best to have a backup system. Heat from the engine with a coolant loop, or a backup air heater.
Letting a diesel idle 24/7 is a great way to shorten its life. Heating with your main engine at idle will be super inefficient using many times the fuel of a hydronic heater, just to glaze your cylinders.One other alternative to above would be, since you are running the engine 24/7, a hydronic heater would be very efficient. It would use the coolant from the engine of the vehicle to heat the camper. Since you will be running it 24/7 you get "free" heat. All you would need to do then is fill up the gasoline tank and voila.
I have 2 rigs available. Both are capable for what you desire. One has a block heater for the engine.I am looking for a vehicle for boondocking in the Canadian arctic/subarctic for one month, where the temperature will often be around -40 F. Here are the basic requirements:
- Vehicle can maintain the interior temperature 24/7 at 55 F or warmer.
- Supports 1-2 people inside.
- Engine and other systems will start and work in the extreme cold. Unless vehicle will run continually for a month, it needs to be able to start in the extreme cold after it has been shutdown for some period.
- In the ideal world, the vehicle will have running water during this period. Otherwise, if this isn't possible, bottled water will suffice.
- Vehicle can be driven on and off-road over long distances. That is, it's durable, has sufficient ground clearance, rugged suspension, etc.
- Vehicle can be used.
- Price - Less than USD $100k.
Here are some crazy ideas I have to help:
- The vehicle does not need TV.
- Vehicle will be used 24/7 during this period.
- No gas station or mechanic will be within 100 miles.
- Vehicle might tow a small fuel trailer to serve as an auxiliary fuel tank. This could then be used to help run a heater. However, the tuel trailer would need to be useable in the extreme cold. And, it shouldn't require a driver's license that is different than what is needed for the main vehicle.
- Vehicle could have a small pellet stove to help heat it. It would then need to have significant storage space for enough bags of wood pellets to keep it running for a month. The pellet stove would also need a source of electricity to run its motors.
- If there isn't sufficient sun for solar, vehicle could generate some power using 1-2 small wind turbines, such as the Airdolphin Mark Zero Off Grid Small Wind Turbine 24V.
I was just going to say the same thing. Those diesel heaters sip fuel and will get the camper so hot you'll be opening windows.An Espar heater will keep the engine and the rest warm, without idle. Also it can run off the same diesel fuel tank, as well as keep the house area warm.
I have camped in insane temperatures in gear that was not made for it because I was young. I have camped in insane temperatures in equipment that was designed for it. I have a vehicle that is 1' outside my studio door that can go all winter in crazy temps and I would survive very well. BUT I am sitting inside my warm studio and will drive home to my house after work as the quote is so right. It is suppose to get to -31c tonight and having a warm place with all the luxeries is so nice. If I have to be out that is one thing but I would never go out just for the "fun" of it. Maybe it is just that I am getting old"Polar exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time which has been devised.”