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Electric Heaters for K5????

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by twenty_below0, Oct 10, 2001.

  1. twenty_below0

    twenty_below0 1/2 ton status

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    I am in need of an electric heater that can keep the back of the K5 warm and keep the windows defrosted.Didnt have one last year and it was a pain in the Butt (Alaskan winters) Checked JC whitney's and nothing worth a crap....dont want the type that takes the extra heater hose and all that, just a good electric heater! any other good affordable places to look for this??? THX
     
  2. dyeager535

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    Any chance that a better factory heater will work? If you don't have AC, keep your eyes open for 81-91's up there with the HD heater option. HD heater uses same blower motor as the AC trucks. If you haven't noticed, AC trucks put out about twice as much air on high as the non HD, non AC motors do.

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  3. twenty_below0

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    Mine does have the larger motor, I believe, it's just that we have some severe weather.....sometimes and it wont keep the back defrosted, unless it runs for 30 min. before you go any where and I cant afford the GAS hog , since I drive it 40 miles a day, I also have 2 kids,17 months and 3 yrs old that would sure like the extra heat where they sit,.......... on that 44 mile round trip (minimum) a day. Maybe I will luck out and get a good one from some where here from a trailer or something. THX for the info though, always appreciated!
     
  4. rampage

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    For a temporary solution for the foggy windows you could use some anti-fog spray (Rain-x maybe) or I also heard that a soapy solution works the same. Maybe some heavy duty wool blankets for the kids? [​IMG]
     
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    I`m looking at adding some heat to the back of my blazer too, I have heard that some suburbans and some chevy vans came with heaters in the rear from the factory. I was told that there were coolant models as well as electric. I haven't some across any myself but you might try calling a local wrecker and see if they have anything that may work for you.

    Also from my experience to get any real heat out of an electric heater takes some serious power, thats why I`ll probably go with the coolant model with a circulating block heater plumbed in to give me a head start in the mornings.

    I also have a two year old boy and I fixed the problem with him being cold in the back, I put his car seat up front and make the wife sit in the back with a blanket!! [​IMG]

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    Well I think if you are gonna do it... get an aftermarket fan/heater core type heater and mount it back there or convert a rear heater sysltem from a Burb or van.

    The other option would be just get on of those HD heayers that plug into the cigerette lighter. I would then get a cigerette lighter kit from your local parts store and mount it in the back of the console and wire it in. This way the heater could be attached or sit right on your console. Alone those heaters don't cut it, but I have used them before and along w/ a good factory heater it works really well. It also helps ciculate the warm air from the front to the back.

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    where'd you get one of these???

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    A company that we just brought on called "Power-to-Go" carries one of these. It is called the Ceramic Heater/Fan, can blow regular air or be switched to a heater. It plugs into your cigarette lighter. We have tons of Jeep guys buying these. I am ordering one myself, want to help my heater in the rear, too.

    Check em out: <a target="_blank" href=http://www.autoaccessory.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/CategoryDisplay?cgrfnbr=181386&amp;cgmenbr=402&amp;from=nav>http://www.autoaccessory.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/CategoryDisplay?cgrfnbr=181386&amp;cgmenbr=402&amp;from=nav</a> They make all kinds of cool portable 12 volt products!

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    PS- if any of you guys are interested in any of these, just PM me and I can get you a discount on these!
     
  9. twenty_below0

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    I might have to use the heater core style because I cant find anything that is really big enough for that area, thx for all the info. Mike
     
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    You could add a power inverter, and get a little A/C ceramic heater - and also leave it running in the rig overnight. That's what we do with ambulances that sit outside to keep the drug boxes and patient compartment warm - works really well too.

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    Ya, I have one of those in car heaters and I leave it going all night and it stops my windows from icing up whch allows me to respond to a call a little faster. Also keeps the vinyl seats a little warm so when you jump on them you don't piss yourself [​IMG]

    Shane

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    Lot of juice to run a electric that would put out as much as a coolant. I sure would not want to pull that kind of current through the stock cig plug and factroy wires. If you go that route then run a dedicated line from the battery.
    I think a block heater (or 2, one in each side) and a coolant version would probably be your best set up all around . With your hard winters the block heater would sure help the engine. Put a 195 deg thermostate in and that will help keep the heat temp up. Might want to put some pipe insulation on the hoses to the heater to keep any loss to the minimum. A small heater AC heater and a drop coard is also not a bad idea. Have the engine and the interrior warm before you go. Just plug it in 30-60 minutes before you go and hop into a toasty truck.

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