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Old 12-19-2005, 09:12 AM
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ONBOARD block heater timers?

Hey, anyone have any ideas for an onboard timer for the block heaters? I am thinking that it would be better to have a timer onboard for the times when you need to plug in... at work, when staying at a friends etc. I suppose I could just mount a regular timer but I bet there is something made for this...
any links?
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Old 12-19-2005, 09:29 AM
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Hey, anyone have any ideas for an onboard timer for the block heaters? I am thinking that it would be better to have a timer onboard for the times when you need to plug in... at work, when staying at a friends etc. I suppose I could just mount a regular timer but I bet there is something made for this...
any links?
Thanks
actually, there is. The stock Becker radio on some cars (like mine) has 2 internal timers. The second one can be connected to an external relay which can be programmed to energize at a certain time. Check your owner's manual.
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Old 12-19-2005, 12:33 PM
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power source

Any ideas on what to use for an onboard power source? Outlets aren't always available. I have heard of using a marine battery.

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Glenn
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Old 12-19-2005, 12:43 PM
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There are relays available (popular on VW Westys) to isolate a second battery for accessories but allow it to charge. It would be interesting to install one with a deep cycle marine battery as an on board power source for the block heater with a timer. That way it won't drain the existing system but still will charge.

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