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Moving to Alaska - Engine Heaters

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by ssoulssurfer, Jan 20, 2020.

  1. Jan 24, 2020 at 10:01 AM

    4xdog Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2018
    Saint Louis MO
    2003 Tacoma DC 4WD TRD, 2015 Tacoma DC 4x4 TRD
    There's an OEM block heater for Gen 1 Tacomas? News to me! I'd love to learn more about that.

    Update: A discussion from a few years ago of this Canadian-market accessory for Gen 2 trucks. I've had rental and other cars in Central Finland with a similar heater plug.
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2020
  2. Jan 28, 2020 at 9:32 AM
    Arctic Taco

    Arctic Taco Serenity-the Arctic Taco, another slow build

    Apr 24, 2011
    First Name:
    : Steve
    Denali Park, Alaska
    98 Tacoma Xtra Cab DLX, 85 Toyota LWB 4x4
    dents and missing bits
    I think a good high temp silicone work work fine.
    Depending on where you/your Tacoma will be living lots of places have dedicated outlets for apartments and such maybe even some with timers which would be best.
    That said with Anchorage’s temps maybe 30mins to an hr should be good for pre heating to start up.
    When I was wintering up in the interior off the grid. Starting the HiLux was a real process. Depending on temps and of course before I borrowed a generator for the winter, it was either slide the Coleman under the truck or a weed burner and a piece of stovepipe requiring constant monitoring, after generator using a torpedo heater and a tarp, and the block heater worked great, and less monitoring. Warmer mornings it was just use the block heater- start it up about 2-3 hrs before you wanted to leave and go back to bed , eat breakfast etc...
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