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Old 04-26-2005, 11:05 AM   #11
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Ventless heater: carbon monoxide source?

BDAVIS,
if the heater is VENTLESS, does that mean it vents into the interior of the bus?

If so, you'll need to keep windows open for fresh air, as some ventless heaters produce carbon monoxide IIRC.

I'd get a carbon monoxide alarm, they make 'em faily cheap in a battery model.
Let's make sure that "free" heater doesn't kill ya.

Anybody else have any experience with ventless heaters? Someone told me they tend to build up moisture in the room while in use, any comments?
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Old 04-26-2005, 09:42 PM   #12
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This winter I used a borrowed 16,000 btu ventless, 3-brick propane heater in my pretty much stock insulated bus. I had no condensation or humidity problems inside, as well as no (noticeable) odors from the propane or from the bricks. The unit had an electronic ignition to light the pilot, and a thermostat to maintain tempurature.

The heater that came with the bus was a vented, chambered, blue flame heater that did put out a slight odor, and did not build condensation or humidity. It did, however, lose A LOT of heat out the vent, and the cold wind blew IN the vent to the interior (until I blocked it off and temp-mounted the ventless). It also used TWICE the propane that the ventless heater used.

I agree that a detector is a great thing to have for peace of mind and clean air of lungs!
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Old 04-27-2005, 05:52 PM   #13
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I absolutely share the same concerns. This heater is made by Comfort Glow, It has a low oxygen sensor that shuts it off if CO builds up. So there is one safety in place. As peace of mind, I can assure you I will always have a vent open when in operation, And No less than two CO detectors in place. I live near Indy and a couple years ago several people were found dead in a rented rv at the Speedway from CO poisoning. The thought of that sticks in my head and makes me a bit paranoid, which in this case is a good thing.
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Old 07-25-2005, 09:30 PM   #14
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bus A/C

Well, the air conditioning install is almost done. I've mounted a 12,000 btu window unit in a cabinet and installed an exhaust duct and intake opening. I just need to finish the louvers to complete the install. Pictures soon to follow.
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Old 08-01-2005, 07:11 PM   #15
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a/c install

Well, the a/c install is finally complete, works great! check out the pictures in the gallery, Big Blue album.
sorry some are kinda dark, I finished it up late at night.
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Old 08-28-2005, 10:44 PM   #16
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The best way to do this is to make the duct and louvers to fit your setup, by this I mean install the unit and enclosure and then build the duct and louvers to fit. I wouldn't want to do it without the bus in my posession for a while. (not a realistic option) I suggest you build your cabinet and install the A/C unit (angle toward the outside more than you would on a home install, to be sure it will drain even if the bus isn't quite level.)
Then cut the hole in the bus. Half of this hole will be intake, half will be exhaust. Have a local fab shop make the exhaust duct for you. Remember this needs to slant downhill, location of the hole in relation to the unit will achieve this. A detailed drawing with all critical dimensions is essential for the fabricator. Then have them make your louver to fit the hole, I can give you info on the louver design. I know this is a long winded answer to a simple question, but It would be cost prohibitive for me to fabricate these and ship them to you (the louver is a time consuming piece) However, if cost is not a concern and you have time to wait and can provide me with exact measurements, I can do it, but I strongly recommend a local fabricator in case you have a problem or need to make adjustments.
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Old 11-24-2005, 02:31 PM   #17
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new pics in gallery

I just posted 13 new BigBlue photos in the gallery, currently page 6, check out the progress!!!
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Old 11-24-2005, 07:09 PM   #18
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Looks good and seems to be coming along nicely .

Are you planning a kitchen or food prep/storage area? I didn't see anything in your photo's.

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Old 11-24-2005, 07:20 PM   #19
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yes, the kitchen will be on the wall opposite the futon. It's not done yet, but I've definitely made progress.
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Brad, I love what you did with the A/C. I was just wondering; about how much would it cost to get the sheet metal (vent) done by a shop? I'm presently torn between your A/C design and Steve's design, on Lonebus.

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