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Old 02-19-2015, 08:47 PM   #111
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I noticed your tankless heater is rated "exterior use only". Take that seriously. There are a few sad tales about RV folks using them inside their rigs with fatal results. Properly vented, they seem to be OK ...just make sure to read up on them or keep it outdoors.

Not trying to be a nay-sayer, it's just what I came across while researching them myself and want to be sure our Skoolie friends get the word.
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Old 02-19-2015, 10:00 PM   #112
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oh surely, yea good eye on that one. I am just storing it inside until I install it. I plan to mount it under the bus behind the wheel probably and just insulate the main run into the bus.

it does have a stack of sorts but I am going to run it in the open air under the bus maybe with a 90' elbow to point the "exhaust" out the side and with a split HW output so I can have outside showers also!! (with biodegradable soap or course)

Forgot to mention it is no power needed! just 2 D batteries and water pressure.... and propane of course.
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Old 02-20-2015, 07:56 AM   #113
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I think I would be anonymously reporting that lady for stuff. If it turns out that she didn't do it, it won't get back to you, like giving her some of her own medicine. Does she have a pet Maybe it makes too much noise. Does she throw loud parties? Does it look like someone is making crack in her shed? Is she feeding protected animals? Maybe, maybe not.
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Old 02-20-2015, 11:06 AM   #114
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I may try some sugar before the vinegar, i was told by the zoning people that if no-one complains then there really isn't a problem.

So these are all great ideas but the way I see it I still have one more good chance to try again before i get an official "violation"

She is an old retired sheriff's deputy and she doesn't get it, plus there may be some culture/race/age issues going on there? Who knows, I am surrounded by single and double wide trailers by the way, not really bringing down the neighborhood.
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Old 02-20-2015, 11:11 AM   #115
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;)Oh, so they're jealous of your "fancy rig" sitting in their park, eh?
Paint "meth lab" on the side, maybe they'll appreciate you more!
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Old 02-20-2015, 01:30 PM   #116
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On the tankless with the battery igniter thing
My friend was using his and the battery lost its connection
He turned on his hot water and it ran cold, he went out to check it out
Saw the battery disconnected and just plugged it in. ...and fireball/ hilariousnes unfolded in my yard. Burned off half his beard and eyebrows. Called him two face for the next week


They don't all have the best safety features being a outdoor unit, use caution
But they do work great for a shower
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Old 02-20-2015, 01:42 PM   #117
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Well at least he didn't "washwithgasoline" it could have been worse. Yea there are many reasons why automatic on demand things are best left exposed to the air.
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Old 02-22-2015, 01:52 PM   #118
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tankless water heater

First, take Tango's advice to heart. That being said, I have a Ecotemp on demand water heater built into my bus interior. I built a steel, enclosed case to house the heater and both water pumps. The enclosure is sealed to the interior and gets it's air through a filter screen in the floor. The exhaust is through a screened vent installed in place of a window in the rear wall of the bus. These heaters produce a LOT of heat and that heat must be able to freely escape. I don't believe that would be possible with the heater mounted below the floor. Also, I lined the enclosure with woven heat shield--the stuff used to wrap exhaust headers on hot rods.

I do have access holes to allow for adjusting the heater and replacing it's batteries. I can also access the pumps. The holes are covered with steel plates which are secured with many screws as they need only be opened periodically.

As you know, these heaters require both a constant flow of water and a minimum water pressure to light off. Ecotemp now offers a pump kit with a pump with adequate pressure and flow to get the job done. It is what I have installed on mine. I use a water recirculating pump to keep the heater from rapidly cycling on and off. It seems that there is a bit of fuel still in the unit when the igniter shuts off which isn't a problem unless the gas and igniter turn on again before the bit of unburned fuel has disapated. I discovered that if the on off cycle didn't allow for the disipation of the unburned fuel, there would sometimes be an explosive relight--something the proper pump and water recirculating circuit cured. I moved the igniter switch from the heater body to a convenient location in the bus as this allows me to turn the heater on and off more easily and saves on battery use and the associated headaches. Jack

In this pic you can see the heater enclosure on the back wall. The access holes are uncovered. Also, note the slanted top of the cover. This helps direct the exhaust out the top vent and keeps the unwary from using the top of the cover as a shelf.
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Old 02-22-2015, 05:57 PM   #119
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hmmnn all useful thoughts, I like the setup you have there and thanks for the ecotemp specific quirks! I will definitely have to consider the heat as well as the fumes when I mount and vent the unit. it will maybe be better back in the engine area rather than under the body somewhere.
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Old 05-01-2015, 10:34 AM   #120
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No real progress to report, nothing happening with the bus. The only real reason I haven't pulled the plate is that Its such a hassle to get it reinsured I bet that it is worth the few hundred a year to just keep it.

It is possible that I would be working out of town soon and for a while so that might be its next trip.

anyway recent pic. We covered a few more windows and thats about it.

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