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Old 04-01-2016, 10:48 AM   #11
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good to hear about your planar heater!!

1 tip for them, dont use them at altitude. i have fouled mine out and need to disassemble it to see if i can fix it. like you said.. no service available.

over 5-6000ft, they run way too much fuel and just smoke like a scene from cheech and chong movie.

i loved my planar until i took it camping in the mountains around 8-9000ft. its now fouled out and smokes the cabin.

both webasto and espar brands have some altitude compensation. one (espar) uses a separate smaller fuel pump, and the other one (webasto) reduces the flow via a microchip.

i emailed the planar guy and he said there is no adjustment for it or parts. I'm gonna try and and clean and fix mine this summer. i may try the espar fuel pump too if i can get this to work again.
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Old 04-01-2016, 09:46 PM   #12
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Doing the conversion from C to F isn't an issue for me, I just want to know if I set the thermostat at 30 degrees C, will it throttle down and shutoff when it reaches the set temp, and, will it kick on when it gets below that set temp.

I was looking at the 8D 12V heater due to having such a big bus and wanting to run ducting for several vents throughout. Is yours ducted with more than what came with the kit?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-01-2016, 09:55 PM   #13
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Doing the conversion from C to F isn't an issue for me, I just want to know if I set the thermostat at 30 degrees C, will it throttle down and shutoff when it reaches the set temp, and, will it kick on when it gets below that set temp. 12v draw is low, never worry about it like my old Class A.

I was looking at the 8D 12V heater due to having such a big bus and wanting to run ducting for several vents throughout. Is yours ducted with more than what came with the kit?

Thanks in advance!
Yes, the thermostat throttles it down to very low idle and resumes as needed. The Planar is like a tiny jet engine, never shuts off when temp is reached but slows way down, barely noticeable. when it's off, it's off.

I mounted the heater under the front steps at the top step level (lots of room) and ran a short 4in. dia. duct into the bus. Mine came with no ducting.
Combustion air and fresh air are drawn from the outside and exhaust out the front under the bumper so no mixing of air in and exh.

12v draw is very low.
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Old 04-01-2016, 10:08 PM   #14
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Sweet. You have helped me a bunch on my decision process. Plus the location. I'd never have thought to use the stair area for install!
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