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Old 12-05-2018, 12:32 AM   #3731
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Hoops on the roof rack look good Tango.
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Old 12-05-2018, 08:03 AM   #3732
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lovin that roof rack!! the curves are perfect!! gonna look great!!! are the rafters in your building strong where you can rig up a pulley system?
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Old 12-05-2018, 10:59 AM   #3733
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Thanks All...


Bas...Would love to hear your take on that little heater. Good luck with it.


Guido...turned out to be a piece of cake to install. I had tacked some square tube inside the rectangular tube to use for positioning but still expected I would have to do a fair amount of torqing on each end the big piece for it to fall in place. Not at all. I stood in the middle of the cowl and it slid right on like it was made to do it!


Caddie...not worried about the rafters as the whole rack only weighs a little over 100 pounds (metal only). In fact, I will probably try and move it without going to the roof. If I can get a guy on each corner with a short pole attached to it, I am pretty sure we can lift and maneuver it pretty easily.


Well...I am HOPING we can anyway.
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Old 12-05-2018, 02:38 PM   #3734
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Just discovered your build thread. Fantastic work!


I have one of these heaters on order. There is a VERY active Facebook group "Chinese Diesel Vehicle air heaters".
Most people have no issues with the heaters. A small percentage of people seem to have issues with massive build up of soot in the burn chamber (or whatever that is called). Good news is, the passwords to make setting changes are known, so fuel feed rates can be tweaked if needed.


After spending a good amount of time reading about them, I was pretty comfortable ordering one.


If I get it installed and working I'll post some experiences


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My 2 pennies.

We have a Planar 44d, might be similar if not the same as the China ones. 4lkw, about 14,000 btu. Very thrifty on fuel but these too may soot up if run long time at low heat. I recently cleaned ours, it was belching white, nasty smelling smoke.
Cleaning is not hard and I've found that partial disassembly is enough with no parts/gaskets needed if done with reasonable care. I use some kerosene and blow it dry after.
It is good to run it wide open for 1/2 hour before shutting it down to minimize the build up.
We run ours all night often at low (18c) setting to keep the chill off and crank it up in the morning as long as we can stand it. Even then it cokes up occasionally (twice in 4 years).I'm going to start cleaning it every summer from now on.
Now I'm off to FB to read some heater posts.
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Old 12-05-2018, 06:47 PM   #3735
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Good info 2kool...thank you. Doesn't sound too bad actually. Everything requires some kind of maintenance...right?
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Old 12-07-2018, 11:08 AM   #3736
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Good news is, the passwords to make setting changes are known, so fuel feed rates can be tweaked if needed.

so what are the passwords, there is more than one?
Is there any other technical data on these things. They sound like they might be good for the short bus.
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Old 12-07-2018, 12:07 PM   #3737
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Good info 2kool...thank you. Doesn't sound too bad actually. Everything requires some kind of maintenance...right?

Tango, to not sidetrack this fantastic build thread I thought it would be wise to split this off in a separate thread:


http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f51/th...ead-25109.html


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Old 12-07-2018, 10:59 PM   #3738
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Not much to report. Mostly just bored.



We are under (yet another) flash flood advisory (Welcome to Houston!). And anytime a cloud goes over, my satellite TV goes away. Lotta good it does if you are trying to keep up with storms!


Had a really nasty cold the past few days but did manage to get a few more pieces of the roof rack in place. Very close to taking it down. Hopefully next week.


Like I said...just bored! I need to be working!
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