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Old 03-09-2015, 04:03 PM   #11
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If you have shore power a milk house heater is an option. They're fairly cheap but the fan is a bit noisy.

Another option is one of the "Buddy" catalytic propane heaters. They're totally silent and 100% efficient. Downside is the humidity they put into the cabin (though some here have said it wasn't a problem) and the fact that they can burn up all the oxygen in the bus if it's unusually well sealed. My in-laws have wall mounted versions of these heaters in their trailers and have never had a problem. Several folks here use them too.

A standard RV furnace is vented so there's no problem with monoxide or using up the available oxygen, but they are really inefficient and the fan can be annoying. You also need to cut a hole in the bus to install it.

In the end, you pays your money and you takes your choice.
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Old 03-09-2015, 08:09 PM   #12
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Welcome Drag! Former bike drag racer here. Also using my shortie as a tow vehicle.
First piece of advice before towing-GET AN EGT GAUGE! These things WILL tow ok-but the vans have no intercooler like the trucks-you gotta watch it on the hills. (says the guy who cracked a piston being stupid up a big hill )
I have a propane heater out of a discarded pop up. Our last race of the year is in Northern Vt--in mid Oct. So 20's at nite-40's during the day. I have no added isulation. Its just enough for that. Anything warmer than that its great.
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Old 03-10-2015, 11:18 AM   #13
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Double Ditto on the EGT gauge --- sdwarf is absolutely correct. The more load you have (which gravity affects on a hill), the more you need to monitor temps. Depending on space availability, you may be able to install an intercooler which would significantly improve performance across the board, but...you still have to stay on top of the EGT to avoid a meltdown.
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Old 03-10-2015, 10:53 PM   #14
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Double Ditto on the EGT gauge --- sdwarf is absolutely correct. The more load you have (which gravity affects on a hill), the more you need to monitor temps. Depending on space availability, you may be able to install an intercooler which would significantly improve performance across the board, but...you still have to stay on top of the EGT to avoid a meltdown.
im going to build a custom front bumper id like to know more about the intercooler if you have info.
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Old 03-11-2015, 11:35 AM   #15
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I never did see what engine you have but from the chatter here it sounded like a turbo diesel which is a candidate for an intercooler (also known as a "charge air cooler"). Basically, the air that is being pumped out by the turbo can either go directly to the intake or first be run through an intercooler which really is nothing more than a "radiator" for the intake air charge. By cooling it down, it makes the air denser which helps the fuel/air mix burn much more efficiently (better power & mpg in most cases). Depending on your engine and space available, you may be able to add an intercooler and the piping necessary. Best bet would be to find a similar rig that already has one to see how it is set up. There are tons of parts & piping on Ebay these days, but you first need to work out the location & routing. Generally not that big a project depending on how crowded things are in your engine bay.

Try Googling your engine/chassis combo with "intercooler" or "intercooled" added on and see what comes up.

My rig will require a custom intercooler and piping due to the extremely narrow front end configuration of the 1946 Chevy chassis it is in. My Cummins 4BT came with a cooler but unfortunately it's horizontal design won't fit in this situation. Come to think of it...if you decide to go this route, once you get some measurements, if it will fit, I will let the one I have go for a hundred bucks.

Happy hunting and let us know what you find out.
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