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Old 05-19-2016, 12:46 AM   #1
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heat and a/c

I haven't found much in the way of heat or a/c on the site, what do you guys use for either? I've seen a few people talk about small wood stoves for heat but what about a/c?
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The information just keeps going around and around. Yeah, a lot of us like wood stoves because the heat is so dry for in the winter. I have a big wood stove because I don't have an insulation yet.
A lot of people are finding that a 12-14k btu AC does pretty nicely. Some of these newer mini split systems are proving pretty good. You would still need pretty good insulation to be comfortable in hot weather. Then again there are those that go for the 50k btu system. Frosty.
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Old 05-19-2016, 07:43 AM   #3
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I use a small generator (Hyundai) to run my electric heater and my window a/c.
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I use a small generator (Hyundai) to run my electric heater and my window a/c.
I have the 2000w Hyundai as well. Great little genset!

If you're worried about carrying a 3rd fuel source, get a diesel genset for an RV.

Or you can get I gigantic battery bank and an inverter. That would solve any AC system issues.

As for heat, I am intending on using a Webasto type diesel cab heater.
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those little webasto heaters are great units!. mini splits are great and dont surge an electrical generator.. however the outdoor unit can be cumbersome to install..

Climax makes a nice Inverter driven portable A/C which youy just need to route 2 hoses to the outside and the unit sits inside.. it is soft-start variable speed. 12000 BTU.
I ordered one to use when im at the house working on the interior of my bus..
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those little webasto heaters are great units!. mini splits are great and dont surge an electrical generator.. however the outdoor unit can be cumbersome to install..

Climax makes a nice Inverter driven portable A/C which youy just need to route 2 hoses to the outside and the unit sits inside.. it is soft-start variable speed. 12000 BTU.
I ordered one to use when im at the house working on the interior of my bus..
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CK, how well would one of those 12kbtu split heat pumps heat a bus in the widwest in the winter? I was looking at a 9k and 12k dual unit with the 12 k heating the front part and 9k for the master bedroom. Scenario: February in Cleveland with a well insulated and sealed bus on a pretty moderate windy day......... GO!

If it would work, i would skip the webasto.
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I use a 5k through the wall over the rear door for moderate temps. A 8K portable that I set on the dog house for hotter days.

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Our Planar 44d diesel unit works very well for all temps but if we're plugged in I have a elec. phony phireplace that keeps us warm.
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I use a 5k through the wall over the rear door for moderate temps. A 8K portable that I set on the dog house for hotter days.

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Our Planar 44d diesel unit works very well for all temps but if we're plugged in I have a elec. phony phireplace that keeps us warm.

I was looking at the 8D planar. Does the 44 do a good job with the whole bus? I had planned on installing it underneath and ducting 3 zones with it, back bedroom, main cabin and driver's foot area. Keep in mind I have a 40' pusher.

Did you plumb it into your current fuel tank or do you use the 1 gallon tank it comes with?

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CK, how well would one of those 12kbtu split heat pumps heat a bus in the widwest in the winter? I was looking at a 9k and 12k dual unit with the 12 k heating the front part and 9k for the master bedroom. Scenario: February in Cleveland with a well insulated and sealed bus on a pretty moderate windy day......... GO!

If it would work, i would skip the webasto.
I run 3 of those units in my house as heat / cool.. in an ohio winter i wouldnt want it to be the sole source of heat.. while ive run my heat pumps at 0 degrees outside.. they sure dont procudce very warm air and go into defrost cycle frequently.. during defrost you are getrting no Heat to the interior..

for cooling in a moderately insualted bus that you are noit trying to cool down instantly from 100 degrees you will do Ok with a 12 or 15k unit... but for heat I would want the webasto.. because in cleveland it drops below 0 frequently and the heatpump will shut down at some point...

on my heat pumps my highest Heat output rating is at 37 degrees and above... at those temperatures you al most never hit a defrost cycle either which is good... below 37 your output begins to drop off and so does efficiency..

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I run 3 of those units in my house as heat / cool.. in an ohio winter i wouldnt want it to be the sole source of heat.. while ive run my heat pumps at 0 degrees outside.. they sure dont procudce very warm air and go into defrost cycle frequently.. during defrost you are getrting no Heat to the interior..

for cooling in a moderately insualted bus that you are noit trying to cool down instantly from 100 degrees you will do Ok with a 12 or 15k unit... but for heat I would want the webasto.. because in cleveland it drops below 0 frequently and the heatpump will shut down at some point...

on my heat pumps my highest Heat output rating is at 37 degrees and above... at those temperatures you al most never hit a defrost cycle either which is good... below 37 your output begins to drop off and so does efficiency..

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