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Old 04-04-2019, 10:16 PM   #41
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I see an 8KW unit for $120, a couple of those should handle my 37'er.
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Old 04-04-2019, 10:21 PM   #42
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If you have insulated your bus that's going to be way over kill. My 5kw handles my 32 ft with ease, I could probably tune it down to 3kw and not notice.

If you do get one, make sure to get a kit that includes the LCD control module, and you also want a muffler. From my research the only real differences between units of the same size are the accessories that come with them.
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Old 04-04-2019, 10:27 PM   #43
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If you have insulated your bus that's going to be way over kill. My 5kw handles my 32 ft with ease, I could probably tune it down to 3kw and not notice.

If you do get one, make sure to get a kit that includes the LCD control module, and you also want a muffler. From my research the only real differences between units of the same size are the accessories that come with them.
This kit looked pretty complete less the LCD module, but they are less than $20.
Looks like I'll put the wood burner in the basement and find a better use for that space in the bus.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/8KW-8000W-1...YAAOSwz55cosHq
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Old 04-04-2019, 10:46 PM   #44
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Here's the kit with the LCD module and a remote control. I think I'm just going to order this and change plans. Thanks for the video.


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Old 04-05-2019, 09:41 AM   #45
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That looks like a fine choice. Prices do vary quite a bit, I paid more for my 5kw a few months ago, so now seems like a good time to buy. When you get it you'll likely find that you need to tune the flow/fan settings which you need the LCD controller to do.
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Old 04-05-2019, 10:26 AM   #46
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Wow. after seeing these, I am super interested now. I have a propane furnace I salvaged from a camper, but tried to bench test it and didn't get it to work. I have a wood stove as well. Seems like these are efficient and seeing that I can tap into my tank seems like a good option.
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Old 04-05-2019, 11:44 AM   #47
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I see an 8KW unit for $120, a couple of those should handle my 37'er.
From what I've read you probably don't need 2. I have the 5kw and I keep it on low almost all the time, but from what I hear it's better to run a smaller one on high, because running it on low can cause the filter to clog. Got that info off the handy, huge FB group, most of whom are in the UK.

My bus is barely insulated at all, so if yours is better, that will help too. I think the key to a larger space is maybe figuring out how to deliver the heat to the further-out areas - longer duct hose, or whatever.
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Old 04-05-2019, 11:59 AM   #48
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Old 05-24-2019, 10:26 PM   #49
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Any experiences with the drivworld 5kw or 30kw liquid heaters? I'm putting a heat exchanger in this weekend to tie the interior cabin heat loop and engine coolant loop together. The idea was to use a liquid heater on the cabin heat loop when the engine wasn't running.


I wonder if the diesel liquid heaters could be used for on demand fresh hot water, but I already have a propane furnace I plan to install for that.


I was going to use a 5kw air heater to replace the defroster (previous owner ripped out of my pusher), but had no confidence in either the volume of air moved by the blower or the heat required to do the job. I may install a pair of these anyway as I cannot seem to find a good space for a wood stove in my build.


Also: Any pics of the installation of these showing exhaust pipe clearances, etc?
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Old 09-09-2019, 12:11 PM   #50
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Hat's off to Planar, I was doing my pre-trip and the 44D wouldn't light. Found a fuel leak big enough to trigger the low pressure safeguard during the start procedure. All good now, ready to glamp. Doubt we'll need heat but at 5200 plus feet ya never know.

I've been running it on kerosene, gets much hotter and burns cleaner.
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