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Old 11-07-2019, 02:23 PM   #101
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I am just finishing up installing a 5KW Chinese diesel unit forced air heater in my bus. It is a rear engine bus. I mounted the heater low on the firewall, almost by the floor and routed the exhaust out through the firewall and caused it to exit through the driver side access door to the engine compartment. My intention is to build a lofted bed platform over the part of the engine compartment that sticks out into the passenger compartment and then enclose an area ending about 12 feet forward from the back while I continue working my way to the front. I fired the heater briefly after I installed it, but I have not actually run it for any length of time. Insulating that 12 foot area, floor first and then walls and ceilingAre high on my agenda.
Nice. Same plan here only I want a diesel fired coolant heater. Price is a hell of a lot higher than the air version. Grrr.
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Old 11-08-2019, 01:47 AM   #102
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Never priced the coolant versions ... any idea? (Sure, I probably could search myself ... )
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Old 11-08-2019, 07:33 AM   #103
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Never priced the coolant versions ... any idea? (Sure, I probably could search myself ... )
From what I'm seeing way too much. From $600 to $2400.
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Old 11-08-2019, 09:03 AM   #104
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my diesel coolant heater (oh yeah damnit its cold and where is it? still in the box brand new.. that makes what 3 years now since i got it?).. oh anyway.. says it can be mounted outside but not to be mounted in direct spray of the tires.. they suggest bolting it to a frame rail underneath the bus and plumbing coolant lines into it.. if i was using an air heater id want it mounted inside or use insulated pipe to plumb in the air ducting..
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Old 11-08-2019, 10:11 AM   #105
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Nice. Same plan here only I want a diesel fired coolant heater. Price is a hell of a lot higher than the air version. Grrr.
I got my Webasto Scholastic 45k BTU coolant heater on eBay for around $400 shipped.

Keep an eye out. They show up from time to time.
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Old 11-08-2019, 12:18 PM   #106
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My bus already has a Webasto DBW 2010 installed but it hasn't been used in YEARS....control panel lights up and the water pump kicks on but no smoke or any sign of ignition.

I'll have to change the fuel filter and clean out the nozzle, see if that does it. Hopefully it doesn't need any parts beyond that because Webasto parts are $$$$$
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