Thinking about installing Diesel or Gas heating system in my caravan.

Submitted: Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 16:11
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We are heading North looking to buy a new home somewhere around Kiama, This could take a while and gets mighty cold camped on the beach in a caravan park. with the wind howling in from NZ.

I "ve heard positive comments about both systems.The only negatives are re cost of installation to $1,700 to $2,000.00

Any traps? etc Recommendations etc??

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Mick
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Reply By: Member - John T (Tamworth NSW) - Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 16:37

Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 16:37
Afternoon Mick
We have a AOR Quantum that has a Eberspacher Airtronic D2 air heater fitted. Great little thing to keep the winter chills out. Was in the camper when we bought it but fitting is easy (diesel as fuel) so no certificates required. Cost is about what you suggested but once fitted they use very little fuel.
Good luck with the move

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John
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Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 17:34

Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 17:34
x2 for the diesel heater. We have an AOR Eclipse and the heater is amazingly efficient - hardly uses any fuel and warms the van in about one minute.
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Follow Up By: Outback Epicurean - Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 17:57

Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 17:57
another ticket for diesel in in Eclipse. combination of solar power and diesel heater was very good when camping in SA when the power was off in Sept.
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Reply By: Danny C3 - Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 16:44

Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 16:44
http://www.dieselheat.com.au/
I love the diesel heater.. you will get both sides stating there case and that's ok..
For my traveling I like the diesel because you can get diesel any where,we regularly leave it going all night and use around 1 litre per 6 to 8 hours depending on ext temp and temperature you set the heater on. Also gives me a few spare litres for the ute. People with gas will generally not leave them going all night because they do use a fair amount of gas.
Some people complain about the diesel pump clicking.
The link above is Graeme Yost. He is very good to deal with and has developed a rubber mounted silencing kit. I have his kit an you cannot hear it now.
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue M - Saturday, Feb 04, 2017 at 06:05

Saturday, Feb 04, 2017 at 06:05
I love my diesel heater as well. 25c inside -2c outside.

As far as the ticking goes, I had heard about them making a noise, it took me three nights of intense listening to hear it.

The only time and place I can hear it is in the dunny with everything turned off and the missus sleeping on her side.

Anyway I really don't care about the noise, just so long as I am warm.

As far as the outside noise goes, if you have a muffler fitted once they settle down, they are pretty quiet.

But I have found that campers that don't like generators also don't like Diesel heaters. Don't know what the connection there is. :)

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Follow Up By: Member - Ups and Downs - Saturday, Feb 04, 2017 at 09:29

Saturday, Feb 04, 2017 at 09:29
I'd be a bit concerned about dealing the Tasmanian company. If what I read is correct he changes suppliers roughly every 18 months. 5 brands since 2011.

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Follow Up By: 925 - Sunday, Feb 05, 2017 at 07:57

Sunday, Feb 05, 2017 at 07:57
I am the Tasmanian company we only ever sold 3 brands Webasto up to May2014 Then two brands our BELIEF heaters and an alternative EBERSPACHER some people should get their facts straight , welcome any phone calls 0418 130971
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Follow Up By: Member - Ups and Downs - Sunday, Feb 05, 2017 at 09:10

Sunday, Feb 05, 2017 at 09:10
925

Sorry if I misinterpreted the info on your website. I am not trying to denigrate you or your products.

Perhaps a re-wording the write up on your website is needed as it shows the following names.

1) Pioneer in 2011
2) Webasto in 2012
3) Snugger in 2012
4) Belief in 2014
5) Wallis in 2015

I hope you sell many units, as owning a diesel heater myself I know how good they are.

Paul

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Reply By: Kazza055 - Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 19:10

Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 19:10
Both those options are good but very expensive.

The latest trend is to use your HWS and circulate the hot water through a radiator just the same as is done in your car.

It can be done for about a quarter of the cost of gas or diesel and you don't need special trades to do it.

Have a look at this thread. If you were really handy you could probably pick up a car heater from a wreckers and use that.

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Reply By: MackaMM - Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 20:05

Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 20:05
Thanks guys, now I talk with she who must be obeyed, and my caravan engineer. I think we may have a happy ending.
Tks Mick.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 20:13

Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 20:13
Mick
If you intend staying in a CP, why go to the cost of installing a self contained heater of whatever sort?
We have 3 methods of heating the van, a diesel heater which will work anywhere, a reverse cycle a/c and a blower heater, both of which work on 240v ac when plugged in at the CP.
Unless you intend to bush camp (which we do a lot), the last one is the cheapest. You can get ones that are quiet on the low setting and still heat the van more than adequately
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Saturday, Feb 04, 2017 at 19:35

Saturday, Feb 04, 2017 at 19:35
Forgot to say that the diesel heater is quite noisy externally so those in next door vans may not appreciate it, especially if downwind (fumes)
Once the desired temp achieved, the noise is much less.
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Follow Up By: mynance - Monday, Feb 13, 2017 at 20:52

Monday, Feb 13, 2017 at 20:52
I installed the Planar (Chinese copy) for $980, come with a muffler but haven't installed the muffler yet.
Can't hear it over the fan in our 3 way fridge.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 21:58

Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 21:58
I agree that if you are in a powered site just use a small electric heater. We have a small fan heater and it is very effective run only for a short while to warm the small space.

If you are going off grid, those with gas heaters are as happy with the results as those with diesel.

Gas heater has added fitting costs needing a gas fitter. Diesel heater can be DIY. You can get cheaper ones that the big brands, and most are happy with these too.

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