Diesel heaters

Submitted: Monday, Jan 17, 2022 at 21:13
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I have a Jayco Silverline caravan on order since March 2021, due in March 2022 , hopefully. In my order is a diesel heater. I thought in the brochure a well known German heater was listed but a phone call today to the dealer, the heater I have agreed to is a Snugger. Yes I should have made sure but at $1900 expected the heater in the brochure. I was told by the salesperson that brand only gets fitted to motor homes. Has anyone had anything to do with the Snugger brand. If I didn't want a new van I would cancel the order but I in saying that I might not get my deposit back. You can tell I'm a bit ticked off.
Thanks in advance
Rob J
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Reply By: RMD - Monday, Jan 17, 2022 at 22:42

Monday, Jan 17, 2022 at 22:42
Rob J8
From their site!
"The original SNUGGER DIESEL HEATER 2300 watt of heating power makes the SF2 the leader in its class. The SF2 won’t break the bank and the single outlet kit is an easy DIY that will save you even more money. View or download the manual for specifications, installation and kit content."

PRICE: Comprehensive single outlet kit $899 inc gst.

Yours may be a couple of outlets, but a 2300w would heat a Silverline van quite well I imagine. ie, insulated van etc.
Perhaps there is a price adjustment coming your way if you question the costs. Fitting the Snugger in a new van is the easiest time and least trouble to fit. That leaves a few hundred $$$$$'s in my estimation. Close to $1000? If $1900 cost then it must be a large heater and you won't need clothes.

I have a 2000w diesel heater in my poptop van which is nowhere near as insulated and it only needs to run on lowest setting after warming the van.
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Reply By: DaveO*ST-R - Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 07:24

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 07:24
At a listed price of $899 for the kit, that's leaving $1000 for the install. Ridiculous amount of $ to install a heater. It is not hard or too time consuming to fit (I did my own) so I would be querying the breakdown in the labour cost to install it. On the flip side, I fitted a Webasto to my van which cost me $1600 kit only. My son put a Chinese $200 heater in his and in essence, they do exactly the same job. Compare the 2 for longevity, time will tell. In all honesty, if I had to fit one again, I would not be spending the money I did on the Webasto. After having a look at a few online reviews etc, I have no doubt the Snugger will work just fine - it's just the cost of the labour to fit it that would raise my hackles !!
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 07:34

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 07:34
Having installed several Webasto's and several Chinese ones and sorted installation problems with a few more over the years the Snugger will work as well as any of them if installed correctly.
Are Jayco installing it at the factory or is it a dealer fitted option?
Like a lot of vehicle accessories many are fitted by the dealer after they get their hands on it. So they would buy in bulk at wholesale prices and charge retail plus install.
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Reply By: Rob J8 - Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 14:41

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 14:41
Thanks for the replies, it is dealer fitted. I tried to get Jayco to fit a diesel heater at the factory but am told they only fit gas.
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Follow Up By: RMD - Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 18:54

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 18:54
I would like the job of fitting diesel heaters to new vans for$1000 or so. Now where is my hole Saw and drill? It doesn't take $1000 of time. Perhaps they don't do good work and the cost covers any warranty issues!
With Jayco, they don't vary anything for anybody. Only their way or highway!
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Reply By: Stevemac - Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 18:51

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 at 18:51
A good few years back, I asked our local independent installer/repairer for the lowdown on gas/diesel heaters. “Oh, no question mate. You don’t want diesel - the gas one is the go. Jobs half done for you anyway with all the existing plumbing”. So I asked what the difference in cost. “About the same, mate: just over $3000”.

Bought a $130 Chinese job and installed myself. Still going strong.
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Reply By: Gerard S - Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022 at 19:39

Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022 at 19:39
We have the Snugger 2.2? Kw fitted to our 20'6" caravan. Easily does the job. Had our fitted, along with 3 wheel bearings greased and some new draw slides fitted for just under $1000.
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