Diesel Heater Install - Fiberglass RV



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Old 05-16-2019, 01:00 PM   #1
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Diesel Heater Install

Curious if anyone has done an installation of one of the Chinese diesel heaters (Webasto style) into a scamp or similar wood floored fiberglass trailer.

We've been getting by without an installed heater to date and this looks like the most cost effective option, and also avoids the hike in the side of the fiberglass (they vent out the bottom of the floor).

Any tips on which bench to install it in? Where to put the diesel tank?

How did you handle heat displacement around the wood from the exhaust pipe?

Any problems with vibrations, power drain, or exhaust lingering?

Thanks for tips from any of you knowledgeable folks.
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Old 05-16-2019, 02:43 PM   #2
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Spilled diesel stinks and stinks for a long time. You would have to carry a spare tank.

Propane has a smell ( for safety reasons ), but dissipates rapidly.
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Spilled diesel stinks and stinks for a long time. You would have to carry a spare tank.

Propane has a smell ( for safety reasons ), but dissipates rapidly.
I might also add that in colder climates Diesel will gel.
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Thanks for your input on why you think propane is superior to diesel. For a number of reasons, I have decided to try a diesel heater, but the relative merits of the available propane heaters versus diesel heaters can be debated somewhere else.

Just looking for input from people who might have installed a diesel heater on an egg.

Thanks in advance for your (constructive) input.
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Old 05-16-2019, 08:13 PM   #5
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I've had diesel heaters in boats and they worked great. They were the ones that cost well north of $1000 and often had a separate fuel tank. A trailer install would not be much different from a boat. It sounds like a good idea however, I'm not sure about the ones that sell for $200 or so. If the low cost ones are reliable, it would be a good way to stay warm. The exhaust outlets were double wall tubing and the outer tube was not very hot.
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Old 05-16-2019, 09:20 PM   #6
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As to Diesel turning to gel, yes it does but that is a solvable issue.

Diesel comes in different formulas including some made for very low sub temperatures in the Arctic regions. But you can also get winterizing additives. In the winter in the northern areas they sell the diesel fuel already formulated for that climate zone.

Follow the written directions provided with the heaters for the variations of installation situations.
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I might also add that in colder climates Diesel will gel.
:not if you add stove oil into it, but make sure you do it early or it will gel.
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:58 PM   #8
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I have a webasto diesel furnace in my Jubilee and work excellent.
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Old 05-18-2019, 10:21 AM   #9
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Lots of good info on expo portal about these. I use kerosene and it eliminates any of the issues the previous posters concerns.
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Lots of good info on expo portal about these. I use kerosene and it eliminates any of the issues the previous posters concerns.

I had an Aladdin kerosene heater in my cabin. Kerosene also stinks and lasts a long time when spilled.
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Your mileage may vary, but works fo me and many other people.
And if itís cold enough to gell diesel, itís too cold for camping.

https://expeditionportal.com/forum/t...heater.191458/
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Diesel will gel at low temperatures but if it's that cold do you really want to be living in a trailer?
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Old 05-20-2019, 12:06 PM   #13
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Here is what the heater looks like, if anyone hasn't seen one. And you can find em for ~$100-150 shipped (even to Alaska).

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/HQcGxnz__lA/maxresdefault.jpg

Thanks for the tip on exp portal, will check it out.
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Any problems with vibrations, power drain, or exhaust


Andrew, we installed a similar heater in our sailboat. Heat isnít much of an issue, it should come with an appropriate Ďtailpipeí.
The real problem is that diesel fuel is bioactive. The heater will work amazingly well right up until the little crusties grow in the teeny tiny supply line and gum up the works, permanently. There may be some way to ungum it but nothing we tried worked.

Our conclusion; these are probably great in diesel trucks and boats, etc where they get frequent use, but arenít suitable for occasional heat.

YMMV

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