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Old 08-27-2018
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Default Webasto diesel air heaters

Does anyone have experience with webasto diesel air heaters for winter dry camping?
What capacity have you used. How did you make the connection to the diesel tank. Where did you mount them. Anything related to their operation or problems.
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Hey Robert,

While you’re waiting to hear from Webasto heater owners with answers to your questions, use the search box at the top of the fisrt message. It says “custom search” in dimmed out characters. Try a search for each one, like “webasto connection” or “webasto capacity”
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Also check the threads on replacing Primus with Wabasto for info on getting the diesel...

But, dosnt an 83PT have 3 propane heaters? Dont they work?
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Robert is wanting to use a diesel fired heater that heats AIR.
(i think).
I do know webasto makes them,used in semi cabs etc.
I have never seen one,but ebay has a ton of them for sale.
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im interested in this thread as a buddy is looking at them for his Sprinter beach camper
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If you want to keep the coach comfortable - 65F or higher - you're going to need several of those Webasto air heaters when it's under 32F outside. You'd do better to fix your chassis heaters and buy a Webasto DBW or similar to keep it warm using them. The fans in those heaters are quiet and there's 3 or 4 of them. Tons of BTUs.

You probably have LP furnaces, too, which do a great job making heat, but they use a ton of fuel when it's cold out. The electric heaters, if you have them, are power hogs and don't put out as much heat as I would like for the power consumption...
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Just installed in my ford transit e-350 hi top extended length van installed under the passenger seat $1200.00 can plus tax
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Yes Randy . Heating air with diesel is more efficient than propane suburban heaters . Diesel is more readily available than propane and 140000 btu /gal compared to 91000 btu/ gal.
Also less expensive per btu.
Comparing 44 gal propane tank to 300 gal diesel tank another consideration.
The largest readily available diesel air heater is about 5 kw.
Slightly less btu than the suburban heater at 16000 btu. Install of the diesel air heaters is not easy. The coolant diesel heaters make more sense but are very expensive.
The recently installed solar at 610 watts for $440 with a Bluetooth Victron controller opens up dry camping with min gen use. The batteries are still a limiting factor best compensated for by load reduction and increased efficiency.
This is a work in progress. And thank you for getting the ball rolling.
To be continued
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Yes Randy . Heating air with diesel is more efficient than propane suburban heaters . Diesel is more readily available than propane and 140000 btu /gal compared to 91000 btu/ gal.
Also less expensive per btu.
Comparing 44 gal propane tank to 300 gal diesel tank another consideration.
The largest readily available diesel air heater is about 5 kw.
Slightly less btu than the suburban heater at 16000 btu. Install of the diesel air heaters is not easy. The coolant diesel heaters make more sense but are very expensive.
The recently installed solar at 610 watts for $440 with a Bluetooth Victron controller opens up dry camping with min gen use. The batteries are still a limiting factor best compensated for by load reduction and increased efficiency.
This is a work in progress. And thank you for getting the ball rolling.
To be continued
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610 watts of solar won't keep a tent warm let alone a PT40 in winter.

DBW's pulled from school buses and the like are regularly $1-2k and are 45,000 btu. The DBW uses 0.4 gallons per hour.
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Obviously the solar pv is not for heat.
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