Tell me about EBERSPACHER heaters

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  1. Jaws

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    Ok... I would like as much info as possible about these heaters

    Installation info

    Where they mount

    what is needed

    have YOU fitted one

    How much diesel do they use

    Been offered one as a silly price cos the numpty has cut through the controller loom but I suspect that will not be a problem
     
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    Hi John, I have one of the early D1s in the van. It was fitted when I bought the van so cant tell you how to fit them. There is loads of info on Utube on fitting and servicing them. Mine uses very little fuel and once its completed the startup procedure uses little or no battery power. Have had them for years as night heaters in trucks and they give little or no problems. The heat output cannot be matched by any other form of heating. All parts are available both new and second hand from ebay.
     
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    They are easy to fit. They have an air intake and an exhaust, mounting bolts, and a feed for the fuel. The inlet and exhaust are about 15mm, the fuel about 6mm. The fuel goes to a very small pulse pump, and then to anything you want to hold the fuel.
    The inlet and exhaust are close to each other on the belly of the unit, most HGV factors sell the flexi exhaust pipe by the meter, I wont bother telling you how to route it, its common sense...its hot, and initially it burps out a cloud of unburnt and semi burnt fuel...after that, very little diesel used, and very little battery.
    As for the loom, they are on ebay in various guises, some on a timer, some manual, some even operate by text i have heard, search around, it,ll all come easy to you......a doddle to fit.

    Oh, one of the most common reasons for failure, the filter at one end gets bunged up with rubbish shoved down the back of the seats by drvers, give it a clean out while fitting.
     
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    The main thing is to make sure you have everything, such as the pump, control box (later models have these mounted inside the heater. if you wish to take fuel from your fuel tank you will probably need a standpipe which fits in the top of the tank, you can sometimes cut into the fuel sustem but not reccomended, you could also use a seperate tank thereby allowing the use of heating oil or red . I have fitted hundreds of D4 and D2's in ambulance vehicles and have the equipment here to find and clear fault codes. also check that the motor moves easily and smoothly as if these don't run at correct speed they are no good. parts are readily available and I keep some in stock but motors and control boxes are around a couple of hundred quid, if it's a D2 or D4 you could always bring it up and stick it on a test rig,
     
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    Ok.. had a watch on YouTube ( could only find one vid of a chap installing one which was ok(ish) but found several others of installed units and units on test

    looks pretty straightforward but hell, they seem DAMNED noisy !!
     
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    They are quite noisy on start up as they are running flat out, once they get nearer the set temperature the motor slows down and obviously they then quieten down quite a bit, you can also get a silencer for the exhaust and a muffler for the combustion air intake this really helps to cut the noise level. If you want to see one running before you buy one or test the one you have in mind you're more than welcome to visit I'll soon rig something up on the bench, I've got a D1, couple of D3's and a D4 here plus a couple of Mikuni MY30's and a D5 in my motorhome
     
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    heaters

    I've parked up next to one, and you're right, it was noisy and not very cold like it is at the mo.
    Have you considered a hot water bottle ? :Rofl1:
     
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    Hi Jaws

    After reading Haggers post re Eberspachers I looked into the KW rating of Deisel and LPG. A friend in the renewable energy game tells me

    Diesel is just over 10.5 KW per litre
    LPG 6.6 KW per litre
    Heating Oil is a little higher than diesel per litre

    So cost wise an additional fuel tank for red diesel or heating oil is the way to go.
     
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    They are noisy, but only to your neighbours. Am told you can get some form of silencer for them. I would have thought after seeing one of the silencers you would be able to knock one together.
     
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    That sounds like an excellent idea !!

    Could you pm me your fone number so we can arrange something ?
     
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    They are bloody noisy, we parked about 25ft from a Hymer 594 at a music festival earlier this year and their Ebrerspacher woke me every morning at 6am sounded like a jumbo jet taking off and went on for ages.
     
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    I posted another thread only a few days ago asking almost the same questions.

    outcome was that I would load in more gas, payload not a problem,

    Fit a Truma activent to move the air to the front of the van quicker and put a new outlet in to the cab area.

    Working, they are noisy and can be smelly.

    fitting was pretty straight forward although you need a pick up in to the tank to get the fuel or and additional fuel tank.

    If I had a van with one fitted I wouldn't say no, but to fit one as an addition, not worth the cost and hassall in my opinion.
     
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    Well I am hoping to get over to Mark sometime this coming week for a demo and will make up my mind from there :thumb:
     
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    They have them in mobile crane's, great bit of kit ran better on white diesel, in real cold weather 50/50 mix with kero, have run them on just kero they run even hotter, the last company I worked for insisted we ran them on kero less problems than red diesel,
    hope this is of some help.

    regards
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    i fitted one in my first motorhome,and the biggest regret i have about it ,was i left it in it when i sold the motorhome,should have removed it and fitted in my current motorhome:Doh:
    but on the plus side i now have three sat under the bench in the garage all picked up cheap on my travels,but sadly only one of them is 12v the other 2 being 24v.:thumb:
    great bit's of kit and well worth fitting:thumb:
     
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    All is not lost , I beleive you can get a 12v - 24v converter saw one advertised on the bay a while back but never looked into it to see if it would be viable
     
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    They are fitted to all HGV,s, a lot of Telecom vans (thats where most of the 12v ones on ebay come from) they are also fitted to landrovers, utility vehicles, and welfare units, they are IMHO, by far the best heating system available. If one is noisy, its normally due to it being faulty, sometimes sucking for air that aint there, a faulty glowplug etc, or lack of good silencing, believe me, if a trucker is kept awake by someone elses night heater......it,ll soon get fixed:Eeek:, and can you imagin a service area with say..50 of them, all being noisy??....it don't happen.

    One thing I have found over the years, is that MOST repairs/servicing etc, is best left to those that specialise in it, works out cheaper in the end. One of our fitters has just snapped a plug off by going a little too heavy with the spanners, now its double the repair cost:Blush:.
     
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    Well I for one would fit one tomorrow if I got one at the right price.There was supposed to be one on this van but the barstools took it out and flogged it :Doh: promised to send me one but never did.I have left the pick up still in the tank :thumb: never got around to sealing it up properly it acts as a overflow when filling with diesel
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    Massive thanks to Mark for taking time out to give me a demo... Now all I have to do is convince woman it is what we need !!
     
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