Extra heater in rear

Jan 22, 2013
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Hi guys
After some complaints from the wife about how cold it gets sitting at the dinette when driving in winter decided on ways to keep the old girl comfortable:RollEyes:
I am perfectly warm with the normal cab heater but it's an A class so a large area needs warming up,
so the question is would an extra heater fitted in the rear be beneficial ? I was looking at fitting one of these,
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/200941946000?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT
I am quite capable of fitting it myself but don't want to spend the money and time if the heat they provide is marginal,
Thanks in anticipation

Ivor
 

pappajohn

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do you have a webasco/Eberspacher wet central heating already fitted ?

that is just a fan unit and needs a hot water supply.

I suppose it could be plumbed into the dash heater matrix supply pipes but would of course be useless without the engine running
 
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ivorantony
Jan 22, 2013
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No I have the normal truma fitted that can be run while moving but would prefer to use the hot water provided by the engine ( free heat! Well sort of)
Wanted to know if they were any good or just buy the wife some thermals:ROFLMAO:

Ivor

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BwB

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It's only a heat exchanger - doesn't generate heat itself. Just wanted to make sure you'd spotted that. If you've got to have your wet heating system running to heat it - the living area is probably going to be warm anyway?

Run an outlet from the cab air ducting to somewhere close to where she sits.
 
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That looks similar to the unit fitted in our MH as standard. If it is the same then I can recommend it - on the lowest fan setting, it can heat the whole interior :thumb:
 
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ivorantony
Jan 22, 2013
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It's only a heat exchanger - doesn't generate heat itself. Just wanted to make sure you'd spotted that. If you've got to have your wet heating system running to heat it - the living area is probably going to be warm anyway?

Run an outlet from the cab air ducting to somewhere close to where she sits.

Yes I know I would need to run some water pipe from the the van heater matrix that's not a problem, I could T into the existing heater trunking to provide some warm air but the pipe diameter is about 5 inches so would be hard to put through to the back,
Were as two 13mm metal pipes should be easier to feed through hopefully,

Thanks
Ivor

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I've got a rear heat exchanger running from the engine and when it works its good but the air locks it gets are all bugger to sort. But others seem to get on ok with them. Good luck! :Smile:
 

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We had a heat exchanger with electric fan fitted as standard in our previous van - a Rapido. It worked a treat, but suspect it was a smaller space than you need to heat in your A class.

Current van has blown air heating that runs off diesel and can be used en route when travelling. Surprisingly, doesn't seem to use much fuel either, but kicks out plenty of warmth.

Mike
 
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Hi, I don't know if this idea is any use that someone recommended to me as I don't know your exact layout. We fitted a thermal curtain floor to ceiling to separate the front cab seating area from the rest of the habitation area. As you say there's a lot of area to try to warm up and this solved our problem. The normal cab heaters have no problem heating the front area now. This also comes in handy when pitched up, in that the habitation heater is not then trying to warm the cab with all the glass, even with thermal screens fitted, this curtain makes a huge difference.:thumb:

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ivorantony
Jan 22, 2013
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Hi, I don't know if this idea is any use that someone recommended to me as I don't know your exact layout. We fitted a thermal curtain floor to ceiling to separate the front cab seating area from the rest of the habitation area. As you say there's a lot of area to try to warm up and this solved our problem. The normal cab heaters have no problem heating the front area now. This also comes in handy when pitched up, in that the habitation heater is not then trying to warm the cab with all the glass, even with thermal screens fitted, this curtain makes a huge difference.:thumb:

Thanks for that but SWMBO would be a bit miffed if I put up a curtain between us:thumb: even though I can see the advantages! Less backseat driving for starters:ROFLMAO:
but seriously it's a good idea and I may be able to implement it by dropping the curtain from the rear of the overhead bed but will still fit a rear heater to keep it nice and cosy,
Thanks
Ivor
 
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