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Old 01-17-2010, 06:08 PM   #1
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Default How to heat interior?

Hi all,

First let me say thanks for the wealth of info on this site and it has been a great help to me in learning about my sprinter and the whole conversion process.

I am converting an 07 diesel 2500 into an RV and want to try to learn what seems to be the best way to heat the interior. I am leaning toward a diesel fired unit and would like to hear options from others who have been down this road already.

I have a generator/inverter/batteries available when not hooked up to shore power and have been using a small electric ceramic heater.....but would like to be able to heat the van while stopping/sleeping at rest areas and walmarts,etc. and not have to idle the engine for long periods of time.

The van is spray foamed inside with plywood and fabric walls, (except for the slider door and two rear doors...yet to do). No windows....trying to keep the cargo look.

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Old 01-17-2010, 07:04 PM   #2
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espar airtronic or bust!

now get back to your conversion...
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:43 PM   #3
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espar airtronic or bust!

now get back to your conversion...
Agreed...

http://www.espar.com/html/applications/rv.html
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Thanks guys. The D4 unit looks pretty good to me. I would think a single unit would be enough for the sprinter. What did you install? Did you use any ductwork and how many?
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Old 01-17-2010, 10:45 PM   #5
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Also look at Webasto Airtop - I've found them more durable than Espars (Eberspachers).
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Webasto is what I am planning on doing.

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Also look at Webasto Airtop - I've found them more durable than Espars (Eberspachers).
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Old 01-18-2010, 12:59 AM   #7
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An Espar D2 does it for me and it fits under the passenger seat. Plenty of heat even in 30 degree F weather. See:
http://sprinter-source.com/forum/sho...r+installation
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:48 AM   #8
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D4 in an 170 EXT van.... way more heat than I need.

Regarding Webasto/Espar reliability/durability, if you live in a port town, go to you local marine supply shop and ask them... there are pro's and con's to both, but in the end either is ok, however, you will find way more service/parts centers for espar on this continent. And of course, MB selected Espar for their installs!

Regarding install location and ducting...
I installed it just beyond the sliding door and pointing forward. This allows the air to blow forward and dry the wetest area/mat (my side door is used 95% of the time as i live fulltime with my dog in the rainforest). I have ducted the interior air intake all the way to the rear door and under my bed platform (truck area). The furthest and coldest region of the van to get excellent circulation(there is a 3 inch air gap as the rear doors are curved and the platform is straight) and keeps the temperature difference from front to rear quite balanced.

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Old 01-18-2010, 02:57 AM   #9
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Boston is similar to Chicago temps. My D2 does the job. Sounds like your van is similar with foam but even less windows. Should be less demand than mine, perhaps.

I had an experienced installer who placed it amidship on the driver side. Center location is very good since I don't need ductwork that way. No cold spots.

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