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Old December 8th, 2013, 07:24 PM
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Espar heater....

Finally got some heat for my truck after 2 winters of almost nothing. Today I started to put in my new espar heater. Got everything but the electrical and running the airway completed today and thought I'd post up a few pictures. It was slightly slower work than usual do to the weather making it hard to work with no gloves... and snow falling.

I mounted the heater unit in the back load area. It is part of my larger plan over the next two weeks to build some cool storage back there. I'm going to do a slide out draw in the center and two tool boxes on the sides, well except one tool box on the drivers side is where I will relocate my battery and run a new dual battery setup. I plan to update this as I progress...
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Old December 10th, 2013, 08:16 PM
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Does this heater run while the truck is on or when it is parked?
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Old December 11th, 2013, 08:59 AM
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Does this heater run while the truck is on or when it is parked?

It can be run both ways.
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Old December 11th, 2013, 09:11 AM
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Like stated above, you can run it engine off or on.

I'm putting a dual battery setup in too to ensure I can run it for a while with the engine off. Getting a kit from Hellroaring Technologies out in Montana to isolate/combine that batteries. Nice bit of kit, got model #95150B which lets your auxiliary electrical draw from the aux. battery only while charged by the alternator; so effectively the main battery should never be drained down. But you can also charge the main battery from the aux. if needed, only if you get the remote module too.

Should be getting that in a few days at which point I then can finish the instal of the batteries, espar heater, and new storage stuff.
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Old December 14th, 2013, 07:54 PM
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mini update... finally got my aluminum in and other parts. Started putting together the rear storage for the dual battery setup and should have the heater running shortly. as work progresses more stuff will be posted.
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Old December 14th, 2013, 07:55 PM
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and need to attach the picture... whoops
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Old December 14th, 2013, 08:55 PM
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Wow! Nice job.
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Old December 15th, 2013, 12:15 PM
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Thanks!

Figured as I was at doing the cab heater I would get a coolant heater too... plumbed in the second fuel pump and I should mount up the heater later on after I warm myself up! Tuesday my parts from England should be coming in and I can then finish up the cab heater as well as doing the electrical.
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Old December 15th, 2013, 02:58 PM
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What coolant heater did you choose? I'm soon going to own a 110 with a 300 tdi and I'm planing on a thermo top c
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Old December 15th, 2013, 04:49 PM
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It's a Espar Hydronic 5, I have a 90 300tdi and I'm mounting it in the drivers side box where the battery usually is. I'm moving the battery into the back load space, pictures to come on that work shortly. The cab heater is also the espar one, mounted in the back load space. I'm running the air vents through the bulkhead and below the seats.
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Old December 17th, 2013, 03:11 PM
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keep getting delayed and not being able to do much work on it, finally started to get the storage/battery box together.
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Old December 17th, 2013, 03:28 PM
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The fuel pumps are bit noisy. You might not want them inside.
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Old December 17th, 2013, 09:33 PM
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I was wondering how loud they were... I may give them a go and see how bad it is over the standard wind, engine, tire, vibrations, and all the other noises the dang thing already has. My original thought to keep them inside was to protect them from mud and junk while off-roading, maybe I'll make a protective box for them or try put them somewhere well protected.

Also, just had the electrical stuff delivered from hellroaring technologies.
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Old December 17th, 2013, 09:38 PM
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They are perfectly fine out in the elements.
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Old December 22nd, 2013, 06:46 PM
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Red: kept the pumps in and listen to see how bad it got. It is a little clicky so I may move them outside... but not sure because passed 20mph I didn't really hear it. Who ever is the passenger may go mad but I don't really mind them.

Update on other portions:

Finally got the dual batteries wired up and the cab heater works great! Now I can actually stay warm, and it actually gets too hot in their with it turned to the max.

Also, put the Hydronic 5 coolant heater in today. Was getting dark so I couldn't plumb the new lines in with T joints. Otherwise it is all in place, just waiting on the 7 day timer unit for it and then should have it all going in no time.
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Old January 1st, 2014, 04:13 PM
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Finally got around to finishing up the storage boxes which protect the cab heater and batteries.

Little update on the espar coolant heater, warms the engine up in like 10 min, the thing is great! and the cab heater works great keeping the cab nice and warm now.
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