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Overland 4X4 Heater

Hi folks,
I'm now the very proud owner of a HJ75 Troopie with pop up roof... awsome truck .. anyway as we'll be touring in Europe for the next years, I need to address the heating or lack of it... whats the correct route to go, onboard diesel heater or electric fan heater....
Diesel sounds most ideal however I worry about fumes, electric could be OK if it doesnt draw too much current.
I have a onboard water tank which heats from the engine, could I use this in some way ?
thanks in advance
Matt
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Diesel heater

Hi Matt,

You need a Webasto or Eberspacher diesel heater. They run off your main fuel source and consume very little diesel. And they're quiet. Here's a couple of links.

http://www.webasto-outdoors.com/uplo...irTop_E_01.pdf
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Eberspächer UK - Air Heaters

Electric heating will drain your battery quickly unless you have a mains powere hook-up.

Go Troopie!

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Hi folks,
I'm now the very proud owner of a HJ75 Troopie with pop up roof... awsome truck .. anyway as we'll be touring in Europe for the next years, I need to address the heating or lack of it... whats the correct route to go, onboard diesel heater or electric fan heater....
Diesel sounds most ideal however I worry about fumes, electric could be OK if it doesnt draw too much current.
I have a onboard water tank which heats from the engine, could I use this in some way ?
thanks in advance
Matt
I have an Eberspacher DW5 Hydronic heater which is rated as a 5KW heater and is plumbed into the engine of my VW Syncro. It has 3 uses I can preheat the engine and demist the cab. Provide heating in the back of the van using a secondary low current heater matrix and also since the heater is plumbed into the engine if you have a calorifier fitted you will get hot water without starting the engine. I've installed a valve so preheating the engine is optional and it only takes about 5 minutes to get the coolant hot and start kicking out heat in this mode. Powerwise it uses about 3amps when running without the heater fan.

I picked mine up brand new on German Ebay for about £450 about 2 years ago.
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