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Old 11-17-2019, 08:50 AM   #1
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Portable 12 volt diesel heater

A few weeks ago I posted this in Gear and Product Discussions and only heard from one person I am thinking of buying 12 v diesel heater for my 5th wheel has any one used this kind of heater and what do they think of them also what I am reading it is cheaper to run than propane when below freezing temp. Any info would help Thanks
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Old 11-17-2019, 01:06 PM   #2
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Search boating and sailing sites. Diesel furnaces and space heaters have been used on boats for years.
One of the most popular makers is Webasto.
https://www.webasto-comfort.com/en-us/
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Old 11-17-2019, 01:12 PM   #3
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They're also mentioned on the Sportsmobile forum, I found this link in one of their threads:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZKV1HBS..._6lgYDbS5SFG1H

Here's the thread: Where should I install my Furnace? - Sportsmobile Forum
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My boat has a Dickenson Newporter diesel heater. It's awesome. I run it at the lowest possible setting and it heats the 37 foot boat without any problem. It will run for hours on a gallon of diesel. I've only ever been in cool, not cold, climates so I don't have a good feel for diesel usage over time. Good luck.
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Old 11-17-2019, 10:02 PM   #5
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https://www.amazon.com/Diesel-Thermo...SIN=B07JB7QZWZ


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https://www.amazon.com/Happybuy-Dies...SIN=B07XXN645J


After posting those; I would run my ducted LP furnace in our 5ers in cold weather to prevent plumbing from freezing, and it added a smidge of heat to the enclosed tank area.
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I have a Wallas diesel heater in my boat. Its a fan forced unit, with 3 outlets on my boat, that uses very little power and fuel.Click image for larger version

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If fuel oil{diesel}, was cheaper to operate, every house in North America would be heated with it. It is no cheaper in the long run than propane. As stated, your furnace helps keep the basement from freezing. If you are staying in one spot, get a bigger propane tank hooked up that the truck can deliver to your site.
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If you are planning to boondock I would not consider a diesel heater.
I have very extensive experience with Webasto heaters.
They work great but requires a lot of battery power.
I have used them in mobile cranes in the arctic at -40.
As long as the genset was running they are great!
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Some of these diesel heaters do not vent combustion air outside. They consume oxygen and emit water vapor and carbon dioxide when operating correctly. So, they have the same issues as stand alone propane space heaters. Hopefully the heaters have oxygen sensors that will shut then down if cabin oxygen drops. User still needs to manage high moisture output. A working carbon monoxide detector is mandatory.
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If fuel oil{diesel}, was cheaper to operate, every house in North America would be heated with it. It is no cheaper in the long run than propane. As stated, your furnace helps keep the basement from freezing. If you are staying in one spot, get a bigger propane tank hooked up that the truck can deliver to your site.
contacted a couple propane place since it is only until Dec 5 and relocating until Feb they will not credit unused propane in tank A 30lbs tank is 30.00 plus tax to fill in my area. the electric is very high also. Was trying to find alternative method someone mentioned portable 12 volt diesel heater where cheap to run Just looking for info on them Thanks
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