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Old 10-05-2019, 10:57 PM   #21
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It will work but will you use it more than a couple of times before wishing the heater was “installed” and pretty much as easy as pushing a button? Figuring out where to place the all in one, running hoses out widows? Etc.

The permanent unit on the inside is the size of a medium loaf of sliced bread.

I can see getting the all in one first to try it? Just make sure you can get or fab the mounting the floor pieces so you can ultimately install the unit permanently.
Yeah I think I will likely disassemble it eventually for a permanent install once I figure out my interior layout. It's a little more work than using our buddy heater at the moment but at least it will run all night without having to change a 1 pound tank or using a larger propane tank that I have to haul with me.
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Old 10-05-2019, 11:17 PM   #22
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Yeah I think I will likely disassemble it eventually for a permanent install once I figure out my interior layout.
You would pay more for the all in one portable unit. Installing one permanently takes up so little space that no matter how you finished your build, you could easily build around it. The one in my SMB is placed just behind the drivers side rear wheel and fits nicely in that space. Installing one is as simple as running the intake and exhaust hoses (likely through the floor), connecting a fuel line, two power wires and the thermostat wires. As Ray said, the ease of simply pushing a button for heat can't be beat. Best of luck............
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Old 10-06-2019, 07:22 PM   #23
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Don't camp anywhere there are burn restrictions in effect.





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Old 10-06-2019, 10:12 PM   #24
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Probably true. There are times in CA when you can't have a fire unless it has a valve to shut it down and turn off the flame. I've also been in restricted zones where you couldn't even smoke or have a propane fire outside.
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Old 10-07-2019, 05:47 PM   #25
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In Washington state there are sometimes burn bans for air quality reasons, where it's not legal to burn wood even inside a stove.


My van has a propane system, so we have a propane furnace. It's mounted in a compartment at the bottom of the sink cabinet. It takes away a small amount of under-sink storage but not enough that I really miss it. The furnace puts out lots of heat, is clean-burning, and is a lot simpler than a gasoline or diesel fired unit. My only real problem with it is the fan consumes a fair amount of power, and naturally when I use it it's always during cold weather when the battery's capacity is reduced. I'm only running a single marine battery, though, and most newer builds use multiple batteries to get more runtime.
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Old 10-12-2019, 08:21 PM   #26
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Is it a bad idea to switch back and forth between kerosene and diesel? Thinking about a situation where one is available but not the other since I have a gas van.

I believe some people who regularly burn diesel will switch to kerosene every once in a while to clean things out, then go back to diesel.
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