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Self Install - Eberspacher Diesel Heater (Read 8706 times)
 
Jul 14th, 2014 at 6:39pm

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This was quite an exciting experience and I did the install over a week so I could take time and ponder as I went.

The heater kit and the base plate were sourced from http://butlertechnik.com/ in the UK.

The exhaust muffler, y-branch, inlet muffler, additional tubing for the second outlet, fuel filter and additional length of exhaust pipe were sourced from 'dieseleaters4u' on ebay in Turkey.  http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/dieselheaters4u/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

The fuel tank was sourced from http://www.dieselheat.com.au/ in Tasmania

Otgher bits and pieces from Masters.

The photos show the install as best I could working alone.

First up this is the area under the bed where we wanted it to go.  We wanted two outlets, one to blow towards the kitchen and the lounge area and one to blow towards the bathroom.  We also wanted the option of turning either one off

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Lot's of measuring and with a hole saw I cut the hole to fit the base plate.

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A little work with a wood rasp and it fitted nicely

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Used Ormonoid bitumastic paint to seal the bare timber

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Fitting the baseplate to the heating unit and connecting fuel pipe, inlet and exhaust pipes.  From a previous install I learnt that it is easier to do this prior to fitting the heating unit due to space to swing a spanner and a screw driver

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I nice bead of marine sealant around the base plate

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. . . . and screw the base plate to the floor

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Fitting the y-branch using a short section of tubing

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Cutting the hole for the outlet towards the lounge

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. . . . and the outlet towards the bathroom.

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Outlet fitted towards lounge.  This can be twisted for direction

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. . . . and towards the bathroom.  This was a 45 degree outlet off the end of the bed to get the right direction

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Fitting the tubing from the y-branch to both outlets also the control cable for the y-branch

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Control button for the y-branch.  Fully out it directs air only to the lounge area.  Fully in it only directs air towards the bathroom.  Half out it directs air both ways

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The gap between the bed base and bed meant that I did not have to vent the area under the bed where the unit was installed.

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Next installed the control panel after running the wires out through the bed and up through a couple of the bedside nooks.  I copied this idea from a very expensive motor home and installed the switch onto a blank power outlet

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As you can see it can, with a stretch, be reached from the bed

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Electrical cables all run and installed.  Note at the end of the red line the wiring for the electric pump going through the floor.  The hole was sealed with marine sealant.  There is also a small two fuse unit screwed to the wall behind and to the right of the battery.  All cables were then tied together and pushed out of the way and secured.

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Now to underneath.  This is the fuel pump installed against the back of the frame at the front of the van under the boot where the fuel tank is to go.  Note the angle as Eberspacher recommend installation at 32 degrees.  Fuel lines and the electric cable were encased in tubing.

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The muffler and additional exhaust pipe to take it to the outside of the underneath of the van.  The inlet muffler can be seen installed hard up against the underfloor of the van.

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The exhaust on a metal bracket to keep it from twisting around when underway

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Now inside the front boot for the fuel tank.  The outlet was already in place and lined so running the pipe through it was a breeze.  I can only assume the outlet is to let water out if the boot leaks. Sad

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Fuel tank fitted in place.  Note the filter and also the breather coming from the filler cap.  The breather came fitted with a clip and this was attached to the rear wall of the boot.  This fuel tank has male and female quick connector couplings between the filter and the stand pipe so with a push of a button the pipe comes apart and I can lift the tank out for filling.  It does hold 20 litres however doubt I would ever fill it that much due to weight in the boot.

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A couple of brackets screwed to the floor and a strap to hold it in place

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Reply #1 - Jul 14th, 2014 at 7:13pm

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Looks like you did a great job Derek. I'm sure you will be putting the heater to good use on your travels.

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Reply #2 - Jul 14th, 2014 at 7:16pm

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Nearly cooked myself giving it the first run today Smiley
 

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Reply #3 - Jul 14th, 2014 at 7:26pm

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Derek wrote on Jul 14th, 2014 at 7:16pm:
Nearly cooked myself giving it the first run today

Yeah I believe they are quite efficient. Grin

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A very patient man, Derek. Looks a top job.

What was the $ savings by doing it yourself?

 

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Reply #5 - Jul 15th, 2014 at 10:03am

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Rufzgutz wrote on Jul 15th, 2014 at 9:53am:
What was the $ savings by doing it yourself?


I don't know  Grin Grin Grin Grin

All up it cost me just shy of $1500.00

In this link to buy the heater kit in Australia is near $1900.00 http://caravanpartswa.com.au/eberspacher-d2-diesel-heater-12v-single-outlet.html...

Add the tank and the other parts and you would be most likely looking at $2400.00 plus labour.
 

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Reply #6 - Jul 15th, 2014 at 10:12am

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If a tradesman could install it in let's say 4 hrs, maybe $500 inc GST.

So you have saved yourself at least 1400 bucks, probably more. Not bad savings.
 

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Reply #7 - Jul 16th, 2014 at 7:49pm

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Nice work Derek, I'll keep you in mind if I ever need a heater installed in the back of my Cruiser Wink
 
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Reply #8 - May 3rd, 2016 at 6:49pm

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This Topic was moved here from 4WD, Caravan, Campervan & Camper Trailer Chat by Derek.
 

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Reply #9 - May 3rd, 2016 at 6:51pm

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Thought I would move this to the DIY Section
 

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