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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    Ok, I think what I need to do is treat these like a gel battery in terms of charge profile. Sealed refers to AGM or Gel. These are flooded, however, they are low maint. In other words, no way to add water. This isn't great as I have learned. I have been advised that flooded charge profiles might boil off the water too fast. A gel profile will be safest, but slowest.

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    I haven't installed the furnace yet. Next on my list!
    I have this Battery Tender charger, and the two profiles are AGM/Flooded and Lithium. I reckon you'll be fine.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Ok, power supply all buttoned up and charging via solar again (well, when the sun is out). Fridge stocked and running for NJMP this weekend. I finally found the right 12v outlet bank and installed it in the cabinet behind the drivers seat. 2 fast charge usb and 3 12v sockets (fridge and a fan). Nice and tidy. I can't say enough about having this maintenance free house power setup. Everything just works. No fuss. Hopefully these batteries last a good 4 years.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Paul, have you seen this?

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    Re: Sprinter build thread-(Pictures are back!)

    Latest update on my build... finally getting around to installing a diesel furnace to heat the van while parked. Draws fuel straight from gas tank. No need for generator. Woot. All i have left is to run a fuel line and plug in the fuel pump. Oh and route the exhaust and intake hoses.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Make sure the fuel pump is orientated correctly other wise it wont work and you'll be heat less. Ask me how I know.... I was off by 5 degrees and it wouldnt work. Did you grab a muffler for the exhaust?

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    I got a muffler. My van has an espar aux heater for quicker cabin heat on cold starts. I will just add a tee fitting to that fuel line and mount the second fuel pump next to the aux one. I will angle it.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Are those diesel things what tractor/trailer guys would use to stay warm?

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Quote Originally Posted by xxaarraa View Post
    Paul,

    Is your Sprinter 4WD? Are you on Expedition Overland? NE Overland? ExploringNH?

    I overland with "boomer" - it's a 1970s Ford Econoloine that is set up on the inside to comfortably sleep a family, and has many of the same mods you probably have, or thought about. The chatter about your rear bumper specifically made me think of Boomer. Vans make awesome platforms for overlanding.
    No pictures of Boomer from Kingdom Trails trips? Totally unacceptable.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Quote Originally Posted by number9 View Post
    Are those diesel things what tractor/trailer guys would use to stay warm?
    I don't drive a big rig, but I would assume they use something similar. Though, a lot of them seem to idle their trucks all night. I will not have to do that. LOL.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Quote Originally Posted by number9 View Post
    Are those diesel things what tractor/trailer guys would use to stay warm?
    Yes

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    I got a muffler. My van has an espar aux heater for quicker cabin heat on cold starts. I will just add a tee fitting to that fuel line and mount the second fuel pump next to the aux one. I will angle it.
    That aux unit one of the hydronic ones?

    The muffler makes a huge difference, I've been running without one for since the box that had mine in it has gone missing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    I don't drive a big rig, but I would assume they use something similar. Though, a lot of them seem to idle their trucks all night. I will not have to do that. LOL.
    You do not want to do that with a sprinter van.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread-(Pictures are back!)

    It is hydronic. Heats the coolant line for quicker heat from the dash

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    Re: Sprinter build thread-(Pictures are back!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    It is hydronic. Heats the coolant line for quicker heat from the dash

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    Not a bad thing to have around here. I left my espar on today, man was it nice getting into a warm van this afternoon.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread-(Pictures are back!)

    Quote Originally Posted by snwbrdr435 View Post
    Not a bad thing to have around here. I left my espar on today, man was it nice getting into a warm van this afternoon.
    Oooohhhh, I can't wait.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread-(Pictures are back!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    Oooohhhh, I can't wait.
    Me either!!

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Just curious, what is the risk of carbon monoxide issues with something like this? Probably no greater than any other non electric heat source but it was the first thing that crossed my mind when reading this.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Little to no risk. This is far safer than propane. No fuel to store, does not add moisture to the air, intake and exhaust both outside of the van.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Quote Originally Posted by tls25rs View Post
    Just curious, what is the risk of carbon monoxide issues with something like this? Probably no greater than any other non electric heat source but it was the first thing that crossed my mind when reading this.
    Like paul said, both the intake and the exhaust are from outside the vehicle venting away from underneath. I've left mine on for 18 hours straight one time last winter. On high which is 93 degrees, it will use a gallon of diesel per 24 hours.

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