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Re: The Astroliner

Postby bdosborn » Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:17 pm

Atomic77 wrote:What's your cubic ft? Ours is around 700


About 400 and I've got 1-3/4" of polyiso insulation everywhere. I also have small CPU fans that blow the hot air from the ceiling down to the floor so it doesn't stratify. But didn't you say an electric heater kept you warm? Those are usually 1.5kW.

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:39 pm

bdosborn wrote:
Atomic77 wrote:What's your cubic ft? Ours is around 700


About 400...

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As I look at these heaters, I see the 5kw is only 5 on high. Low is 2kw. I agree that 2kw is probably good. But then if it's not, then what? And I won't sleep without a vent or window cracked, so I suppose if 5 is too much I can always open the Fantastic Fan. If there was a price difference that would be my tipping point. But there's little to no difference in price. You're also right about the electric heater keeping it pretty comfortable. Although I will use the Flame King to bring it up to temp a lot quicker and supplement once in a bit after I've had the windows cracked.

I never overthink anything. Still on the fence...

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:46 pm

Projector wrote:Just popped in to say that I love, love, love what you have created here. Amazed at the time, dedication, planning, creativity, ingenuity and resources put into your build.
Love the Astroliner design and theme, retro kewl!
Rad, awesome and unique, to say the least.
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You know, you need a couple muscle bicycles on a back rack, a couple Schwinn Stringrays or Sears Screamers come to mind, complete with stick shift and slicks.

In the back of my mind, someday, would like to build a retro rocket, early 60s, futura styled cruiser motorcycle complete with late 50s Cadillac rear fin and rocket
turn/ taillights. Jetsons style.
All in the same style, era as yours.
I dream of genie.... Yup, definitely got to have a genie in a bottle, with Barbara Eden popping out on demand. :FNP
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Re: The Astroliner

Postby bdosborn » Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:44 am

Hey, look what just showed up in my recommended videos:



And who am I kidding, I would get the 5kW too. Overkill is the thrill. 8)

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:52 am

bdosborn wrote:Hey, look what just showed up in my recommended videos:



And who am I kidding, I would get the 5kW too. Overkill is the thrill. 8)

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"Overkill is the Thrill" I laughed outloud Bruce. Also, I'm amazed at the Euro Van Culture. Until I started watching these Diesel Heater vids, I had no idea.

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:45 am

bdosborn wrote:Hey, look what just showed up in my recommended videos:


Bruce, I'm wondering where you put your fuel tank. I originally thought inside hidden in the compartment. But I dreamed I was filling it and spilled fuel everywhere. Must be my subconscious saying "don't."


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Re: The Astroliner

Postby OP827 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:10 pm

I would consider location outside, so you do not have diesel smell inside camper. The tank must have a small vent hole in any case. Also the fuel pump is making clicking noise, so locating it outside to reduce noise when you sleep is not a bad idea..
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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:16 pm

OP827 wrote:I would consider location outside, so you do not have diesel smell inside camper. The tank must have a small vent hole in any case. Also the fuel pump is making clicking noise, so locating it outside to reduce noise when you sleep is not a bad idea..
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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:11 pm

Ok... trigger officially pulled on the heater. Might be awhile before it's up and running but I'll update when it is

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby bdosborn » Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:25 pm

Atomic77 wrote:Bruce, I'm wondering where you put your fuel tank. I originally thought inside hidden in the compartment. But I dreamed I was filling it and spilled fuel everywhere. Must be my subconscious saying "don't."


I put mine in the tongue box. I have a diesel truck so I can fill both tanks if I pull up to the pump in the right way.
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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:28 pm

bdosborn wrote:
I put mine in the tongue box. I have a diesel truck so I can fill both tanks if I pull up to the pump in the right way.
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I still don't have a tongue box but good reason for me to get one made I suppose

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby featherliteCT1 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:49 pm

Atomic77 wrote:
Ok... trigger officially pulled on the heater.



Did you buy the same unit shown in the Amazon link you posted?
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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:51 pm

featherliteCT1 wrote:
Atomic77 wrote:
Ok... trigger officially pulled on the heater.



Did you buy the same unit shown in the Amazon link you posted?
Here's what I got:

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:52 pm

And here's the link:

5KW 12V Diesel Air Heater 10L Tank Vent Caravan Motor-Homes Pipe LCD Thermostat Monitor + Silencer Bus Van https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JB7QZWZ/re ... vCbA8ST642

As Bruce said, 2kw might be enough. But I noticed that 2kw is 2kw, 5kw is 2kw-5kw and the 8kw is 5kw-8kw which would never go low enough for my space. So i went with the 5. I also joined the fb page and have learned a lot already.

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby OP827 » Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:43 pm

Atomic77 wrote:
OP827 wrote:I would consider location outside, so you do not have diesel smell inside camper. The tank must have a small vent hole in any case. Also the fuel pump is making clicking noise, so locating it outside to reduce noise when you sleep is not a bad idea..
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