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EvoFylde

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PostSubject: Re: Rear independent camping heater - needed it or not?? Advice needed   Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:37 pm

Thanks for the advice everyone.

We've decided to have one fitted.

All sorted Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Rear independent camping heater - needed it or not?? Advice needed   Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:26 am

I've asked Jason for a price to retro fit the petrol heater but I suspect it will be quite expensive.

Could someone who has one post a pic so I know what I'm looking at?

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PostSubject: Re: Rear independent camping heater - needed it or not?? Advice needed   Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:14 pm

If nobody does one sooner, I'll pop one up for you tomorrow.
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PostSubject: Re: Rear independent camping heater - needed it or not?? Advice needed   Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:19 am

Thanks Chris.

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PostSubject: Re: Rear independent camping heater - needed it or not?? Advice needed   Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:22 am

And as if by magic (though there isn't much to see)

Here's the heater:
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The control unit:
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And the vent:
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PostSubject: Re: Rear independent camping heater - needed it or not?? Advice needed   Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:43 am

Thanks for that - have you used it much? We use a convector heater when we're on a site with EHU - I'm in two minds as to whether there's any real benefit for us.

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PostSubject: Re: Rear independent camping heater - needed it or not?? Advice needed   Wed Aug 29, 2012 4:11 pm

I have used it and it's good. Takes the chill off very quickly, so haven't needed to run it for very long. Also, we haven't really had cold nights when I've wanted it on longer. Wet, yes, but not cold Smile Not used it while driving either.
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PostSubject: Re: Rear independent camping heater - needed it or not?? Advice needed   Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:38 pm

Can someone confirm that it is Ok to use the rear heater whilst driving and if its OK does it greatly affect petrol consumption? I haven't tried it yet but wonder if this would be better to use rather than the one up front which is quite noisy as mentioned in an earlier response.
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PostSubject: Re: Rear independent camping heater - needed it or not?? Advice needed   Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:17 pm

Yes you can use the heater any time and it hardly uses any fuel...
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PostSubject: Re: Rear independent camping heater - needed it or not?? Advice needed   Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:12 pm

jj123vw wrote:
Yes you can use the heater any time and it hardly uses any fuel...
Well, not quite. You can't use it when there's less than a quarter of a tank of petrol santa pig

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PostSubject: Re: Rear independent camping heater - needed it or not?? Advice needed   Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:16 pm

Yes thats true Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Rear independent camping heater - needed it or not?? Advice needed   Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:15 pm

Just been reading the Webasto manual (sad Fri evening on my own) and in particular, the tech specs. Fuel consumption of the heater at full bore is 0.27l/h. That's about 35p an hour. Not bad really.
Rated power at full bore is 22W, which isn't bad. I think my previous comments about sucking the life out of my battery must've been because of a flakey battery. My new 110AH battery, on paper at least should keep it going 60 hrs. OK, granted probably not but then again, its not likely to be running full bore all the time either.
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PostSubject: Re: Rear independent camping heater - needed it or not?? Advice needed   Fri Jan 18, 2013 7:00 pm

Its the best type of heater in this weather Very Happy Dry heat too....
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PostSubject: Re: Rear independent camping heater - needed it or not?? Advice needed   Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:27 pm

I can defo vouch for it after camping at Ullswater last week. A MUST!!!

very, very good just before we went to bed at night and first thing in the morning.

Essential kit!
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PostSubject: Re: Rear independent camping heater - needed it or not?? Advice needed   Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:52 pm

EvoFylde wrote:
I can defo vouch for it after camping at Ullswater last week. A MUST!!!

very, very good just before we went to bed at night and first thing in the morning.

Essential kit!
Yep, definitely essential. I put mine on every morning at the moment.
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PostSubject: Re: Rear independent camping heater - needed it or not?? Advice needed   Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:28 pm

Such things are needed more and more based upon our current summer weather! Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Rear independent camping heater - needed it or not?? Advice needed   Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:51 pm

Having one fitted next month when she's down at Danbury for a service. Wish we'd specced one when we first bought her.*



* actually, I wish I'd found this Forum before we bought her, then I'd have known which options to pick (not that I'd have knocked any off that we DID buy, just tagged a few more on, such as tints, heater, door cards, carpet, power steering, TV, etc!)

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PostSubject: Re: Rear independent camping heater - needed it or not?? Advice needed   Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:50 pm

I'm glad I didn't get power steering. Norman is fine without it. The wife happily drives him. No hassles.
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PostSubject: Re: Rear independent camping heater - needed it or not?? Advice needed   Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:08 pm

Wait until you've driven one with it. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Rear independent camping heater - needed it or not?? Advice needed   Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:35 pm

I have. I test drove both. I didn't think is was worth the expense and as I'm used to driving school minibuses in the past which didn't have PS it really doesn't bother me.
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PostSubject: Re: Rear independent camping heater - needed it or not?? Advice needed   Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:38 pm

EvoFylde wrote:
I have. I test drove both. I didn't think is was worth the expense

But let's be honest, at the time you were probably thinking there was only the one source for this option.

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