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Old 10-31-2012, 07:10 PM   #2326
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FWIW:

"downtown" Moab, Utah ( ) to Boulder, Colorado.
376 miles.

Loaded heavy (water, all gear, etc) and towing trailer with 2 dirtbikes and 2 mountain bikes.

Going the speed of traffic - speed limit usually 75mph including going over 10,000+ foot Vail Pass and Loveland Pass (passing everyone - turbo rules! ).

Conclusion: 17.57 mpg.
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:21 PM   #2327
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has anyone mentioned just how much you suck lately?


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Old 10-31-2012, 07:32 PM   #2328
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has anyone mentioned just how much you suck lately?


Did I mention after spending a week in Moab last week.. I'm thinking of buggering off to Moab for another 4 days next week?





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Old 10-31-2012, 08:57 PM   #2329
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Better get crackin' on the heater install
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:00 AM   #2330
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has anyone mentioned just how much you suck lately?


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Did I mention after spending a week in Moab last week.. I'm thinking of buggering off to Moab for another 4 days next week?





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Old 11-01-2012, 03:04 PM   #2331
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Wow, great build! My first post, had to comment. Glad I am not the only one around here in love with a van lol
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:09 PM   #2332
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A few quick pics from today:








and now my van has this very cool side exhaust



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Old 11-03-2012, 04:52 PM   #2333
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:05 PM   #2334
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How does it work?
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:57 PM   #2335
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Espar is installed.. works GREAT!

This is my hand getting burned by all that hot air


Eventually there will be a panel where the nozel is mounted. Then above the Espar will be a series of drawers - all removeable to allow access to the heater for service.

I managed to install it with zero fault codes by pre-priming the fuel lines.
Most installs create one or two fault codes during the initial fuel prime while pushing air from the lines; which is why I pre-primed mine with a syringe.

Getting the initial syphon from the fuel tank to the pump going:


I hooked up the horse syringe and gave a tug.. fuel started flowing in about a second and then I couldn't get it to stop due to the syphon principle I stuck the fuel pump on the flowing hose and that stopped it.

I then switched to a different adapter and used the drawn fuel to prime the clear hose from the pump to the furnace:



Pump primed, dialectric grease applied to the connectors - sitting at a 20 degree angle upwards to keep it air free


The result: 0 fault codes s

When finished, I turned it on and it fired up and started blowing hot air

Holy heck does it work well! I wanted to do a "burn in" and in a few minutes the van was at 90 degrees



Turns out.. I didn't need to stress the fault codes too much.
The D2 can store 5 fault codes. When it is full it needs resetting. If you have the dial thermostat or some other version, Espar sells a $200 diagnostics box for installers to do this reset (or you can go to an Espar dealer) .
If you have the digital control display it actually has the ability to display all fault codes AND reset them

Fault Code zero:

screen toggle: code 0 (all clear)


Looks like when it first fires up it draws about 10 amps for about 15 seconds while it heats the glow plug. Then once it is running it drops to an impressively low consumption rate:


After a couple of minutes the van is warm and the thermostat turns off the unit. It then keeps its impeller fan funning for 3 more minutes while it cools down and the fuel/electricity consumption goes back to zero.

I'm seriously considering mounting the controls right above my pillow

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Old 11-04-2012, 03:59 PM   #2336
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Espar muffler:

I'm considering ordering the muffler... I need to run into someone that has one to see how big of a difference there is?

Inside the van, you don't hear it at all.. I will sleep like a baby .. but when the thing fires up there is a "burbling furnace sound" that comes out of the exhaust pipe. Just loud enough that any tent nearby is going to curse me when my furnace warms me up at 2 am and wakes them in the process.

I wonder how well the muffler works?

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Old 11-04-2012, 04:07 PM   #2337
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On the side note, make sure you got a carbon monoxide monitor .. Just in case! Heater or no heater.
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:15 PM   #2338
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Good point.

That's one of the reasons I have the exhaust pipe coming out the side. I want the exhaust going away from the van. I don't want it coming out under the van and trying to seep up through the floor.

The smile on Cheryl's face when she walked in the van and felt the heat was priceless.
I think the cold has been bugging her more than she lets on. My Canadian arse isn't bothered too much by it

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Old 11-04-2012, 04:36 PM   #2339
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Fumes are funny like that, even on the side there can be a backdraft that would suck it back in. But regardless... sleeping in small and confined spaces warrants a nice carbon monoxide detector, if not two, (or three) from different manufacturer. Any trips planned for this winter? I am thinking about doing a Key West trip with the Van Damn this winter.
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:37 PM   #2340
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Espar muffler:

I'm considering ordering the muffler... I need to run into someone that has one to see how big of a difference there is?

Inside the van, you don't hear it at all.. I will sleep like a baby .. but when the thing fires up there is a "burbling furnace sound" that comes out of the exhaust pipe. Just loud enough that any tent nearby is going to curse me when my furnace warms me up at 2 am and wakes them in the process.

I wonder how well the muffler works?

I'd measure it up and stop at TSC and see if you can find one for a tractor that fits it will save you $$$ but then I ride a klr and I'm CHEAP!

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