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I ordered a parking heater to heat our teardrop or RTT. It sits outside, runs on diesel, kerosene, or other similar fuel. It’s pretty quiet. I didn’t like the electrical connector, so I swapped to Anderson Powerpoles. I have some ideas for mods, so I will update when I do them.

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Here’s the heater I bought. Ships via a slow boat. I think it took 3 weeks to get here.

 
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Think i like this idea more than a buddy heater.. i know they have safetys on them but this is cool!
 

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I run basically the same heater in my teardrop, minus the housing, and permanently plumbed and mounted. If you look inside, it is a webasto knockoff.

What BTU rating did you get?

You should be happy, or better yet, the girlfriend/wife will be happy.
 
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I run basically the same heater in my teardrop, minus the housing, and permanently plumbed and mounted. If you look inside, it is a webasto knockoff.

You should be happy, or better yet, the girlfriend/wife will be happy.
It’s definitely a Webasto copy, lol. I was going to build one in a toolbox, but this is so much easier. It may end up being plumbed in the teardrop. We’ll see.

Think i like this idea more than a buddy heater.. i know they have safetys on them but this is cool!
I have a Buddy heater also. I don’t want the condensation that comes with hem. The Buddy heater is quieter though.
 
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It’s definitely a Webasto copy, lol. I was going to build one in a toolbox, but this is so much easier. It may end up being plumbed in the teardrop. We’ll see.



I have a Buddy heater also. I don’t want the condensation that comes with hem. The Buddy heater is quieter though.
How loud is the diesel heater?
 

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Great find. We used a Buddy heater for the first time last weekend in the teardrop. It was difficult to find a good place to put it. The interior of the trailer is small and it was hard to keep it from overheating the walls. The condensation was also an issue. I like this idea.
 

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It’s definitely a Webasto copy, lol. I was going to build one in a toolbox, but this is so much easier. It may end up being plumbed in the teardrop. We’ll see.



I have a Buddy heater also. I don’t want the condensation that comes with hem. The Buddy heater is quieter though.
If you are thinking about plumbing it in the trailer, we should talk. I found some nice stainless steel bulkhead fittings for the exhaust, and lots of accessories for running the rest of the ducting, such as a flexible exhaust hose you can cut to length, insulation for the hot hose, short radius elbows for the exhaust, duct work, and vent plates.
 
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Is the main unit designed to be installed outdoors? I looked at the description on Amz but it really doesn't say. I am assuming that it would be since it is burning fuel for the heat, but then I see that LED control pad and that throws me off. I have a basket on the tongue of the teardrop and this looks like it would fit nicely there. I'd have to configure a place for the heat vent to come through the trailer wall.
 

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Is the main unit designed to be installed outdoors? I looked at the description on Amz but it really doesn't say. I am assuming that it would be since it is burning fuel for the heat, but then I see that LED control pad and that throws me off. I have a basket on the tongue of the teardrop and this looks like it would fit nicely there. I'd have to configure a place for the heat vent to come through the trailer wall.
Yeah the Amazon description is a bit lackluster. Going to assume that the main unit must be outside the dwelling in order to vent the diesel exhaust. Also going to assume that it is a forced air unit due to the 12v or 24v system. That must be what runs the fan to blow the heated air inside. Think of it as a very small gas (diesel) furnace like at home. Your home furnace must vent the combustion fumes outside so they usually use a fan to force the fumes outside. This unit is designed to be outside and force the heated air inside while keeping the exhaust fumes outside...I think.
 
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I love the Little Buddy heater, but the condensate it makes is crazy...I'm definitely getting one of these. Guess any Chinese knock-off brand is as good as any other??
 

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If you are thinking about plumbing it in the trailer, we should talk. I found some nice stainless steel bulkhead fittings for the exhaust, and lots of accessories for running the rest of the ducting, such as a flexible exhaust hose you can cut to length, insulation for the hot hose, short radius elbows for the exhaust, duct work, and vent plates.
Cool. Thank you.

Is the main unit designed to be installed outdoors? I looked at the description on Amz but it really doesn't say. I am assuming that it would be since it is burning fuel for the heat, but then I see that LED control pad and that throws me off. I have a basket on the tongue of the teardrop and this looks like it would fit nicely there. I'd have to configure a place for the heat vent to come through the trailer wall.
Yes it is designed to be outdoors. You can buy the heater without the case also.

Yeah the Amazon description is a bit lackluster. Going to assume that the main unit must be outside the dwelling in order to vent the diesel exhaust. Also going to assume that it is a forced air unit due to the 12v or 24v system. That must be what runs the fan to blow the heated air inside. Think of it as a very small gas (diesel) furnace like at home. Your home furnace must vent the combustion fumes outside so they usually use a fan to force the fumes outside. This unit is designed to be outside and force the heated air inside while keeping the exhaust fumes outside...I think.
That’s pretty much spot on.

I love the Little Buddy heater, but the condensate it makes is crazy...I'm definitely getting one of these. Guess any Chinese knock-off brand is as good as any other??
That depends on how much you want to spend. The Propex unit that @ArkansasDon uses is roughly $750, but darn nice. If I decide I don’t like this heater, I’ll sell it a go with a Propex.
A Webasto is around $2000. There is a new Russian one coming out that is also supposed to be nice. I believe it will be around $750-$1000, and it also burns diesel.
 

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That only works on AC . Perfect for RV parks .
Understood. Would it feasibly run on a 2000 watt inverter powered by a 12v AGM 105ah battery? Such battery would be charged with a DC/DC Ctek charger when the engine is running and solar charged when possible otherwise? I have the access to free used good 90-105ah AGM batteries. Would two in series be better?
 

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Understood. Would it feasibly run on a 2000 watt inverter powered by a 12v AGM 105ah battery? Such battery would be charged with a DC/DC Ctek charger when the engine is running and solar charged when possible otherwise? I have the access to free used good 90-105ah AGM batteries. Would two in series be better?
It could but not for long. The company recommends a 2000 watt generator . That is a\lot of power.