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Re: Kiwi in Slovakia

Thu Nov 17, 2016 3:08 pm

Hello Gavin, and welcome to the forum. As you can see, your adventures have been followed with great interest!

My wife and I are still amazed that you were able to de-scent the carpet! 8-)

Looking forward to your continuing videos about the air heater, as that provides yet another alternative for all our cold-weather friends.
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Re: Kiwi in Slovakia

Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:25 am

I just posted this in the Heating section, but as it's a video I'll chuck it here too. Mods, feel free to remove either to prevent oversharing. I don't want to become the site's resident attention whore. :D

https://youtu.be/7NBMq5o_UJU

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Re: Kiwi in Slovakia

Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:46 am

Very interesting! - I LOVE your detailed videos . . . . we all learn so much

I'm wondering how much money you saved vs the permanent mount diesel/water heating units many others have installed? . . . . and was it worth the price difference to have that extra noise inside the car, losing some cargo capacity, having the nasty smelling diesel inside the car, needing to find another way to keep the windshield defrosted and having to install and remove the heater as the seasons change??

If you had it to do over again, would you still go with the air parking heater?

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Re: Kiwi in Slovakia

Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:04 am

Thank you for the kind words. Choosing the air heater over the water heater was more a case of not being able to afford the water version, not so much about saving money. The average wage in Slovakia's only €850 per month so I'll be paying for the diesel air heater for some time yet. No nasty smells to speak of so far, but I've been careful not to spill any horrible diesel. I don't use the boot for anything so I haven't noticed any loss in space yet. I like that it's easily removable though. That'll be good in about 12 weeks when it comes out again! Might be able to use it in future EVs too.

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Re: Kiwi in Slovakia

Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:21 am

Wonderful video. Glad it's working well.

Sometimes we forget how fortunate we are to drive without dangerous chemical fuels.

So, what's the average fuel economy? ;)
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Re: Kiwi in Slovakia

Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:33 am

Allo allo, PV1! Good question! I measured about 110 millilitres of fuel used in one hour of heavy use. I'm guessing I'll have to refill the tank once a week, which feels awfully familiar...

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Re: Kiwi in Slovakia

Fri Nov 18, 2016 3:02 pm

Wonderful! I enjoy the humor in your presentations. Looking good so far - have you measured the noise level at the various blower settings?
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Re: Kiwi in Slovakia

Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:30 pm

Another Ion in Slovakia:

https://youtu.be/bAzoRjGoAI0
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Re: Kiwi in Slovakia

Sat Jan 14, 2017 3:53 pm

Ion in Slovakia out of 'gas':

https://youtu.be/tjWPYkq-OkE
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Re: Kiwi in Slovakia

Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:03 am

Good news! I finally figured out how to make my little diesel heater remote controlled, although as you can see, it's a little bit crude!
I also fit an entire Christmas tree inside the car. It's surprising how much you can fit inside these little cars.

https://youtu.be/UU7MLGBK960

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