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Old 04-18-2012, 07:20 PM
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Reading this thread has got me thinking about my heater. I've never had experience with a boat heater before, but heard good things about them. I ordered one on my 2012 X-2, and it sucks. There are no pullout hoses and the air coming out of the vents is never very hot.

I looked at my engine plumbing. The supply comes from the front top of the engine, similar to Thrall's location. My return goes back to the top (thermostat housing maybe). I'm thinking about replumbing it into the raw water intake to try getting better flow. I'm a little concerned about returning hot water into my cooling water supply. I'd assume there would be enough lake water coming in to overcome the heater return. I could also install a shut off valve to turn it off during the warmer months. Is this plumbing setup common? Why didn't mine come that way from the factory?

I also noticed heatercraft has a hot tube extendable vent. Just looking at the picture, it looks like it would fit where my large vent under the oberserver's seat. There weren't any dimensions, so I'll call them tomorrow to get them. I'm also wondering why my current vent is so large if it's not extendable. I messed around with it again tonight, but couldn't get it to pop out. Here's some pictures of my vent.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:51 AM
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I called Heatercraft today to get some more information. They told me that they are no longer supplying Mastercraft with heaters. Anyone know where they're coming from now? He gave me dimensions for their hot tube extendable vent. I'm going to try adding it if it fits well in my current vent location.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:55 PM
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Ok, so I'm an idiot. I was looking at my vent again today and looked inside the vent and could see the hose inside the tube. I pulled hard on the vent, and it does pop out, although not very easily. I still need to get it blowing hot air.
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Old 01-23-2014, 05:21 PM
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Ok, so I'm an idiot. I was looking at my vent again today and looked inside the vent and could see the hose inside the tube. I pulled hard on the vent, and it does pop out, although not very easily. I still need to get it blowing hot air.

So did you get your heater temperature issues fixed? I'm about to take delivery of a 2012 X2 and I hear that the engine thermostat from the factory was just too cold and that many people requested higher temp thermostats from their dealer to solve the heater low temp issues. My X2 didn't come with a heater so I'll have to install this myself, but I don't want to pay the dealer for a new thermostat if I can avoid it.
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Old 06-28-2017, 01:25 AM
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Bump for the guy in the for sale thread...

I figured out how to get a vent with the pullout hose on each side by the cup holders. That took some creativity. Under the dash, I put it in temporary hung from a couple zip ties. That was like 8 years ago and it hasn't moved.

Btw, the $500 is just for a heater. Add another hundo for some extra parts/hardware if you have all the tools. Install, depends but it takes some time.
One thing I did when mounting the heater, shower parts, new stereo amps, other components, was use 1x1 aluminum tubing to make mounts for everything. Gives options on where to place things and keeps components from being smashed in to the carpet. Found it worked really well. Be careful where and how deep you drill into a boat and make sure the screws are the right length!
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Old 06-29-2017, 08:52 PM
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���� Thanks Thrall! Great info on heaters.
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