specify your size
of heater hose when calling. We have 5/8" and 3/4" T-Connectors available for your coolant lines.
Frequently Asked Questions:
kit is right for
(Part# HELHW1KIT) will bring the water near the operating temperature of the vehicles cooling system, so
F (more likely 150-170° F accounting for heat losses through the hoses, etc). The HELHW1KIT includes a temperature
control valve, allowing the user to adjust the output temperature so that it can be used for a showering and other low temperature needs. The HELHW1KIT is generating water for on-board storage systems, cleaning
dishes and other extended hot water needs. The Hot Shower
Kit (Part# HELHE1AKIT) is
capable of heating water ~40° F degrees per pass, so if you are pulling
water at ~50°
F degrees, it will heat it to ~90° F degrees, perfect for a camp shower! If the water isn't
warm enough on the first pass, simply run the water on a second pass by pumping it in and out of the same water container until your desired temperature is achieved.
for the 'set it and forget it' type. The external dimensions of the two heat exchangers is identical, the heat absorption difference is due to the increased number of tube wraps inside of the hot water (HW1) heat exchanger versus that of the hot shower (HE1A) heat exchanger. Detail specifications on the heat exchangers can be view here.
Can I purchase the heat exchanger or additional parts separately?
Absolutely, see our Individual Parts Pricing below. The kits shown above are packaged with the components as listed above. Please note that while we can sell individual parts, the prices will reflect those shown below and not as a deduction from the kit pricing. Also please note that some components can only be sold as an assembly, for example the shower head & pump units are only sold together, and that kit includes the bag, a shower head suction cup mount and a hose hook for those using the unit inside of a portable tent or shower shelter. If you are using your own pump but will need a shower head or are interested in the storage bag, please contact us for special arrangements as this is not generally offered ala carte at this time. All complete Helton kits are furnished with installation instructions.
Is the kit right for me or should I consider just the heat exchanger?
Great question and the answer rest solely in your wants and needs. The pre-arranged Helton kits we offer include a low volume, low pressure pump, perfect for a camp shower particularly when conserving your water supply. Approximately half of our customers purchase just the heat exchangers and mounting clamps and plumb their own system, often using a much higher volume (up to 3 gallons/minute can be used) pump for higher output showers and water needs. Fittings, valves, hose and clamps can be sourced at your local hardware, auto supply or RV/boat supply outlets and really your system can be as unique as your vehicle. Given the vast number of different ways these systems can be plumbed, we offer the heat exchangers ala carte, please see our Individual Parts Pricing below.
What other parts and supplies will I need to complete the install?
The Hot Water and Hot Shower Helton kits do
NOT include the
3/8", 5/8", or 3/4" hose & hose clamps you will need to complete
installation as these are application specific and vary based on your heat exchanger mounting and quick disconnect kit. These items can easily be purchased at a local auto parts or hardware store
for under $20. Kits do require some mechanical background for
Call or email for more information prior to ordering kit if you are not comfortable with the installation procedures shown here.
Individual Parts Pricing:
Shower/Pump Unit & Bag (Part# HEL12VP) - $
Exchanger Only (Part# HELHE1A)
- $ 255.00
Hot Water Heat
Only (Part# HELHW1) - $ 320.00 ea.
Insulated 3" Mounting
Clamp (Part# HELCLAMP) - $8.00 ea.
Bumper Mount Quick Disconnect Kit (Part# HELBUMP) - $16.00 ea.
Inline Temperature Control Valve (Part# HELTCV) - $30.00 ea.
- $11.00 ea.
(Part# HEL34T) - $11.00 ea.
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