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Winter Campervan-ing`

PostPosted: 02 Sep 2012, 16:16
by DevonMark
We're picking up our first van (1989 1900cc T25) on Tuesday and want to make sure it's well used this winter :)

How do you keep warm in a van during the colder months?! And any good tips of places to camp during this time (in the SW)?

Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

PostPosted: 02 Sep 2012, 18:13
by rainman
I have no propex or other such luxuries but am ok if there's electric hook-up available to run an oil filled radiator. Otherwise it's the hot water bottle and a big duvet, and a bottle of whiskey.

Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

PostPosted: 02 Sep 2012, 18:20
by jrt
As above, we don't have any heating but use a very light but efficient heater when ehu is available. Two Jack Russells make brilliant hot water bottles!!
David

Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

PostPosted: 02 Sep 2012, 19:47
by 82JEW75
Electric fan heater (with hook-up). Keeps the van warm and toasty during the skiing season.

Where to go? Well, a ski resort, naturally, don't think there are many in the SW of the UK though...

Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

PostPosted: 02 Sep 2012, 19:52
by evilnoodle
We've got a ski-slope in Runcorn :shock: :rofl

We just get hook up and leccy heater, heavy duvet, hot water bottles and a lovely warm, cuddly staffie....although she usually nicks the blooming duvet!

Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

PostPosted: 02 Sep 2012, 19:59
by matt_wannabe
Propex is the way forward. I bought mine on group buy so got it a bit cheaper than rrp but their well worth the money anyway.

Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

PostPosted: 03 Sep 2012, 08:16
by Shem
Ive slept in my van, and various vans in as low as -15ish in North Wales. I use a really good sleeping bag, 3/4 season and a can of special brew usually gets me off pretty quickly :-)
Were intending on using ours with the kids as much as possible this winter, so will be experimenting with heaters as well

Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

PostPosted: 11 Sep 2012, 08:24
by christofy
In my last bus I had a proper heat with a stat and it worked very well. It was a bit noisy as it ran from gas and was very old. Will be getting one for current van "eventually"

Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

PostPosted: 11 Sep 2012, 09:12
by Ian Hulley
Propex or Eberspacher are the realistic heating route, a very worthwhile investment if you plan to use the van all year :ok

DO NOT use a portable gas heater in the van EVER.

Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

PostPosted: 11 Sep 2012, 10:44
by whitevan woman
I wouldn't be without my electric blanket, oil filled radiator, propex and underfloor heater....just to cover all eventualities :rofl

Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

PostPosted: 11 Sep 2012, 19:10
by IainGie
I've got a Truma blown air heater which works well right down to -20c outside and still comfy.

I read a lot of folk using oil filled heaters on ehu. Would be really interested to know what rating/size is used?

Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

PostPosted: 11 Sep 2012, 19:24
by whitevan woman
Would be really interested to know what rating/size is used


Ours is a 900w nice and small, but does the trick. I like the fact it can be left on all night, no noise/fumes to worry about.

Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

PostPosted: 11 Sep 2012, 19:50
by IainGie
whitevan woman wrote:
Ours is a 900w nice and small, but does the trick. I like the fact it can be left on all night, no noise/fumes to worry about.


Thanks! I'd never even considered one, but I suppose to save on gas and consume electricity you've already paid for on a site, it sounds a great idea. Just bought one on 'the bay', do I'll give it a bash.

Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

PostPosted: 11 Sep 2012, 21:48
by Ian Hulley
whitevan woman wrote: nice and small, but does the trick.


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Matron !!

Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

PostPosted: 12 Sep 2012, 19:13
by OXI
I use a little 400 watt convector heater I got from B&Q for about £12.00. It's not that powerful but the heat builds up if you keep the doors closed for long enough.

I can run it all night too because it's 100% silent. it's only about the size of a box of cornflakes which is handy.

Frank.