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Winter Campervan-ing`

Postby DevonMark » 02 Sep 2012, 16:16

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)?
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Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

Postby rainman » 02 Sep 2012, 18:13

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.
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Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

Postby jrt » 02 Sep 2012, 18:20

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!!
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Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

Postby 82JEW75 » 02 Sep 2012, 19:47

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...
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Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

Postby evilnoodle » 02 Sep 2012, 19:52

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!
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Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

Postby matt_wannabe » 02 Sep 2012, 19:59

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.
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Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

Postby Shem » 03 Sep 2012, 08:16

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
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Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

Postby christofy » 11 Sep 2012, 08:24

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"
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Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

Postby Ian Hulley » 11 Sep 2012, 09:12

Propex or Eberspacher are the realistic heating route, a very worthwhile investment if you plan to use the van all year :ok

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Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

Postby whitevan woman » 11 Sep 2012, 10:44

I wouldn't be without my electric blanket, oil filled radiator, propex and underfloor heater....just to cover all eventualities :rofl
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Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

Postby IainGie » 11 Sep 2012, 19:10

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?
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Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

Postby whitevan woman » 11 Sep 2012, 19:24

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.
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Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

Postby IainGie » 11 Sep 2012, 19:50

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.
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Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

Postby Ian Hulley » 11 Sep 2012, 21:48

whitevan woman wrote: nice and small, but does the trick.


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Re: Winter Campervan-ing`

Postby OXI » 12 Sep 2012, 19:13

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.

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