800w Oil filled heater

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  1. PJGWiltshire

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    I have just purchased an 800W Oil filled heater for use in the motorhome whilst on EHU. Over the past few years of Autumn/Winter/ Spring outings using the heating on gas: a) it uses a lot of gas when we have EHU, b)the heating system on EHU is useless.
    My intention is to use the heater after I have initially got the MH up to a nice temperature with the gas heating then plug in the 800w heater for continued heating through the day/night. I have chosen such a low Watt heater as we travel in Europe and find the EHU very low Amp and thus cannot use more powerful Watt heaters.
    Looking for fellow users of such heater if they find the heat output sufficient. We have a tag axle Swift Kontiki 669 which has a large area in the lounge leading down to the bedroom. Early feedback would be appreciated as i have a 14 day window to send back.
     
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    Be aware such heaters should not be left unattended in the motorhome there are reports somewhere in the archives of them bursting into flames.
     
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    I would have thought an 800W heater will be pretty useless, probably more so than your on board electric heating, why don't you preheat on gas as you suggest, then revert to the built in electric heating (y)

    save humping around something else that needs storing and tying down
     
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    Look at it this way. I used a 1.5kW electric fan heater (not over night) in a 6m PVC, which was just about enough. I think your van's a bit bigger:eek:.
     
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    I've got an 800w oil radiator which we used in our Symphony and that was only just sufficient in a van 5.4m long, so I doubt it will be good enough in a tag axle. We no longer use it in the Nuevo, preferring the electric Truma heater in the van.
     
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    It may be worth looking at how you can keep warmer in the van.
    Using good external silver screens will help. Closing all blinds and curtains, especially when not in the van. I find the roof vents let a lot of cold in.
    Maybe a blanket in the footwell, to stop the draughts where the pedals are.
    Good bedding and carpets or extra rugs on the floor. And a hot water bottle :)
     
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    check with your insurer, unattended portable heaters of any description are generally excluded and you use at your own risk.
     
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    Heater will be on route back today, thanks for sharing
     
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    We just use ours when its parked up at home, it just takes the chill off. We found it pretty useless on site. We hav a 6mtr PVC
     
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    Will be good to keep the frost at bay, and maybe in the bathroom to dry out the towels, perhaps keep it for this if space is not too much of a premium, but will not give a lot of heat, and what it does will be localised

    A fan heater with a low/high setting that stirs the air around, heating more evenly eliminating cold dead spots and reducing condensation would be my preferred option
     
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    Hi Pjgwiltshire

    We have a 679 and found the same issue with the heating system, ok bedroom end bit thin by the cab.
    Use a 1/1.5kW oil filed rad located in the cab between the seats generally only on 800w just to even out the temp. Also turn the blown air right down at night to avoid fan noise and leave the rad ticking over to take the chill off.
     
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    We have a 1kw fan heater that works well for us if needed but find the Truma heater works well it is the combi type and seems quite efficient gas usage not to bad our van is just over 7m Tracker
     
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    We have a 500w oil rad placed in the garage under the bed, with the doors open under the bed into the van - works very well when combined with another 500w convector in the cab area. Use a further 500w fan heater in the lounge if needed to give it a boost. We full time and are on hookup all winter - never use the gas heating. Have a similar van - 8m tag - so don't be too hasty to dismiss it!
     
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    Hi PJG,
    We have a 669 too, and use an oil-filled heater like the one you describe with no adverse effects, and it does keep the whole unit warm too. Ours has the over-cab bed too, so the cubic metre space is probably slightly more too.
    Another thing we use when its really cold is one of the upright halogen bar light heaters with the option of having one, two or three bars illuminated. You will find it stores nicely under the bed when travelling, and gives a nice warm glow in the lounge when the lights are turned off too.
    Cheers
    Jim
     
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    Have you tried turning your cab heater to recirc, taping up the louvred vents on the cab door edges (assuming it's a Fiat) and covering the slots seat belts pass through, to stop cold air entering the cab area?
     
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    To hell with it, it was a cheap buy so give it a go next week. Perhaps I am being a bit fussy I got the low watt unit as we are traveling for a year from April and looking for something in the less warm times on locations that are liable to only supply 6amp. I have a 2000w oil heater in the conservatory that I take in the UK but normally thats OK as we get 16amp at most sites. Nice to hear from you fellow tag axles and I am sure you experience the same problems re the amount of gas it takes to keep the unit warm in our Winters using the blown system. Why use gas when paid electricity is sitting there. Jim can you tell the watt output your little heater is to keep you all snug and warm
     
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    We use a 1500W de Longhi unit in our 6.5M A class. We generally only have to use it on 1/2 setting, sometimes even less. We are usually on CC Club sites and as we are paying for the electric we may as well use it. In fact we have only used one bottle of 6kg gas this year.
     
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    Hi PJG,
    I think ours is a 1000watt one or similar, its certainly not very big and we bought 4 of them in a bundle, for about 80 quid. As I said in my previous post, the little halogen heater is a good quick van warmer too.
    Be interested to discuss other mods you may have done too, if its ok to 'pm' you?
     
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    You can get an idea of the electric heater size (kW) you would need from your gas consumption. 1 litre of gas (propane) will provide 6.96 kWh Assuming your heater is 75% efficient you should get 5.22 kWh from each litre. There should be information on your heater or in its manual stating gas use. I imagine it does feel like you're consuming a lot of gas, especially when it's around zero outside.
     
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    You are getting value for money with the EHU, As mentioned will give it a go to see if it keeps up the room heat once the gas has booted us upto room temp. Thanks for joining in
     
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