A question for all 7090 owners

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  1. Scattycat

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    I don't know about other owners but on a recent winters trip we noticed that the wardrobes got really cold compared to the rest of the storage areas. Has anybody else noticed the problem?

    I had thought about drilling a couple of holes in the floor so that heat from the garage could rise up into the wardrobe areas, but have decided against it for now.

    Browsing around a local DIY store I spotted some thin cork tiles and wondered if it would be a good idea to line-out the wardrobes to insulate them.

    What do others think?
     
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    Hi Scattycat
    I think your question would apply to most vans in the mountains in winter,when we were in Val Thorens we simply just left the wardrobe door ajar,and if its really severe then the old Army technique of putting your next day clothes inside the bottom of your bed,but thankfully the Rapido never got that cold.:thumb::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    As RD says, just leaving the wardrobe door ajar would have the same effect. My van has a curved wardrobe door on a flat frame. Sounds mad but allows air flow top and bottom. Think it's actually a happy accident rather than a deliberate design feature - done to fit in with the curvy van interior. :BigGrin:
     
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    The problem for us is that the lights in the wardrobe come on when the door is open, much like on a fridge, so I don't consider leaving the doors open an option.

    I'm keen on the idea of better insulation for the wardrobe area and cork seems a good option. I was just wondering what others thought
     
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    You can always just tape the switch down ...........
     
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    Hi Scatticat.
    If you leave the robe boor open warm moist air will enter the robe and condence on the van walls and your cold clothes, resulting in mill dew. Line out the exterier walls, roof and floor. Thin cork tiles will be inadiquate, needs somtheing a lot thicker. When its warmed up put some vent holes at the top and bottom to make shoure of good ventilation. Unless the vehicle has been fully winterized for winter use, damp will always be a problem. The only answer is to ventilate
    Pudseykeith. :thumb:
     
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    The van is pretty well insulated and we've never had a problem with humidity in the wardrobe. It never gets damp it's just blooming cold in there in the winter. It's fine when the heating is on but we don't run the heating when on the move.
     
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    I can honestly say I have never noticed despite spending several weeks above the arctic circle. I suppose it is cool in there after a long drive but with heating on the bedroom gets really warm and I guess that spreads into the wardrobes. We have done nothing special but as it happens we do use the floors to store spare blankets. Maybe that's it!
     
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    Hi Scattycat..
    You could put something like these in your wardrobes...

    http://www.cnmonline.co.uk/Dimplex-Tube-Heaters-pr-37124.html
    Put one... 1'.00"......60w in each wardrobe

    These have a thermostat ...so stand them up in the wardrobe on a very low setting..

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-Sliml...t=LH_DefaultDomain_3&var=&hash=item257a4d346d

    ...We have the Rapido 9090....I think it is similar to yours,only difference is one is "A class" and one is custom cab... apart from that I think they may be similar....we have Alde heating...so the rad fins go through all the wardrobes / cupboards / garage....and around the rest of the van front to back and under the double floor.....so no problems with cold wardrobes:thumb:
     
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  10. Techno

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    Yes I'm familiar with this problem having bought it in November and used it in very cold weather. This also affects the rear corners of the garage. I don't think there is a solution other than driving with the heating on and perhaps putting a drop vent in each wardrobe so the heat rises from the garage.

    EDIT Having re read your post I see you already considered that DOH! I would run with it :thumbup:
     
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    I'll let you know after the next cold outing
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    Not necessarily helpful to you but I have just noticed that your is a 7090c, ours is a 7090df. If I remember my numbers that means your is on a citroen, but without a double floor?? The df has a double floor. Just wonder if that makes a difference, since we have never noticed the problem. We have never run with anything other than the cab heater whilst travelling, and the van gets adequately warm even in very cold conditions.
     
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    C & F have double floor everywhere bar the cooking area.
     

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