Heater, de-humidifier or both?

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  1. DBSilverfox

    DBSilverfox Read Only Funster

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    Hi all,

    Well my work schedule has got in the way, and i am not going to be able to get to Brugge for the markets. so the van is going to be outside for a while, getting cold.

    What is the best way to protect the interior from the weather? I was thinking of running the hook up out and running a small heater in there a couple of hours a day. Someone else suggested a de-humidifier might be better - but I am concerned this might just suck in moisture from outside.

    Anyone got some good advice on the best options?

    David

    PS I know i have not been very active over the last months (OK, you probably did not notice :Sad: ) - but work has taken me away almost solidly over the last 6 weeks..
     
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    Low wattage oil filled rad will do the job nicely , keep cupboard doors open and up - end cushions to let air circulate .. :thumb:

    no need for a dehumidifier .. as you rightly say, it will only suck in moisture from outside to replace what it removes.. .. nature abhors relative differences
     
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    I use all three

    In the RV I have the small 80w electric rad running all the time in the winter (the RV is 24' long B class so is similar to most eurobox shapes) I also have the temp set on the main heating boiler to kick in at 37 degrees (runs off of LPG) and I have a dehumidifier that chucks out to the sink (when I use the on board tank it has it only fills about once a week if that) - the Winnibago is fairly good at keeping out any damp .. I also use an outside screen on the cab. ..works for me OK.... I of course leave the cupboards open and the fridge and freezer are all closed down and have door wedges in them As does the cool box unit.

    Bob:thumb:
     
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    Thanks guys

    looks like my Christmas present is sorted then :BigGrin: On to ebay...
     
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    Lowest I can find is 700 watts. Is that low?
     
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    Ideal .. :thumb:
     
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    Thanks Jim - will "Buy Now" :BigGrin:
     
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    Hi David, when I put a small oil filled rad in the van a couple of yrs ago, it cost a small fortune to run (800 w att ) and caused condensation on the windows - took it out after a couple of weeks and went back to what we have done for the last 9 yrs which is simply take out what soft furnishing / quilts we can and store them in a spare room. This takes only a couple of mins to reload for the off ( while filling water tanks ):thumb::Rofl1:I also fit the fridge / water heater covers :thumb: If you have not got these tape a placy bag on the vents :thumb:
    Cost zero :thumb: and no condensation on the windows
    terry
     
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    Thanks Terry,

    i have the heater vent covered, but no cover for the fridge vent - plastic bag sounds a great idea thanks :thumb:

    soft furnishings are on end, and bedding is in the spare room. Managed to find a 600 watt oil heater in the end, so will give it a go anyway. Will see how it goes.

    Also bought a small solar panel to trickle charge the battery while it is standing. Only cost 12 quid and it just plugs in the cigar lighter.

    All the best

    David
     
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    should have saved the £12 for next years subs.....better value.

    at this time of year you'll only get mere milliamps from a dash top panel and probably wont even keep up with natural battery discharge :Sad:
     
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    My RV lives on the drive so always has hookup, but I set the heating to 50F and put a dehumidifier in costs about £65.00 for the whole winter LPG and whatever the electric for the dehumidifier which can't be a lot as we don't notice a difference on our leccy bill.

    Leave everything in the RV, all stays nice and dry.

    Hope this helps Rick.
     
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    After leaving it for 4 weeks whilst on my work travels, and then needing a jump start from my car it seemed worth the minimal investment to give it a try. The guy from my local dealer (who did not sell me the panel) says he has one the same that even in the winter gives enough of a charge to keep his truck going. Only time will tell.

    If it fails there is always a set of jump leads :Smile:
     
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    I use one on my car while we are away for 3 months in the winter & it keeps the battery up. :thumb:

    I also use a dehumidifier in the wet winter months. My thought is the damp air will always find it's way into your van & will dampen everything. At least with a dehumidifier will circulate the air & remove the water. I don't even remove the cushions although we do use the MH in the winter.

    Off to my daughters next week & it's forecast to be -10C overnight. :Eeek:

    Just had my heater serviced (Diesel Eberspacher) & We are going to need it if that forecast is right.
     
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