Keeping the MH warm

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  1. Bill and Shell

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    How to people generally keep their motorhomes warm while on the slopes?
    Do you generally find somewhere with EHU and use an electric heater, if so what type etc?
    Or do you run the gas heating and re-fill periodically?

    Thanks,

    Billy
     
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    The wife burns most of the food, which seems to generate the required heat. :xsad:
     
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    You will need to run your heating system 24/7.
    You will need to use your blown air, because without it there will be no warm air circulation and your water system will freeze.
    How you run your system is up to you, an electric fan heater won't cut it I'm afraid.
    You need to be wary of cold spots around your van. A well designed blown air or radiator system should ensure all your pipework is protected from freezing. A pipe simply touching the outer wall of your van is prone to freezing in Alpine conditions.
     
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    Thanks for your reply, seems obvious to keep the heating system running but a little concerned about the gas consumption, guess I'll just have to include that in to my budget.
     
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    We heat with diesel, but when it is really cold, most folks use a 13 kg Propane cylinder roughly every 3 days.
    What sort of van have you got?
     
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    We have a Euramobil, so fully winterised.
    Just hoping I could effectively supplement with an electric heater when on EHU to reduce my gas bill
     
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    You'll be needing to keep that double floor warm with gas heating I'm afraid.
    You picked the right van for the job though!
    You can reduce your gas consumption drastically with a complete cab cover. A lot of heat is lost through the cab and just screen covers only work so well.
     
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    ok, thank you for your help
     
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    A bit of time spent adding radiator insulation or similar to any coldspots will help too. Footwells, etc. Garage. Make pads for windows skylights etc too but remember you need to ensure some ventilation.
     
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    Go with someone you like going to bed with :xgrin:
     
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    That's 2 dogs then Kev and poor Sue in the basket?
     
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    We've been motorhoming for about 27 years and I've spent four winters in Norway North of the Arctic Circle but I've picked up some useful tips from this thread........brilliant. Every day a school day and thanks to the OP for starting it and all the contributors. (y)
    # 11 is the one that does it for me:D
     
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    I plug into the 'leccy and run the heater. But in Austria you pay per unit used and that ends up costing as much as the pitch..
    Lovely and snug though!
     
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    That's cos yer a naughty boy Mr B
     
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    Ruth!!!!!!

    please don't tell her that was the choice
    See you in Jan
     
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    I use an oil heater. Most come with a thermostat which I just leave on all the time its allot safer than a fan heater as there have been reports of them causing van fires.
     
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    Ive been thinking about an oil heater, what power would you consider sufficient?
     
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    I would suggest a 1Kw - 24/7 should be plenty to keep it aired.
    If you think it necessary although I have never bothered not even with our narrow boat, once the weather warms up it warms up.
     
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    I'd second what Stealaway said and this is what we use. Don't think it would be sufficient for the Alps but on winters in Norfolk and North Wales it's kept us cosy. It's main benefit when we're sleeping is that it's not waking us up everytime it fires up like the van system does. It just takes the chill off nicely.

    Edited to add the link won't work for some obscure reason but its a Beldray 700W oil filled on Amazon/Ebay etc etc
     

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