Keeping van warm whilst driving

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  1. Vlad The Impaler

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    Just took my daughter and dog out for a spin in the van as we do every couple of weeks and Lou remarked how cold it was in the rear of the van even with the heater on in the front.The van is 24 feet long and I suppose there must be a fair few vents.I plan on using the van as often as I can and was wondering what the rest of you do for additional heat whilst travelling.
    Now remember that I'm a young at heart 42yearold with 2 young kids so we don't fancy the single plug in slipper thingy that most of you older lot use at home!:whistle:
     
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    I just put the Truma heater on :BigGrin:
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    There is no reason why you cant use your heating/water boiler whilst on the move. Its not a caravan.
     
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    Hi Terry my electric heater only works whilst on hook up,
     
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    Do you not have a gas heater ?
     
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    I do Snowbird,however was not too shure about safety.What I mean is wont it blow out
     
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    I used to think the same until informed by Truma fitter that its OK to run with any appliance working. If it blows out it will switch the gas off anyway.
     
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    Also many American fridges do not have a 12volt facility, so run on gas when on the move. Have never had one blow out yet.
     
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    Much much better idea but perhaps not as practical----------drive down here to Spain a comfortable 26 degrees at this moment
     
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    So just out of curiosity if its safe to travel and run your appliances on gas ,why can you not leave your fridge stocked and running on a ferry?
     
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    Elf an safety, but I didnt know you had too :Wink:
     
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    Mine works on gas
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    Lucky you!
    Mines longer than yours!
     
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    Vlad

    If like me you have the mid van curtain, we close this then we only have to heat half the van. If you have the over kitchen large lift up Heiki, this creates a lot of draught as it has no seal, suggest you try some pipe lagging around inner lip, thats unless somebody has a better solution.

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    I was under the impression that gas should be turned off at the bottle whilst travelling, however thats a differant subject.
    for heating whilst travelling you could fit an Eberspacher, Webasto or Mikuni heater not cheap but by far the best option, or maybe a heater matrix that uses the coolant system of your van such as this http://www.mellorautoelectrical.co....pair_parts/4602/Silencio_FAI_12v_-_1.7Kw.html
    we used to fit these in vans we produced for the blood doner service a lot of ambulances used to be fitted with them aswell
     
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    So pleased you asked

    appreciatet the question and answer, now we know thank you all
     
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    Hi Steve,I have got a divider and had not thought about closing that.Its always the simple things you overlook.
    The large opening window in my van is above the rear lounge I have a smaller one with an extractor fan above kitchen.Both have surrounds with perforations for venting.From your advice am I right in thinking you were not using gas fire on move?
     
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    Don't knock the Big Slipper principle!
    An inverter and two electric blankets kept our four kids warm :Smile:
     
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    Yours is too long for us :BigGrin:
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    As Snowbird,
    In winter we travelled with our gas heating on .. also fridge as it had no 12v option..

    If you do intend to travel with gas on, for safety, it would be a good idea to fit a SecuMotion gas pressure regulator which shuts off the gas if there is a rupture in the line ..

    For summer cooling, we ran the roof air cons from the built in generator..
     
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