Tube heater

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  1. ShiftZZ

    ShiftZZ Funster Life Member

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    Anyone use these to keep the van frost free in winter?

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    2ft Long Tubular Heater with Plug and Wall-mounting brackets
    IP55 rating makes this waterproof to low pressure water jets
    Ideal for airing cupboards, boats, churches - keeps rooms aired and helps prevent condensation
    80 Watts output, costs around 1.5p per hour to run, and has an automatic heat-sensitive cut-out
    This does not have a thermostat, but you can wire it into one if necessary


    Any thoughts?
     
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    Mate uses one and he is happy :thumb: Also I know a man who has 5 in his van and uses them for heating -he says they are great but I cannot confirm if they are up to that task :Smile:
    at 20 quid and 40p ish a day it is worth a try
    terry
     
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    They get dangerously hot on the surface and don't forget if it sets fire to the van you'll not be covered - according to safeguard.

    I've got a small greenhouse heater, just about keeps it above zero.

    Last time this came up some were saying "why bother".
     
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    Brian

    Any info on your greenhouse heater:?
     
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    Just looked on B&Q web site, can't see it. It was a 200W convector that I've mounted on a heavy lump of metal to make it stable.

    B&Q have some oil filled radiators at a decent price. Unless they leak I think they are the least likely to cause a fire due to something falling on them or being near furnishings.
     
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    We don`t bother with a heater, find it best to take all the soft furnishings out and store them in the house, drain all the water, leave taps and drains open.
    Also open all the cupboard doors, fridge freezer etc so air can move around all the motorhome
    So far "touch wood" we haven`t had any problems.:thumb:
     
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    Hi Dave I use this one, I place it on the floor, open all the lockers. It gets pretty cold here and without a bit of heat I have had wood warp. It's worked a treat so far. Surprisingly It gets VERY hot so make sure nothing can fall on it.
    [ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Long-Tubular-Heater-120w-Cream/dp/B001HAQQ7I/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1354961126&sr=8-5"]2Ft Long Tubular Heater 120w Cream: Amazon.co.uk: Kitchen & Home[/ame]
     
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    I have a 120w tube heater that I leave on all the time in winter months, keeps van about 2 degrees above outside temp. I also have small oil filled radiator on a thermostatic plug that clicks on if temp goes below 1 degree.
     
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    Hi I have a 2ft tube heater in front locker it's on all the time we are on hook up now its frosty just keeps the water pump & pipes above freezing
    regards
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    I'm in the "why bother" camp now.

    For the first four years that we had a van (2006-9) we used a small oil filled radiator but decided in 2010 to see if using no heat made any difference. 2010 was, of course, the coldest winter we've had for years with snow lying for weeks. We had no problems at all. Last year we used no heating (though we didn't have a van to heat from mid December to the end of January of course :BigGrin:) and had no problems.

    I drain down fully, open the cupboards and lift the cushions & mattress to allow air circulation.
     
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    Don't forget to vent too

    Putting heat into a space will allow the air to absorb more water, ie will make any dampness airborne, and cause it to condense on your cold bits. If you are going to heat your 'van you need to provide, what's probably the more difficult bit, adequate ventilation to encourage it to settle outside somewhere.
     
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