Using Alde heating for winter protection

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  1. Robin McHood

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    Has anyone any experience of using the installed Alde heating system to keep interior of a MH maintained during winter? I know this is spring(??) but I'm looking ahead (the 6P's! :)). We have an Alde Compact 3000 with the original slider switch control panel. The MH is kept at home on an EHU so we can use it on spur of the moment throughout the year. I'd like to run the Alde heating with thermostat at low level to protect against freezing etc. Ours is an RMB so good insulation, heated double bottom and garage and double glazing.

    1) I was told by previous owner that the fitted 12v pump is not suitable for running for long periods. Anyone have expertience of this.
    2) Has anyone fitted, say, a 220v small pump in parallel to circulate the glycol to keep things warm? If so did you have any problems?
    3) Can anyone confirm whether the pump only runs when there is demand for heat or does it run continually?

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    On my digital 3020 panel I have the option to select continuous or Thermal pump control. Then i also have a choice of room sensor, panel sensor or Auto for temp sensing options. I do not know what options the 3000 panel gives you but someone will be along to tell you; you may be able to upgrade your panel if it is an issue, ask Alde UK.
     
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    I use an oil filled radiator, much less wear on the fixed heating system.
     
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    First click off the slider switch for the pump will control the pump via the thermostat so the pump will run intermittently, I reckon a well insulated van the boiler alone would be enough to protect the fresh water system (assuming the boiler is in the floor).

    Apparently you can fit another 12 volt pump in the header tank so you would have a spare, the Alde UK guys are at Peterborough and told somebody how to do it yesterday.

    Martin
     
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    My pump needed replacing on a 2 year old van so maybe some truth in that it is a tiny pump. In 30 odd year have never heated a van while stored. Heat equals moisture in my mind. Venilation. Ventilation ventilation!. Insulated screen protector. And if really fussy remove or stand up bedding. Sofa seats...etc......beutiful van enjoy!:)
     
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    You are correct in thinking the pump is not the strongest link in the chain and does require frequent replacement. One thing you do have in your favour is that your van is so well insulated that you will have no problems with freezing even in the coldest weather. If you want to be really want to be sure, a small oil filled radiator set on the lowest setting will do the job. Make sure the windscreen blind is down and everything will be snug. People dont even bother draining an RMB down in winter.
     
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    My van is kept at home and ready to go off at a moments notice and for the last 2 years the Alde system has not been switched off for long periods of time. Even if the heating does not kick in the boiler will kick in to keep the hot water hot. I was told by Alde themselves at a show once that Alde systems are built to run continually BUT you must completely empty the hot water cylinder once a month and refill to re-pressurise the hot water side of the Alde system. It does also say that in the manual.
     
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    I don't see the point of heating an empty van, warm air holds more moisture so you are only encouraging condensation.
    As for having a van heated and ready to go, it doesn't take to heat a van, buy the time you have transfered the contents of your fridge and put in a few other bits from the house you need it will be warm.
     
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    Agreed....
    Ventilation is far more important than heat in winter.
     
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    To all, many thanks for your inputs. I should have made it clearer that Rolling Home is set up with ventilation (The last owner was Chief Engineer for Airbus A310 internal design and there is lots of Airbus based mods! No wings unfortunately :)) The background heating is more to do with stopping things freezing, i.e. not having to drain down the water tanks, remove bottled water etc etc, so its really a jump in and go when Carol tells us the NW of Scotland is going to be dry and sunny for the next 24 hours in January...:)
    Cheers (y)(y) to
    That's reassuring, I'll maybe go for two, one in the cabin and other in the garage, we are above the snowline in winter and with a good easterly it can get a tad chilly where RH sits. (I think that's several beers I now owe you..)
    Mind you Wolfgang told me RH "should never be taken near salted roads" so I trust she won't have a hissy fit next winter :LOL::LOL::LOL::Ta2:
     
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