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Old 14-12-2013, 09:13   #1 (permalink)
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Moving on from the 'ehu' thread I would like to ask about condensation in Panel Vans.

We recently returned from a tour in France and when the temperature dipped much below 10c I noticed that the roof section above the cab suffered from quite excessive condensation.

This was in the area above the shelf at the front (above out heads) right towards the front of the van just above the windscreen.

I should add that this area (much to my surprise!) is not insulated at all, just bare metal !

Before I try and re-invent the wheel I wonder if anyone has any practical (Hilldweller please take note) advice on how to reduce the effects.

My worry is that the water will eventually lead to rust or lining damage from the inside.

Do any other Panel Van owners suffer from this problem? Is it unique to Globecar?

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Old 14-12-2013, 10:48   #2 (permalink)
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You just need to insulate it, something like camping mat stuck to the roof will dramatically reduce the condensation.

When fitting insulation try to make sure it is stuck directly to the metal without air gaps behind. Trimfix is good for fixing it up and available on Ebay quite cheap.
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Default Condensation in Panel Vans?

I have exactly this problem on my Globescout. I suggest you take it back to dealer ASAP.

I'm taking mine to the factory in Germany next summer to have this and other faults rectified.

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Moving on from the 'ehu' thread I would like to ask about condensation in Panel Vans.

We recently returned from a tour in France and when the temperature dipped much below 10c I noticed that the roof section above the cab suffered from quite excessive condensation.

This was in the area above the shelf at the front (above out heads) right towards the front of the van just above the windscreen.

I should add that this area (much to my surprise!) is not insulated at all, just bare metal !

Before I try and re-invent the wheel I wonder if anyone has any practical (Hilldweller please take note) advice on how to reduce the effects.

My worry is that the water will eventually lead to rust or lining damage from the inside.

Do any other Panel Van owners suffer from this problem? Is it unique to Globecar?

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You just need to insulate it, something like camping mat stuck to the roof will dramatically reduce the condensation.

When fitting insulation try to make sure it is stuck directly to the metal without air gaps behind. Trimfix is good for fixing it up and available on Ebay quite cheap.
you beet me to it during the summer I helped a friend insulate his VAN we used camping mat stuck to the roof and walls with the silver side facing in for reflection of any heat and he used insulating bord to they have just come back from a week in Scotland wild camping.
snug as a bug in a rug he said

with no condensation problems apart Frome the front window

we used spray carpet adhesive it is like evo stick in spray form to stick it on
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We have a Globecar Familyscout L that we bought new in October last year.

Our's is fully insulated above the cab. The entire roof area above the cab is completely covered in thick black insulation foam.

I can only think that yours has somehow got missed!
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Do any other Panel Van owners suffer from this problem? Is it unique to Globecar?
There's very little insulation in my campervan (not too surprising) and the front above the cab is one of the worst areas for condensation. Fortunately the water seems to end up running into the plastic storage tray/bin above the driver/passenger and it just dries out.

I might get around to trying some of the useful suggestions posted here, once I've finished sorting out the window screens, and a cover for the skylight, etc.....which at my pace probably means around 2020
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useful replies so far, thanks everyone

The roof is insulated above the cab where there is a shelf………..it was only when I had to reach right to the very back of the shelf (front of van) that I noticed the condensation. There is a gap between the shelf and the roof about and inch and a when I reached through the gap I could feel the wet surface.

It might be that most vans are like this but I was lucky (unlucky?) to feel it by chance
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