Anyone been skiing in a PVC?

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  1. Phillybarbour

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    I take delivery of a Globecar Campscout Revolution PVC on Friday after 3 Burstners with double floors and ALDE heating. Been on over 20 ski trips in them so pretty experienced.

    However the decision to have a smaller van even if we can't ski with it was made. When skiing I am pretty happy to be on a site, and plan to try the PVC without water on board (only bottled) but wife not coming in case it's to cold in the van, I can tough it out for a week.

    Just wondering has anyone any experience of taking a PVC to a ski resort. One of the reasons I bought a Globecar is it's the only PVC I've seen when skiing stay more than a couple of days.
     
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    Good luck. Can't give you direct advice as like you we've only skied from larger well insulated vans, but talked with others out there in pvcs. You obviously know how to get round the challenges of the water system but you'll probably find th whetting surprisingly good in terms of your own comfort. Hope someone else can offer personal experience but good luck and look forward to hearing your tips/ experiences
     
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    Surely you can have water on board in the globecar, the fresh tank is inside the van so should be ok, if the waste is insulated and heated that should be ok too although you would need EHU if the waste is heated via 12v.
    Might as well try using both tanks to see how you get on, a good test for it, then you will know for future.
    Has it got the winter pack fitted?
     
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    There's not much room in my PVC to ski :(

    Yours must be huuuuuuge.
     
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    It is worth trying CazPaul but it will depend on how low the temperatures are, often the problem is not a tank (if it is internal and heating is kept on) but where the pipes run
     
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    CazPaul, thanks for the comments. With lots of ski experience I know it won't cope. It's never the tanks that freeze it's the small feeder pipes. Once and if they freeze you are stuffed there is no way back other than driving all the way down the mountain and hoping for better weather.

    Even in a double floor heated van I've had pipes freeze overnight but thaw out again in the day. I've experienced -24 night and -12 day as the temp highs. No PVC will cope in this re water.

    On a good site with excellent facilities I don't need water onboard. But I'm still a bit concerned over heat retention. I'm going to give it a go come what may.
     
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    I doubt our IH would be very comfortable at -24c.

    Whilst i am sure u would survive - not sure it would be fun - lol
     
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    -24C would not be my idea of nice inside a house let alone a van. Heaters would need to be full blast wherever.
    I think I'm a Summer Alpine flower.
     
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    Skiing in a PVC ?

    As long as you specified the Winter Sports Pack from the dealer, you should be fine;

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    Planning our first trip in March which will be much milder. The low temperatures I quoted where in January which is normally the coldest month along with February.

    Previous Burstners coped fine in those temps.
     
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    I think i was trying to say with minimal insulation and lots of painted metal inside it would not be a great four season van

    We use ours for three seasons and it can get very warm in the sun. The toilet area and rear lockers get exceptionally warm.

    I suspect there is minimal insulation applied during the build
     
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    I was going to buy this earlier in the year, the German owners assured me they went skiing every year, minus 20 overnight and never a pipe or tank froze, Both fresh and waste internal and all pipes inside too. It is called a CS Rondo by CS Reisemobile in Northern Germany. CS REISEMOBILE RONDO.jpg
     
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    Why didn't you?
     
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    They sold it to someone else before arrangements could be made, private german sellers and it sold to someone in Germany.
     
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    Seems like the ideal vehicle for those that want to slide down mountains on narrow strips of wood/metal/carbon.
     
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    I have seen a few PVC's on our years of ski trips but not many. Was looking for a photo of last year in Siestiere Italy where a Globecar parked up next to us. We were only stopping a few nights but he seemed happy as did his dog.. As you say any MH can freeze up in winter but with some bottled water and a good site I don't see a problem. You can't always avoid the freezing up but you can always keep yourself warm especially on a site with good hook up. Our first van which was a CI used to freeze up the moment we left Dover but me Nikki and the Kids still loved it and kept warm even on aires. We have been down to temps so low my hands froze on the ski lifts but we still survived. One thing I would consider though is a winter screen cover which covers the whole of the front of the van from the roof right to the floor (not an ordinary external screen) I think a company called hinderburg? made them They make such a difference and as you know a snow wall around the edge always keeps the wind out from under the van which helps..

    Happy holiday, can't wait already planning our trip
     
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    Many thanks for the advice, already ordered one its from Hindermann and as you say the full front covering the whole of the van to the floor.
    They also do rear door covers and an inside sliding door cover leaving a much smaller gap to get through each time you open the door.

    Hindermann products are just superb. With three of the covers and the Truma 6e heating upgrade that I ordered I really hope it can cope. Thanks again for your advice because although i know about them not many people do and it's very helpful of you.
     
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    CazPaul, with a lot of skiing experience I just wouldn't try that. A very good friend of ours had his water freeze in his van, it did £3000 worth of damage. Not a risk worth taking if your on a good site.
     
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    Slightly different but ordered our coach-built with a winter pack, to my surprise came with cab curtains made out of what I can only describe as a 10 tog duvet!
    Coupled with silver screens no heat is going to escape, that's the front of your van sorted not sure about the rest!!
     
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