My attempt at keeping the planet warm (1 Viewer)

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Tube heater comes on at seven degrees. Dehumidifier set to around 60%. Not activated for the last 2 days
 
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Follow up.
To keep an eye on cost, I have an energy plug. Used 1.4 watts in 2.22 days. Bottom line shows cost if I program in the kWh unit price.
 

Jim

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Is that a temperature controlled plug adapter? I know plenty of people who do not heat their van over winter no matter how cold it gets, I never used to. But after that really bad winter a few years ago where it was colder than -10 for a couple of weeks I had loads of damage to wood veneers and panels, the wood casing even popped of the fridge, was was in damp Wales though.
 
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@Jim
The image shows the amp hour plug, this leads to a double socket and then connects to the de humidifier and tube heater. just now (18.15) its 9 degrees in the van and tube heater is off. The tube heater is connected to the temperature controlled plug.

The de humidifier stays on all the time but senses the humidity every 30 minutes and only switches on when humidity goes above 70%

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Allanm

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Seems a good idea, we always heat the van too, can’t be bothered to keep emptying water out, but we use the van all year round so it’s ready to go all the time.
I just leave the heating on low, uses very little gas, which is cheap anyway, and keeps the Truma frost valve happy.
 

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My van has been left in a hotel car park in a very cold (-20) Austria for 3-4 weeks in the past, never had any problems other than a bit sluggish to start
 
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My van has been left in a hotel car park in a very cold (-20) Austria for 3-4 weeks in the past, never had any problems other than a bit sluggish to start
we use our van a lot and wouldn't like to jump in it and go away for a couple of days if its minus 20 inside

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When i was a student, i worked in an icecream factory and the freezers were -30. they were the size of the down stairs of a large house. Special clothes had to be warn when we went in to stock the shelves!
 

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we use our van a lot and wouldn't like to jump in it and go away for a couple of days if its minus 20 inside

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When i was a student, i worked in an icecream factory and the freezers were -30. they were the size of the down stairs of a large house. Special clothes had to be warn when we went in to stock the shelves!

I use the van as transport to get me to a 4 star (minimum!) hotel, where I stay for 4 weeks of snowboarding and then drive back to Wales (stopping only for diesel & the ferry)
The -20 would be the night time temperature, if I leave around 10 am it only takes a few miles to get the van warm

If it is really cold I can always put the mh heater on & let it warm up whilst I have my breakfast, only had to do that once as the driver's door was frozen shut!

In my youth, I used to be a stock controller at a major food retailer's distribution centre, so had the same type of special clothes as you!

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Jim

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My van has been left in a hotel car park in a very cold (-20) Austria for 3-4 weeks in the past, never had any problems other than a bit sluggish to start


Ive done the same in Germany in years past. I think its the very moist freezing air we had in Wales that year didn't help. during the day it reached highs of -10, i think it was colder than -20 at night and stayed that way for a couple of weeks
 
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I once in the deepest cold snap in cornwall, around 1982 ish, ran some warm water in the doors to get in. Well never again!!!

Anyone around then, when the lapwings were grounded?
 

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