Winter heating

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granviadad
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Winter heating

Postby granviadad » 20 Jan 2015, 17:18

Hi. I have just purchased my Granvia 1998 which was converted in 2014. Does anyone have experience of heating their van during winter use (other than running the engine and using an electric hook up ) ?

V6vanman
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Location: Abingdon

Re: Winter heating

Postby V6vanman » 20 Jan 2015, 20:14

Hi, my camper has gas powered blown air heating that was done as part of the conversion. We have used it a couple of years ago in the January snow and it kept us warm. I also use it when I'm training leaders for Duke of Edinburgh expeditions early or late in the year. Its on a thermostat so cuts in and out during the night. Cuddles are also good!!! Stay warm!
2000 3.4 V6 Granvia - camper conversion

daveveal
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Location: New Forest, Hampshire

Re: Winter heating

Postby daveveal » 20 Jan 2015, 22:58

I have one of these: http://www.propexheatsource.co.uk/heaters/hs2000

Works well and doesn't allow fumes into the van, having a heat exchanger.

Try Grass Routes Leisure if they are still around.

Dave
R 613 PEL - 1998 2wd Diesel self-build camper. Pearl white over gold. New Forest, Hampshire

granviadad
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Re: Winter heating

Postby granviadad » 22 Jan 2015, 10:15

Thanks for the info. Looked up the Protex 2000 and it seems like its a fairly major investment but I guess worth considering if I want to spend winter nights in the van away from campsites and hook-ups.
I was hoping to find something a little more portable that I can take out in the summer. there is an American portable heater called Mr. Heater Portable Buddy Propane Heater available at ebay but it is shipped from the states.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/261659619802?limghlpsr=true&hlpv=2&ops=true&viphx=1&hlpht=true&lpid=108&chn=ps&device=c&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0-L&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=108&ff19=0
Does anyone know anything about it or something similar.
Cheers

daveveal
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Location: New Forest, Hampshire

Re: Winter heating

Postby daveveal » 22 Jan 2015, 11:54

Oh gosh. I wouldn't want to use something like that in a confined space like a Granvia.

I would take professional advice before using one.

Maybe I'm over-cautious, but I even open the window when I use the gas-hob!

Dave
R 613 PEL - 1998 2wd Diesel self-build camper. Pearl white over gold. New Forest, Hampshire

granviadad
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Re: Winter heating

Postby granviadad » 23 Jan 2015, 21:45

Talked to calor gas engineer and its a definite no no to put even small 2kw gas heater in such a small unvented air space. So looks like portex or nothing. Be glad to hear from anyone who had one fitted, who fitted and cost.

daveveal
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Location: New Forest, Hampshire

Re: Winter heating

Postby daveveal » 23 Jan 2015, 23:02

I fitted mine myself; it just needs a couple of holes through the floor. But of course, you should get a gas engineer to do the final connection ...
R 613 PEL - 1998 2wd Diesel self-build camper. Pearl white over gold. New Forest, Hampshire

granviadad
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Re: Winter heating

Postby granviadad » 18 Mar 2015, 23:19

I've had a propex 2000 fitted by Keith at Devon motorhomes at kingkerswell. Allowed me to provide unit myself via ebay purchase (£429) and did a good job. He also let me finish off the venting/woodworking side of things as I decided to box the unit inside the cupboard underneath the sink. The hot vent comes out to the left of the electrical supplies(behind the drivers seat and required me to rearrange some of the electrical outlets) and the inlet vent is through the bottom of the cupboard door. The cupboard has lost 9ins but the shelf I put over the heater still fits the usual waste water tank and a new 15l water tank. I am having it certificated by my friendly gas engineer and the total cost is £635. After my first winter trip the systems working extremely well. Can thoroughly recommend Keith who is very flexible, helpful and does a good job.


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