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Subject Topic: Heating your `van when not in use Post Reply Post New Topic
27/8/2012 at 3:11pm
 Location: Morecambe
 Outfit: Daystar `91 + Berlingo
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During winter?  We do, 24/7.  Keeps it cozy(ish) so I can have a coffee in there - or work on it! . . . Don`t think it uses much current, but it might help the ole girl rumble on a tad longer!

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27/8/2012 at 4:39pm
 Location: Wakefield West York
 Outfit: Swift Basecamp+ Fo
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We use a small oil filled radiator on above freezing - 1 to 1.5 on a scale of 0 to 5. This is spot-on for keeping the van warm and aired throughout the winter. Plus we have been known to use it as a spare bedroom.

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27/8/2012 at 4:41pm
 Location: Midlands
 Outfit: Tessie and Patsy
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Bertha lives in a storage compund. We keep her as warm as we can through regular outings!

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27/8/2012 at 8:48pm
 Location: midlands
 Outfit: Lunar Quasar 462 & Skoda Octavia Estat
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Our van is stored on our drive so when it is very cold (well below freezing) we sometimes leave the heater on its lowest setting . We also use it as an occasional spare bedroom!!!!

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27/8/2012 at 9:33pm
 Location: Newtownards
 Outfit: Mondeo Estate & Sprite Major4 SB
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I keep mine on the drive and have a blow heater on a timer which comes on for 15 minutes every two hours. Keeps the musty smell out.


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27/8/2012 at 10:43pm
 Location: None Entered
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we heat ours every weekend with a blow heater or the gas ...


27/8/2012 at 11:27pm
 Location: Rhyl North Wales
 Outfit: TBC
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My question is would It be advisable to keep my roof light slightly open as well for airflow as I was thinking of doing this on our van over winter as we keep are able to store ours in our back garden full time.


28/8/2012 at 12:16am
 Location: Morecambe
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" Plus we have been known to use it as a spare bedroom."

Ha ha  - the mind boggles!!



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28/8/2012 at 12:18am
 Location: Morecambe
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"My question is would It be advisable to keep my roof light slightly open as well for airflow as "

On a nice day.  But I never bother!  Don`t want to spoil Daisy - she`s had enough spent on her!  Now she`s got to deliver the goods heh heh



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28/8/2012 at 6:08am
 Location: None Entered
 Outfit: Coachman Pastiche
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There is plenty of ventilation in a caravan without opening a roof vent which can also let rain in.


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28/8/2012 at 6:58am
 Location: Staffs
 Outfit: Swift Challenger 490 SEL & VW Tiguan
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Absolutely not. It's designed to spend long periods unheated, & if properly set-up it will be fine.


28/8/2012 at 7:39am
 Location: Cambs
 Outfit: Tin tent diddy tent BIG tent
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I would rather spend my pennies on something else rather than heating the atmosphere of the UK, plus I am tight and prefer not to spend money unless I have to. So long as everything is drained down and the caravan is well ventilated it should be fine. If I want to sit in the caravan I would rather go away for a couple of days (or months!).

If it is very cold and I am going to have a few days away I do preheat the caravan for a few hours before I leave home as I don't like to put warm bedding into a cold caravan and of the structure is warm it takes less time to reach a stable temperature once on site. This only applies to journeys of up top an hour or two as the heat loss on longer trips make it less worthwhile.

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28/8/2012 at 7:49am
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The key to caravan storage over winter is good ventilation. As stated ensure all low level ventilation points are unrestricted leaving cupboard doors open if floor vents are inside. Double skinned rooflights ventilate without being opened. Stand cushions on edge & close curtains rather than leave them bunched up helps keep everything fresh.

Heating interior may well cause condensation rather than preventing it as will dehumidifying devices which hold water. So unless you are actually using the caravan, heating it just wastes electricity.



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