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Message posted by Sukywuky via mobile 29/8/2020 at 3:39pm
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The blown air vent in the bathroom in our new caravan seems not to be connected to the blown air system as all we can feel is a cool draught from it when the vent is open. All our other vents in the caravan have warm air coming through but the bathroom doesn’t. Any suggestions what the problem could be?

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Message posted by Rob and Tina via mobile 29/8/2020 at 3:54pm
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Yes it's a common problem because it's so far from the heater that the air is cold by the time it gets there. Check that the ducting is connected at the back,if the ducting goes under the caravan check that it isn't damaged, if you cover all the other vents for a few minutes and see if the air gets warmer in the bathroom if it does then it's what I first said and there isn't much you can do about it, we have insulated the ducting that runs under our van but it doesn't help much.

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Message posted by Mick S.29/8/2020 at 4:42pm
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It helps to partially close the vents, in increments, the closer to the heater you get. Otherwise most of the hot air will come out of the first vent, making that area too warm. eg, our first one is a yard from the heater, so is only open maybe a quarter. Whereas the bathroom, being furthest away, is full bore. It is still worth checking the ducting to your 'dodgy' vent though.

Message posted by tango5529/8/2020 at 7:28pm
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We have the same problem which is quite common of this type of warm air heating unfortunately. However, like suggested, the only way is to close the warm air vents in the living quarters and that will direct more heat in the opposite direction. It's not perfect but the only real solution to the problem.
It's based very much on the same principal as the heating vents in your car. If you have it switched to either the dashboard or feet independently, the warm air comes out faster but if you have it switched to both at the same time then the warm air has to be distributed in both directions so the delivery is weaker.

Message posted by marg629/8/2020 at 7:45pm
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i guess we are lucky then as in our van all the ducts run internally except for one of the ones in the bathroom, so i turn that one shut and just have the airing cupboard one open and leave the door open to get some heat in there.

like has been said only other thing you could do is to insulate the pipework securely

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Message posted by bobmel29/8/2020 at 8:42pm
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Close the bathroom vent, wait until the caravan is warm before switching on the blower. Once caravan is warm close the living area vents then open the bathrom vent, you should have warm air. The mistake is switching on the blower before the caravan is warm. We now have Alde wet system, no cold spots.

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Message posted by Monty1530/8/2020 at 1:19am
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I have no problem getting hot air blown into my bathroom, it can get pretty toasty, and it's quite a large van. The ducting is all internal, so heat loss is less than external ducting.

Mick S is spot on, the air will take the path of least resistance, so the bulk will want to come out of the vent nearest the heater, usually the front of van, then the middle vent, then the bathroom vent will get what's left! It will also cooler the further from heater it is. The trick is to adjust the vents to balance the airflow so that it heats the van evenly. If you want to heat the bathroom quickly/more, if say you wanted a shower, close the other 2 vents.

If you can't get any hot air (or at least warm air) out of bathroom vent, then something is wrong, most likely with the ducting. Check for splits, disconnected joints or crushing that is interfering with airflow. It does take a little time for the system to heat up, so you won't get instant hot air as soon as you turn the heating on, and the bathroom will be the last vent to blow warm air.

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Hi, I solved this by fitting a heated towel rail in our van.

Message posted by jim oldham02/9/2020 at 10:40am
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If there is ducting under the van, and it is accessible, try to wrap insulation around it.


Message posted by Pixie_Hez02/9/2020 at 5:17pm
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In our previous caravan which has blown air heating, we couldn’t get any heat down to the rear bathroom at all. We tried everything but ended up just buying a small oil filled radiator which worked a treat!

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Message posted by JuanHuNose02/9/2020 at 6:38pm
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As per me101 I fitted a mini heated towel rail in our last van which suffered from the same problem and it was the best mod I`ve ever done to a caravan. I think it cost about 28 quid and an hour to fit and wire in, it left the (large) end washroom/shower/changing area toasty and you got lovely warm and dry towels to boot. It was only rated at 50watts but it was fabulous.

I tried all the other thing suggested but none really made any appreciable difference.

Our current van has no such problems as it has the ALDE wet central heating, but if I had space (and I haven`t - grrrr!) I`d fit another one without hesitation.

Message posted by Bramidan02/9/2020 at 6:43pm
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It's not really camping is it? Heated towel rails et al ?
Satellite TV's sitting in your vans looking out on the rain, why don't you just stay home?

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Quote: Originally posted by Bramidan on 02/9/2020
It's not really camping is it? Heated towel rails et al ?
Satellite TV's sitting in your vans looking out on the rain, why don't you just stay home?



Each to his own.
If you want to sleep on the floor, wash in a river and pee in a bucket that`s absolutely fine by me.

Not for me, thanks. Can`t beat a lovely hot shower in the morning without leaving the van, or relaxing with a proper cooked meal and several beers with my feet up when it`s lashing down or snowing outside, but as I say.........

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Quote: Originally posted by JuanHuNose on 02/9/2020
Quote: Originally posted by Bramidan on 02/9/2020
It's not really camping is it? Heated towel rails et al ?
Satellite TV's sitting in your vans looking out on the rain, why don't you just stay home?



Each to his own.
If you want to sleep on the floor, wash in a river and pee in a bucket that`s absolutely fine by me.

Not for me, thanks. Can`t beat a lovely hot shower in the morning without leaving the van, or relaxing with a proper cooked meal and several beers with my feet up when it`s lashing down or snowing outside, but as I say.........



Exactly my point, so why not stay at home .........
If you are looking to drive miles to simply have a few beers whilst it's lashing down outside or snowing couldn't you just do a day trip?

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Quote: Originally posted by Bramidan on 02/9/2020
Quote: Originally posted by JuanHuNose on 02/9/2020
Quote: Originally posted by Bramidan on 02/9/2020
It's not really camping is it? Heated towel rails et al ?
Satellite TV's sitting in your vans looking out on the rain, why don't you just stay home?



Each to his own.
If you want to sleep on the floor, wash in a river and pee in a bucket that`s absolutely fine by me.

Not for me, thanks. Can`t beat a lovely hot shower in the morning without leaving the van, or relaxing with a proper cooked meal and several beers with my feet up when it`s lashing down or snowing outside, but as I say.........



Exactly my point, so why not stay at home .........
If you are looking to drive miles to simply have a few beers whilst it's lashing down outside or snowing couldn't you just do a day trip?



Well, I`m dragging my caravan to Scotland at the end of October for 10 days when the weather may be a tad inclement (and certainly potentially too cool for an old `un like me to spend under a sheet of canvas) . According to AA Roadwatch it`s journey of 404 miles each way, which, even with an early start, is a little too far for a day trip. I will probably go north of the border again over Xmas and New Year when the vistas are superb and the atmosphere is fabulous. You will be stuck inside your bricks and mortar. I know which I`d prefer, but ...............

Message posted by Bramidan03/9/2020 at 9:12am
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Quote: Originally posted by JuanHuNose on 02/9/2020
Quote: Originally posted by Bramidan on 02/9/2020
Quote: Originally posted by JuanHuNose on 02/9/2020
Quote: Originally posted by Bramidan on 02/9/2020
It's not really camping is it? Heated towel rails et al ?
Satellite TV's sitting in your vans looking out on the rain, why don't you just stay home?



Each to his own.
If you want to sleep on the floor, wash in a river and pee in a bucket that`s absolutely fine by me.

Not for me, thanks. Can`t beat a lovely hot shower in the morning without leaving the van, or relaxing with a proper cooked meal and several beers with my feet up when it`s lashing down or snowing outside, but as I say.........



Exactly my point, so why not stay at home .........
If you are looking to drive miles to simply have a few beers whilst it's lashing down outside or snowing couldn't you just do a day trip?



Well, I`m dragging my caravan to Scotland at the end of October for 10 days when the weather may be a tad inclement (and certainly potentially too cool for an old `un like me to spend under a sheet of canvas) . According to AA Roadwatch it`s journey of 404 miles each way, which, even with an early start, is a little too far for a day trip. I will probably go north of the border again over Xmas and New Year when the vistas are superb and the atmosphere is fabulous. You will be stuck inside your bricks and mortar. I know which I`d prefer, but ...............



It was only meant to be a gentle wind up, enjoy your trip.


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