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Bald Hippy



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PostSubject: Heater question from a novice   Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:09 am

Hi There
I picked up my campervan yesterday (very excited). I wonder if anybody has any advice on the best heater to use when parked up for camping? Can you use a normal plug in domestic heater' blower, convector heater, Dyson etc or something of that nature or will it blow a fuse?
Any advice much appreciated
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PostSubject: Re: Heater question from a novice   Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:08 am

Ive got a small electric heater with two settings 600w or 1200w. Just bought it from homebase and it does the job. We were out camping between christmas and new year and actually got too hot one night!! If its only the heater on we use the highest setting but if we are plugging more in we go to the lowest setting just in case.

I believe an electric oil filled radiator is more efficient but usually you don't pay for electricity Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Heater question from a novice   Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:37 am

@T2D2 wrote:
Ive got a small electric heater with two settings 600w or 1200w.  Just bought it from homebase and it does the job.  We were out camping between christmas and new year and actually got too hot one night!!  If its only the heater on we use the highest setting but if we are plugging more in we go to the lowest setting just in case.

I believe an electric oil filled radiator is more efficient but usually you don't pay for electricity Wink

Thanks a lot for the info T2D2. Good point about not paying for the electrcity if it's hooked up. Wonder how long it would take to run the battery down if not hooked up?
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PostSubject: Re: Heater question from a novice   Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:03 pm

Welcome and congratulations on you ur new purchase!

Some owners have independent petrol heaters that can be used when required however most just use blow heaters of oil radiators when camping.

Electric heaters/radiators will only work when you have hookup unless a) they are 12v devices which probably won’t have enough power to make any difference and you are able to plug them in somewhere, or b) you have an inverter in which case it will severely impact the charge of your leisure battery which will likely only last a few hours.

Campsites generally have 10A hookups which limits the overall power consumption to somewhere just above 2kw, but you need to factor in ALL things that are connected and drawing a current.

We use a 500w oil rad along with electric (21w) electric under blankets when it is really cold. That and several blankets. Sleeping in socks also makes quite a difference!

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PostSubject: Re: Heater question from a novice   Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:16 pm

Hi and Welcome to the Forum - congrats on your purchase.

Scooby would love to see some pics of your Kombi if you have some  Smile

With regard to your heater question Talulah has provided a good reply, but you can always find out information on a range of topics on the Forum simply by using the search function.

Typing in 'Heater' into the search function brought up several threads - the following link is only to one of them.

Link: Heater

'Good heat hunting' and we look forward to seeing you out on the road during 2018!

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PostSubject: Re: Heater question from a novice   Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:58 pm

Thanks a lot to Tallulah & Scooby for the info, much appreciated. Warm socks going on my shopping list!
Will definitely put some photos up soon
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PostSubject: Re: Heater question from a novice   Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:26 pm

@Bald Hippy wrote:
Thanks a lot to Tallulah & Scooby for the info, much appreciated. Warm socks going on my shopping list!
Will definitely put some photos up soon
BH

Warm socks*, skiing-type under garments** - top and bottom - plus hat; all done before heating at night (and all have no running costs). cheers

* Mountain warehouse often have half-price offers
** Decathlon, usually about £4.99

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PostSubject: Re: Heater question from a novice   Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:59 pm

Welcome to the forum Bald Hippy.
We use an oil radiator , just a cheap and cheerful one from The Range , keeps us nice and warm.

Look forward to seeing you out and about in 2018

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PostSubject: Re: Heater question from a novice   Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:41 pm

Hi and welcome. Looking at your username I would suggest one of these - Razz Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Heater question from a novice   Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:43 am

We use a small oil-filled radiator, which is silent and can be left on all night. We also have a small fan heater which warms the van quickly, and can then be switched off because the radiator will maintain the temperature. If it's really cold it's a good idea to leave the pop-top down, because that is where much of the heat is lost.
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PostSubject: Re: Heater question from a novice   Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:42 am

@harryhornet wrote:
Hi and welcome. Looking at your username I would suggest one of these - Razz Razz

Oh superb! Can you get them in beige with a white top Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Heater question from a novice   Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:43 am

@Voyager wrote:
We use a small oil-filled radiator, which is silent and can be left on all night. We also have a small fan heater which warms the van quickly, and can then be switched off because the radiator will maintain the temperature. If it's really cold it's a good idea to leave the pop-top down, because that is where much of the heat is lost.

Thanks a lot for that. Took your advice & got a 500w oil radiator which did the job nicely!
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PostSubject: Re: Heater question from a novice   Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:45 am

@beakyboy wrote:
Welcome to the forum Bald Hippy.
We use an oil radiator , just a cheap and cheerful one from The Range , keeps us nice and warm.

Look forward to seeing you out and about in 2018

Brilliant. Thanks for the advice!
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