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Old 05-03-2015, 12:42 PM   #1
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Question How to keep warm in winter

Hello,
Paul here. I have a question for you guys, how does one go about the process of keeping a skoolie warm in the winter? I already have planned out the walls, (inserted with pink insulation). Ive been planning on using multiple electric heaters, to keep the place warm. Is there maybe a way to seal off the windows?
Please just comment anything that you think is useful to know about heating...
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Old 05-03-2015, 01:26 PM   #2
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Keep yourself warm and don't worry about the bus.



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Old 05-03-2015, 04:59 PM   #3
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Just for a point of reference in making a wild estimate of how much heat you might need.. I did an experiment with electric heat in my bus two years ago. I left two baseboard radiator heaters running overnight and tracked the temperature. The 4.5 kW electric heat was able to hold about 40 degree F temperature difference through the night (outdoor temperature in the low teens and in-bus temperature low to mid 50's). I hadn't added insulation or deleted windows at that time; the walls just had their dust-laden factory fiberglass batts in them. This was in a 38 foot Blue Bird flat-front body.

Just as in a fixed building, controlled air exchange (sealed windows and doors) and insulation are the big factors to retaining heat inside.

crazcal makes a good point: if your needs can be met by keeping just yourself warm, or just a part of the bus, it'll reduce the amount of heat you need to achieve comfort.
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Old 05-03-2015, 05:35 PM   #4
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To that last point, one of the best investments I ever made was in a couple of electric blankets. We have one for the bed and one for the couch. You can easily be comfortable in a 60F room if you yourself are warm.

At one point there was concern about the radiation and possible links to cancer. No link has ever been proven and they're generally considered safe at this point. Modern products also give off a lot less radiation than the ones from the 70s, and are less of a fire risk, too.

YMMV and you make your own informed choices - we're happy with ours, though.
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Old 05-12-2015, 11:43 AM   #5
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'i am installing a 12 000 BTU propane radiant heater to help keep the cold away. Should be plenty of heat.
Plenty of moisture too.

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Old 05-12-2015, 12:11 PM   #6
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Personally, I'd take Rachel Nichols (who looks a helluva lot better as a redhead), plenty of insulation and an electric blanket.
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Old 09-24-2015, 01:52 AM   #7
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Radiator heat

Is anyone using the radiator heat to heat the bus during drive times?
I was thinking about adding one in middle and one in back of bus, those old time NE radiators to keep the bus warm during drive times.
I also read (somewhere) that diesel engines like a warmer running temp than gas engines. If this is true would I be harming the engine by using its heat?
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I vote for:

You have wheels...use them and head south, that is my plan every year...still hasn't worked out tho'
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Is anyone using the radiator heat to heat the bus during drive times?
I was thinking about adding one in middle and one in back of bus, those old time NE radiators to keep the bus warm during drive times.
I also read (somewhere) that diesel engines like a warmer running temp than gas engines. If this is true would I be harming the engine by using its heat?
The middle and rear heaters that come in most buses operate just like that.
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I have a 13,600 btu diesel heater coming (vented and fan), we kept the 2 bus heaters for on the road use.

We travel and camp all year but do try to stay south in the winter.
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