Originally Posted by Diesel Dan
So, does that heater heat up the whole bus? Or do you have to close off the front half of the bus and just heat half the space to stay warm?
The whole bus for part of the evening and then just the back half at night - I leave it on low all the time and rather than turn it up I just smallen up the space.
It keeps it about 35-38 degrees warmer than outside on the 'heated' side, this morning was 40 outside and 76 on the heated side of the curtain and 52 on the unheated side when I dashed out to the galley to get some coffee going.So the has just enough leakage to let some heat into the front to keep it somewhat warm.
Also I made another 'thermal curtiain' across the back window -
Just an old bedsheet I had laying around and the the liner is the fuzzy stuff you find in a cheap box spring. It's plenty thick and insulates pretty good. Just sew the fuzzy stuff to the bedsheet, add some snaps across the top, put the other side of the snaps in the wall. Puts another layer between you and outside and stops the drafts I had with just the curtains up.
Easy to put up and take down, Folds up pretty small. I stick it behind the big chair outta the way.
I had heavy curtains up with blinds but swapped out the blinds (don't get me started on blinds in a bus
)for roller shades
I got the $4 a piece vinyl ones from Walmart, got 12 yards of duck cloth in the fabric department, came home and took the vinyl off, cut off a 28" long piece off the bolt for each window - the duck cloth comes 36" wide, which gave me the length -sewed rod pockets across one end, the 28" way, attached the duck cloth to the rollers, stuck the rods in the pockets at the bottom and stuck 'em up. You can see thay make a pretty good seal the bottom, they do on the sides as well and stops the drafts I used to have with the blinds.
Kept an eye on the temperatures for the next little while and those two things added about 8 degrees to the inside temp's at night. I like the shades better than blinds, when you're driving and want to keep the window open, just put it all the way up and no string or plastic rod to deal with. Easier to clean too - just take them off the rollers and throw them in with the regular laundry.
Oh, one more thing - for those that cringed about using fabric off of old box springs - they stay pretty clean during their life, since they're under the mattress and the top cover of the box springs, but a trip to the laundromat cleans they right up. Wash 'em by themselves and throw in whatever chemicals you like to kill whatever scares ya'.