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Old 04-13-2018, 07:58 PM   #1
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In floor heating and space heaters??

Looking for an easy way to heat our bus. We’ll mostly be in 70 or up weather but will spend our first winter in Maryland. We were thinking of installing floor heating. Anyone done this? Also, would an electric space heater be safe? Any info would be awesome? Thanks!
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How's it going with that? Have you gotten it started yet?
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If you'll be plugged in to shore power an electric space heater will be easy and safe. Just make sure the heater has a tip over switch that shuts it off if knocked over.

By "in floor heat" I assume you mean hot water pipes embedded in the floor. That's certainly an option but is way more complicated than a propane RV furnace type heater. The propane furnaces are vented so no worries about condensation and carbon monoxide like there is with catalytic propane heaters.
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How's it going with that? Have you gotten it started yet?
Not yet. Just trying to plan!
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Old 04-15-2018, 05:34 PM   #5
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Not yet. Just trying to plan!
first off let me be clear, I do not know this ... but what if we used an original type setup with coolant lines in the floor?insulation kind of like radiant heat but had it heated through an external water pump of some style or type... does anyone know if this is available??... kind of like the diesel heaters using air, we use coolant


is this just a dumb question?

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first off let me be clear, I do not know this ... but what if we used an original type setup with coolant lines in the floor?insulation kind of like radiant heat but had it heated through an external water pump of some style or type... does anyone know if this is available??... kind of like the diesel heaters using air, we use coolant


is this just a dumb question?

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It is called hydronic heating search for that term webasto is a maker of the diesel fired water heaters it is complex and exspensive but works very well
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It is called hydronic heating search for that term webasto is a maker of the diesel fired water heaters it is complex and exspensive but works very well
phew... lol i thought i was barking up the wrong tree.. lol.. i mean simple enough idea but the design would have to include piping or lines... connectivity to the diesel tank or other tank depending if you want seperate/reserve tank circulatory pump to make it flow and a simple heating element/area but to make it happen is the key oh yeah a thermostat control...lol

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A few conversions here have done hydronic in floor heat. You need a water heater, some Pex pipe embedded in the floor, a circulater pump and a thermostat/valve to control the temperature.

You get nice warm floors but heat rise is slow in a cold bus. It's more complicated than some other heat methods but very do-able. Probably more suited to full-timers than weekend warriors.
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A few conversions here have done hydronic in floor heat. You need a water heater, some Pex pipe embedded in the floor, a circulater pump and a thermostat/valve to control the temperature.

You get nice warm floors but heat rise is slow in a cold bus. It's more complicated than some other heat methods but very do-able. Probably more suited to full-timers than weekend warriors.
hmmm... fruit for thought so to speak... Im a making mine a tiny home... and live in it full time...

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>A few conversions here have done hydronic in floor heat. You need a water heater, some Pex pipe embedded in the floor, a circulater pump and a thermostat/valve to control the temperature.<

So this way is simpler than connecting it to a diesel water heater... I actually like it... my idea so to say was off top of head and random but it literally is same thing as using a bus heater the way they do with engine coolant warming to temps... and a fan... its just radiant or gradual
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