Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 02-19-2019, 11:07 AM   #1
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 63
Year: 2007
Coachwork: International
Engine: 6L
Rated Cap: 21,000lbs
Radiant Floor Heating

Hi All,

Apologies if this has been covered somewhere - I've searched but don't see any threads on it already.
Has anyone installed radiant floor heating in their bus? We're wondering about using hot water and how it might be set up with regard to a hot water tank (would we need a separate one for the floor?). Would love to see any pictures of installation if they're out there!

-bird.
ladybird_bus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2019, 11:20 AM   #2
Bus Nut
 
TJones's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Rapid City, SD
Posts: 519
Year: 2001
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: CS RE
Engine: ISC 8.3 L 260 hp
Rated Cap: 36
Read Somewhereinusa's build. He installed a radiant floor system along with many other clever constructions. There are a few other threads discussing topic as well.

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f11/so...nusa-6318.html

Ted
TJones is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2019, 11:22 AM   #3
Skoolie
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Olathe, Kansas
Posts: 191
Year: 1990
Coachwork: Crown
Chassis: Supercoach
Engine: 6-71TA
Rated Cap: 90
Quote:
Originally Posted by ladybird_bus View Post
Hi All,

Apologies if this has been covered somewhere - I've searched but don't see any threads on it already.
Has anyone installed radiant floor heating in their bus? We're wondering about using hot water and how it might be set up with regard to a hot water tank (would we need a separate one for the floor?). Would love to see any pictures of installation if they're out there!

-bird.
If you have not done so, take a look at you tube videos of "The Off Grid Schoolie" or "Life is a Joy". Both using the same system. Actually, Jim from "Life is a Joy" helped Chris do his.
GWRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2019, 12:31 PM   #4
Bus Crazy
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 1,602
Quote:
Originally Posted by ladybird_bus View Post
I've searched but don't see any threads on it already.
https://www.google.com/search?q=site...nt+OR+hydronic

FFR learn that gSearch syntax
john61ct is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2019, 12:47 PM   #5
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 63
Year: 2007
Coachwork: International
Engine: 6L
Rated Cap: 21,000lbs
Quote:
Originally Posted by TJones View Post
Read Somewhereinusa's build. He installed a radiant floor system along with many other clever constructions. There are a few other threads discussing topic as well.

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f11/so...nusa-6318.html

Ted
Thanks!
I wonder why none of the other threads turned up when I searched 'radiant' in the forums? I'll check out the link!
ladybird_bus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2019, 12:50 PM   #6
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 63
Year: 2007
Coachwork: International
Engine: 6L
Rated Cap: 21,000lbs
Quote:
Originally Posted by john61ct View Post
Thank you. Much more efficient than the search option on the site itself.
ladybird_bus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2019, 01:11 PM   #7
Bus Crazy
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 1,602
Yes, no forum software on any site searches as well as Google with the "site" keyword.

But "hydronic" is a better search string than radiant anyway.
john61ct is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2019, 03:24 PM   #8
Bus Crazy
 
joeblack5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: pa
Posts: 1,609
Year: 98
Coachwork: 1. Corbeil & 2. Thomas
Chassis: 1 ford e350 2 mercedes
Engine: 7.3 powerstroke & MBE906
Could not find myself with the link until I added Dory to it.


http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f32/do...-23902-10.html


Floor heat by itself is not enough you still need fin radiators to make it comfortable.
Last night we were in the mountains with snow and 32F no problem. The floor takes 45 min to an hour to heat up.



Good luck,
J
joeblack5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2019, 04:05 PM   #9
Bus Crazy
 
Jolly Roger bus 223's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Swansboro,NC
Posts: 1,119
Year: 86
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Ford B700
Engine: 8.2
Rated Cap: 60 bodies
Would recommend completely seperate systems and not use your water heater as a radiant heater.
Jolly Roger bus 223 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2019, 04:20 PM   #10
Bus Crazy
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 1,602
I agree they should be separated by a calorifier / heat exchanger,

and that the heat source(s) should be easily redirected from one to the other

but if you already have abundant heat produced for one purpose, e.g. waste engine heat while driving,

it would be silly not to heat both water and the space at the same time.

A third source should be electric when shore power is available, or when the genset's already running for other reasons, or "free" excess solar production once the bank is full. . .
john61ct is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2019, 04:37 PM   #11
Bus Crazy
 
somewhereinusa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Andrews,Indiana
Posts: 2,151
Year: 1991
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: AARE
Engine: 3116 Cat 250hp
Rated Cap: Just the two of us.
Quote:
Floor heat by itself is not enough you still need fin radiators to make it comfortable.
Last night we were in the mountains with snow and 32F no problem.
I have both in floor and fin type heaters that have blowers. The fin heaters have fans much like a car heater. The floor maintains heat quite well down to about 0 anything lower I use the fans. I also use the fans on initial start up, I get to 65 or so in about 30 minutes from 0

I basically have three water systems engine, heat and domestic. To prevent cross contamination, I used heat exchangers between each system. Boiler is an Espar Hydronic 10, domestic water heater is a Sealand marine with built in heat exchanger and 120VAC.

Engine heat is more than adequate to heat the entire bus while driving.
somewhereinusa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2019, 04:50 PM   #12
Bus Crazy
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 1,602
Quote:
Originally Posted by somewhereinusa View Post
I also use the fans on initial start up, I get to 65 or so in about 30 minutes from 0
A Propex or diesel forced-air parking heater can do a small space in 5 minutes, standing between a pair of Olympian Waves is instant.

Great when bringing the tribe inside for lunch and hot cocoa middle of a day skiing.

Not to be run once the hydronic's kicked in, but redundancy is of great value when boondocking far from civilisation too, multiple fuels can be a blessing, always be sure the diesel heater can't leave you stranded in arctic conditions.
john61ct is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2019, 03:09 PM   #13
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 63
Year: 2007
Coachwork: International
Engine: 6L
Rated Cap: 21,000lbs
Thanks for all the replies and input, everyone
ladybird_bus is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:06 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×