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SprinterStu
31-12-2013, 11:36
Contemplating buying a small oil filled radiator for my camper, saw some as low as 500w but I worry how efficient they would be, any advice on what wattage is appropriate.
Regards
Stuart

DUGGIESMURF
31-12-2013, 11:40
I use one for winter storage ,,it keeps the damp away ,,,when you open the door ,it aint that warm ,,but it keeps the frost at bay

Alf
31-12-2013, 11:54
Many years ago we bought a Dimplex 500w convector. Cold watcher we still use it now it has a frost setting which we use at home when leaving the van on hook up it warms up quicker than an oil heater and is a bit more compact you can wall fix it use it standing up or laying down

Alf




Contemplating buying a small oil filled radiator for my camper, saw some as low as 500w but I worry how efficient they would be, any advice on what wattage is appropriate.
Regards
Stuart

vespalien
31-12-2013, 12:18
I use one on hook up at home on the coldest nights to minimise condensation and generally keep plastic trim from getting too brittle. It only seems to need an hour or two on bad nights to just take the edge off deep frosts.

A tubular greenhouse heater will do the same job and many years ago as a youngster, I used a 60w bulb in a metal biscuit tin for keeping my photographic developer solution at the right temperature. So there are low cost solutions too.

Kath
31-12-2013, 12:45
The beauty with oil filled rads is they are cheap (check out Argos for good selection). Whilst full timing in a Chieftain I have three in order to prolong the life of the electric element of the vans fire. I have a 500w in cab and two 800w, lounge/kitchen. I'm very cosy.

Wooie1958
31-12-2013, 12:57
I have a couple like this :- 600 Watt Mini Portable Oil Filled Radiator Adjustable Thermostat/Carry Handle | eBay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/600-Watt-Mini-Portable-Oil-Filled-Radiator-Adjustable-Thermostat-Carry-Handle-/310566658444?pt=UK_Home_Garden_Hearing_Cooling_Air&hash=item484f37218c)

Quite a good price here as well

1 in the lounge area and 1 in the rear garage area and use them on a mid-way setting when the temperature drops.

I keep the van loaded all year round and these keep it aired quite well.

Don`t forget to open all the drawers / cupboards / doors so the warmth gets everywhere.

K9d
31-12-2013, 13:54
I've just bought one of these, a bit on the big side perhaps but I think it will be better than the convector heater I was using to keep the van frost free whilst its sat on my drive in winter.

http://www.lidl.co.uk/cps/rde/SID-C1273912-8E21D43C/www_lidl_uk/hs.xsl/our-offers-2491.htm?action=showDetail&id=8813

SprinterStu
31-12-2013, 14:44
Thanks for all the advice, it's more for when I'm on hook up onsite, get some chilly evening's and night's up North.

Wooie1958
31-12-2013, 15:03
Thanks for all the advice, it's more for when I'm on hook up onsite, get some chilly evening's and night's up North.


" on hook up onsite " :scared::scared: be careful what you say on here young man .......................... LOL

You`ll have the Lynch Mob after you .

molly 2
31-12-2013, 15:14
I have used a500w oil heater. It was okay in April, prefer my 750 w1.5.w Ceramic fan heater, heats the van up faster and I don't find the noise to bad, at night the thermostat regulates the temp, smaller and lighter unit .seen them as cheap 15 quid. Ours is about 8 years old still okay.our van is 18.5 ft I know the fan heater is okay on 750w in sub zero temp. Stay warm. bazz

vespalien
31-12-2013, 15:15
Some site EHU's are low current so you will need something no bigger than 800w or you'll be tripping the power everytime you put something else on.

witzend
31-12-2013, 15:38
Bigger than that you can always turn a higher wattage heater down but you can't turn a low watt one up I had one of those small 600 oil filled rad and found it useless now have a convector heater with thermostat



Contemplating buying a small oil filled radiator for my camper, saw some as low as 500w but I worry how efficient they would be, any advice on what wattage is appropriate.
Regards
Stuart

trevskoda
31-12-2013, 22:08
Bigger than that you can always turn a higher wattage heater down but you can't turn a low watt one up I had one of those small 600 oil filled rad and found it useless now have a convector heater with thermostat

wrong when you turn down a heater you are in fact turning it of and on by reostat so when it comes on for a while its burning its full load and willl trip site hook up ,only usefull at side of house from your own power sockets.

landyrubbertramp
01-01-2014, 09:46
Good info on this David many thanks

maingate
01-01-2014, 10:34
There are plenty of oil filled radiators with thermostats, timers and individual switches so you can select varying outputs. These do not work on Rheostats and are more efficient.

trevskoda
01-01-2014, 16:26
good post david but infra red is light spectrum ,m wave is in radio spectrum about 2400 mhz.any thing above about 1000 mhz will give your brain a right burning,even touching the antena of a tranmiter will burn my callsine mi1 dti radio ham.

trevskoda
01-01-2014, 16:32
lide are doing a lecy rad at 40 two elements inside rather than reostat giving .500 w 1000w & 1.500w,so you could use it at site hookup or at home ,no its on the big side think 70 long 52 h 40w hope this helps.

trevskoda
01-01-2014, 17:50
yes you are right but the wattage out put is so low no danger or so they tell us david,we will find out in about 30 years when its mybe to late and are heads are pickled,do me no harm as im permantely pickled hic:wave:

phillybarbour
01-01-2014, 20:07
They're great a keeping the van dry and warm when not in use, provided you have EHU

SprinterStu
07-01-2014, 15:39
Doesn't sound like the oil filled radiators are up to much on a chilly evening. Electric fan or halogen it is then, thanks for all the advice.

Stu

Tbear
07-01-2014, 16:21
Never had a problem in the UK boiling the electric kettle on hook-up so I cannot see a problem with most heaters. In France on Aires, I have see multi connectors plugged into multi connectors. With half a dozen vans using the same dodge looking hook-up, things could be different :)

Richard

DUGGIESMURF
07-01-2014, 19:35
Never had a problem in the UK boiling the electric kettle on hook-up so I cannot see a problem with most heaters. In France on Aires, I have see multi connectors plugged into multi connectors. With half a dozen vans using the same dodge looking hook-up, things could be different :)

Richard

WE HAD A 10 AROS heater for years , 2 heat settings and blower setting for cooling ,thermostatic control for night time

trevskoda
07-01-2014, 19:41
did not see the last bit:lol-053:

trevskoda
07-01-2014, 19:43
Doesn't sound like the oil filled radiators are up to much on a chilly evening. Electric fan or halogen it is then, thanks for all the advice.

Stu

lecy fans are best to dry the air up stops mildue ,my opinion only.


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