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Van Conversion / Re: Using eberspacer hydronic to heat camper van conversion.
« Last post by Mustasjo on August 21, 2017, 09:57:07 PM »
Yes, it is a Wolksvagen LT35 (Same chassie as the Sprinter Type1 / pre 2006 model). It is totally stripped, except for a 8mm floor. Looks like this https://ixquick-proxy.com/do/spg/show_picture.pl?l=norsk&rais=1&oiu=https%3A%2F%2Fs-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com%2Foriginals%2F95%2F4e%2Fcd%2F954ecd96fb108e5df648ae494407a259.jpg&sp=d257dd51e5b2fce7e292ba54208360fc. No windows, so a cargo van I guess. The floor is currently coverd in a temporary 8mm wood sheet that came with, but this will be removed when I insulate the floor.

Hmm.. I like you're idea. Definetly had not though of that. I still haven't quite given up on the wood stove though, I really like this setup https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H2AXMrspFg. But I think for now I should focus on insulating, then fixing a heater later. If I dont have enough time to do something fancy before winter comes, I'll just opt for a kerosene burner.

Once again thank you so much for your advice and fast replies!
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Common Room / Re: Hello friends !!!
« Last post by Camper_Dan on August 21, 2017, 06:57:07 PM »
Hi Camper Dan,
I like reading your comments & your logic.
Keep it coming ;)

Thank You!  I have been enjoying this forum and the ability to hopefully help others avoid many of the mistakes I made over the years.  I had the misfortune of listening to all of the wrong people in the beginning, and it cost me a lot of money and misery, and looking back on it now, I think all their bad advice was centered around them making money rather than actually trying to help anybody.

Cheers!
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Van Conversion / Re: Using eberspacer hydronic to heat camper van conversion.
« Last post by Camper_Dan on August 21, 2017, 06:40:06 PM »
I just thought of another possible option for you.  You could hook up a small radiator, like a heater core to your water heater, along with a pump to circulate the water through the water heater and the radiator, and then put a 12v fan behind it to blow the warm air out into the van.  It's possible that the fan might not even be necessary.

Cheers!
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Van Conversion / Re: Using eberspacer hydronic to heat camper van conversion.
« Last post by Camper_Dan on August 21, 2017, 06:33:45 PM »
Wood is a nice dry heat, but it's terribly messy inside a vehicle, requires a lot of dead air space around it, and typically isn't very convenient either.  One big complaint I've heard from people who have tried it is that the fire wouldn't last all night, and they'd wake up freezing and have to stoke the fire.

I carry 2x 7 gallon jugs of kerosene, and even at -50f that's enough to last me a month or more.  Huge space savings by comparison, and no messing with ashes, bugs, etc. and as bonus, as long as I fuel, I never have  to go out in the cold after firewood either.

As for soundproofing and/or insulation, can you describe your floor, walls, and ceiling to me for what you have now, and is it a window van, or a cargo van?

Cheers!
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Van Conversion / Re: Using eberspacer hydronic to heat camper van conversion.
« Last post by Mustasjo on August 21, 2017, 02:44:09 PM »
Thanks for your advice!

I'll steer clear of floor heating then. I have a couple more questions, dont know I should make a new thread or not. I think I'll just ask them here, and please let me know if I should have done diffrently.

Do you have any experience with wood ovens in campers?

Do you have advice for sound insulating with foam?
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Common Room / Re: Hello friends !!!
« Last post by Roman on August 21, 2017, 10:13:51 AM »
Hi Camper Dan,
I like reading your comments & your logic.
Keep it coming ;)
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Common Room / Re: Hello friends !!!
« Last post by Camper_Dan on August 20, 2017, 08:12:52 PM »
Greetings & Welcome!

I am Camper Dan and I'm from the USA, but I too have traveled the world in camper vans.  Window vans are a very wise choice, because cargo vans are horrible in almost every conceivable way.  Upgrading from a cargo van to a window van was a life changing experience for me, all for the better.

One of  the first things to consider is whether you want a high top or a standard top.  You can stand up in a high top, but it will also restrict some places you can go with it.  While you can't stand up in a standard top, I find  that 99.9% of the time, I am either sitting or sleeping anyway, and I spend a LOT of time in my van.  It's easy enough to cook while seated, and showering while seated is easy enough too.  In the end, you'll need to make that decision for yourself.

After many years of trial and error, I have come to the conclusion that the best results can be had by simply removing the rear seats, and moving your camper interior in, NOT BUILDING IT IN.  If everything is kept portable (but secured), it is easy to rearrange your setup as needs change.  With built ins this is impossible without a ton of work and hassle.

In the past I built some beautiful camper vans, and while they might have been beautiful, they weren't really comfortable or convenient.  Today, my camper van  interiors are not as pretty, but they are much more comfortable, convenient, and practical.  They are dead simple with practically nothing that can go wrong with them, and everything is easily replaceable almost anywhere.  I am prepared for both extreme heat and extreme cold, so I can stay comfortable no matter what temperatures the weather throws at me.

I am an advocate of having your own toilet and shower, although not exactly RV style ones.  I am against plumbing of any kind because it can leak and also freeze.  Dumping big tanks can also be a huge hassle.  A bucket style toilet with a plastic bag liner, can be dumped into any trash receptacle anywhere.  I empty mine about once a week... I add my trash on top, tie off the plastic bag, and carry it in the bucket to a trash receptacle to dump it.  This way I never have to worry about a bag breaking on the way there.  Simple and easy.  I use dishpans for sinks, and simply toss the water out the door whenever possible, if it isn't possible, I have a 7 gallon water jug for used water that I can dump it in until I'm somewhere convenient to dump it.  I use trigger spray bottles for the water for my sinks, very handy, and great at conserving water usage.  Another advantage of keeping everything portable instead of built in is they can also be used outside without the need for duplication.

My shower/toilet enclosure consists of a hula hoop for a shower curtain rod, hung from the ceiling, and then use standard shower curtain hooks and shower curtains.  The whole works will easily unhook and collapse down onto the toilet when not in use and I don't want it blocking my view.  For my shower base, I use a storage tote large enough for my bucket toilet to sit in it, and still have room for my feet.  I sit on the toilet while showering.  For shower water I use an easily modified weed sprayer.  I removed the original wand, and replaced it with a longer hose and a kitchen sink sprayer nozzle.  This gives me a great hand held shower, that shuts off as soon as I release the trigger, conserving water.  I can also hang it, and lock the trigger on with a small loop of rope if I want a normal house  type shower, and have plenty of water.  I also carry a pop-up toilet/shower privacy tent so if I am wilderness camping, I can move my bathroom outdoors.  Occasionally, even in cities, if I want a long stand up shower, I will put the pop-up directly beside or behind my van at a park, and in many years and many places, nobody has ever hassled me about it.

Ignore the people who will tell you to strip the interior, and add insulation, roof vents, solar panels, and all that jazz.  Other than removing the rear seats, keep the original interior if at all  possible.  Just add a throw rug that is easily removable and washable.  In a normal passenger van, at least some of the windows in the back and on the sides should open.  With a cheap fan, these windows will provide far better ventilation than roof vents at a small fraction of the cost.  Every old timer I've ever run  into will tell you to NEVER EVER put any holes in your roof for anything.

The worst mistakes I ever made were cargo vans, insulation, roof vents, solar panels, 12 volt fridges, plumbing, and unvented propane stoves & heaters, actually propane anything...  Today I use non-pressurized wick type kerosene stoves and heaters because they are much safer, and provide a much drier  heat.  Unvented propane creates huge moisture problems in vehicles, not to mention the safety factors like the potential for leaks, explosions, and carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Income, savings, including an emergency fund, and being prepared for anything and everything are the best ingredients for success.

Good luck and give a shout if I can be of assistance or you need more details etc.



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Common Room / Hello friends !!!
« Last post by Aram on August 20, 2017, 10:03:45 AM »
Hello to everyone !

My name is George , i am 26 years old and i am from Athens , Greece .
I have no experience in "van life" or any other "mobile house life" yet , despite that , i want to travel the world and i want to do that with my own vehicle/house . I have made some research and i think a van is the best way to do that because of my budget , plus i believe is the stealthiest one .

My total budget is about 15.000 euro so with that money i want to buy the vehicle , to do all the modifications - installations and also to keep as many as possilble to start my first road trip .

- I want the total weight to be under >3.500 KG because i don't want a professional licence .
- I want a mini bus , i don't like cargos .
- I am interesting in Sprinter , Transit , Master etc .
- I want a toilet and also a shower like in RV's .
- A normal double bed is ok .
- Is it possilble also to carry my KLX bike with me ? Inside or in back of the vehicle ?
- Also i prefer as low cc as possilbe because of the taxes .

Thank you !!
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Van Conversion / Re: Using eberspacer hydronic to heat camper van conversion.
« Last post by Camper_Dan on August 19, 2017, 05:06:02 PM »
Greetings & Welcome!

Most of those setups I've seen use the engine to heat the water, not the heater to heat the engine.  Then in addition to the engine heating water, once parked, it can heat the water without the engine running.

Most of the attempts of in floor heating I've seen were very disappointing.  I'd just get a portable 23k BTU kerosene heater and call it good.  I've done winters down to -50f with mine and stayed very comfortable.  I also have a smaller one to just maintain the temperature once I get it warm enough to be comfortable. 

Good Luck & keep us posted!
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Van Conversion / Using eberspacer hydronic to heat camper van conversion.
« Last post by Mustasjo on August 19, 2017, 08:26:54 AM »
Hello!

I have recently started working on a van conversion, and I need to install some sort of heating to survive a norwegian winter.

The car came with an Eberspacer hydronic with (I think) is currently used for heating the engine. Could I utilize this to heat my camper? If so what would I need to do?

My personal idea would be to install tubes along the floor or the cargoroom/my living area and pump water heated by the eberspacer through them, witch would probobaly require an extra pump?

In advance thanks!!

PS. I'm new here, so just wanted to say I'm looking forward to check out this forum  :)
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