Any advice on keeping van warm in the winter

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  1. renewcommlsrvs

    renewcommlsrvs New Member

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    I currently purchased a used van complete with all the equipment for tile and carpet cleaning. But as you know its late October and getting colder. I need to pull in some money before it gets below freezing every day. Any heater or insulation advice?

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    Where are you located and what kind of temperature do you get in the winter? Any chance you can park it in a garage?
     
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    Live in North East. Temps in winter around 30°f - 18°f. And I have a detached garage.

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    My van is parked in unheated garage, I'm in PA so probably similar climates. I have an oil filled radiant heater that I put behind passenger seatseat,that's where pump is, and plastic silver heat reflect material between seat and heater. Leave heater set on low never had any problems. If it's going to be below zero for extended amount of time I have a small torpedo I'll fire up and let run over night.
     
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    I had my van spray foamed several years ago. I sleep easy at night with an oil filled heater and a little fan to circulate the heat. [​IMG]


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    I put foam insulation sheets on the floor and plywood on top and they spray the insulation right down to the plywood. [​IMG]


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    As long as the garage is sealed good I imagine if has to be at least 10 degrees warmer inside than outside and a good space heater inside the van should be enough but you also could look into getting some insulation in the van as well to be safe.
     
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    I always found the biggest issue was the wind. I kept mine outside with a heater and it was fine. The only problems I ever had was on a windy night sometimes I would get a freeze up on the front panel - maybe the pressure gauge would pop because the line behind it froze. I started putting a piece of rigid foam between the door and the unit. In a garage you should be fine with a heater. You can also get a wireless thermometer that will sound an alarm in the house if the van get below a certain temp.
     
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    I put t a work lamp by my tank and heat exchangers
     
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    I also might add - I moved to new place this year and I picked one of those infared heaters to keep all my equipment from freezing in the garage - works great.
     
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    Here is a video we created on keeping your truckmount warm in the winter time.



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    I have the same issues. Im wondering at what temp i should put a heater in the van. My van is not insulated, Im in Mississippi and its supposed to get down to 38 tonight. What are your recommendations ??
     
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    lol 38 isn't freezing. 32 and below is freezing.
     
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    well i realize that. but is 38 close enough to be worried? it could dip below that or it could not even make it down to 38.
     
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    Electric blanket. Moving blankets with a heater blowing on unit. My trailer has a thermostat that when it gets below 42 it turns my three flat panel heaters on. No worries.
     
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    Thats nice. I feel like im a little behind on the heater thing. Think Im headed to Lows or tractor supply for a heater and extension cord.
     
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    I blocked my garage windows with rigid insulation and have a propane heater in the garage. I leave it set on low and the garage stays very warm.


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    well i bought a oil radiator heater from lowes. I dont think it gets worm enough for really cold night later on. My van is not insulated so i may need to work on that too. I hooked a air compressor to the unit and slowly blew the water out of my unit and hoses and wand. I may try the heating pad or electric blanket, that sounded pretty good. The blowing heat in the above link look really effective too.
     
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