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So just five minutes ago I was ready to scratch today’s posting, but then I read John Roger’s blog “Life in a Volkswagen Bus” and he brought up a topic which I certainly have a relationship to, and it’s not a good one.
John is writing about the good old Ebersbächer heater which was mounted in VW-Campers for a long time. Now, we are talking way back – the seventies.
John can get up on a cold morning and yet moments later he sits having breakfast in a toasty warm Volkswagen Bus. I am very jealous about that. Tell you why:
Our 40ft. 2004 Diesel pusher has a problem which I never expected when we bought it in 2008. We didn’t notice it either for a while as we bought the thing in Arizona where it is warm. But then we got up north to Alberta and it was April and we had frost outside. In the front seats it got so cold that pretty soon I was holding the wheel with woolen gloves on my hands. My legs felt like they been in a freezer all night and Bea was sitting there with blankets and coats and what not.
We finally drove into town somewhere in Southern Alberta and found an electric fan heater. I started the big Genny and put the heater on the floor between our seats. It helped a bit, but we were far from warm as most of the heat wandered off to the rear of the coach.
Running the propane furnace I consider to be risky, we really don’t want a fire, and I know that the flame can be blown out while driving, Then propane would stream out without an automatic valve to stop it, which is just another misconstruction in the system.
Diesel Pushers have their engines in the rear. The hot air has to travel the entire distance (40ft) to the front before it streams out of the front dash vents. By then it is cold, or almost cold. Even turning on the air condition on full blast does not help much.
What are those motor home manufacturers thinking about where there products are being used? Florida? Summertime in the North? Forget it. After paying up to $200.000 for a halfway decent motor home you get to ride in a potential freezer compartment. Not good.
Yet, if you ever rode a Greyhound bus you know you were never cold inside. Efficient heating systems are available, but the RV-Industry never uses them, unless maybe if you spend a million bucks on a Prevost Motor Home.
Interestingly, and I never found out why, is there always hot water in our boiler after we’ve been driving a whole day. Yet the boiler is not turned on. Looking at the boiler from the outside, there is nothing unusual to see. Now, why not let that water circulate through interior radiators which could contribute to the heating of the coach while driving. I am not any engineer, but that solution strikes me as a possible one.
I am sure this will trigger a few comments with advice about this or that, and I’m looking forward to them.
Thanks for racking your brains about this.