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Old 22-04-2018, 08:27
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We have now moved into the caravan and have a couple of questions.

The caravan can be quite cold on certain days and we have looked into having underfloor insulation fitted at a cost of 320. Has anyone had this fitted and is it worth having done.

Secondly. Our boiler thermostat is located in the back bedroom (the coldest) but is set on the wall where the boiler is housed, so I presume is giving a false reading. Although the wall does not feel warm to the touch, the thermostat knocks of at a reading of 25 degrees when clearly the room is not at that temperature.
The radiators in both bedrooms are inadequate to heat these rooms and we are thinking of having them replaced with one that do not simply get hot but ones that also give off heat !
Has anyone had radiators replaced and again is it worth it.

We have invested in an electric dehumidifier to combat the condensation the windows attract and also a couple of outside walls. In each cupboard we have placed the 1 dehumidifiers which seem to be working well.

Any advice etc would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 22-04-2018, 09:52
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Underfloor insulation is a bonus but is probably quite low on the list of measures that will make a noticeable difference to the warmth of the caravan. Condensation on external walls suggests inadequate insulation there and also are the windows single glazed? Double glazed units shouldn't have significant condensation on them.
Is the ventilation up to scratch? Dampness generally makes a structure feel colder.
If you feel it's worth the money double glazing and wall insulation will probably give more benefits than new rads.
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Old 22-04-2018, 10:20
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We have double glazing but because it was so cold here I blocked up the vent grill in the bedrooms as wind was blasting through the so obviously condensation will appear, they are now unblocked.
Cooking is also a problem with condensation even with the extractor on in the lounge but by turning on the dehumidifier this is kept to a minimum. We are not allowed to have skirtings on the caravan on site so wind rushes all round the van.
I expect any amount of insulation underneath with make a difference to having none at all, and it is cheaper than I thought it would be at 320.
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Old 22-04-2018, 10:22
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Another thing I have noticed is in one bedroom and the wall covering over the radiator is lifting-bubbling. Obviously the heat from it must be drying it out as it stood empty from June 2017 to March this year, are there any remedies for this.
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The radiators in both bedrooms are inadequate to heat these rooms and we are thinking of having them replaced with one that do not simply get hot but ones that also give off heat !
Has anyone had radiators replaced and again is it worth it.


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A number of owners on our site have replaced their single panel radiators with double panel variants and say it has made a significant improvement to the room temperature. Just make sure your boiler has the necessary heat output to be able to supply the extra heat, especially if all your radiators are turned on. (Easy enough to calculate).

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The radiators in both bedrooms are inadequate to heat these rooms and we are thinking of having them replaced with one that do not simply get hot but ones that also give off heat !
Has anyone had radiators replaced and again is it worth it.


Thanks

Dave
A number of owners on our site have replaced their single panel radiators with double panel variants and say it has made a significant improvement to the room temperature. Just make sure your boiler has the necessary heat output to be able to supply the extra heat, especially if all your radiators are turned on. (Easy enough to calculate).

Tony[/QUOTE]

Must admit we changed a single to a double in our dining room..made a massive difference,and keeps the room warmer for longer...we are also thinking of changing single in bedroom to a double...if it makes you more comfortable it's worth it...
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Old 22-04-2018, 16:18
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The problem is, a caravan has to have the air vents uncovered so that the condensation doesn't create mold and when the wind is blowing it can be a problem. To get the van cossy, I would suggest that the underfloor insulation at 320 would be advantageous. If the caravan is of a certain age, it quite possible that the insulation in the rest of van is quite poor, so insulating the underfloor area may not give you the total comfort you want. Double glazing will certainly help.

I think I would invest in two oil filled radiators of the 2Kw size. One for the lounge and the other for the bedroom. Use them when necessary. To replace your existing radiators shouldn't be too expensive, especially if you replace them with double radiators of the same size, you may be able to do the job yourself if you are handy.

Good luck whatever you decide to do. You can make a big difference.
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Old 22-04-2018, 16:28
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Hi, I have installed underfloor insulation in my current and my last van. It made a marked difference in both. I used double bubble double foil. It is relatively easy to install yourself. I had a look with a thermal camera with and without and it shows a good difference. Also I took readings with a temp gun on the floor inside before and after and there was a good 3 or 4 degree difference so nice and cosy on your toes ��. A good carpet and underlay throughout is also recommended. Standard underlay is very poor.
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