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if I want to drive across country in my van, is there a way to keep warm without being dangerous?
I have all I need in the way of bed , water, porta toilet, etc but I can't run the van all night for heat.
I wonder if there is any kind of inverter that I can plug a little heater into?
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Old 01-08-10, 11:54 AM
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I don't know of any inexpensive method. I know they make small (very small!) capacity heaters to help defrost windshields...but you run the risk of depleting or damaging your battery if used w/o the engine running. If you felt up to doing something like that you would need to invest in an additional battery and the required components to charge it and isolate it from the main system when required.

I'd probably invest in a good sleeping bag and a balaclava sort of hat....
 
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Old 01-08-10, 12:07 PM
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balaclava sort of hat.
and what's that, might I ask, LOL?
 
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Old 01-08-10, 12:28 PM
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Oh Rebecca...and I thought you were so worldly...lol.

Balaclava (clothing) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I guess most people would call it a "ski mask"...but they aren't really the same thing...though the terms are often used interchangeably.
 
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Old 01-08-10, 12:36 PM
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Oh OK, thanks! They remind me of terrorists in training!
 
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Peterr, the safest way is to use a ceramic heater and make your stops where you can plug it into a receptacle on AC power. There may be some sort of heat exchanger operated off propane that you could add onto it, but expensive, probably.
 
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Guess I was born too soon;
It boils down to my wife and a sleeping bag, a motel or relatives/friends with ac power.
Some engineer could make major $ if such a device could be developed.
I anticipated this and looked into it.
Although expensive, the train which crosses the Canadian Rockies would be the trip of a lifetime.
I'm off to get a lottry ticket.
Thanx anyway.
 
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Old 01-09-10, 10:17 AM
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Good luck with the lottery, and don't forget your friends
 
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Good luck with the lottery, and don't forget your friends
>If I hit, I would need a nice new powerful pc to keep up with these new found friends, right!
 
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