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Anyone tried using a residential floor warming kit like this one in a van?

http://www.homedepot.com/p/WarmlyYou...0x10/205357375

Seems like might be a viable option depending on the draw and how durable it is. I plan to have a pretty beefy inverter plus good insulation (the spray-on Great Stuff-like stuff). Anyone have experience with this or thoughts?

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Inverters are usually 85% efficient so it is doable using an inverter. Another option is to tap the heating line in 9 places on each side and make it 12 volts but you'll need a new 12 volt pwm motor controller or something similar.
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Seems like might be a viable option depending on the draw and how durable it is. I plan to have a pretty beefy inverter plus good insulation (the spray-on Great Stuff-like stuff). Anyone have experience with this or thoughts?
Did not do the floor but did the same thing with a 12 volt DC heating pad under the sleeping bag. That worked very well, did not require 120 volts AC. I let van interior get cold and use heating pad to stay warm. Only problem was my head was out of the sleeping bag and my head was cold. Solved that with a balaclava.

The electrical requirement is 6.2 amps but that is only when it is on. Seven settings and I never needed a setting over two. 7 is on full time. Did not have any change in electrical use because the van was cold inside which reduces the amount of time the refrigerator runs. Solution is also very quiet.

Pad is a "electro warmth" 36" x 60" and cost around $100.

For the electric heated floor I would not be concerned about the inverter efficiency. That is just heat that helps warm the van.
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I just installed this http://www.homedepot.com/p/ThermoSof...20-5/203993067. I haven't tested it yet (I'm im Arizona and the vans hot enough as it is) but I'll test it out soon and let you know.
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I just installed this http://www.homedepot.com/p/ThermoSof...20-5/203993067. I haven't tested it yet (I'm im Arizona and the vans hot enough as it is) but I'll test it out soon and let you know.

You'll be quite happy with that. We used the 165 and 80 watt versions of the same brand/type in our Sprinter. Works great on the inverter and draws about 30A DC when both are on. We sometimes use it while we drive in cold weather and it's great on the cold nights when we are plugged in.


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You'll be quite happy with that. We used the 165 and 80 watt versions of the same brand/type in our Sprinter. Works great on the inverter and draws about 30A DC when both are on. We sometimes use it while we drive in cold weather and it's great on the cold nights when we are plugged in.


Install photos: http://sprinter-source.com/forum/sho...&postcount=132
Thank you, Vince for posting subject

Clean1 and Hein, thank you for bring this product to my attention. I am a big fan of radiant heat and use it in my residents.

I have been looking at this radiant heat product from Electro Plastics, Inc. dba STEP Warmfloor® is a US manufacturer

http://www.warmfloor.com/en-us/resid...mes-boats-etc/

This product was originally designed for the auto industry for car seat warmers. It uses an electro plastic rather than carbon and is interesting, some advantages and some negatives. Its more expensive than the ThermoSoft-WarmFilm so require more of a commitment than the ThermoSoft-WarmFilm.

Thanks for the alternative choice, I'll have a closer look at both products.

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