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Heating Water With My Van - Solar and Waste engine heat.

Dale Hodgins
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Joined: Jul 28, 2011
Posts: 3625
Location: Victoria British Columbia-Canada
    
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This is my method of producing hot water at remote locations. The flexible water container conforms to the contour of my vehicle. The dark coloured metal absorbs heat over a wide area and conducts it to the water. The water receives direct solar gain and heat conducted from a wider area. During the day I sometimes move the container to a hot spot. I sometimes have to add cold water to the container when it becomes too hot to bathe in. I average more than one bath per day using this system.

I also heat water that is dumped on work shirts. These shirts are wrung out and worn as swamp coolers.





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Dale Hodgins
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Joined: Jul 28, 2011
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On colder days or when I have to drive to the job late in the day, I use heat built up in the engine to heat the water. This is good for about 2 gallons without solar help. When I want lots of hot water and I arrive early, both methods are used.

An insulating blanket captures and holds heat from the engine.

Whenever the water heater is inside the engine compartment, I attach my keys to the Chrysler symbol so that I don't forget to remove the water and cover. It would make a real mess with all of the belts and the fan.



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Devon Olsen


Joined: Nov 28, 2011
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Location: SE Wyoming -zone 4
    
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thanks for posting

i am actually considering moving into a camper van myself so if you dont mind me asking, do you live in your van?
if so, do you try growing any of your food in or on the van?


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Dale Hodgins
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Devon Olsen wrote:thanks for posting

i am actually considering moving into a camper van myself so if you dont mind me asking, do you live in your van?
if so, do you try growing any of your food in or on the van?


The van and jobsites are my primary home. I consider the van as my bedroom and the world as my livingroom and urinal. Not a poverty thing. I've made my living in a transient fashion for years. Bought property and other assets.

I grew sprouts once and several bananas have gone mouldy. That and some mildew is the extent of my van farming.
Devon Olsen


Joined: Nov 28, 2011
Posts: 990
Location: SE Wyoming -zone 4
    
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awesome, im really getting attached to the idea of living in a van myself, i dont have any dependents to take care of other than my dog so i think a van would be a great option for me, and personally i dont see why it would have to be a poverty thing as you stated, as for van farming, ive been considering potentially a roof garden if applicable to the situation and perhaps some vines along the sides to help with thermal retention in winter and cooling in the summer, plus a potential food crop

if you dont mind i may post up a question if one pops into my mind on specifics of life in a van, however the only potential downside ive seen so far (as far as how it works for me at this point in my life) is that i might not have an address of my own to have things sent to, but that is of course possible to work around
Dale Hodgins
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I will eventually produce a thread on living in a van.

Crops make little sense if you're planning to be mobile. There are many opportunities for gathering wild food should you choose to.

I can assure you that there are there are countless inconveniences to living in this manner. Many other vehicle dwellers whom I've met seem to have no financial or personal plan and it shows.

Using the exact same vehicle, one person can live in relative comfort and security while another will live in a degree of squalor seldom seen outside of crack dens.
Morgan Morrigan


Joined: Oct 16, 2011
Posts: 1400
Location: Verde Valley, AZ.
This is the way to do it, just cut the heat exchanger into the cabin heater hose...


http://www.hotcampshowers.com/vehicle_mounted_shower


always wanted to build my own exchanger from old baseboard steam fins, but the copper pipe kept getting more expensive....


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Devon Olsen


Joined: Nov 28, 2011
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Location: SE Wyoming -zone 4
    
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^amazing link morgan, thank you
 
 
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