How to install heating in a van conversion
My Van Conversion

Heating the van

By on 10th August 2017

In the winter and on cold chilly nights I’m going to need more than just layers of clothes to keep warm. The van has plenty of insulation behind the walls, floor and ceiling but this won’t be enough. So a heater is necessary.

I have purchased a Propex Heatsource HS2000. It cost me £480 and is well worth the money. It runs straight off the 11kg gas bottle.

On the control switch I have the choice of blowing air in from the outside or blow hot air. The heater takes minutes to warm the van.

 

How to install heating in a van conversion

Propex heater in the box.

 

Installation

I’ve installed the heater at the bottom of my cupboard next to the bed.

How to install heating in a van conversion

Heater will go at the bottom of cupboard.

 

How to install heating in a van conversion

Layout of heater.

It came with a sheet of paper with the exact dimensions of the propex heater. I used it on the floor where I wanted the heater to go and It showed me the exact points were to drill the holes in the floor for the flues.

 

How to install heating in a van conversion

Drilled holes in the floor for flues and gas pipe.

 

How to install heating in a van conversion

Flues connected to heater.

Flues connected to heater and tighten with jubilee clips.

 

How to install heating in a van conversion

Gas connection.

I purchased 8mm copper pipe and screwed it tightly to the back of heater with a copper olive that came with the heater.

 

How to install heating in a van conversion

Flue and gas pipe going through floor.

 

How to install heating in a van conversion

The flues underneath the van.

Under the van I put heat resistant silicone sealant to cover the holes up. It is needed as the exhaust flue gets very hot.

 

How to install heating in a van conversion

Heat resistant silicone sealant.

 

How to install heating in a van conversion

Flues and gas pipe clamped under the van.

  • Both flues and the gas pipe are fixed underneath the van with clamps that are provided.
  • The exhaust flue and air inlet have to be away from each other under the van so the air inlet don’t suck in the exhaust fumes.
  • The gas pipe goes up through the floor in to my cupboard where the gas is stored.

 

How to install heating in a van conversion

Gas pipe from heater to gas manifold.

The gas pipe from the heater sticks up though the floor. I attached a flexible gas pipe between it and the manifold and tightened with jubilee clips.

 

How to install heating in a van conversion

Hot air outlet.

At the front of the cupboard is where the hot air will come out. I cut a hole in the wood for the outlet vent to go in and connected a flue from the heater to the vent.

 

How to install heating in a van conversion

The heater hot air outlet connected to vent.

 

I also put a air vent on the side of the cupboard to help the heater not over heat and to breathe.

 

Electric to heater

Now the heater is connected to all the flues, gas and vents, all that is left Is connect the power to it.

How to install heating in a van conversion

Opening the side to get to electrics.

The heater comes with two set of cables, one that will connect to the fuse box (positive and negative) and the other for the control switch.

First they had to be connected to motherboard that was easily done by opening up the side of heater and then the two set of cables clipped in.

  • The positive and negative wires connected to my fuse box under my bed. See my other post on installing 12v electrics for more details. It even includes a electrics diagram.
  • The cable for the control switch ran up the inside of the cupboard to the top, this is where Ile have the switch. It simply clipped in the back of the switch.

 

How to install heating in a van conversion

The wire from heater connected to console switch.

 

How to install heating in a van conversion

Heater control switch.

 

How to install heating in a van conversion

Control on side of cupboard.

 

How to install heating in a van conversion

Heater boxed in.

To finish it off I boxed the heater in with a cut piece of plywood.


 

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I have converted a standard Ford Transit van into a campervan to travel and explore the world wherever my heart desires.

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