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Old 01-15-2016, 10:39 PM   #11
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Thanks for the quick reply! Great info! Great pics too!
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Old 01-16-2016, 09:25 AM   #12
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Great trip report! I really enjoy your winter pictures, makes me want to be there..! :-)

Did you put some low temp aditive in your tank or just use winter diesel?
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Old 01-16-2016, 09:35 AM   #13
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Hi Claude!

Just winter diesel. I've never had any issues. Maybe I just don't know any better.

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Hi Mike,
We still haven't met, but one of these days! We are getting closer to pulling the trigger and working on our list of "must haves". Cold weather camping is a big factor in deciding what to buy (used v10 rb 350).

So, I was wondering if your van had insulation for temperature control. I have no idea what is standard on vans, let alone SMBs, but I have read here that it's great for sound as well as temperature.

I assume Espar d4 is diesel. Anyone know how well a propane furnace works at -24?!

Always love your pics, Mike! Thanks for sharing.
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Scott,

The SMB does have insulation. I don't know exactly what Sportsmobile West may have used or what the R value was. I'm assuming it was just whatever their standard was in 2006. I am a second owner and didn't have it built out. I haven't added any insulation for warmth or sound deadening though.

My SMB is a diesel. The Espar d4 heater is tapped directly into my 46 gallon diesel fuel tank. I can tell you that I love the Espar d4. It's got plenty of BTUs to keep me warm. When at camp, I turn it up to high when it's first turned on and then turn the dial down to about half way. At night I lower it even more. If it is really cold, I lower the top to sleep just to help the heater so it doesn't have to heat as much space. I can reach up from bed and turn it up in the morning about 10 minutes before I get up and the van is plenty warm. If my wife is with me then the heater is set higher most of the time.

I'm not sure how cold it got early in the morning at camp. It wasn't -24 though. That was out in the Lamar Valley where it was colder. I'm assuming it was between -10 and -15. But that's still cold!

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Mike,

Great pictures. It has me wanting to head north. Keep the pictures coming.

I have had the pleasure of camping with Mike. He is the perfect example of not worrying about things and just enjoying his van. He truly uses the Yurt as it was designed.

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Great report, thanks. Winter camping rocks........
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