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Skibane

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bgum wrote:

The heating system is one of the best features but will take some experience in its use.


I assume you're referring to the optional system made by Alde -

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Honestly, it looks ridiculously complex and failure-prone.

On Alde's website, I couldn't find any mention of how much battery power it consumes while dry-camped.

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Skibane wrote:

bgum wrote:

The heating system is one of the best features but will take some experience in its use.


I assume you're referring to the optional system made by Alde -

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Honestly, it looks ridiculously complex and failure-prone.

On Alde's website, I couldn't find any mention of how much battery power it consumes while dry-camped.


Power usage is pretty low. Just a tiny circulation motor. The systems have a pretty good name. Mostly found in European trailers and industrial trailers. They are a Swedish company. Not an option though on the 400. It’s the only system available.

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The Alde system has a history of bubbling or gurgling but once the air is worked out the system is totally silent. Also on our Tab the liquid which is basically antifreeze had to be maintained at a certain level and I think changed every 2 years. There was also an issue of blown fuses but simple to replace. This all goes to my mention of a learning curve.. This system has been used in Europe for years. It is very good even heat.

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bgum wrote:

Power usage is pretty low. Just a tiny circulation motor.


There's also going to be a propane solenoid drawing power whenever the boiler is operating, plus the control electronics.

Generally, when a manufacturer doesn't mention a specification, there's a good reason for it.

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The Alde system has a history of bubbling or gurgling but once the air is worked out the system is totally silent.


No roar from the boiler when the burner fires up?

Their diagram also shows "fan convectors". Nothing with a fan is going to be totally silent.

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Skibane wrote:

bgum wrote:

The Alde system has a history of bubbling or gurgling but once the air is worked out the system is totally silent.


No roar from the boiler when the burner fires up?

Their diagram also shows "fan convectors". Nothing with a fan is going to be totally silent.


Depends on the fans, I've got some 12V Nocturns that when run at 9V are like 18dB @1m, while not technically silent outside of a test chamber you aren't going to hear it.


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This is all I can offer as an uneducated.

My sister and her husband recently purchased the Tab 400 and spent 2 months out west. Came home and talked about the scenery and the trout fishing but never a complaint about the Tab.

They pulled 4300 miles with a Toyota Tacoma and I'm still yet to hear anything negative.

The wife and I do much the same but prefer at least 30ft of trailer......enjoy.

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kellem wrote:

This is all I can offer as an uneducated.

My sister and her husband recently purchased the Tab 400 and spent 2 months out west. Came home and talked about the scenery and the trout fishing but never a complaint about the Tab.

They pulled 4300 miles with a Toyota Tacoma and I'm still yet to hear anything negative.

The wife and I do much the same but prefer at least 30ft of trailer......enjoy.


Well that’s encouraging. We got an update on the arrival of ours. First week of April if all goes well. Hope to be on the road 3 rd week of May with the new combo. We have a 2700 kilometre 16 campground 8 week trip planned including 6 ferry crossings. Woohoo. [emoticon].

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kellem, could you please encourage your sister or her husband to chime in with their experiences? If they are not already active on this forum, it's easy and free to sign up!

Thanks in advance.


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