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Heating up my brat bed??
Posted 12 October 2012 - 01:19 PM
Posted 12 October 2012 - 01:50 PM
It wont take too much to heat up such a small space.
I would avoid tapping into the existing cooling system for a heat source, simply do to complexity, and added potential to break a hose and toast the motor.
Posted 12 October 2012 - 01:53 PM
Posted 12 October 2012 - 02:50 PM
Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:46 PM
Mine never worked, as the lines going to it rusted out and were bypassed long before I bought the truck....
Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:51 PM
Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:58 PM
Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:03 PM
Edited by old sub freak, 12 October 2012 - 04:06 PM.
Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:24 PM
Posted 12 October 2012 - 06:00 PM
that way you have access to generic accessories like a small ceramic heater, tools, lights, etc.
Id do a wired in version with its own fuse, but they make cig lighter adaptors as well. I think a heater would be too much for the cig lighter though.
Posted 12 October 2012 - 06:28 PM
Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:07 PM
Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:17 PM
I plan on doing some cruzing in my brat this winter with a canopy on back.The problem I have is when i stop for the night I don't feel like crawling into the COLD canopy where all my bedding is cold as well.So I end up at a motel spending waaaaay to much $$. So my plan is to some how heat the bed up.One thought is to plumb in a heater core or a small radeator.Thats do able but kind of involved.Or using some 4" dryer tubing that I could plumb to the defroster on the passenger side to a hole cut in the back wall. Or ??? Any ideas. I'm too old to freeze my duff off crawling around in the back of a unheated "camper" haha. so has anyone tried something like this? thanks,Todd:banana:
Move to Florida:clap:
Posted 12 October 2012 - 10:25 PM
I'm tall and the extra room would be great.
Another way to get the extra length is to make a "ute swag" for your BRAT and it's canopy. Here's the general idea from this mob I saw a few years back at the Deni ute muster:
From here: http://www.uteswags....Swags/Home.html Brilliant idea I reckon!
If you have a little money, I'd do a 110v adapter and a second battery. its not terribly expensive and its very convenient. the second battery isnt needed, but its nice since you can leave stuff on and not worry about whether your car will start.
I agree with the dual battery setup! They work a treat if you put the time and effort into a decent setup. You could even run an electric blanket with an inverter then, but the inverter would have to be a big one I'd imagine for the electric blanket!
The other thing is to look into how they heat the campers in Canada - I know my sister's camper she had over there had some sort of heater setup that was independent to the car's battery system. Probably ran on gas some how.
I know some of these ideas probably won't work for you as you'll be on a budget, but for the sake of sharing ideas I've added them in here anyway
Edited by el_freddo, 12 October 2012 - 10:40 PM.
Posted 12 October 2012 - 10:35 PM
Posted 12 October 2012 - 10:44 PM
Posted 12 October 2012 - 11:11 PM
Edited by turbosubarubrat, 12 October 2012 - 11:19 PM.
Posted 13 October 2012 - 01:32 AM
Edited by old sub freak, 13 October 2012 - 01:33 AM.
add picture mabey,no go
Posted 13 October 2012 - 03:25 AM
Id probably just cut it straight and put those plastic door edge guards on the ends to keep them from being sharp. grind down the bottom till its smooth.
have you thought about picking up a wagon? I dont know how partial you are to the brat, but you can get a wagon with a blown gasket or something cheap, and just throw your engine in it. all the comforts and room, no modding to do it.
for the time being until you get it cut or whatever, get a small propane heater burner. just put it on a coleman bottle, shouldn't take much.
Posted 13 October 2012 - 09:09 AM
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 02:58 PM
Posted 13 October 2012 - 05:38 PM
removing the window and/or installing a slider would let you build up the heat in the back. would mean less efficient heating, but so would cutting the back out. at least if its not enough you just have to put the window back and start over.
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