Join Date: May 2005
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I have a retired RNLI lifeboat and she has a Refleks diesel heater, it's a very dry heat and nice to sit by, more character than a blown air system. I also used to have a strange camper built on a Bedford truck chassis to go overland to China, and I put a Morso Squirrel stove in her. There is nothing quite like being in a blizzard in Braemar in deep mid winter sitting before an open log fire. I do like to travel when others don't, summers are better spent at sea if possible. I like quiet out of season places, a bit run down and not too self conscious.
She, (or are campers "it"), also had a calorifier and it was fantastic, though I think one can go too far putting expensive systems into vehicles that already have something that does the job, nice though the idea is. I don't know why it's not done more, probably the propane things are a much cheaper option. Boats seem to go on getting more valuable, at least in pound terms even if the money's not worth as much.
I've taken on board your advice to choose a 410D. I think I probably do need to tow a Smart car or something, so many car parks are unfriendly to tall vehicles.
By the way I have always liked the Dickinson stoves too, and I had a big MFV that had something called a "Perkins Galleypak", which was a stainless steel Aga type, like a Dickinson but an injection fan assisted burner that did the hot water, wet central heating and the cooking. The problem with Dickinson and Sigmar cookers is that like my Refleks heater they take a long time to get up to temperature, which is fine in mid-winter, but less acceptable on a hot summers day, but beautiful kit none the less.
Also Kuranda sell the Wallas oven, which is fan assisted diesel, not the character of Dickinson but a really good option for keeping propane off a vehicle.