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Post by MysteryMachine on Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:50 pm

I'm looking at a new panel van conversion. Been looking at Autotrail V-Line SE range and in their brochure regarding insulation they show their vans fully lined with 3m Thinsulate reflective padding which looks quite substantial. They also have double glazed opening acrylic windows.

However Autosleepers give no information on any insulation used neither in their literature or on their website which seems a rather poor omission for a company as highly regarded as they are, unless they don't fit any or it is of a poor standard  I have also read of the supposed virtues of the mysterious "athermic' glazing Autosleepers use, and it being normal tinted glass with a dark film attached. I can't say I'm convinced by this either. 

On the Warwick Duo none of the windows open in the living area and  I'm also concerned about this particularly as I have a small dog.  Does it not get very hot in summer? With only the option of opening the barn doors the dog would get out.

Any comments on the current grade 3 rated vans would be appreciated. (I'm aware the 3 rating refers to the strength of heater as much as any u values achieved which is why i'd like to know more about the insulation used).

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Re: Autosleepers Van Conversions Insulation 2017

Post by StewPotch on Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:14 pm

Have a look at A/S brochure
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Re: Autosleepers Van Conversions Insulation 2017

Post by Paramedic on Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:21 pm

Hello, your enquiry will see many replies from owners of A/S van conversions, hopefully giving you sufficient information therefore confidence to acquire an Autosleeper with the many options available. Regards

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Re: Autosleepers Van Conversions Insulation 2017

Post by MysteryMachine on Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:36 pm

Yes Stewpotch. As I said there is no reference to any insulation. And it would appear a van with no insulation could get a grade 3 rating given a big enough heater.
Which is why I am asking specifically about the insulation used if any.
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Re: Autosleepers Van Conversions Insulation 2017

Post by Toffee on Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:08 pm

We use our 2016 van conversion all year, heating keeps it warm without having to work too hard and the skylights keep it cool in the summer, no complaints from our dog any how.

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Re: Autosleepers Van Conversions Insulation 2017

Post by MysteryMachine on Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:56 am

Thanks Toffee. Which model do you have?
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Re: Autosleepers Van Conversions Insulation 2017

Post by roli on Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:11 am

I was surprised at how good the insulation is in -deg conditions, and also efficiency of the tinted glass. Yes then you would put the heating on. Dont think we use the heater as often as in the coachbuiltb but I put that down to the smaller van size.
Windows in living area on Warwick Duo, its in the roof.
We swopped from a Coachbuilt to a new Warwick Duo about this time last year and have not regretted it

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Re: Autosleepers Van Conversions Insulation 2017

Post by Machloop on Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:23 am

Over the past week or so we have had some strong sun on these cold winter days, indeed my car, with a full glass roof, has, at times, been too hot to sit in without the roof blind drawn closed. Our 2016 Kingham  has remained cold inside for much of the day with only the cab area and skylights allowing in any heat from the sun, so the dark glass arrangement works one way at least. On our model only the big skylight opens if it's hot and in Belgium last June on one sunny day it got very hot in the van [well into the 30s] and I had the impression that the tinted glass was hopeless as a heat shield so we drew the blinds on the sunny side.
So ours, so far, has proved to keep the sun out in winter but not stop it enough in summer.

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Re: Autosleepers Van Conversions Insulation 2017

Post by Toffee on Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:29 pm

MysteryMachine wrote:Thanks Toffee. Which model do you have?
A Fairford

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Re: Autosleepers Van Conversions Insulation 2017

Post by jennyandpeter on Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:46 pm

You can have a look at the insulation on this site ! It is a stratford but I imagine the insulation is the same. There are areas of our warwick duo with no insulation at all. I have purchased some to upgrade ours. 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/antonysmith1974/sets/72157628074339656/
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Re: Autosleepers Van Conversions Insulation 2017

Post by Paulmold on Wed Mar 29, 2017 4:20 pm

Mystery machine

Have you picked up the phone and asked Auto-sleeper?

Personally I'd go for the V-line for the modern interior if nothing else, I love the cabinets and the finish.

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Re: Autosleepers Van Conversions Insulation 2017

Post by MysteryMachine on Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:54 pm

Thanks everyone for this. I did contact Autosleeper, ans have since heard back but wasn't too impressed with their answer.

They stated they do not insulate the floor apart from a layer of plywood and vinyl covering and in the roof and walls they use a 50mm thick 'non-itch insulation' 'wherever they can fit it' 

From what i've read on here they don't even seem to attach the insulation to anything I've seen pics of door trims removed with just 6 inches of insulation settled inside the bottom of the door.

I'm really disappointed now and think I may have to go for a coachbuilt model.
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Re: Autosleepers Van Conversions Insulation 2017

Post by snow863 on Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:07 am

We have a 2014 Autosleeper Kingham
Its warm as toast all year round.
We camped in the Yorkshire Dales in the snow this winter at temps well below freezing and we were absolutely fine.
The lounge area has sliding windows either side and there are also the front door windows. The 3 rooflights give plenty of air anyway.
In extreme winter you might want a front windscreen winter cover just to reduce condensation.
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