Tent Heating System
We quite often have customers come in to us with interesting requests, luckily we have a highly skilled in-house fabrication department. This time the request was for a system that would not only provide additional heat to the cabin during the day but also keep the customer warm at night in his roof tent. In a James Bond, Q-branch inspired idea we came up with this.
First we decided where the exit for the heater would be. We carefully remove the sticky pad used to secure the numberplate.
Next we carefully mark and cut a hole to route the heater pipework to the tent.
Here we can see the other side of the numberplate holder where the heater ducting will connect.
this is the front bulkhead with the same arrangement.
Luckily here at Devon 4x4 we have our in-house manufacturing department D44 who are always on hand to make bespoke items for our customers. Here we can see them using the TIG welder to weld some stainless steel together.
Here is a sneak peak of the Bond-esque flip down numberplate, unfortunately the customer didn't want the ejector seat, smoke screen and other gadgets that we had lined up for him...
Before laying the ducting in place we use some closed cell foam to stop vibration noise and also afford some insulation to the ducting.
The T-piece that joins the ducting to the Webasto Air Top heater.
On the other side of the bulkhead you can see the manifold which splits the hot air between the two front seats, more on this later!
The chequerplate panel slides into place to hide and protect the ducting.
Next we move onto the tent part of the project. We drill through the base to accept the ducting.
next we mark out the position of the bespoke fixings before cutting the recess out.
We manufacture a control box for the inside of the tent so that the heater can be turned on/off and adjust the heat. We also include some accessory points for charging phones etc.
This is how it all goes together.