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    Peeps, folks, peeps, buddies, guys!!!

    Will we be freezing in this campervan and do I need to pack lots of blankets and woolly socks?
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    In short, yup

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    Our camper van has an electric fan heater which works well, but you obivously need to have a power hook up for it! It does circulate heat well, but condensation is still quite bad. You could also consider an electric blanket too, they are only $30, but again you will need to be on a supply for that.

    Pack your thermals and get a hot water bottle too I guess

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    Hi Dawn,

    We've spent a few nights near the snowline in our campervan with no problems. You'll be fine - just don't buy cheap quilts or sleeping bags from The Warehouse. They'll go 'bobbly' after a few nights and fall apart when you was them.

    Apart from the weather, a lot will depend on the van you hire. As a rule of thumb, if it's made in Australia, it won't have any insulation as there's not much call for it over there. NZ built vans are a bit better, but tend to have HUGE windows so you can enjoy the fabulous views. Most campervan windows are single glazed, so they steam up while you're asleep. If you hire a European van, it will probably be insulated and have double-glazed plastic windows as standard. Much better in the cold.

    We've got a German van, which is well insulated. It's got gas-fired heating and electric underfloor mats, so it's very toasty. We get a bit of condensation on the cab window, but none in the back. We cut down the condensation by putting a thermal blanket over the windscreen. Ask your campervan people - they might have one you can borrow.

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    This is great advice, thanks guys. I need to check whether we get heaters and stuff with them or whether we have to buy our own. Something else to think about! We're bringing blankets with us and we'll buy quilts when we arrive.
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    sorry Dawn
    But I fear you will be chilly as its turned cold at the moment.
    We spent two months in a van in OZ in Oct and when we got to Melbourne it was cold at 10c

    I know a lovely warm cafe though........

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    Quote Originally Posted by macfod View Post
    I know a lovely warm cafe though........
    Where's that then?
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    Depends where you are. It got down to -4 I am told last night in Christchurch

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    It got down to -4 I am told last night in Christchurch
    It was cold enough to stop me going for a run! Our guage hit 0 overnight, but we're quite low and only had a light frost this morning. It was frosty on the hills - very pretty. The nice thing about Chch is that it those big mountains keep most of the nasty weather away. It's a lovely sunny day now - the builders next door have got their vests and shorts on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kokopeli View Post
    It's a lovely sunny day now - the builders next door have got their vests and shorts on!
    Ahhh builders.......a law unto themselves the world over.......
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