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Old 01-01-2018, 04:23 PM
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Default Need More Heat!

Happy New Year Everyone,

Flew the RV6A today in this 16 degree weather. To call the heat system inadequate is an understatement. I have a Vetterman exhaust with one heat muff, no mufflers, coming into the cabin in the toe area. Is there anything I can go to get some more heat into the cabin? I'm thinking add another muff to the other side and wrap them with an exhaust heat wrap. What is everyone else in cold climates using for cabin heat?

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Old 01-01-2018, 04:38 PM
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Lots of things to do, all documented on this forum. Try searching for cabin heat or similar, and study away!
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Old 01-01-2018, 05:39 PM
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Default More Heat

I have great heat coming from my heat muff, but the big problem is that it gets out faster than it comes in. Putting "booties" on the aileron control rods helps a bunch. See Van's instructions.

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Old 01-01-2018, 06:09 PM
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Electric seat heaters and heated motorcycle gear can be your friend this time of the year.

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Old 01-01-2018, 06:15 PM
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Originally Posted by vic syracuse View Post
Electric seat heaters and heated motorcycle gear can be your friend this time of the year.

And they won't affect warm-weather ops!

2018 Donation made!
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Old 01-01-2018, 06:16 PM
Kyle Boatright Kyle Boatright is offline
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Seal the leaks. You'll have 'em at the back and sides of the slider. The leak around the aft skirt can be sealed with strips of adhesive foam. The leaks near the slider tracks can be sealed with "C" shaped strips of pipe insulation cut in half and stuffed into the gaps between the tracks and side skirts.

But, at 16F, it ain't gonna be warm. Tolerable, yes. Warm, no.
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Old 01-01-2018, 06:27 PM
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Old 01-01-2018, 07:16 PM
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Default Heated seats

Seal up everything that you can and then add the seat heaters. My wife wouldn’t fly during the Michigan winters with me in the 7A if I didn’t install them. The 10 we fly now has much better heat.
I also use a heated vest in the Highlander I fly on Skis.


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Old 01-01-2018, 09:20 PM
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I had the same issue, started with my delivery flight during December a few years ago, -12*C @11.5k coming home.

Quick fix: I bought three sizes of these to cover me and my passengers, they use the same battery as my hangar drill and driver. I also use toe warmers and hand warmers.

Next, I started sealing: canopy, aileron pushrods, flap pushrods, fresh air ducting.

Then my single heat muff got stainless scrubbers inserted, a restrictor plate to limit outflow, and I just got some exhaust wrap for it that I still need to install.

I have some seat heaters I will incorporate into the cushions I plan to build up sometime this year.

Sunny days are now pretty good, cloudy days are just tolerable.
Mike C.
Maryland's Eastern Shore
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:27 PM
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Before you install electric seat heaters, Google "seat warmer fire".

I'm just saying, know what you are signing up for.
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