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Response From Alde International Systems AB
“Thank you for the Alde hydronic heating system review in Truck Camper Magazine. You explained the system very well and I enjoyed your personal reflections.
There are three points in the review that we would like to respond to.
First, the stated four-hour heat-up time. The time the Alde takes to fully heat a RV varies from unit to unit. It also depends on the outdoor temperature, desired indoor temperature, and the overall size of the RV.
When we say it takes a maximium of four-hours, we are assuming an outdoor temperature of 5-degrees Fahrenheit (-15 degrees Celsius) and a target indoor temperature of 68-degrees Fahrenheit (+20 degrees Celsius). That’s a delta of 63-degrees Fahrenheit. I hope it took less time when you tested the Alde system.
Second, we can understand your comments on long-term quality since Alde has not been in the US market for very long and maybe not had enough time to prove its reliability.
However, the Alde system has been on the market with a similar system for a long, long time in Europe. We feel very comfortable that the Alde is a well performing, highly reliability and long lasting system.
Third, the number of Alde systems installed per year is actually +30,000 across the globe. The article sourced an older figure at 23,000 per year.”
Stefan Lindström, Marketing Manager
Alde International Systems AB, Färlöv, Sweden
Response from nüCamp RV / Cirrus Campers
“First and foremost, we all enjoyed this article – perhaps more so than any other one you have written to date. Even though you probably get that response ALDE TIME, I still had to share it.
There were a couple of things that we wanted to touch on – a few about the article itself and one key fact about the Cirrus campers that were manufactured in the second half of last year.
TCM Review: The Alde 3010 boiler heats about a gallon of propylene glycol antifreeze which in turn heats 2.2 gallons of hot water and then runs through a series of metal-finned convectors (radiators).”
The Alde system actually takes 4-gallons of glycol on the Cirrus. We fill them at the factory with that amount prior to shipping.
TCM Review: When running, the Alde system consumes 0.9-pounds of propane per hour. Alde reports that the 3010 system can operate for two-weeks on a 20-pound propane tank. This mirrors our experience as well.
The Alde runs on cycles and normally won’t consume 0.9 pounds of propane an hour! Alde themselves have tested units and a 20-pound tank will last for weeks. That said, they published the highest rate possible to guard against overstating anything.
When running the Alde on electric, please keep in mind the system needs 3,300-watts at the 1kW setting, and 5,500-watts on the 2kW setting (full power).