Most motorhomes come with a factory-installed heating system, like an Alde or Trauma. It depends on the year, make, and model of the van what kind of system it has. A van with a newer system is typically more efficient than one with an older system. The insulation in vans is generally better than that in motorhomes during the winter.
Combi systems, which combine hot water and heating in motorhomes, are common. Vans usually have a control panel that can be used to control the heating and hot water, and you can choose to control just the heating or just the hot water. These devices are usually powered by a gas generator (propane or butane) or an electricity generator (electricity). When you have a limited electricity supply, burning gas generates a lot of heat. Gas can also be used to heat an electric heater. It is possible to control the temperature of a gas heater (such as a caravan heater) by using buttons or knobs. There are still new versions of these systems available, despite the fact that they are older.
What is the power consumption of my combi heater?
Calculate how much power your heating consumes using a watts-to-amps calculator.
- About 83 amps will be consumed by a heater that consumes 1000 watts at 12 volts
- There are approximately four amps consumed by a 1000w system on 240v
Nothing to worry about! Our motorhome is equipped with gas heating that works well. Warm air is circulated throughout the van by a blower. Consequently, the entire space becomes heated. You can also heat your campervan with free-standing gas heaters.