Motorhome and Campervan heating



There are a lot of similarities between motorhomes and campervans. However, there are some differences when it comes to how they may be heated, especially if you’re designing or redesigning your own van from scratch. There is usually some heating system that is built into most motorhomes and dealer-built campervans, like a Truma or an Alde, which makes the whole ownership process much easier because it is one less thing for owners to worry about.

The heating may not even be present in older campers or van conversions that have been converted into vans. If you are contemplating on living in your van or using it all year round, you’re going to need some. That is unless you decide to head south and bask in the warmth of southern Spain for the winter to keep you warm, although even that can get cold at times!

Is there a good way to heat a campervan?

For campervans, there are many different types of heating available, and it depends entirely on what type of van you have, how you use it, and how much you are willing to spend on the type of heating you choose.

There are a number of different heating options available for motorhomes or campervans, including:

  • Diesel
  • Gas
  • Electric
  • Wood

There are two possible choices you can choose from here. You can choose either an installed heating system or a freestanding heating system. Installed heating system, which comes permanently installed with ducting and venting. While freestanding heating systems, such as a plug-in 12V heater, which is freestanding and need no installation.

Additionally, you should take into account the payload, airflow, ventilation, and cost of the project. The best campervan heating option depends on the individual van owner; what works for one may not work at all for another.


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