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A handy buyers guide to heating your caravan

Heating your caravan is a necessary chore to keep you on the road longer and toasty warm in the cooler months. However, it can be really hard to know what type of heater to buy and which models or brands to consider.

Thankfully, we’ve done the hard work for you!

When it comes to caravan heating, there are three main options: diesel, electric or gas. We recently discussed these more in-depth so rather than regurgitate the information here, you can read all about it by clicking through to the article below.

Had a quick read? Great. 

Now that you have more of an idea of what type of heater will be best for your caravan heating requirements, let’s have a look at some different models.

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Diesel Caravan Heaters

Webasto 12V single outlet diesel heater

  • Cost: $1,929
  • Size: 217mm-L x 120mm-W x 121mm-H 
  • Weight: 2.6kg
  • Fuel consumption: 0.12 – 0.24 l/h diesel

The Webasto 12V single outlet diesel heater with ducting and digital controller is available in both 12V and 24V. Highly economical, it dehumidifies the cab interior as well as warms it, ensuring a more comfortable experience. The compact design makes it easier to install than larger diesel heaters.

What’s included:

  • Webasto 12V diesel heater – single outlet
  • Floor mount heater bracket
  • 60mm ducting hose
  • 47 – 70mm duct clamp
  • Air outlet
  • Hose connector for outlet
  • 600mm flat open vent
  • Digital controller 

What we like:

  • Works quickly
  • Quiet
  • Fuel economical (1-litre fuel every 5-6 hours)
  • Compact design
  • Digital Control

What we don’t like:

  • Not powerful enough for a larger caravan
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Eberspacher Airtronic AM2 diesel air heater

  • Cost: $3,730
  • Size: 371mm-L x 140mm-W x 150mm-H 
  • Weight: 4.5kg
  • Fuel consumption: 0.11 – 0.51 l/h diesel

The Eberspacher Airtonic AM2 diesel air heater kit features a range of operation modes and increased safety standards. Users can program the heating so that hot air continues to be blown until a set temperature is reached.

What’s included:

  • Airtronic AM2 D4R air heater
  • AX2 EasyStart Pro Controller
  • Wiring looms
  • Fuel pump
  • Fuel line – 6m
  • 60mm ducting – 2m
  • Exhaust – 2m
  • Intake ducts – 0.5m
  • Mounting hardware

What we like:

  • EasyStart Pro and EasyStart Web controls
  • Brushless motor
  • Diagnostics via Easy Scan
  • Stepless heating performance control
  • Auto altitude adjustment

What we don’t like:

  • Expensive
  • Heavier than other models
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Truma Combi D6 diesel heater / hot water system

  • Cost: $3,695
  • Size: 450mm-L x 525mm-W x 300mm-H 
  • Weight: 16.2kg
  • Fuel consumption: 0.22 – 0.63 l/h diesel

The Truma Combi D6 diesel heater is a combi heater which means you can heat both the cabin and your water supply with the same unit. In summer, you can opt to just heat the water without using the space heater.

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What’s included:

  • Truma Combi D6 diesel heater / hot water system kit
  • White cowl

What we like:

  • 4 hot air outlets
  • Heats your water as well
  • Good for large caravans
  • Digital control panels

What we don’t like:

  • Heavy
  • Expensive
  • Exhaust/duct kit purchased separately

Gas Caravan Heaters

Important: Gas caravan heaters must be installed and certified by a qualified and licensed gas fitter.

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Truma Vario Eco Gas heating system

  • Cost: $2,699
  • Size: 437mm-L x 284mm-W x 124mm-H 
  • Weight: 5.5kg
  • Gas consumption: 90 g/h – 190 g/h

The Truma Vario Eco Gas heating system is the highest rated recreational gas heater on the market. Caravanners can select multiple functions for different output and it delivers warmth to your RV in a matter of minutes.

What’s included:

  • Truma Varioheat gas air heating system with CP Plus
  • Truma Varioheat basic install kit
  • Truma SCW2 swivel warm air outlet
  • Truma Varioheat cowl wall

What we like:

  • Works quickly
  • Night mode with low noise
  • Precise setting via LCD display
  • Boost mode for quick heating

What we don’t like:

  • Expensive
  • Must be installed by a licenced gas fitter

Truma Vario Eco Gas with E-Kit

  • Cost: $3,494
  • Size: 437mm-L x 284mm-W x 124mm-H 
  • Weight: 5.5kg
  • Gas consumption: 90 g/h – 190 g/h
  • E-Kit size: 260mm-L x 123mm-W x 190mm-H
  • E-Kit weight: 2.2kg

The addition of the E-Kit to the Truma Vario Eco Gas heating system provides another 1800 W of caravan heating and allows you to use both gas and electricity either independently or together.

What’s included:

  • Truma Varioheat gas air heating system 
  • Truma Varioheat basic install kit
  • Truma SCW2 swivel warm air outlet
  • Truma Varioheat cowl wall
  • Truma E-Kit 1800W 

What we like:

  • Works quickly
  • Night mode with low noise
  • Precise setting via LCD display
  • Boost mode for quick heating
  • Save your gas when required and use electricity
  • Heat the vehicle faster with the E-Kit

What we don’t like:

  • Expensive
  • Must be installed by a licenced gas fitter
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Companion Aeroheat ducted rechargeable gas heater

  • Cost: $549
  • Size: 442mm-L x 163mm-W x 380mm-H 
  • Weight: 8.5kg
  • Gas consumption: 43.7g/h

The Companion Aeroheat portable heater is a portable outdoor heater that runs on both gas and/or a rechargeable lithium battery. It’s designed for heating your caravan, camper trailer or tent as a portable solution.

The bonus of the Companion heater is that it’s Bluetooth compatible. This means that rather than get up to go outside and turn the heater off in the cold, you can control the unit via an app on your mobile device from your comfortable bed.

What’s included:

  • Companion Aeroheat unit
  • Duct and quick release fitting
  • 12V charging lead

What we like:

  • Affordable
  • Instant warm air
  • Can run directly from gas cartridge or cylinder
  • Runs up to 4.5 hours on lithium battery charge
  • Digital display
  • Bluetooth control via app
  • Multispeed fan

What we don’t like:

  • Not designed to be installed in your caravan and therefore a gap must be created to push the duct through. This gap needs to be filled somehow when not in use.

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