Discussing caravan and motorhome heating solutions to keep you warm this winter.
Did you know that minus 23 degree is the lowest recorded temperature in Australia? Brrrr that’s cold!!
If you are traveling in your caravan or motorhome this winter then you need to be prepared for those chilly days. This is especially true if you are exploring around southern NSW, Victoria and Tasmania where evening temperatures can drop to well below zero degrees!
There are many different heating solutions for caravans and motorhomes, the one that is suitable for you can depend on what type of camper you are. Below is a list of options available to you with a bit of advice from Andrew, the go to man at Albury Wodonga RV World for all motorhome and caravan parts and accessories.
240v Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners. These days many new caravans and motorhomes come standard with 240v reverse cycle air conditioners. Some of the most popular brands are Dometic, Air Command and Heron. These air conditioner units are generally roof mounted but if you have a pop top caravan or a camper these units can be easily installed “under bunk” – where the unit is neatly tucked away under the bed. These reverse cycle air conditioner units are great to keep the chill away.
Andrew’s advice: If you stay in caravan parks, then reverse cycle air conditioners are suitable for your caravan or motorhome. You do need to be connected to either mains power or a generator. If you are a free camper this may not be the best option for you as nobody wants to be that noisy camper with the generator going all night!
Gas Heaters. If you are a free camper, gas heating may be a good option for you. A gas heater in your caravan or motorhome will generally be more than powerful enough to heat the average caravan to a comfortable temperature within 30 mins. The Truma S3004 gas heater has a consumption rate of 30-280g/h and very low 12v consumption, great for free campers! Truma gas heaters are made for the extremely cold Northern European climate.
Andrew’s advice: If you have a caravan and you free camp then a gas heater can be a cheaper option. Comparing gas heaters to diesel heaters, gas heaters are comparatively cheaper to have installed and are a little quieter. Gas heaters connect straight to your gas bottles so, other than the unit itself, there is no need to add extra bulky items, this is especially important if you are trying to keep your caravan to a desired weight. As with all of your caravan and motorhome appliances, Andrew suggests that you have your gas heater serviced at least every 12 months to ensure that your gas heater is working as smoothly and safely as possible.
Diesel Heaters. Another option, if you are a free camper, is a diesel heater. Diesel heaters are more economical than gas heaters and are an efficient way to heat your caravan or motorhome. Webasto heaters only use 0.13 – 0.27 litres per hr and have a rated power consumption of 14 – 19 W. A diesel heater is a more expensive option but usually have a much more powerful motor to ensure any size caravan or motorhome can reach a comfortable temperature to defrost during those wintery days.
Andrew’s advice: Andrew explains AW RV World’s Service Centre have been installing Webasto diesel heaters for over 4 years now and he has heard nothing but positive things about them. They are becoming more and more popular with the caravan and motorhome community and, as a result, are now installing at least 1 every week. Diesel heaters are especially great for motorhomes, the units take up minimal space and can be easily connected to your vehicle’s diesel tank.
If you are looking for a caravan or motorhome heating solution and need some advice, call Andrew from Albury Wodonga RV World on 02 6024 4222 or click here to send Andrew an email.
Wherever you are traveling to this winter, travel safe and stay warm!