Why Webasto Heaters Are The Best For Campervans and RVs?


What are the best air heaters to use in campervans and RVs? 

Did you know that there are other options to heat RVs and campervans besides using propane space heaters and electric space heaters? 

Space heaters and electric space heaters not only take up unnecessary space, they also heat up unwanted surfaces that surround the heater that you will have to avoid touching. Another important factor to note for a space heater is “safety”. A space heater is not the best interior heating solution for your RV or campervan because you think that if nothing is flammable near your space heater you will be ok. However, that is not 100% true. Electric space heaters have the potential to cause fires by cords, power outlets, and wiring inside the walls of your vehicle to overheat which could lead to starting a fire. The length and thickness of the electrical wire is another factor, if it is short and thin then the wire can only safely handle a small amount of electricity output. Common electric space heaters run on 12.5 Amps of electrical current. In order to support that source and flow of electricity a 12 gauge wire is required for safest use. In addition to this rule, extension cords should also be the same gauge wiring because most extension cords are less thick than recommended electrical wiring.

If you do choose a electric space heater or a propane space heater because you are looking to be cost efficient, unaware of what other heating solutions are out there, and a very basic heating solution for the winter time then you should read these “safety rules” from the National Fire Protections Association (NFPA).


Did you know that "space heaters account for 43% of US home heating fires and 85% of associated deaths"? source: NFPA 2018 Report "Problems With Home Heating Systems".

Here are guidelines from the National Fire Protections Program 

  • Keep flammable items at least 3 feet away from the space heater.
  • Supervise children near portable heaters.
  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Install and regularly check detectors for smoke, carbon monoxide, and propane.
  • Don’t leave a space heater running while you’re asleep or away from home.
  • Only use heaters that automatically turn off when tipped over.
  • Place the space heater on a solid, flat surface.
  • Inspect the heater for defects and don’t use a damaged heater.  Especially look for loose or broken cords and plugs.
  • Only use fuel-burning heaters in rooms with adequate ventilation.
  • Don’t plug a space heater into an extension cord or a power strip 
  • When it comes to choosing a climate control system for a RV and campervan you have to ask yourself what type of energy will it use (electricity, gas, propane, diesel, or charcoal/wood burning which we highly do not suggest, but is a method nonetheless)?

    Each form of considered energy use has specific drawbacks. Charcoal and wood burning methods seem unimaginable and highly dangerous, propane heaters require carbon monoxide detectors, and electricity might not have sufficient heat outputs. We suggest buying gas or diesel heaters that are internal and most importantly are safer than the forms of energy options listed. Safety should be the deciding factor when it comes to purchasing an air heater for your campervan and RV. 



    Do you need a heater for your campervan this winter? Here at Virginia Mobile Air Conditioning we carry the Webasto Air Top 2000 for gasoline and diesel configurations that are designed for Sprinters or Ford Transits. 

    Webasto List For Campervans, RVs, Sprinter Vans, and Ford Transits. 

    Van Life Webasto 2kW Gasoline Air Heater Kit for Promaster and Sprinter 90-3-0004,

    Webasto Air Top 2000STC 12v 2kw Diesel Heater Kit

    Webasto Air Top 2000 STC 12v 2kW Diesel Heater Kit 5012550A

    Van Life Webasto 2kW Gasoline Air Heater Kit for Ford Transit 90-3-0003

    Webasto Air Heaters are safe because you have the ability to regulate and control temperature via the basic rheostat or Smartemp controls. With internal heating systems they have the ability to easily vent air and reduce condensation. With external vents it means that no dangerous fumes are pumped into the van, however a carbon monoxide detector is still great safety measure. Webasto Air Heaters are extremely fuel efficient since you are able to regulate start and end times. The Webasto heaters can run up to 22 hours on a single gallon of fuel. The Webasto Air Top 2000 is the premier choice when it comes to choosing an air heating system for your vehicle as the model has variations that are available for diesel or gasoline fuels. 

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