Ready for win­ter

Step-by-step in­struc­tions on how to in­stall a gas heater into your car­a­van or mo­torhome.

Motorhome & Caravan Trader - - Tech Talk - Words Philip Lord Main pic Mal­colm Street

It’s all well and good to have a re­verse-cy­cle air con­di­tioner in your van, but you need a gen­er­a­tor when you’re free-camp­ing to use it (or a very ex­pen­sive, high-tech lithium bat­tery/so­lar set-up).

In warmer months you would just crack open win­dows and hatches, but if you’re free-camp­ing when it’s cold, you don’t al­ways want to just rug up. One op­tion is to in­stall a gas heater that runs off your car­a­van or mo­torhome’s ex­ist­ing gas bot­tle.

Here, we’re in­stalling a Truma E2400 gas heater sys­tem. The sys­tem comes with the heater unit, a con­trol unit, con­trol panel and duct­ing for in­let/ ex­haust and heater out­put. It also comes with other hard­ware to fit the sys­tem such as wiring, re­tain­ing brack­ets for the heater unit, vent out­let and air in­let/ex­haust out­let fas­cia plate and cover.

Be­cause part of this job in­volves in­stalling gas fit­tings, at best you can only do the non-gas in­stall part of this job your­self and sub-con­tract a li­censed gas fit­ter to in­stall the gas com­po­nents. You also have to con­sider the dan­gers of ex­haust fumes and how and where you in­stall the air in­let/ ex­haust out­let are crucial. This is by no means a DIY begin­ner’s job. You will need to have some ex­pe­ri­ence on the tools. But here you’ll see what the car­a­van work­shop does to in­stall a gas heater in your van.

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