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