Heating your motorhome

Whilst many motorhome owners will be putting their vehicles away in storage for the winter, there are still plenty of enthusiasts who will be making full use of their motorhome over the winter months and Christmas period.

Keeping your motorhome warm is especially crucial if you are contemplating staying on campsites over winter, when temperatures could fall to lower than 0 degrees Celsius, so it is absolutely essential that you conduct regular maintenance checks on your motorhome heating system to ensure it is working correctly and that you are familiar with the system to get the very best out of it.

Heating systems fitted in newer motorhomes are efficient enough keep you warm in the harshest of conditions and, with improvements to insulation, you can ensure that all your precious heat generated won’t escape and will stay in your motorhome.

If you are seeking advice on which system to buy we would suggest looking at the leading suppliers of motorhome heating systems, Truma and Alde. Truma’s blown-air system is one of the most popular and is fitted to the majority of new motorhomes on the market right now, whilst Alde’s wet central heating system is also rapidly gaining in popularity.

Whether you buy Truma or Alde, both systems are able to work off electricity, gas or a combination of the two.

Truma heating systems

A regular Truma system in older motorhomes will be made up of the Trumatic S3002 gas heater, accompanied by an Ultraheat 230V electric heater. The heat generated from the system is distributed throughout the motorhome by a Trumavent fan unit, which is able to pump warmer air through pipes and vents located behind and underneath the cabinet work.

The Truma Combi system has become the most popular in recent times and is typically housed under a seatbench, providing both blown air and hot water.

Alde heating systems

Alde systems are typically found in high-end motorhomes that command higher motorhome insurance premiums, and are similar in style to domestic central heating systems, with fluid heated by a boiler which circulates through radiators fitted to the walls of the motorhome. Hot water for the motorhome is also provided by the same boiler.

How to get the most out of your motorhome this winter

Whilst heating systems incorporating blown-air and central-heating systems work differently, the principles are still the same.

Listed below are some tips from the specialists at Truma and Alde on how to get the most out of your motorhome’s heating this winter:

  • Make full use of both gas and electricity together for greater efficiency
  • Ensure you use propane (orange bottle) rather than butane (blue bottle) as it is much more effective in lower temperatures.
  • Don’t allow the temperature in your motorhome to drop to the extent where it’s too cold. An even temperature is more effective than bursts of high heat.

Improving efficiency

Plan ahead

Motorhome owners shouldn’t expect their heating systems to warm the vehicle instantly so plan ahead, turning on the heating prior to when you want to use it. A blown-air system will take around 20 minutes to heat an interior whilst central heating systems can take up to 30 mins to reach the intended temperature.

Pay attention to the instructions

Whilst it sounds obvious, many people don’t pay enough attention to their heating system’s accompanying manual. Being familiar with your heater’s instructions will not only save you time on setting up and operating the system but will also provide you with tips if you run into any problems.

Choose the correct source

With Truma and Alde systems working with either gas and electricity, or both, when one power source isn’t available, you are always in a position where you have another source to fall back on.

Keep the heat in

Once you have generated the heat in your motorhome it is important you keep the windows and doors closed so that any heat is kept in. Whilst van insulation is improving, when a heating system reaches thermostat temperature, it will shut down and the heat will start to disperse.

Utilise a drying room

If you need to dry off wet clothes after a walk in wintery weather, close the air ducts at the front of your motorhome and direct any blown air into the washroom. Hang any wet garments up, and within a short space of time, your clothes will have begun to dry out.

We hope these tips have been useful and, if you’re planning to use your motorhome in winter, this advice will help you get the most out of your motorhome heating system.

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