9 Best Diesel Heaters for Your Camper Van (in 2021)
Are you tired of freezing your butt off when camping? Then you might benefit from taking a look at these 9 diesel heaters for your van.
A heat-less camper van in the winter is rarely a good time. You’ve packed the family up, planned everything ahead, and are ready to embark on an adventure into the wilderness – only to spend the nights freezing your butts off. Nothing can put a damper on your camper trip (pardon the rhyme) quite like poor air conditioning in your camper.
Luckily, you’ve got some options. There are a ton of excellent diesel heaters out there designed to efficiently heat camper vans in colder climates or seasons.
Need a new diesel heater for your van? Check out my top nine picks for the best diesel heaters for vans in 2021 below!
1. Webasto STC 2000 Diesel Heater
Another very popular product in the camper van world, the Webasto Air Top 2000 STC diesel heater is considered a premium product that offers pretty much everything you need and want out of a heater.
The only difference is that you get a lot more durability and quality with this particular product. If you compare this diesel heater to other products that boast the same kWs and temperature range, it has a lot of the same perks and benefits.
However, this product is notoriously quiet, which makes it a top pick for campers who love to camp in the wilderness.
The Triclicks 8kW diesel air heater is a newbie in the world of camper van diesel heaters, but it has made quite an impression since its debut. This is a very reliable and product.
While it may have lower-quality materials as it is your run-of-the-mill diesel heater from China, it’s a surprisingly durable and inexpensive product that is beloved by hundreds of happy customers who have voiced their opinions of this product online.
Not only can this bad boy heat up an entire large camper van with ease, but it’s relatively compact and portable as well.
This expensive but popular diesel heater is a powerful little product that can reach up to 3.9 kW per hour. That is definitely more than enough to make a small or medium camper van quite cozy.
If you’re comfortable with lower temperatures, this can still be an excellent heater for a large-sized camper van as well. This product is also quite useful for bus areas and truck cargo. Think of this diesel heater as one that has a significantly large capacity while maintaining a relatively small size, making it perfect for traveling and storing in the back of your car or in your camper van itself.
The Webasto Air Top Evo 40 Diesel Heater is also excellent for high altitudes and can handle up to about 18,000 feet.
Eberspächer is a well-known and beloved brand that manufactures some of the best diesel heaters for camper vans that you’ll find on the market.
The Espar Airtronic S2 Diesel Heater is one of the best of their offerings. It offers everything from automatic altitude adjustment to a silent fuel pump to dependable real-time temperature management.
You can also grab a few add-ons that definitely make this product even better.
Reviewers across the web have noted how powerful this particular model is, making it excellent for large campers and significantly longer use times.
If you plan on camping when the temperature is very low very often, not just at night, this could be a great pick.
A close cousin of our last Eberspacher product, the Espar Airtronic D2 Diesel Heater is just as excellent with a few differences.
To start, let’s look at the similarities. The S2 has almost the exact same level of performance, similar packaging, and similar accessories. However, the D2 comes with an improved altitude sensor and a quieter interchangeable fuel pump.
It also comes with a more modern fan motor, which can significantly reduce noise and ease of use. If you are camping in a quiet area or have trouble sleeping with a loud heater on, this is the product for you.
Vevor is a lesser-known Chinese brand that has become quite popular on platforms like Amazon. The Vevor 12V 5KW Diesel Heater is one of this company’s more popular diesel heater kits, namely due to its low price and included accessories.
This product comes in 5kW and 8kW versions, but the 5kW should be suitable for most small to large camper vans.
If you want a complete all-in-one product for a fraction of the price of major brands, this is worth looking into. Just add diesel and go!
If you’ve got a decent budget and want to buy a one-and-done, all-in one product for heating your camper van, this is the product to try and demo.
The Triclicks All-In-One Diesel Heater isn’t just your run-of-the-mill diesel heater designed for campers.
It’s also a dependable fuel pump, a high-quality fuel tank, an intuitive control panel, and (lastly) an actual diesel heater. With everything in one unit, users won’t have to deal with abstract installation instructions and issues getting started.
This is as close to “plug and play” as you can get with a diesel heater. Simply plug it into your car’s electrical outlet, connect the exhaust and inlet piping, and you are ready to drive off into the (warm) sunset.
Details about the Triclicks All-In-One Diesel Heater
Make and model: Triclicks Air Heater #2
Manufactured in: China
Output: 2kW to 5kW
Power: 12V DC Adapter
Temps: -40 degrees F to 122 degrees F
Dimensions: 492mm x 484mm x 204mm
Weight: 22 lbs
1.3 gallon tank capacity
It’s very portable
Relatively new brand so it’s tough to know how long it really lasts
Having deja vu? We’ve covered this product earlier on this list, but it was worth noting that there is an Air Top 2000 STC kit available on Amazon that offers a number of bells and whistles that the base product doesn’t.
The Webasto Air Top 2000 STC Diesel Heater kit is a pricier, but definitely popular, option to consider for your camper van.
This product is known for being particularly powerful and able to heat extra large camper vans and full cabins alike.
The main downfall to this product is that it doesn’t include a remote temperature sensor, which would have put this kit at the top of our list.
Details about the Webasto Air Top 2000 STC Diesel Heater Kit
Make and model: Webasto Air Top 2000 STC Diesel Heater Kit
Manufactured in: Germany
Output: 0.9kW to 2kW
Power: 12V DC Adapter
Temps: -104 degrees F to 104 degrees F
Dimensions: 311mm x 120mm x 121mm
Weight: 18 lbs
Well known brand
Lower heat output than other products in the price range
There have been quite a few recurring brand names on this list, but what about the off-brand diesel heaters one can find on Amazon and eBay pretty easily?
These are hit or miss (big time) but they come at an extremely low price point.
On one hand, you might be out of $50 because the cheap product you bought was a dud. On the other hand, if you’re camping on a budget, you might be pleasantly surprised to find that your $50 product works beautifully all through the night.
Details about the Imported Diesel Heaters with No Brand
Make and model: Varies
Manufactured in: Varies, but usually China
Power: Usually 12V DC Adapter
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