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.

Details about the Webastro Air Top 2000

  • Make and model: Webastro Air Top 2000 STC
  • Manufactured in: Germany
  • Output: 0.9kW to 2.0kW
  • Power: 20V DC Adapter
  • Temps: -40 degrees F to 122 degrees F
  • Dimensions: 311mm x 120mm x 121mm
  • Weight: 6 lbs

Pros

  • Easy installation
  • Very popular with great ratings
  • Great for mid-sized camper vans

Cons

  • Little information about altitude limitations

2. Triclicks 8kW Diesel Heater

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.

Details about the Triclicks 8kW diesel heater

  • Make and model: Triclicks 8kW
  • Manufactured in: China
  • Output: 2kW to 8kW
  • Power: 12V DC Adapter
  • Temps: -40 degrees F to 122 degrees F
  • Dimensions: 389mm x 145mm x 145mm
  • Weight: 18 lbs

Pros

  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Very reliable diesel heater

Cons

  • A new brand comes with its downfalls
  • Lifespan of product is unknown

3. Webasto Air Top Evo 40 Diesel Heater

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.

Details about the Webasto Air Top Evo 40

  • Make and model: Webastrop Air Top Evo 40
  • Manufactured in: Germany
  • Output: 1.5kW to 4kW
  • Power: 12V DC Adapter
  • Temps: -40 degrees F to 104 degrees F
  • Dimensions: 423mm x 148mm x 162mm
  • Weight: 13 lbs

Pros

  • Ideal for larger camper vans
  • Built-in altitude sensor
  • Excellent German engineering

Cons

  • It’s kinda pricey to be honest

4. Eberspächer Espar Airtronic S2

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.

Details about the Eberspächer Espar Airtronic S2

  • Make and model: Eberspächer Airtronic S2 D2L
  • Manufactured in: Germany
  • Output: 0.9kW to 4kW
  • Power: 12V to 24V DC Adapter
  • Temps: -40 degrees F to 100 degrees F
  • Weight: 6 lbs

Pros

  • Digital controller
  • Great for colder weathers
  • Very well-known manufacturer

Cons

  • Instructions are poorly translated

5. Eberspächer Espar Airtronic D2

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.

Details about the Eberspächer Espar Airtronic D2

  • Make and model: Eberspächer Airtronic D2
  • Manufactured in: Germany
  • Output: 0.85kW to 2.2kW
  • Power: 12V to 24V DC Adapter
  • Temps: -40 degrees F to 158 degrees F
  • Dimensions: 310mm x 115mm x 122mm
  • Weight: 6 lbs

Pros

  • Economical
  • Easy to install
  • German quality

Cons

  • Reviewers have reported defective units

6. Vevor 12V 5KW Diesel Heater

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!

Details about the Vevor 12V 5KW Diesel Heater

  • Make and model: Vevor 12v
  • Manufactured in: China
  • Output: 2kW to 5kW
  • Power: 12V to 24V DC Adapter
  • Temps: -40 degrees F to 122 degrees F
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 386mm x 145mm
  • Weight: 6 lbs

Pros

  • Actually very dependable diesel heater
  • It’s relatively inexpensive

Cons

  • Glow plug and bunk heater are poor quality

7. Triclicks All-In-One Diesel Heater

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

Pros

  • 1.3 gallon tank capacity
  • It’s very portable

Cons

  • Relatively new brand so it’s tough to know how long it really lasts

8. Webasto Air Top 2000 STC Diesel Heater Kit

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

Pros

  • Excellent engineering
  • Well known brand

Cons

  • Lower heat output than other products in the price range
  • Only ideal for smaller campers

9. Imported Diesel Heaters with No Brand

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
  • Output: Varies
  • Power: Usually 12V DC Adapter
  • Temps: Varies
  • Dimensions: Varies
  • Weight: Varies

Pros

  • Extremely affordable
  • Tons of online groups for finding documentations, reviews, and support

Cons

  • Can be hit or miss (big-time)

Final thoughts on diesel heaters for vans

That’s quite a long list of diesel heaters, so let’s break down some of the things you might want to consider before purchasing a diesel heater for your van:

  • Price: Prices range a bunch. The Vevor costs around $145 while the Webasto costs over $1.000 – but might last you longer.
  • Durability: An imported diesel heater likely won’t last as long as a german made Webasto diesel heater.
  • Availability: Most diesel heaters sell out rather quickly.

I wish you the best of luck finding a diesel heater for your van.

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