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How to heat your RV: The easy guide to staying warm on the road


Most RVs come equipped with a furnace. That’s how to heat your RV, right? They’re generally safe, easy to use, and can warm the whole rig. A furnace can keep your whole RV at a reasonable temperature throughout the day, or just overnight.

While this seems like the easiest way to warm a motorhome, some people aren’t fans of the built-in heater. They’re notoriously inefficient and take up valuable space. These alternative heaters might redefine how to heat your RV. They can supplement your RV’s furnace, or to replace it altogether.

Ceramic Space Heater

There are tons of different space heaters (oil, element, infrared, etc.), but with an RV’s unique safety concerns, a ceramic space heater is your best bet. They’re super efficient and great for keeping a small area toasty. If you’re only going to use part of the RV’s space, save some coin with one of these rather than heating the whole thing.

How to heat your RV: The easy guide to staying warm on the road | Outdoorsy Canada | Close up of space heater elements

Catalytic Propane Heaters

These heaters flex some serious science to warm your RV without a flame or harmful gases that are typical with other propane heaters. They’re quiet, efficient, portable, and provide concentrated warmth to keep you cozy.

While there’s no open flame, there are still risks to using any heater. Use a mountable style to avoid any tip-overs.

Heat Pumps

Using this type of heater can help you save money. Heat pumps are notably efficient, giving off two to four times as much heat per unit of electricity compared to typical electric heaters. However, they don’t handle freezing temperatures very well. This option is best suited for trips in spring and fall, or mild west coast winter camping.

Radiant Electrical Heating

If you thought heated floors were reserved for high tech homes, think again. Some RVs are being fitted with this same technology to keep passengers comfortable. Electrical heating panels run under the flooring, warming rooms from below. While it’s not as efficient as other methods, it sure is luxurious.

Before you hit the road for an off-season adventure, brush up on how to winter-proof your RV. If you’ve got a cosy camper, why not list it on Outdoorsy?

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