Which type of heating is best, Truma, Truma E, Truma Diesel, Webasco?

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  1. ludo

    ludo Funster Life Member

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    Which type of heating is best, Truma, Truma E, Truma Diesel, Webasco?

    I would appreciate any advice with regard to the above. I have had personal experience of Truma E and Propex, but have not had any experience of the other options. My experience of Truma E makes me wonder if the "E" is worth the extra money. I suspect a small fan heater might be better, much cheaper and more efficient.

    I would like to know about the efficency of the diesel options and the comparative costs of running, if anyone out there could help.

    Thank you.
     
  2. Ber090

    Ber090 Funster Life Member

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    (y)Hi Ludo, If possible I always have Alde heating. 12 years in 3 units and always brilliant. So good we made our current m/home selection list only Alde equipped vans!
    Cheers
    Bernie.
     
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    i like the alde wet system . if staying in a cold climate regularly thats the one i would use.
    as it is i use a catalytic heater by thermex . hardly use that.
    i do use gas lighting and find in spain etc in winter they take the chill away most of the time .
    having had eberspachers and webasco diesel systems in trucks i wouldnt bother with them . too much trouble and costly for bits .
     
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    Alde for us to keeps the van at a nice constant temperature on the coldest of nights.(y)
     
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    Used Webasto for 4 years, very unreliable and expensive to repair, currently have Truman (since May) and very impressed, not yet experienced winter but optimistic although gas usage will be pretty high.
     
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    I chose to go with Truma E and have not regretted it. Adding the E provides two benefits: extra power when used with gas to get up to temperature more quickly and an alternative for when the gas runs out. We find that for overnight background warmth, using it in electric-only mode is very quiet.

    A separate electric heater instead of the E variant would take up more space but provide a backup if the Truma failed.
     
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  7. jonandshell

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    We have a Webasto Dualtop which performs brilliantly at extreme low temperatures.
    However you need to count on a replacement burner every 2 years if you are a heavy user. They can be cleaned but a replacement gives longer service.
    This can be expensive if you cant do the job yourself.

    I will agree that a Truma is a better low maintenance proposition if you have easy gas availability or use EHU.

    One advantage of the Dualtop though is that it is mounted under the van and it frees up valuable locker space.
     
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    Eberspacher does it for me.
     
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    3 years ago brought a new van with webasto,nothing but trouble. Went back and forward to dealer and then to webasto specialist, still problems, had that van less than 1 year. So for me it's truma every time.
     
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    As much as I like the idea of diesel heating I can't quite get my head around burning expensive white diesel when there are better alternatives.
    Alde would be top of my list every time although my 12 year old Truma works perfect even in ski resorts at minus 20 van is always toasty.
     
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    Our 23 year old (dual-circuit blown air) Truma still works faultlessly. :cautious:
     
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    the wifes back..(tried the front once but that was pretty damn cold)
     
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    I like our Truma for the fact that I can use it on the convection only setting and there is no running down of battery power using the fan.
     
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    Tabasco?
     
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    While trauma far from reliable in my experience... Far easier to run and maintain than diesel heating apparently. One dealer said avoid due to maintaining it and warranty claim issues (diesel)..I would not touch it if I had a choice. ALDE in a different league..

    Have yet to see alde in a panel van but swedes fit it in small campers :(
     
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    This makes me worried as we have diesel in the chausson and before everyone was saying it was good:-(
     
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    Several million trucks use Eberspachers ... out of a couple of dozen over the years I only had 2 pack up (temporarily) - one due to the air-intake grille becoming choked with fluff & dust, the other due to a defunct lift-pump.
     
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    I had an interesting email exchange with Webasto UK technical today.
    Our heater has needed a new burner every two years. To be fair though, it does say in the manual that the Dualtop should be serviced every two years!
    Anyway, what I have learned is that Webasto have improved their products quite considerably following their first steps into the leisure market a few years back.
    Whilst our unit had a few issues, those problems have been engineered out through the use of improved components.
    Following the conversation, I would have no hesitation in having another Dualtop. The burner service every two years is a price worth paying for the extra independance diesel gives us.
     
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    But aren't campers lower to the ground than trucks. What I heard was that warrenty claims were refused because underneath external stuff had not been maintained... No such problems with truma. Stay away from their valves though!
     
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    The van am running now has the Alde wet system with the option to run it from the engine heat. It seems to work well, but to be honest I have not tried it in extremes. I also have the Eberspacher airtop as back up and that is a great bit of kit. Once the temperature here in Spain drops below 20 deg, I will let you know if the Alde is ant good. My Dometic airco is working perfectly at the moment, which is of far more importance :D.
     
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