Propex vs Espar vs Webasto Heaters Comparison
Summer is over, and those dark, cold mornings remind you that it’s the best moment to install an awesome heater in your campervan. Propex, Webasto, and Espar are solid options. Whether it’s the Propex HS2000 or Webasto Air Top 2000 or Espar Airtronic D2, your van needs a heater.
This plan will expand your comfort and versatility when it comes to holding the heat in. This post tries to show Propex vs Espar vs Webasto Heaters Comparison.
Propex Propane Heater
Among the three, the Propex heater is the most common heater to come across. Running a propane heater comes with distinct advantages than the diesel and gas options. First, propane is basically a cleaner fuel as compared with both gasoline and diesel. It emits or produces less CO2, Nitrogen Oxide, Carbon monoxide, and hydrocarbons. We have two models of Propex Propane heaters which are Propex HS2000, and Propex HS221
Both the Webasto and Espar heater requires to do yearly maintenance to eliminate carbon buildup and other particles, but the Propex system requires no maintenance. Since propane has the lowest boiling point, it’s less sensitive to cold changes and high altitudes.
Additionally, propane heaters can efficiently work with the varying rates and levels of propane and butane mixes found in several different locations. In simple terms, you can use it pretty well in any country and area you’re driving to.
Moreover, the Propex heater is relatively the quietest model. When it comes to installation, this heater is probably the most flexible. You don’t have to use much effort. Easy to use!
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The downside to the propane heater
The undisputed downside to this heater is that a large propane tank installation is needed. This factor influences its working capabilities. What’s more? Propane tanks are sturdy and heavy. Therefore, it requires more sketching and planning before installation. Keep in mind that some vans are not big enough. Thus propane tanks might result in overcrowding. On the other hand, gasoline and diesel can be smartly tapped into your van fuel tank.
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Webasto and Espar Diesel & Gas Heaters
As mentioned, Propex has significant advantages over Webasto and Espar heaters. The good thing about these two heaters is how they use fuel automatically and directly from your van. So, you don’t have to figure out or plan how to carry a spare tank. Also, they are simple and easier to refill
Diesel and gas are dense than propane in terms of energy. Therefore, they use less fuel to heat the vehicle. Diesel is denser than others and slightly more expensive. Both are less expensive than propane (cheaper per BTU).
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Downsides of Diesel & Gas Heaters
Both diesel and gasoline are known to be dirtier when applied to heaters than propane. You’ll always find a carbon buildup over time. With that, Webasto and Espar heaters require extensive annual cleaning as well as maintenance to operate amazingly. Knowingly, cleaning out these carbon particles is a daunting and annoying task. You must follow a few steps that involve installing the heater, replacing the burner insert, and removing the heating tube. So, lots of patience and tools are required.
Also, unlike propane, diesel and gas have high boiling points. The point is, they are easily affected by high altitudes (more finicky). For these heaters to work well in high altitudes, you must adjust them.
Finally, Webasto and Espar are noisier than their counterpart Propex. The RV owner needs to install a muffler to minimize the noise. Just to mention, not all Espar and Webasto models are available in the US. They face sparse customer support in the Us as compared to propane.
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