We’ve got the perfect heater for your Volkswagen Transporter. Be it a vintage Bay window camper, Westfalia, Vanagon or a Eurovan; if you need hot air or hot water for your Type 2, you’ve come to the right place.
Bus, Vanagon & Eurovan Heaters
Hot Air Furnaces
For many years Propex Heatsource has been the furnace of choice for VW Transporter owners. Our propane powered air heaters have been proven to be safe, reliable and very efficient blown air heaters. The compact heater designs lend themselves perfectly to all types of Type 2 conversions and updates. These European designed and manufactured heaters are the perfect fit for the Eurovan and Vanagon. Economical and compact, just like the Transporter.
Hot Water Heaters
Our Malaga water heaters are also popular with Volkswagen enthusiasts too, like our air heaters these are propane fired, safe, compact and very energy efficient.
Our furnaces and water heaters are the heater of choice for the following Type 2s, starting with the split-screen T1 right up to the latest models with those new-fangled water-cooled front engines:
Volkswagen T1 (1950 – 1967) “Split screen”
The Volkswagen T1 was the first generation of Volkswagen’s Transporter, Introduced in 1950 the T1 was still being produced 17 years later. Sharing the same rear engined air-cooled, flat four motor as the Type 1 “Bug”. The first generation of T1s had a split windscreen, often referred to as a “Splitty”, “Splittie”, or “Split screen” other nicknames are “Bulli”, “Bus”, “Samba”, “Barn Door” and “Camper”.
Volkswagen T2 (1967 – 1979) “Bay window”
In 1967 the second generation of Type 2, the T1 was introduced. Slightly larger and heavier. The T2 featured a one-piece front windshield giving it the nickname of “Bay window”, “Bay” or “Breadloaf” as it’s design looks like baked bread in a mould.
Volkswagen T3 (1979 – 1992) “Vanagon”
The T3 was also known Vanagon in the United States or the T25 in the UK. The T3 was one of the last new Volkswagen platforms to use an air-cooled engine. In 1983 water-cooled engine power became available. Compared to its predecessor the T2, the T3 was larger and heavier, with square corners replacing the rounded edges of the older models. The T3 is sometimes called “the wedge” by enthusiasts.
Volkswagen T4 (1993 – 2003) “Eurovan”
The Volkswagen Eurovan was the first of the VW Transporters to have a front-mounted water-cooled engine and front wheel drive.
Volkswagen T5 (2003 – 2014)
Sadly the VW Transporter T5 was not imported into the U.S. Falling foul to the so called ‘chicken tax’ which classified the T5 as a light truck.
From the early days of Transporter production, VW have offered a camper or camper van option. Westfalia was the official motorhome manufacturer. These Westys as they are affectionately known introduced the now famous elevated pop-up roofs to VW motorhome market. This special order arrangement worked well for both businesses until Westfalia was bought by DaimlerChrysler in 2001. Since then VW have offered their own camper van option.
Introducing the Volkswagen Type 2
The Volkswagen (VW) Transporter aka Type 2 are a range of vans, minivans, minibuses, pickups and campers which have been produced since 1950 by the German auto manufacturer. It was Volkswagen’s second vehicle. Following in the tracks laid down by their inaugural machine, the Type 1, now known as the Beetle.
Like the Type 1, the Type 2 has achieved a similar level of enthusiasm and the global cult status of the original ‘Bug’.
The people’s car (& bus)
They might make iconic vehicles but Volkswagen are not celebrated for their naming of their vehicles. In fact, the Beetle was originally called the Volkswagen, meaning ‘people’s car’ in German. In fact it was the German people that nicknamed the Type 1 as the Käfer (German for “beetle”). It was later marketed as such in Germany and as the Beetle in other countries. Similarly the public have created their own names for the Type 2 Transporter; “Hippy Van”, “Vee-dub”, “Transporter”, “Kombi”, “Combi” and even the “Breadloaf”.
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