After a long day of travelling or hiking, there’s no greater feeling than having a nice hot shower to end your day when you’re on the road. Below, we’ve put together a complete guide to choosing the best caravan hot water systems, including electric, gas, and solar options. When choosing the best caravan hot water system for your next adventure, it’s likely that your budget will come into play when making your decision. And for those that like the added luxury, you may also be in the market for an instant hot water system for your caravan. Before making your decision, it’s helpful to understand the features and benefits of systems powered by electric, gas, and solar.


Electric caravan hot water heaters are one of the the most tried, tested and loved methods to provide a steady stream of hot water for your showers when you’re on the road. These systems are water-efficient as they heat water only when you need it, so there’s less waste which is better for the planet and require less stopovers to refill your water tank.

Being powered by electricity alone, does mean that they’re preferable for trips where you’ll be stopping off at powered caravan parks, so you’re never without power.

For those in the market for an instant hot water system for their caravan, choosing electricity will see you benefit from a wide range of options currently available.


A caravan gas water heater is powered purely by gas and is often seen as the most economical way to heat your water supply when you’re on the road. To run this caravan hot water system, you’ll need to carry gas cylinders and a steady flow of clean water to operate. It’s also important to maintain your caravan gas water heater with a regular service, just like your vehicle.

If you’re a camping enthusiast or have planned an epic caravan trip across the sunburnt Nullarbor Plain, a caravan gas water heater will provide the perfect solution for all of your hot water needs. So, you can say goodbye  to stressful stopovers when you’re running low on charge and desperate for your next hot shower.

Similarly to electric, gas water heaters often come with the option of an instantaneous hot water supply for your caravan, like this digital gas water heater from Camec.


The beauty of exploring this gorgeous country is that we’re rarely in no short supply of the sun! However, evening temperatures can plummet when you’ve gone bush or are in outback Australia. Because of this, it’s really important to make sure you have a guaranteed supply of hot water to wash off the day’s sweat before you get into some tucker.

Solar-powered caravan hot water systems are one of the most environmentally friendly ways to heat your water when you’re on the road, however it can be more costly when it comes to installing the right number of panels on the roof of your caravan. The good news is that manufacturers are working hard on making solar-powered caravan hot water heaters more affordable as more research and innovation occurs in the area.

Campers and caravaners alike, sometimes opt for the more affordable option of a solar shower like these options from OzTrail, which fit conveniently inside your shower tent. Whether you choose solar, electric or a gas caravan hot water system, you’ll be loving life after a hot shower and clean dishes as the sun sets on another day in the outback. Goodbye cold showers, hello luxury adventures.