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Old 01-21-2004, 06:48 PM   #1
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Insulation used in Classic Limited series - 2004?

The summer before last when my wife and I toured the Airstream factory we saw they were using a different type of insulation under the floor in the Limited series only, and the tour guide said (as I recall) that it was rather expensive, and a more effective insulation than that used in other models. I think he said the insulation originated in the aerospace industry.

Does anyone have more information about this insulation. Are they still using it in 2004 models? And, if it is more effective, I wonder whether a person could special order an entire trailer insulated with it?

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Old 01-21-2004, 11:16 PM   #2
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That insulation is used in the walls and ceiling also. It is a higher R value. Our tour guide said it was used in the Limited trailers only, but I bet they would upgrade for a price.

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Old 01-22-2004, 12:23 AM   #3
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I believe they are still using it in the Classic line. I also agree with Jack that they might install it into the Safari and CCD lines at additional cost.
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Old 01-22-2004, 04:33 AM   #4
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I believe that the foil bubble type insulation is only used under the floor and only in the Slide Out Trailers. They were not able to use the fiberglass insulation under the floor due the slideout mechanism.
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Thank you for your replies. I like the idea of the extra R value since we routinely camp in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees, as well as below freezing.

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I believe they are still using it in the Classic line. I also agree with Jack that they might install it into the Safari and CCD lines at additional cost.
Eric, the Classics have the same insulation as your Safari does. Its just the units with the "Limited" moniker that get the better stuff.

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I think you're right...as I think about it that week I visited the factory, there were mostly all Classic LTDs on the line.....
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The airstream trailers are built using fiberglass insulation in the walls (shell). All trailer models.The foil insulation is only used in the floors on slideout units.
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Lynn,
Do you know if A/S allows the insulation that they put into the Limited's to be ordered as an option for their other trailers?

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When I had my Scamp with an uninsulated floor, after spending a summer week in Las Vagas, I insulated the floor with the foil-bubble insulation. It worked great. Scamp insulates the upper part of the trailer with the same material. It is glued to the fiberglass shell with contact cement and a fabric, very much like in current Airstreams, is glued to the foil. The Scamp was a very snug trailer once I did the floor.

The foil-bubble insulation conforms nicely to curved surfaces. If I were working with a vintage unit and had inner panels off, I would certainly use the material in place of the fiberglass bats.

In my Scamp, I also insulated the walls of the refrigerator cabinet to keep heat out of the interior. Prior to that, the pantry would get terribly hot inside.
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When did they start using the better insulation in the Limited. Mine is an '83. Is that to far back?

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Foil insulation

I would not say the foil is any better insulation wise than fiberglass batt insulation.
It offers some features fiberglass cannot such as: it is thinner and it is not as "itchy" to work with. It is also more expensive.
I do not believe it is an option but it may be something they would do as a "special order", you would need to contact factory. They started using this insulation on the Limited slideout trailers in 1999.
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I would not say the foil is any better insulation wise than fiberglass batt insulation.
According to the tour guide doing the Airstream factory tour the insulation used on the Limiteds does have a higher R value.

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