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Old 12-29-2015, 05:28 PM   #15
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All awesome info, and exactly why we need this thread!

One thing to mention, is that some of these mods are not just cold weather relevant. Any insulation improvements will benefit warm weather comfort too, and improve the effectiveness of the A/C.

Adding white reflective paint to the roof, will aid sealing and in the case of those paints with ceramic beads, i would improve insulation.

Dean's comment about the bedroom wall is one that I had on my radar. I think a padded panel, with poppers would work well. Maybe a layer of Refectix built in on the back side.

On the roof vents, Reflectix panels would be easy to make, and have even seen some commercially made.
Isn't there some roof fans that have a double skinned dome bubble?

Can anyone update us on the current "best" replacement insulation for between the walls?
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Old 12-29-2015, 06:12 PM   #16
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Can anyone update us on the current "best" replacement insulation for between the walls?
I'd like to know the answer to this as well.
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Old 12-30-2015, 06:25 AM   #17
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I made sure to bring my wifes old blow dryer just in case the unheated dump valves froze up. We dumped our tanks yesterday for the first time on this trip and indeed we needed it. It took about a half an hour with the hair dryer blowing on the elbow before the valve to free up the ice clog. But we got it done. Probably a good thing to add to the list for cold weather camping.

Im going to do more research on some type of heat tape for the future.
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Old 12-30-2015, 09:04 AM   #18
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Old 12-30-2015, 10:18 AM   #19
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Ultra-heat?

Has anyone used this product? Thoughts?

UltraHeat - UltraHeat Webstore
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Old 12-30-2015, 12:38 PM   #21
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Looks like interesting stuff NC Camper.

I dug into the Trailer forum looking for good threads on insulation...

Here is a few good reads..
This one by Zeppelinium is really great.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f46/...sts-40442.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f46/...ion-46536.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f46/...rd-139278.html
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Another mod: on my 310, the hot and cold to the shower wraps around the back of the rig and down the passenger side wall to the shower. There is no other device on that side. Since we are trying to keep our gray tank as empty as possible we arent using the shower. I think Ill add shut off valves near the pump to isolate that side of the rig. No need for water on that side if not using the shower.
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When we lived in Colorado the full year, we had our 1992 Classic 350 winterized every year before the first freeze. With plenty of propane and water on board, it was no problem to go to ski areas with a group or take short trips. Using the generator for power allows both furnaces and the fridge to run. We had lots of fun on these outings but I can't even imagine trying to live in an Airstream over a winter. We never had any expectations that they were designed to do that. I picture in my mind that it would be like winter camping in a yurt.
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Just buy an Argosy, our floors are already insulated
My 79 MoHo was insulated from the factory. When I replaced my floor I found that the original construction was as follows;
1 A thin, continuous sheet of aluminum underbelly protection.
2 The steel floor framing (2" x 1" square tubing)
3 A layer of 1 1/2" fiberglass insulation
4 The 5/8" plywood sub floor (laid right over the insulation, it just smashed the insulation over the framing members)

When I put it back together I put the fiberglass back in between the framing members. Under the driver and passenger seats I insulated the floor with Armaflex because I was concerned about tire spray getting the insulation wet.

I considered using foam insulation to achieve a higher 'R' value but, decided against it. As a Carpenter that builds commercial buildings we always have to consider how building materials will perform in the event of a fire. The last thing you want to do is kill someone with the fumes from burning foam insulation.
In this case that someone would likely be me!
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Gregsch,
Sounds like you have knowledge... Is there a foam that is suitable for installing underfloor as discussed that is fire retarding?
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Link to a thread on Double insulated Fantastic Fan domes...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f462...me-145594.html

If the $55 is too steep, then the $10 "Vent Pillow" will help.
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Another mod that I did was to add a second shore power cord to a single dedicated 120v outlet. I originally did this to be able to run the rear AC off of shore power. It came in very handy on our recent cold weather trip to run a second 1500w ceramic heater. With two of the small ceramic heaters running it took a good deal of the load off of the furnace.
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Another multi season mod that reaps more benefits!
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