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Old 10-22-2009, 12:17 AM   #1
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Bed insulation.

Hi, today I installed insulation under my queen bed. I have been wanting to do this for some time, but I wasn't sure on what to use or how to install it. I bought a few sheets of foam insulation at Lowes today. They are 2' by 4' and about 1 1/2" thick. I cut the pieces with a razor blade, used glue and duct tape to hold them in place. My main concern was the area under my bed shared with my storage compartment. And I only covered about 90% of that area. On our last trip we hit zero degrees one night and lived through it, but I think this should help keep my bed a bit warmer.

(1.) Bottom of bed section with pieces cut and glued in place.

(2.) Storage compartment. Area to be insulated is "L" shaped.

(3.) Insulation duct taped in place along with the glue.

(4.) View from outside through hatch door.
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Old 10-22-2009, 08:29 AM   #2
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GREAT idea - looks like it'll help keep the bedroom a little warmer.
I'll have to do that in the spring.
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Old 10-22-2009, 09:49 AM   #3
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Hey, Bob, looks like that you like your 'Random' trips to the cold weather areas. My assumption for those to the south of me would be to trip to the north in warmer seasons and south in the cooler seasons. BUT, you have given me a reason to use my left over styro, like yours, on our coach. 3 years ago I bought 2 - 4x8 sheets, one 1 1/2" and the other 2"to line the 'box' where the black tank resides. We do get freezing temps here. I've noticed when opening the lower storage compartments under our beds and galley the obvious cool, actually COLD, temps in there. What glue are you using to anchor the styro?
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I have been thinking about rerouting a really small heater tube that could go underneath the bed.It seems that would work pretty well.it would not take that much room and in my 25SS one of the lines lead that way.I have been thinking about it for some time but just never got around to it being I live in florida so being really cold in bed was never an issue.I would think this would help out greatly for someone up north though.It would work the way they did it at the factory and pointing one small tube towards the fresh water tank compartment.
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Great idea, Bob! Our coldest trip to date was 26 degrees F at Dead Horse State Park in Arizona last February. We woke up and could see our breath INSIDE the Airstream! Water that had dripped from a faucet near the trailer had an upside-down icicle. I have never experienced 0 degrees F....but, I can see that it makes for much less crowded campgrounds!

I must say, however....if you fill up some of those spaces under the bed (like we have) with "stuff," and there is no room for cold air
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I must say, however....if you fill up some of those spaces under the bed (like we have) with "stuff," and there is no room for cold air
Our 'stuff' get's really cold in those spaces. When we have our occasional multable days in a row freezes I turn on an electric heater low. Last year when I went into the coach at one of those times to check on how the heater was performing I found that it was doing it's job and keeping the coach interior well above freezing. Just on impulse I opened a floor level compartment and it felt like I had opened our freezer. I leave those doors open now. Even though I've winterized I don't wish to chance that a little water had collected in the plumbing.
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Winter in the AS

We spend every thanksgiving at Idyllwild in the San Jansanto Mountains here is Southern California. The temperature is in the teens at night and I use a thermal blanket under the bedpad and thermal blankets on top and we keep the heater set to 50 and it is great. Never let winter be an idle time for your trailer.
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I wonder if it is just a coincidence that, except for one, all the posters in this thread up till now are either from California or Florida.
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Bed Insulation

My trailer is a little older, But this worked great! I used R13. then use radient barrier with the silver tape and attached under both twin beds. Check Out The photos..TC
I could use staples to attach to wood. Looks Cool also!
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Never let winter be an idle time for your trailer.
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I agree, Rick! Where we live in California, it's nice to head to the coast for more temperate weather and to escape the fog we often get in the Sacramento Valley. Camping during the winter is usually cheaper and no reservations needed!

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