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Old 11-05-2013, 08:19 AM   #1
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Cold Aluminum! Headboard ideas?

We have the 27FB EB, and have noticed now that the temperature is dropping the aluminum is COLD behind our heads. Any ideas for a headboard from the rest of the forums? Creative ideas to prevent the cold for us full-timers radiating off the wall in that location?

I have been tossing around the idea of buying a 12" board and wrapping it in fabric. Or even a nice cedar plank. Anything but the cold metal.

On a separate note, the Dyson Hot / Cold fan set at 72 and a speed of 4 keeps our trailer perfect now that temps have dropped to the high 30's. The Sleep Number bed is also nice!!
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:05 AM   #2
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Rivet snaps to the skin at the backseat height. Rectangle fabric, core of heavy cotton batting. Snap in place.

Or some leather/ vinyl

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Old 11-05-2013, 09:17 AM   #3
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One inch thick extruded foamed Polyethylene foam can be cut on the back side to allow it to bend. Then you can wrap it in some valuer foam covered blanket material that will give better insulation that just tag board. The blanket material uses urethane foam that has a 5 year life expectancy, but can easily be replaced.
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:21 AM   #4
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Let your hair grow and wear a stocking cap; just joking. I am switching from a queen to twin and in the progress, I am going to use carpet squares on the walls for that same reason; cold Aluminum. Don't get your "behind" against the wall either, it could be like your tongue on the pump handle.
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:31 AM   #5
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Baby crib bumper pads.
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:09 AM   #6
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Use the long pillow from the couch as your "headboard". Works for us (27fb fling cloud).
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:09 AM   #7
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Great ideas. The one problem I have seen is that Double Sided tape doesn't appear to stay long on the cold metal. I think this is possibly from the condensation? I have used the Scotch 20lb double sided tape to hand a 10lb picture- and it fell off in 3 days- I expect to the temperate change and condensation.

I hate to drill rivets with snaps- something about putting permanent holes into the aluminum scares me.

Carpet squares- simple and interesting idea. However I think the extra "batting" / foam will provide a bit more insulation.
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:12 AM   #8
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Wow- never thought of that- using the couch pillow!
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:15 AM   #9
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Wow- never thought of that- using the couch pillow!
DW found that suggestion in the forums somewhere - wish I knew who said it first!! It is a great idea and works well! Plus nothing else to carry or "stick" to your aluminum.
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:15 PM   #10
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I have used the blue backpacker mattress foam for insulation on many projects. Easy to cut & glue for shape.
This area is on my list along with under the bed over the outside storage hatch.
Currently I'm using some of those EB down pillows, , ,


Psst, suction cups
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:32 PM   #11
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Bolsters Are the Answer

Airstreams once came with bolsters for this very reason.
During the Beatrice Food years that everyone complains about, these were a nice feature.
You can make your own with a 1/4 inch fiberboard backer cut to the size you need. 1/4 foam or thicker to taste. Material of your choice from Hobby Lobby or Walmart.
It's a quick and easy project that provides unbelievable comfort.
Airstream actually glued the bolsters to the inside skin with construction adhesive. That's why you want the leave the fiberboard exposed on the backside. The fabric is wrapped about 2 inches over the edge all the way around the bolster.
Hope this helps.
P.S. If you aren't handy I sure Greg Schmuker at TBRich on these forums will do it for a very fair price.
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:36 PM   #12
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Just velcro some of the hated "mouse fur" to the offending area.

Warm walls, one thing we really like about the Classic.

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Velcro whatever you'd prefer to the wall for insulation ... we use memory foam. We both have allergies and have stayed away from the mouse fur.
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We cut some heavy carpet pad to the right shape and put it between the window and curtain. Really makes a difference reducing the draft off that window and darkens the room in the morning when early sunlight would otherwise awaken me.
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