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Old 07-06-2012, 10:01 PM   #1
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Question Lined A/C Cover with Reflectix

I posted this on another forum and received some interesting comments so I would be interested in any input from knowledgeable members of this FR site.

I came up with this brilliant idea (in my own mind) to take the roof A/C cover off, clean up the interior and then cover the inside of the a/c cover with Reflextix(available at your local box stores).
Anyway, the job was very easy and I covered the complete inside except the vent areas. I secured the Reflectix with dabs of 5200 to help in preventing any sagging onto the top of the a/c parts.

My thought is that the reflectix will reflect the hard Florida sun from the compressor and condenser and allow it to run a little cooler.

Running cooler might help improve efficiency and less overall strain on the a/c unit.

So, so far, after a week, it seems like the a/c is running far less than before (might be just a mind thing) but it does seem like a keeper mod.

After completing the a/c mod, I then removed the Max Aire covers from my vents and covered the interior of them with the Reflectix as well.

My wife had previously cut Reflectix pieces to attach into the inside of the roof vents, thus significantly reducing interior heat, but the area around the vents still seemed to remain quite warm compared to the rest of the ceiling.

I immediately noticed a very significant drop in temperature after my Reflectix addition to the actual roof vent covers. (This was not just a mind game - it really works).

Has anyone else done this?
How about long term effects?
Anyone have any pros/cons on what I did?

I have seen a couple of the more expensive window a/c units with a layer of insulation in them, so maybe this is not a crazy idea?
Unfortunately I did not do any prior measurements so if anyone does try this, please post some before and after results/measurements.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:28 PM   #2
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What other forum? I'd like to read it. Can you add s link to it?
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:28 AM   #3
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Lined A/C cover with Reflectix - link to more info

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What other forum? I'd like to read it. Can you add s link to it?
Here you go, lots of good reading. I am still very happy with the result of my effort and would highly recommend this simple mod.

RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Added Reflextix to Roof A/C and Exterior Vent covers
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:56 AM   #4
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I think I will do this also. I have already lined my baggage area with it and also every cabinet in the 5ver against the outside walls.Also the front storage compartment and the wardrobe closet.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:38 AM   #5
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I think that would be a terrific idea! Not expensive and would also help in added sound deadening. A double benefit also for winter and summer weather.

Great ideas from great minds!!
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Not familiar with "reflextix". Is it silver foil like with bubbles inside like bubble wrap? We used this in the house to wrap hot air ducting.
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:19 PM   #7
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Yes, that is it and is available at most big box home repair stores. Inexpensive and long life and the stuff works!
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Can someone post pics? We 4-season camp and I'm about to start doing some of these mods.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:07 PM   #9
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Can someone post pics? We 4-season camp and I'm about to start doing some of these mods.
OK,OK I must get up and clean my roof next week, so I will remove the covers (finally) and post some picts. Been putting it off due to health/back surgery issue but I am better now and I gotta do it, so I have a plan. Next week!
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OK,OK I must get up and clean my roof next week, so I will remove the covers (finally) and post some picts. Been putting it off due to health/back surgery issue but I am better now and I gotta do it, so I have a plan. Next week!
I think it's a brilliant idea. I'm going to buy some based on this idea alone. But I think a picture would REALLY sell it!

And what about adding double sided magnetic strips - like on an attic fan insulated cover? That way I'm thinking of a door cover, vent covers and even window covers. All removable and held by magnetic strips. Granted those strips would be glued to the wall.

We could even do a drape cutting off the front cab and overhead bed - strung up by magnetic strips.
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