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Old 02-03-2013, 01:08 PM   #1
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RV insulation mods winter/summer DYI

Just finished doing these this morning. Total install time - maybe an hour. My personal handiness level - 1 to 2 on a 10 scale.

The wrap up front is Reflectix, an insulation I bought at a box hardware store. Cost $39 for largest size they have (48" by 20 or so feet long)

First I noticed my MH has permanent velcro circles around the cockpit. I then grabbed the old velcro tabs bought by mistake a few months prior.

Measure the interior "wrap". Note I was generous with my cut at 8 foot, giving myself an extra inch - give yourself an extra 4. I'd really prefer my wrap had "wings".

To create wrap: Put velcro tab on velcro perma-circle, peel off paper backing from adhesive. Place wrap and press onto velcro.

Next post - ceiling vent insulation.
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:18 PM   #2
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The first pic is my attic fan cover. I'll have to google where I bought it from, but it was one of the few that attached with magnet strips. One strip has adhesive on one side - that side sticks to the vent frame. The adhesive on the other strip attaches to the insulation - so then the magnets seal it closed.

Note the strips I used were leftovers from my attic fan cover, so the top magnets are white to blend in better. The magnets I bought at the big box store were $3.49 per and I needed 4 rolls to provide two double sided magnets around the vent in the bedroom (all vents are same size).

My next project - get more velcro and hang a door size insulation from door in between screen door and outer door. Gotta run to the store first, and DW informs me that since the need is not immediate it will not get done today. And I'd also like to shop more for white painted magnet strips.

BTW - these are not cut down, I haven't decided to leave them oversize or cut down, but I left them oversize for now.
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:23 PM   #3
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Here they are (hope they don't show up twice)
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:25 PM   #4
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Here's the attic cover - Whole House Attic Fan Magnetic Shutter Cover
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Nice work...Thanks for sharing
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:31 PM   #6
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Nice job. That Reflectix stuff has many uses on a camper.
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:54 PM   #7
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I'll post temps when we go out in a few weeks - then we'll know how much of a noticeable difference there is.
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That's what I'm wanting to do. I don't want a huge project but I want to keep the hot out and the cool on. It looks like that would do that and not take up a lot of space when not using it. Let us know how it holds up.
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Will do! So far the temp is noticeably more stable (in the garage)...but we'll get it out this weekend for a run.

I do have to emphasize the weight of this Reflectix is almost nothing. I'm going to cut out the window panels in the next few days and hope to post pics of those. Right now I'm just going with temp mounting (sliding between window and shade) as I really want to see what the vent covers and the front curtain do on their own.
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Update

Worked awesome!!!!!

We had mid 20 degree temps, and were able to easily, and I mean EASILY keep the mh at 70's.

We did make a couple added mods to the above - and I'll post pics soon. (why do I keep forgetting to take pics in the wild?)

Added:
- reflectix slipped under the curtains in the bedroom windows.
- pillow stuffed in bedroom vent
- reflectix stuffed in bathroom vent
- also added a second vornado (previous test was one vornado and one 'milkhouse' space heater)

The result was IMMEDIATELY noticed. DW commented "it doesn't feel drafty anymore".

As i said, the outside temp ranged from high teens to low 30s. I had to actually TURN DOWN the space heaters just so the furnace would periodically kick on to circulate the air underneath.

Temp reading - lowest was 71, highest was 78. Didn't sleep in long underwear. Didn't freeze my head off from cold air coming in the bedroom window.

Next - getting me a couple "pool noodles" to insulate the slides!

pics to come
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