Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-24-2012, 09:52 PM   #1
Junior Member
Rachel's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 2
Insulation ideas

Hi all! I am fairly new at all this. We just bought our pop up a few weeks back. We took the kids, 4 of the 5, up camping for the weekend. The only complaint they had was that it was cold. We ran the heater, in fact it ran almost all night both nights. My question is... Is there any way to keep the warmth in. We double checked to make sure everything was in the correct place and nothing was left undone. I am thinking of maybe some material to go along the pull outs, all 3 of them. Does anyone have any other ideas? Would a think layer of insulation work on the two pull out sides? Rambling I know. Any ideas or suggestions would be great.

Rachel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2012, 09:57 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 855
Sadly, that is one of the problems with tent trailers or hybrids. They simply do not have any insulation. I really do not see from looking at them that there is a way to easily add insulation, except maybe add some heavy blankets to the ends. But that would only keep heat inside the box and the beds would get colder yet. Maybe best would be some better sleeping bags.

donn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2012, 10:00 PM   #3
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 28
I don't have any yet (thinking about buying some though), but folks have good things to say about PopupGizmos. They are best known for keeping the heat out of the camper in the summer by reflecting the sun rather than letting it heat up the bunk ends. Their web site says that they help keep things warm in the winter though. PopupGizmos

I'm in Texas and more interested in the "keeping heat out" aspect of them.

Our Roo came with heated mattresses.... Maybe pack an electric blanket to help if you have electric hookup?

jas0420 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2012, 10:02 PM   #4
Senior Member
DF5.4's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Hilton NY
Posts: 344
Way back when we had a popup we ran into the problem that we couldn't get warm at night. We realized that the cold was coming from under the bunks. The more blankets we put over us the more we trapped the cold in. We opened up a sleeping bag and put it on the mattress. Then we used our blankets on top and we were comfortable.

2011 Prime Time Tracer 3000BHS
2007 Ford Expedition
Reese Dual Cam HP Hitch
Nights Camped 2015-5 in TT
DF5.4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2012, 10:16 PM   #5
Junior Member
Rachel's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 2
Thanks everyone! My husband looks at the pop up gizmos. It may work. We also thought a thin layer of insulation under the beds. Not sure. The mattresses are heated but we have no generator as of yet so that does no good. For sure we will have the kids wear their writer pjs and being the heavy sleeping bags. 😄
Rachel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2012, 12:10 AM   #6
Senior Member
2Susan's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Southern Alberta
Posts: 458
Yoga mats, or similar closed cell foam under to act as a thermal break. I use them on the vinyl floor when it it bitter cold and they make a big difference even though they are quite thin. They also don't slide.
2Susan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2012, 05:27 AM   #7
Senior Member
cstover's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Where the USCG sends us.
Posts: 365
I had a popup prior to my TT. There is several things you can do. For under the bunks, you can buy some thin foam insulation boards, they go right under the mattresses. The make a insulation that is called Reflectix that is very thin with air bubbles. You can cut it to fit in the windows, does wonders. Carpet on the floor will help slow down cold creep through the floor. PUGs are fantastic, they also help keep the outside clean. Skirts around the bottom of the bunks will keep the wind out.

Another great forum for pups is the popupportal. Same as here, tons of experience and very friendly.
cstover is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2012, 09:20 AM   #8
Moderators' Assistant
bikendan's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 10,163
PUGs(PopupGizmos) have been used by many popup and hybrid owners for years. have never read a review that said they were a waste of money. all i've read have had positive results, including me.

Bob Pitney at PUGs, provides top of the line customer service and support.
Dan-Retired Firefighter/EMT
Shawn-Musician/Entrepreneur/Wine Expert
and Zoe the Wonder Dog(R.I.P.)
'07 Roo 23SS pushing an '07 Chevy Avalanche
Equalizer WDH and Prodigy BC
bikendan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2012, 10:03 AM   #9
Senior Member
Wiscampsin's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 8,140
When we had our popup and then hybrid the space blankets on the tent ends and Reflectix in the windows in the tent ends made a big difference.

2013 Palomino Sabre 34REQS-6

Link to pics:
Wiscampsin is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:34 AM.