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Did you insulate your walls.

Poll ended at Thu Aug 25, 2005 4:04 pm

No but I wish I had.
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Yes but I have since decided I didn't need to.
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Postby Oldragbaggers » Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:33 am

Shadow Catcher wrote:Becky one thing to remember is that the sun is directly over heard for a relatively short period of time the rest of the time the sides get direct sun as well.

Good point, Shadow Catcher. And I am definitely open to learning from you folks who have been at this a longer time, so I will take this under advisement.

I am planning on awnings, which I plan to make myself. A dining fly off the galley, an awning on the curb side and a cabana room for changing and such (read that porta potty) off the other side. I would think those would keep the sun off the sides pretty well, but please educate me if I'm wrong.

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Postby greekspeedoman » Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:52 am

I did insulate on my first build. However, my second build I only did the roof with a 3/4" wall. I've camped below 10 degrees and above 100 without problems. If you're worried about the walls sweating, then just put a little auto carpet on them as insulation.

I've found that having the insulation in the roof really helps on a hot day in direct sunlight. Insulating the roof only adds a few pounds and seems worth it to me.

When you have to leave a vent or window open for ventilation anyhow, then why insulate? Just take a thicker blanket.
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Postby slowcowboy » Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:05 pm

I belive in the over insulation for one purpuse.

heating the dang thing.

I don't need to use much heat to heat it.

I use a 12 volt cermamic heator from a truck stop to heat mine.

it is 300 watts and called a road pro heator.

it is very small on heat out put.

with the extra insulation. I can stay plenty warm at nights.

I live in wyoming where heating is not a option but a nessity from like,
1st of august. and at some of the high elevations where I like to camp it can get frost on the grounds even in the summer times.

I do like the guy posting before me have most my insulation in the roof.

I have a double layer roof and I am talking 1x6s boards butted up to each other.

I have 2 inches of blue foam insulation between them and as I built my teardrop and closed the foam in with the bottom layer in 2009. I could feel the teardrop getting cooler as I worked in my hot shop.

I just compleated my last inside wall today. and feel It made for a really not so hot trailer too.

I camped out in my teardrop in july which was baking hot around 98 degreas and I was thankful for that insulation.

My walls have never sweated with it. My car carpet is just on my ceiling so far. but will be going on my walls soon.

I never with my 2inch foam in my walls or ceiling get much on condesation in my teardrop.

One reason is no humity in wyoming and one reason is the insulation.

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