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Old 02-20-2010, 05:40 PM   #1
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I am the new owner of an 83 minnie winnie. It is in great shape mechanically. I am wanting to insulate the cab over and maybe make an insulated headliner for it. I am also looking for a solution to the extreme heat generated at the "hump" in the cab. Is it safe to put up the solar reflective material in the cab over and can I make a sort of skirt of the same quilted material to put over the hump inside the cab? TIA
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Welcome aboard. We are not too far down Hwy 290 from you.

We had a 1999 Minnie Winnie and the cab floor and dog house were really hot. I used some heat barrier from J.C. Whitney. It was a 3/8" thick fiber with a foil barrier. Take the engine cover off and use spray adhesive to glue it to the engine side of the cover. I halso pulled up the carpet and put the heat barrier there as well.

I do not like the kit sold by Camping World as it is really just the bubble wrap stuff and not really rated for close proximity to the exhaust manifolds.

Got any questions, send me a PM.

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Hi Gabbriellew,

Just wanted to stop by and welcome you to the forum. LOTS of people here with tons of knowledge. I'm sure that you will receive plenty of replies to your post.

I have a vintage TT (85) and am really enjoying it.

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I am the new owner of an 83 minnie winnie. I am also looking for a solution to the extreme heat generated at the "hump" in the cab.
We had a '97 Ford class C and I remember how hot the doghouse area could get. Our Jeep had a similar problem with the floor getting so hot you risked burning your feet. We solved the problem with a blanket type heat shield material we bought from Pepboys. It's been a couple of years but as I remember it was about $35.00 for a 4'x6' roll and was a kind of felt material with foil backing. We put it under the carpet and it made a huge difference. It also cut down the road noise. You could probably do the same thing by putting it over the doghouse, then covering with another layer of carpet.
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Also, be sure the engine cover is fastened correctly, and has a gasket all around the joint. We had a '76 Midas Mini on a Chevrolet chassis, and had no trouble with engine heat as long as the engine cover was properly secured.

What chassis do you have? (Ford/Chev/Dodge?)

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I am the new owner of an 83 minnie winnie. It is in great shape mechanically. I am wanting to insulate the cab over and maybe make an insulated headliner for it. I am also looking for a solution to the extreme heat generated at the "hump" in the cab. Is it safe to put up the solar reflective material in the cab over and can I make a sort of skirt of the same quilted material to put over the hump inside the cab? TIA
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thank you all so much for the helpful suggestions. My minnie is on a chevy chassis. As far as making a headliner, Would the best way to attach it be velcro or is it safe to use some other fastener? I do not want to damage any wiring. The ceiling is in good condition but all the wood makes me feel like I am in a cave plus I would like the extra insulation.
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