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Old 11-08-2011, 02:46 PM   #1
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How do you insulate the roof vents?

So, when camping in freezing weather what do you do to keep the heat from escaping through the roof vents? I know Camco makes those vent cushion things, does anyone improvise with something else?
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:56 PM   #2
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I got some 2 inch ridget foam insulation and cut it to size then took it to work and shrink wraped it to keep things clean. If your wife is handy with a needle and thread you could wrap it with cloth or glue a cloth cover on it. I just went for the easy and free way to wrap mine. I had some foam laying around so the total cost was zero--a price I could handle!
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Old 11-08-2011, 03:07 PM   #3
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I changed our vent covers to insulated (double walled) ones. Both our vents are Fantastic Vents and they make an optional double walled one that works like double walled glass panes.
I needed a new cover since the mounting boss had broken off one. Called and gave them the necessary info. They were going to send a new cover free of charge. I asked about the cost of upgrading to the insulated ones, he asked how many I needed, told him 2. He said "no problem" and "no charge"!
I also have a couple of the commercial fabric "pillows" that I can put in too. For the skylight (already double walled) I just pull the pleated cover over it.
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Old 11-08-2011, 03:12 PM   #4
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Camping world sells "Vent cushions" for $11.44. Fuzzy, thick, things that press fit into the vent recesses. I have two, and use them for cold and hot weather (when running A/C)
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I use the fuzzy cushion things. You can get them at camping world or even at Walmart in the RV section. They've worked real well for us.
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I have 2 of 'em.. One has a reflective "pad" below the pillow (Seperate from pillow) I use that pad on the Fantastic fan and the pillows on the two bathroom vents.
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You do not want to close/cover all of the vents in cold weather. It is best to leave on cracked open a small amount to let the moisture out, otherwise you will be moping water up from the bottoms of the windows.

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I use the soft vent fillers also. Got them at CW for about $12 a piece.
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I just cut come grey 1 inch shipping foam to size and used velcro to hold it in. I have experienced soaking wet windows due to excessive moisture condensaton as TXiceman discussed. I'll try leaving a vent open a bit with the foam blocks in place.
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Guess cut out carboard to fit the vents don't work especially when its hot, what a mistake that was..it warped the fan..haha!! so funny how a person learns when they are RVing...hehe
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Denise and I don't worry about it when camping in cold weather. Thermostat at 55 F and an extra comforter on the bed and we (to quote Seajay) spoon. We warm right up real quick.
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You do not want to close/cover all of the vents in cold weather. It is best to leave on cracked open a small amount to let the moisture out, otherwise you will be moping water up from the bottoms of the windows.

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We have dual pane windows, except for the windshield, we very seldom have any condensation problem.
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Denise and I don't worry about it when camping in cold weather. Thermostat at 55 F and an extra comforter on the bed and we (to quote Seajay) spoon. We warm right up real quick.
Yikes! 55? That wouldn't work for me. If I set the t-stat at anything lower than 66 either on the road or at home, I'll wake up with an awful sore throat, regardless of how many blankets or sets of PJ's that I have on. Call me a whimp I guess, but sitting on a 55 degree toilet seat in the middle of the night....no thanks!

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Craig, that's 23 above freezing and it tends to make the sitting short. If the thermostat is set too warm I end up sleeping very poorly. Denise and I both sleep much better when its cool.
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