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Old 10-29-2010, 08:26 AM   #1
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insulation question for my sleeping beauty.

I am close to wiring and insulating my spartan manor(sleeping beauty). I really want to stay away from fiberglass. What other insulation would be best for this type of application?
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I am close to wiring and insulating my spartan manor(sleeping beauty). I really want to stay away from fiberglass. What other insulation would be best for this type of application?
How about "Styrafoam" like those coffee cups are made from?
Fact is the metal roll up garage doors with the foam seem to be very well insulated with a huge reduction of heat...
Just have it sprayed on and your done..

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Use polyiso sheets. They have a higher insulation value than the white styrofoam boards (which seems to be the prevalent insulation board here in NM...yuk!). Try to use the Blue (Dow brand) or Pink (owens-corning brand) of polyiso house insulation sheathing. There is also a white one called R-Max.. slightly higher R-Value per inch than the Blue or Pink but also a higher price. You are basically looking at about a 2" thick foam sheet for an RV. You need all the R-value you can get. The foam sheathing is stable, easily cut and does not lose all it's insulating properties if it gets wet.
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Foil sided foam board is my personal favorite, as well as Reflectix. The foil helps reflect interior cool and heat back in and keeps the outside temperature changes at bay.

reflectix works for all those curved corners where square boards aren't an option.
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bubble foil

I restore vintage trailer trailers as a hobby and I prefer to use the bubble foil insulation, [http://image.made-in-china.com/2f0j0...il-DBF001-.jpg] or the stuff used to wrap hot water heaters in homes.

It is cheap and easy to work with, it is the same basic stuff that can be bought at almost any big box store in rolls.

You can see the hot water heater blanket used when I restored our 1965 Scad-A-bout teardrop trailer 1965 Scad-A-Bout Teardrop Trailer: Insulation Completed

The hot water blanket stuff is fiberglass between two sheets of reflective foil. I prefer the bubble wrap more, but did not discover it until after the teardrop was completed.
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The foil bubble wrap is what I was referring to when I said "Reflectix" for the record .
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