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Old 06-19-2012, 06:15 AM   #1
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How to reduce floor heat from engine?

I like to drive barefooted, but on warm days the floor gets uncomfortly warm. I have considered insulating the doghouse (engine cover) with this self adhesive foam --

SUPER SOUND PROOF WITH ADHESIVE from Aircraft Spruce

I am hoping this would reduce both the heat and noise.

Anyone have any experience with this foam or any better ideas?
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You need one specifically designed for heat. A lot of the sound deadening products cannot take the heat.

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I did the floor and back side of the engine cover and it really helped. Winnebago put ZERO insulation in the floor and engine cover.

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I like to drive barefooted, but on warm days the floor gets uncomfortly warm. I have considered insulating the doghouse (engine cover) with this self adhesive foam --

SUPER SOUND PROOF WITH ADHESIVE from Aircraft Spruce

I am hoping this would reduce both the heat and noise.

Anyone have any experience with this foam or any better ideas?
I believe it's against the law to drive bare foot isn't it?
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I believe it's against the law to drive bare foot isn't it?
Really? I guess next I'll have to wear pants too... What's this country coming to?
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It will depend on how much you want to spend - we put DynaMat and their DynaFoam on the doghouse as well as the entire front driver/passenger floor area. It greatly reduced the radiant engine heat entering the MH as well as the engine noise. For some reason the manufacturer thought the 1/8 inch pad and carpet would be enough to place over the sheet metal as deadner.

While doing this little project we also found an opening by the gas pedal where they had fabricated the floor to the kick panel. They thought the carpet would do just fine in sealing the gap- it didn't!

You can talk to DynaMat engineers directly and they'll suggest how thick the application needs to be for the doghouse.

Also DynaMat can be purchased at most car stereo installation shops for far less than buying from DynaMat or one of their listed speed shops.
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put a foil backed insulation under the carpet on the inside with the foil facing the engine worked on mine bare feet was a bad idea before power brakes not so much now just keep some sandals or flip flops close in case you get stopped
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It's not against the law to drive barefoot but can you deal with the odor!
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Really? I guess next I'll have to wear pants too... What's this country coming to?
Pants are optional
The shoes part is true because most folks feet rely on the support and stability of the shoes for strength/pain absorption. Remember when we were kids and you first started bare footing it near the creek? Tenderfoot- then overtime you could run on gravel no issues.
Shoes are the new skin for most folks so you are better able to stomp the brakes with a pair of them on.
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I can't remember if it was the Trek or the Winnie that had the foot heater opening by the doghouse corner. Great in the dead of winter, but hotter'n YKW in August.
Sealed it w/strip foam, then drove barefoot.
Oops, am I under arrest?
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I believe it's against the law to drive bare foot isn't it?
I stand corrected!!!!

Is it illegal to drive a vehicle barefooted

It's not illegal, just not recommended. Probably cause no one drives with a gas mask on.
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people run marathons... barefoot!
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I used Dynamat on my Winnebago Adventerer with great success. I got it at Jeg's or Summit, but J.C. Whitney sells it too I think. The 3/4" foam w/ foil went under the actual doghouse and the thinner (.065") foil backed was put every where else. It has been on for 4 years and has not come loose. It made a world of difference in both noise and heat. I went from the windshield back to the transmission and from frame to frame sideways.

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No, that is a persistant myth, except motorcycles.

Barefoot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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