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Old 01-01-2011, 12:23 AM   #1
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Door insulation?

I took the inner door off and found that the metal part of the door had lots of gaps 1" deep on the lower portion of the door inside. The question is what would you use to fill that gap ? I have thought of small amounts of insulation paper side to the outside taped in? Or syrafome about 1"thick cut to fit and glued in. Last Question anyone ever done this? I think it will help when trying to keep heat in.

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Funny you ask as I just did this to my unit. I used 1 inch foam from Home Depot cut to fit held in place with alum. 2 inch tape. I also used a can of low expansion foam to fill viods the foam sheet could not be placed in. Worked out nice door is also quieter now and not as cold. I am also insulating many other places in the units basement. Have added 2 4X8 sheets of 1 inch foil faced foam so far using 3M spray glue and al. tape to hold in place. A lot of work but worth it if you stay in real cold or heat.
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Thanks Autofish, I wasn't sure anyone had done this. That is a great idea to use the insulation from Home Depot. I let you know how it turns out. Thanks John
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Been thinking of doing the same to my Bounder. Autofish do you have any pictures of the basement after you added the insultion?
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Cat sorry no pics. Home Depot also carries a white .060 inch plastic 4x8 sheet that I used for the floor of all compartments. The 3M spray glue works well to hold it down. The foam that I found worked best is the pink stuff HD carries. It worked well to laminate the foam to the plastic then cut the sheet to size with a razor knife or table saw. Finish corners with white silicon caulk. This is a big job but worth it in the end.
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:48 AM   #6
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" Inner door off and found that the metal part of the door had ...."
What are you talking about??
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did it look like this
I sealed all the air holes and added this insulation product to stop the cold leaching in behind me when we are parked.
I was freaked out by the emptiness there was in the Atwood made door on our Damon
spring i plan to remove the foil wrap and add foam blocks inside the door and then reseal
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Read my op and What I meant was the gap between the door and the inner plastic door was about 1" deep. This gap felt very cold and I thought what would you use to fill that gap. Autofish stated that he did what I was thinking.
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Powerboatr... this is about what my door looks like. Filled the spaes with 1 inch foam sheet where I could then fileld the enlosed area with door and window LOW expanding foam in a can justdon't overfill.
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Thanks! Wow I can't believe there is no insulation in the door. Are all of them like that? I would think you would want to be real careful with the foam (even the low expansion) so as not to force the outer fiberglass shell out. How do you know who made your door?
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Thanks! Wow I can't believe there is no insulation in the door. Are all of them like that? I would think you would want to be real careful with the foam (even the low expansion) so as not to force the outer fiberglass shell out. How do you know who made your door?
mine had a tag on the hinge side of the door with serial number....atwood mobile products

i to was AMAZED at no insulation.....you just never know
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I plan on doing that in the spring, for now I just put window plastic around the inside of the door at night I use it with the window double sided tape it comes off when I need to go outside and back on at night, along with a long insulated curtain. It makes a big difference when the wind is blowing. And helps keep the inside of the motorhome warmer. I used weatherstripping around the door but it just pushed the door out more instead of flush. So I will be redoing the door in the spring. Boy this extreme cold weather living is really a test of my stamina. Especially in an old RV. But I'm making it work.
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Old 01-15-2011, 07:47 PM   #13
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I finally got to do the insulation 1" , used spray glue worked perfectly.Thanks for the ideas everyone. Sorry no pictures due to having time. Thanks Again John
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