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Old 12-05-2022, 01:47 PM   #1
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Putting insulation outside the rv

I found a couple of late 70's RVs that are in pretty good condition inside. My only concern is that they are not well insulated. Is it feasible to take the outsides off of an rv, fix (glue and screw, etc) rigid sheelt insulation to the sides and then re skin it?
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Define RV? MH, TT, 5ver? Lots of shows on tv showing complete rebuilds. Depending on how it’s constructed could be a great deal of effort.
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I think it would be VERY costly (time and $$$) to do that. You might spend more money adding insulation on a project like that than what you spend to buy a 70s RV. I suppose if you REALLY wanted a 70s RV maybe it is worth it TO YOU. But if you ever go to sell it, it would be unlikely someone else would appreciate it (aka: They won't pay much more for it).


Seems like it could easily cost a few grand, especially if you have a shop do the work. Instead, you could use that money towards heating the inside of the RV whenever you use it. If you almost always camp with full hookups, then a $50 space heater or two will keep the inside at whatever temps you want. If you are boondocking, it won't cost much (compared to your proposed modification) if your propane furnace runs a lot more when you go camping.


I guess it also depends how often you will be using the RV. Will you be living in it full time for several years? If so, I supposed it starts to make more sense. If you just plan on using it 2-5 times per year for vacations that are a couple days or a week long, then just spend a bit more on heating inside while you are using it.


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They are class c - would love to find a bigger pusher, but their value tends to stay high. I will be living in it for at least 2 years. thereafter it will most likely be a guest house on my property, once the house is built. At most will drive it 5K miles a year. I live in North Dakota=very, very cold in the winter.
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Can you build a well insulated shop/shed/garage before the house and park in there? You'd have to vent the furnace, water heater and generator outside.
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Can you build a well insulated shop/shed/garage before the house and park in there? You'd have to vent the furnace, water heater and generator outside.

Not a bad idea. AND, when you are all said and done you have something of value (a well insulated shop/shed/garage).


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