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Old 10-06-2008, 11:42 AM   #1
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Hey everyone,

I can't remember if I posted this before, but we've got a blog documenting our Compact Jr. renovation:
http://www.thistinyhouse.com
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Old 10-07-2008, 09:51 PM   #2
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Looks good mike, do you have some after pictures?
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:55 AM   #3
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You mean the interior? We're still working on it.
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:02 PM   #4
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Hey everyone,

I can't remember if I posted this before, but we've got a blog documenting our Compact Jr. renovation:
http://www.thistinyhouse.com
What did you decide to do about the insulation on the interior? I wish we'd had that quilted stuff. Ours came with metallic bubble wrap which FORTUNATELY I didn't remove before our first trip out, 9,117 miles, 18 states...now THAT'S a test trip!

Just got back Monday. I can tell you you WILL need insulation to keep out the heat, if not keep out the cold. (There was a marked difference between the temperature of the uninsulated closet and the insulated main compartment.)

How did you paint the trailer? Why did you opt for paint rather than a new coat of gel? I'm starting our fix up project in coming weeks...after we unpack, and maybe even do the laundry!



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Old 10-08-2008, 04:10 PM   #5
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Nice blog, Michael! Good writing and nice, clear pictures.
The color for the Compact Jr is perfect!
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Old 10-09-2008, 12:16 AM   #6
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Thanks! Glad you enjoy it. We'll be writing more about the interior, insulation, etc.
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Old 10-15-2008, 05:14 PM   #7
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So we're off on another road trip. Feel free to follow along on our blog, thistinyhouse.com
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Old 11-01-2008, 09:13 AM   #8
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Looking forward to the insulation comments, as I am preparing my Compact Jr. for paint inside and out. At the moment the entire empty shell is up on blocks while I work on the frame. If I add insulation, the best time is now. Does anyone know the process of adding insulation?

?? spray adhesive>insulation>spray adhesive>carpet??
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Old 12-29-2008, 11:02 PM   #9
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We've had adhesive woes. Let's chat sometime and I'll tell you about what we've done, and what we might have done differently.
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Old 12-30-2008, 03:54 AM   #10
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We've had adhesive woes. Let's chat sometime and I'll tell you about what we've done, and what we might have done differently.
Oh! Do discuss it here so we can all share in the knowledge. I know there are several of us interested in more information on adhesives that work in a trailer environment (as well as the elimination of those that don't).

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Old 12-30-2008, 11:30 AM   #11
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I was thinking the same thing, but didn't want to sound too demanding. It would be great to read about that.

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Old 01-14-2009, 01:32 PM   #12
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We've had adhesive woes. Let's chat sometime and I'll tell you about what we've done, and what we might have done differently.
Bump... I just have one more coat of paint inside and out, and will be ready for the reassembly. Yeah! The inside is a nice clean white, so if there were any better time to consider insulation techniques, it will be now. Since I live in So. Calif. I may forego any added insulation. Originally, there was no insulation added (at least from what I can determine). Everything has been stripped down to the fiberglass shell.

To insulate, or not to insulate. That is the question...
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Old 01-14-2009, 01:54 PM   #13
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Personally I would insulate. Insulation adds sounds deadening, comfort in heat and cold, and cuts down on condensation issues. I wish the Boler had more, that's one of the main reasons we are Bigfoot shopping.

Cliff we still need to come by to visit and see your trailers!
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If you get caught in a rain shower in an uninsulated trailer, it will be like sleeping/eating/relaxing in an overturned bucket. Ping, ping, ping SPLAT go the rain drops. Some friends of mine had a hard time getting used to the sleeping in a Bigfoot 5th wheel were the roof was less than four feet above their laying heads.. in a rain storm. I can't imagine what it would be like without insulation... unless you're willing to wear ear plugs. Just something else to consider.
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