Can you even imagine what it would be like to be in a single-hull trailer sans interior covering (of any kind) in a rain storm Makes my ears ring just to think about it.
Interesting thread! I'd like to pop in here, too, with observations from this, our first journey in the Compact Jr., and questions for our future.
The kid who owned the trailer before us thought the noise of rain on the roof was so horrific that he installed vinyl floor tiles on the EXTERIOR of the trailer. Clearly, it didn't work. (And they've been removed since they looked like crap, didn't do anything helpful and were peeling up and flying off as we rolled down the highway from home immediately upon purchase.)
The kid also found the lack of insulation in the CJ was terrible. He installed the space-age bubblewrap. It looks really funky, but I can tell you it WORKS! When we were in Oregon early on this first trip (nothing like an 8,000-mile maiden voyage!) I opened the closet (not insulated) one morning and heat POURED out! The sun was already on that side of the trailer, and though the top is tan, it was collecting a LOT of heat. The rest of the trailer (lined) was not. SO glad I didn't wrip off the space alien skin!
HOWEVER, I would like to cover the insulation. I was thinking about some doorskin type paneling (wood, hard, durable and relatively lightweight), or some sort of other material that would be durable (keep in mind - small children also travel in this trailer). The Rat Fur sounds promising. (Save the Naugas! No more hides!) BUT, how do I secure the fur/carpet/marine lining over this insulation of questionable insulation? It appears he used some sort of contact glue to connect it to the walls. On a hot day, I removed a thin strip from the roof. (It was impeding the top folding.)
Looking forward to reading on!
Jen (on the road in Bismarck, ND today)