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Old 06-04-2009, 03:32 PM   #1
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I am trying to find out what this stuff is. Gene

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Old 06-04-2009, 03:51 PM   #2
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Gene, it's what Scamp and other Manufactures used on the walls and ceilings of fiberglass travel trailers instead of Carpet like Casita. I think the real name is Esolite? or something like that. From what I gather it's like a thin insulation with a finished side. Hopefully someone who really knows will come along and give a better explanation. Robin

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Old 06-04-2009, 04:00 PM   #3
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The interior fabric used by Scamp in their trailers since the late 90's is a waterproof marine headliner material.
It looks like and has a consistency like you might imagine Rats have on the outside.

Scamp first lines the interior with a Reflectix insulation which is a foil backed insulation product that is very thin yet still provides some R-Value as an insulation and then they cover that with the "Rat Fur".

It had some interesting properties too.
Velcro will stick to it very well but the velcro can also pull the fur from the insulation if not careful.

The Rat Fur also provides some degree of sound absorbtion and also makes the trailers very cozy and warm feeling.....to me at least.

It is waterproof enough that Scamp leaves it unprotected as part of the bathroom interiors and they claim it will not mildew either.

Before this Scamp and several other manufacturers used a material called Ensolite which is a rubbery insulation with a rubber skin.
This looks sort of like Elephant hide.
Both of my Trillium's had this inside and it was not too bad. Some insulation and some sound deadening too.

Casita uses a Kanga backed carpet which is just Carpet with rubber backing. They used to use some fairly crazy sculpted shags before this.

Hope this helps.
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Old 06-04-2009, 04:04 PM   #4
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"Rat fur" is the nickname given to the marine grade fabric that Scamp uses to line the trailers. I do not know the composition of the fabric, i.e. polyester, or whatever. It has a brushed surface texture and is attached over a layer of reflectix insulation sandwiched between the fabric and the fiberglass. The advantage of the rat fur is that it reduces condensation considerably. Ensolite is a different material as Robin described.

P.S. Looks like Ed was quicker with a more detailed explanation!
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Old 06-04-2009, 04:14 PM   #5
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rat fur is what they used as upholstery in my 88 Ford Taurus. Horrible stuff.
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Old 06-04-2009, 05:08 PM   #6
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Ronsmith, our Scamp rat fur is likely not the same stuff. It's rat fur because that's what we started calling it.
It's just marine carpeting with a nap.

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