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Old 09-03-2008, 06:55 AM   #1
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Is the "rat fur" standard or a factory-installed option on the Scamps? If optional, what are the advantage/disadvantages?

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Old 09-03-2008, 07:12 AM   #2
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Old 09-03-2008, 07:23 AM   #3
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What disadvantages?
Cool in summer, Doesn't sweat like ensolite, Easy to keep clean, Great sound insulator, Feels nice to the touch, Etc.......
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Some advantages of the Reflectix/rat fur combination:
* It's very good insulation. Never feels cold (or hot) to the touch.
* Water doesn't condense and run down rat fur on a cold night.
* If it gets a hole in it, you can usually patch it up and make the hole all but unnoticeable.
* Cleaning is usually as simple as running a vacuum over it.

Disadvantages:
* It's a fabric, so it can absorb stains. Hasn't happened to me yet, but . . .
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Old 09-03-2008, 11:56 AM   #5
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Oh, and if you're careful you can run wire under it without having to cut a big, long gash.
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Old 10-12-2008, 09:15 PM   #6
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Another advantage, is you can "Velcro" light weight stuff to it. I have a little home-made hanger to stick my glasses and book in at night in bed. Works great. You have to be a bit careful that you don't drag on it though,
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Old 10-12-2008, 09:54 PM   #7
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Another advantage, is you can "Velcro" light weight stuff to it. I have a little home-made hanger to stick my glasses and book in at night in bed. Works great. You have to be a bit careful that you don't drag on it though,
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Having never seen "rat fur" or the inside of a Scamp, my imagination is getting carried away. I can see walls and ceiling covered in shag carpet, or something resembling the inside of a container of Cheeze Whiz that should have been thrown out years ago.

Are you sure this is a topic that should be discussed on a family list?

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baglo, the so called rat fur is really marine fabric, living on an island you may have seen something like it on boats, if not the some stuff. There was a long discussion on it a while ago. Check this to read it: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...l=marine+fabric

It isn't shaggy, hairy or carpet-like. Nothing like moldy cheese.

I was able to see a 5th wheel Escape when one of the first made a run through the western states a couble of years ago, but now I can not remember what was covering the walls to be able to make a comparison.

Maybe you can see what it looks like on the ceiling in this photo?

Christine, we started using "Velcro" to hold our heat shields over the windows and ceiling vents, but the teeth of the "Velcro" was pulling fibers off the marine fabric. We stopped using it. The photo also shows how we make the heat shields to fit the size of the vents, etc. instead of having it larger than the openings. I still need to do the windows.
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Old 10-13-2008, 01:18 AM   #9
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Some advantages of the Reflectix/rat fur combination:
* It's very good insulation. Never feels cold (or hot) to the touch.
* Water doesn't condense and run down rat fur on a cold night.
* If it gets a hole in it, you can usually patch it up and make the hole all but unnoticeable.
* Cleaning is usually as simple as running a vacuum over it.

Disadvantages:
* It's a fabric, so it can absorb stains. Hasn't happened to me yet, but . . .
I fully agree, but the fabric seems extremely stain resistant. I spilled some coffee on the marine fabric on the door this summer, it wiped right off, even before I used a wet cloth.

It does not seem to get damp even in the shower area as well.
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I made coverings for my windows to keep the heat out yet let the light in out of fabric like the Big Boys have on their RV windows. Rather than use velcro on the carpeting I removed screws from the window frame and ran them through a small black velcro tab.

For the women out there trying to figure out what to do with curtain tie backs, I did the same thing. Pull a screw out and run it through the tie back, it's there to use when needed, not lost somewhere in the trailer.
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