Originally Posted by hotrodaj31
Thanks David for the info! It sounds like Ensolite is not the material I am looking for. I would like something that has some type of R rating. Can you or anyone else suggest a material that is pliable to fit the contours of the body. Thanks in advance
Scamp uses a foil-bubble-type insulation - double layer, I believe - covered with marine hull liner (aka "rat fur"). I like it in our trailer - it is soft to the touch, washable and mildew-resistant, and seems to hold up well.
Both products can be ordered from Scamp
or are available from a number of other suppliers. I'm pretty sure the Reflectix foil insulation at Lowes or Home Depot is functionally the same as what Scamp
Scamp's version: https://www.scamptrailers.com/parts-...ft-detail.html
Reflectix at Lowes: Shop Reflectix 25-ft x 48-in Double Reflective Insulation at Lowes.com
Lowes indicates an insulating value of R-3.7 for a single layer, which is about 0.3" thick. I'm pretty sure that's significantly better than closed-cell foam of the same thickness.** By most accounts I've read on this forum it is easier to work with than ensolite, and the marine carpet is thin and stretchable. Since there are multiple layers to install, though, the overall labor may be a wash.
Neither option (ensolite or reflectix) is going to produce a true four-season trailer. Scamp
claims R-15 on their website - not sure how how they get to that, even assuming a double layer of Reflectix, plus a small contribution from trapped air in the rat fur and perhaps a bit from the fiberglass shell as well??
Whatever you decide, choose your adhesive carefully. I've read unfortunate accounts of finding a week's labor hanging from the ceiling when left in the sun on a good, hot day.
** EDIT - Did a bit more fact-checking… There seems to be some evidence that R-value claims for the foil-bubble-type insulation are significantly overstated by manufacturers - may be no better than closed-cell foam after all.