Originally Posted by Donna D.
The only thing I can think of is Neoprene is not closed cell. Any rubber product or synthetic needs to be closed cell in order to NOT absorb moisture. I have a neoprene mouse pad that's covered in a fabric of some sort and it's soft.... but not water proof.
It may not qualify as closed cell, but the specs in the web link I posted claims water absorption as 1%, pretty low. They even have a type that performs at higher water pressure. I wonder if it is more closed cell then other type? I haven't gone shopping yet, but there may be a closed cell variety of it.
The more I think about it the more I like it. With some skill you could use the patterned stuff, (Camo interior???). It is pretty good insulation. The wet suit my brother purchased is a farmer John bottom with a long sleeve shorts top. I'm not sure what the individual thickness are, but in total his torso is covered by ~15mm. Since he rarely swims in the arctic, it is way too hot. I has to be darn cold for either piece to be useful. And all that neoprene is very buoyant. He has to have 150lb in weight
just to get below the surface. So it does seem kinda closed cell. I hear that it is heavy. It might add too much weight
, but my Trillium
seems to have a very thin layer of Ensolite. It really is just to help with condensation, not reduce winter heating costs. Cover 3mm of it in white, (or whatever) vinyl and I don't think I could tell it from the real elephant skin. Before you paint it, it would sure form into the complex curves nice.
Acording to this web site:
Conduction - The Physics Hypertextbook
The thermal conductivity of neoprene is comparable to asbestos but not nearly as good as fiber glass. I wonder what the numbers on Ensolite are?
I am going to Home Depot to look for Eco
Foam at lunch tomorow,
I don't have a problem with my trailer, but I want more Trilliums, think I have a bug! I think Randy Bishop
would understand. Next time, I want a 4500 that is a fixer-uper. I want to put a proper front bathroom in one. One for just my wife and I.