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Old 08-13-2007, 08:03 PM   #1
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Can I assume that carpet is heavier than Ensolite? Better insulation?

I've been trying not to look at the 20 year old carpet in my Casita. This would be a next year job since I have a backload of stuff to do in my life. But, I'm tinkering with ditching more weight and ancient, fuzzy, smelly, "who knows where it's been" carpet!

I hear about Ensolite on here but am unfamiliar with it otherwise. So I have the more than likely, usual questions. Would you recommend Ensolite or something else? Does it go in reasonably easy? I'm also thinking about doing it in stages, any concerns?

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Old 08-13-2007, 09:13 PM   #2
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Someone said they painted with a kind of paint that forms a thick cushiony insulating coating...but my 2 cents is that I smelled some older FGT with carpeted walls and it seemed like a magnet material for years of odors.

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Can I assume that carpet is heavier than Ensolite? Better insulation?

I've been trying not to look at the 20 year old carpet in my Casita. This would be a next year job since I have a backload of stuff to do in my life. But, I'm tinkering with ditching more weight and ancient, fuzzy, smelly, "who knows where it's been" carpet!

I hear about Ensolite on here but am unfamiliar with it otherwise. So I have the more than likely, usual questions. Would you recommend Ensolite or something else? Does it go in reasonably easy? I'm also thinking about doing it in stages, any concerns?

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Old 08-14-2007, 01:17 AM   #3
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I hear about Ensolite on here but am unfamiliar with it otherwise. So I have the more than likely, usual questions. Would you recommend Ensolite or something else? Does it go in reasonably easy? I'm also thinking about doing it in stages, any concerns?
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I have had 2 13' Scamps one with ensolite and one with what Scamp calls Rat Fur. It is a man made fiber product that is short napped and does not seem to hold odors or moisture.
I prefer the ensolite only because it has a bit of a shine and the interior of the trailer seems much larger and lighter than with the carpet type material.
I haven't had to replace either material but I think that it either would be much lighter than regular carpet so it should be easier to work with.
Ensolite is like wet suit material with a smooth textured finish on the exterior side.
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Old 08-14-2007, 08:21 AM   #4
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I prefer the ensolite only because it has a bit of a shine and the interior of the trailer seems much larger and lighter than with the carpet type material.
...but I think that it either would be much lighter than regular carpet...
That's what I would think too.

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Old 08-14-2007, 10:23 AM   #5
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Anybody know who sells ensolite?
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Anybody know who sells ensolite?
Phil, there's a couple of sources on the Helpful-Links pages: Ensolite
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I like the ensolite better. Creature-comfort-wise I think that carpet or 'rat fur' has a slight edge. I'd be very concerned about it holding onto smells, stains and assorted other contaminates. Ensolite is still comfy to lean back on. I agree about the lightness making the trailer feel larger. On older trailers, the ensolite is also very easy to scrub down and do repairs to.

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We like the "Rat Fur" but have no experience with Ensolite. The so called rat fur is over a aluminum foil bubble-wrap insulation material. They assured me at the Scamp Factory that the material (rat fur) would not mold or mildew and hasn't been prone to keeping smells in yet, but I did not ask about it catching smells?
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Our Scamp has Ensolite and I like the fact that I can scrub it down with Lysol spray. I've always wondered if rat fur would be bad for my allergies. Another advantage to Ensolite is that you can poke nails & things into it to hold decorative items, but if you decide to move them, just pull out the holder & the hole disappears. It's also pretty cushiony when you whack your head on the ceiling.
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Our Scamp has Ensolite and I like the fact that I can scrub it down with Lysol spray. I've always wondered if rat fur would be bad for my allergies. Another advantage to Ensolite is that you can poke nails & things into it to hold decorative items, but if you decide to move them, just pull out the holder & the hole disappears. It's also pretty cushiony when you whack your head on the ceiling.
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With "rat fur" velcro sticks quite well. No holes or pointed objects, just velcro.
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I have one of the older Scamps, at least as far as Rat Fur goes... it hasn't held any odors nor is it moldy. I of course take care of my trailer! I think one of the main benefits of Rat Fur over Ensolite, is the acoustic ability. Because it absorbs noise, I find the interior of the trailer quiet. That may sound weird, but cooking noises, TV, radio and even people talking is muted because noise isn't bouncing off the walls. I have carpet on the floor too.
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