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Old 04-01-2015, 10:35 AM   #15
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Donna D. that is a great post. Pictures tell a 1000 words and they took a tonne of pics. Thanks again. I will be testing the spray version either way and I will update my posts and progress. I have the luck of having a red seal industrial painter for a brother who is eager to spray. He is also an eco, No CFC's, Penta-BDE's, VOC's or UreaFormaldehyde Nut! So after some testing I should have some good results.

I am also interested in any info of how to fiberglass in reinforcement bows. I want to stay away from the external rivet, screw approach and have a nice seamless/holeless body.
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Old 04-01-2015, 10:50 AM   #16
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Mike, I'm going to share a link. Check out Brad and Jennifer's beautiful boler. Lots and lots of pictures. They used uncoated ensolite and painted it gray. Picasa Web Albums - Jennifer Page - BOLER#

Donna, how can I reach these guys. I have a couple of questions for them. Thanks
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Old 04-01-2015, 11:28 AM   #17
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Air space is easy with Reflectix......

Rather than using glue to adhere Reflectix to the wall I used adhesive-backed heavy duty Velcro.

I didn't want anything messy or permanent. Using several small squares of Velcro on the back of the lightweight Reflectix and putting the mating squares on the trailer wall was easy.

The thickness of the two pieces of Velcro hold the Reflectix away from the wall a fraction of an inch, creating the desired air space.

My trailer has spent the winter in storage in one of the buildings at the county fairgrounds here in Michigan, while I spent the winter in Florida.

My Compact Jr comes home in about ten days, looking forward to more tinkering and some fun trips this summer.

While in Florida I was able to visit the Scamp Camp in Sebring where there were about 64 units to ogle, a nice turnout!
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Old 04-01-2015, 01:38 PM   #18
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...I am also interested in any info of how to fiberglass in reinforcement bows. I want to stay away from the external rivet, screw approach and have a nice seamless/holeless body.
Member Ian G. did an awesome Boler rebuild that sounds like exactly what you are thinking. His project, with much detail and a ton of pictures, is here:
It Started as a Kitchen Reno- Project Boler
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Old 04-01-2015, 01:46 PM   #19
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Member Ian G. did an awesome Boler rebuild that sounds like exactly what you are thinking. His project, with much detail and a ton of pictures, is here:
It Started as a Kitchen Reno- Project Boler
Thanks Jon
Also a more concise write-u is available on my website Proud Canadian
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Old 04-01-2015, 02:27 PM   #20
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In checking the MSDS for that foam there is Polymethylene polyphenyl isocyanate 009016-87-9 80% to 100%
containing 4,4í Methylene bisphenyl isocyanate (MDI)

People with hyper sensitive respiratory systems should take heed of this stuff especially during its cure state and high temperature exposure. Remember a closed up trailer where your sleeping for 8 hours or so is a pretty confined space.
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Old 04-01-2015, 03:02 PM   #21
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Thanks Stevebaz, good to know. I believe we have actually found another product we will be doing some more research on. Thanks for the heads up though.
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:36 PM   #22
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To those that are asking about the link and Brad and Jennifer, they haven't been on the forums for more than five years. I checked Jennifer's profile and there's no way to make contact via email.

If you care to read more about the red boler, here's their rebuild thread: Total Boler Restoration Note there's information regarding the ensolite paint in the fifth post.

Hope this helps!
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Old 04-08-2015, 04:54 PM   #23
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Like so many of you I'm researching a replacement for the Ensolite. I was in Home Depot and came across a carpet underlay called ecofoam. I checked their website, and the msds sheet, and it is not considered hazardous. It appears as though it could be easy to work with. The associate helping me said its a closed cell material that glues very nicely with pl400. Does any one know anything about this product or used it? I like the look of it. Just not sure about using it. Sure would like to hear members feeling.


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Price wise is 52.00/ 6 sq yards or a large room for 175.00/ 20 sq yards. If I got that right.
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From a search for "eco foam"
1974 Boler Restore - Penticton BC
Experimenting with different materials for interior walls
Volara - Closed cell foam for insulation
replacing ensolite

There were others.
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Thanks David I'll take a look.


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Old 04-08-2015, 09:20 PM   #26
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This may have been covered elsewhere or be common knowledge around here but putting Reflectix directly on the shell without first putting an air space between the reflectix and the FG is going to do no one any good at all.

Reflectix is a radiant barrier and actually has very little insulation property. Given an air space between it and the wall, it works really well for keeping radiant heat from the sun out.

Bubble wrap works really well for creating the necessary air space.
You raise a valid point but the reflectix on its own does have some RV value although as you say not as high as it does with air space between it and the fiberglass. Using the reflectix directly on the fiberglass with a haul liner over it has been done by same for many many years now by Scamp and it does work in regards to keeping the trailer fairly warm - far better than just the straight liner over the fiberglass.
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These threads make my hair start on fire. Everyone seems to want R15 insulation on a single shell. Won't happen ever unless you build a trailer within a trailer, like the double-hull brands.

Those that want to replace the original Ensolite with something else, my sympathy. Pay attention to the compound corners of your trailer. There's some great products out there, but can you glue it to the corners where it will look acceptable, no bunching, no ripples? Exactly what are you trying to accomplish?

Clean, usable and not totally trashed might be a consideration. You're talking about a trailer. Not, your sticks 'n bricks home. Hummmm.
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LOL Donna, to get to R15 will take a lot of insulation thickness. Probably wind up with the same room inside as in my doghouse outside.
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