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Old 07-14-2012, 06:15 PM   #1
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Does anyone here know which brands of FG trailers are made with some insulation and which definitely aren't? How important would it be for spring and fall camping? Our Ventura appears to have some in the roof (we spotted some orange batting!) Not sure about the walls and floor.
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:19 PM   #2
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ParkLiner does.
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:31 PM   #3
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Other than older Bigfoots, only Escape offers heated tanks and heat pads and thermal windows. These are the limiting factors in cold weather.
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:17 PM   #4
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I know eggcamper has double wall, with some insulation. Think Uhaul is also double wall from posts on making attachments to walls.

Considering the total size of a 13 ft or even a 16 ft heating for human comfort should not be a problem spring and fall. With just ensolite or carpet lined walls for insulation. Water and waste holding tanks freezing as I think Jim alludes to could be a problem if temps are low enough for long enough.

Fresh water is inside but generally not in heated space, like under a seat. Not as cold as outside but not directly heated. Waste tanks are outside, under trailer so those need the electric heating pads or non-toxic holding tank anti-freeze added if you expect temps to go below freezing.

If you have a shower you may find that the drain pipe P trap (side ways S shaped bend) is outside, you would have to pour a little of the holding tank anti-freeze down the shower drain so that bend is filled with anti-freeze not water, replace anti-freeze after using shower. Should only take about a cup.

Size of tanks and how full they get will determine how much waste tank anti-freeze you need. Week end use that only half fills tanks will require less than if you will be using it long enough to fill holding tank. So you may need to add anti-freeze (dumping down toilet and shower drain, or sink) as your tanks fill up.
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:29 PM   #5
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Wow - I knew someone would have some thoughts for me! Thank you.

We aren't concerned about water tanks - we camp dry (water in a carrier), cook outside and use a porta potty at night.

I wonder what Bolers and Trilliums have for insulation? At the moment we aren't in the 'new' market - especially not for a model we have never seen - so the Parkliner would just be in our dreams!
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:47 PM   #6
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Don't know about Trillium, but Boler & Surfside both have ensolite
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Any of the above trailers will be comfortable down to freezing as long as there is a properly sized furnace operating or supplemental electric heater. Just keep a vent open for condensation issues. Anything lower than freezing for an extended period of time will require additional preparation.
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For what it's worth in our 13 ft one of those small cube bookshelf heeters was enough to be comfortable with temps in the mid 40's with thermostat set pretty low. We have ensolite (elephant hide) lining.

Echo what Jim said about using the vent to avoid condensation .
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Burros are double hulled like U-haul and the later Escondido model has foil-faced glass batt insulation. I assume the earlier Burro design was also insulated?

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Don't know about Trillium, but Boler & Surfside both have ensolite
My '76 Trillium 13 has ensolite (elephant hide0 on inside walls/roof.
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