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Old 11-05-2014, 05:11 PM   #1
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I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem. The green metal backing that the table is attached to is cold. With the limited size of the bed my wife ends up with her back against it while sleeping. And due to conduction she gets cold. My thoughts are to Duct Tape some of the underlay for laminate flooring on the metal. It's not thick but had good insulating qualities. Anyone else have this problem and solutions?

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Old 11-05-2014, 05:34 PM   #2
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Sorry for the sideways picture. It was taken with my iPad.
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Old 11-05-2014, 06:46 PM   #3
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Our Uhaul camper has an inner shell that is fiberglass and cold if you lean against it. We put a strip of carpet around the whole bed area that is against the wall, attached with carpet tape. We found that both Lowes and Home Depot sell a carpet made from recycled plastic bottles, it's not very thick, easy to cut and work with. Comes rolled and size is about 6 X 8 feet. In these pics the mattress is out, we leave the bed made up all the time.
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Old 11-05-2014, 08:35 PM   #4
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You might try a baby bed bumper pad.We have used them in our camper before,you can find them at resale shops cheap.Before i went to the trouble of covering mine we tried it first.Just put it around the wall on the outside edge of the bed,we used it to keep the cold outside wall from getting in.Worked great! I got the idea from someone here,sorry don't remember who,but they had some nice pictures.

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Old 11-06-2014, 01:09 AM   #5
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Some of best thing insulation is the blue foam sleeping pads that were used by backpackers in 1970s. You can still find it. It's simply closed cell foam. I used some 3/8 thick as flexible connection between a shake table and environmental chamber. With the inside of the chamber at -40°F the outside was still as warm as the air in the room. Pretty neat stuff.

Here's the stuff It can be cut to size and glued in place. I used contact cement, but other adhesives work too.
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Old 11-06-2014, 05:23 AM   #6
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Those are some great ideas. I'm sure one of them will work great.
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Old 11-06-2014, 05:37 AM   #7
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Don, I'd try the baby bumpers first, should work fine and only a couple bucks too.
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My wife solved the cold wall problem for her by making me sleep there!
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Old 11-06-2014, 10:43 AM   #9
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Cheap solution:
I was also thinking of the closed cell foam solution, or a piece of Reflectix taped to the wall, or held in place with Velcro. The closed cell foam sheets can be bought as packaging material really cheap. Over the years I saved some nice pieces of closed cell foam that were used to package sensitive equipment.
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Bob's carpet (post #3)
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Old 11-06-2014, 11:59 AM   #10
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I simply tuck the sheet/quilt snuggly behind the cushions in that area. So far, for 4-1/2 years, it hasnt been a problem. Cheap, simple fix. BUT, if someone sleeping on the back has to get up during the night, that's still a problem.

A piece of matching ratfur fastened (velcro) to the ratfur surrounding it would cover it, match it and you could lift or remove it for the table when it's up. Just a thought.
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Okay, old age and eyesight is finally catching up to me. I kept wondering why the title of this thread was "SMuggling Metal", are you some kinda criminal dealing in illegal import of steel, or was it a typing mistake.

I got better............and clued in though.
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My wife solved the cold wall problem for her by making me sleep there!
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No Smuggling yet Jim. Give it time though since I have priced out parts and shipping from the US.
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No Smuggling yet Jim. Give it time though since I have priced out parts and shipping from the US.
Oh man, I hear you on that. Some items ship free in the US, and are often near as much to ship as to purchase for us.
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