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Old 06-27-2012, 12:15 PM   #1
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Under floor insulation?

Searching shows it's been mentioned plenty, but I haven't found good examples of it being done and documented.

In winter the floors were always a bit chilly if not cold even when the overall trailer was quite cozy. And now I'm removing the carpet with it's foam backing and putting in thin, dense Allure flooring and I assume loosing any insulating effect from the carpet.

SO.... This has be thinking of some sort of foam sheet or pad, but how to get it to stay up there!

Please share any experiences trying to do this.
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:29 PM   #2
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When I put my Pergo floor down, I bought some carpet remnants for winter use and warmth and just wood in summer for cool.
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Yeah, I do have an area rug to keep my feet off the cold floor, but I'd like one that filled more of floor. Perhaps some cut to shape carpet I can easily remove/clean would be good. It's not like that much carpet would be expensive!

Still, something under the floor would really help, but I don't want to trap moisture up against the floor even if it is sealed to a degree on the bottom.
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Are you are talking about from under the trailer exterior? If so there is a funfinder 13 owner on rv.net profdant139 who did this. Tacked it up. He says it stays on fine going down the highway with the wind blast. There are also photos of spray foam underneath on the escape forum.
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Yep, from underneath. I'll see if I can't track down those posts on rv.net. I'd love to see what he used.

Spray foam, hmmm... I wonder how well that works? An inch or two might be great if it would stay up there and not trap moisture.
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the problem with the foam is if, and it is a big IF, you ever need access underneath. I ran into a similar dilemma when trying to make my Egg a 3 season camper. I put down carpet on top of carpet, installed a Cat furnace, contacted a window place to get quotes on thermal windows and the guy said I was wasting my time and money. He said with a 1/4-1/2 walls the entire unit absorbs the outside cold, so you may have a warm floor and warm windows, but your walls will be cold. Just invest in a good heater.
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escape uses that foam that does not wick moisture. Now that i thin about it....it was a video of a 19 foot model that was posted on the forum. You could see real good. I think for the funfinder guy it's tacked up but not air tight. It might depend on the climate/humidity you live in. You could keep an eye on it looking for condensation I guess. Search his rv.net user and it should come up. Good luck.
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Here you go
Insulation video by KINGJ182 - Photobucket
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I like the idea of something that is snug but not airtight and can be removed. Some way to "tack" it up that can be detached.
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I wonder how they spray that foam under the Escapes, seems like a lot would drip off!
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it is done by a 3rd party located nearby, there are also 12 volt heated pads installed to keep the tanks warm, but you have to be plugged in for them to function. Again, the floor is not the weak point in your Scamp, the windows and walls are.
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the floor is not the weak point in your Scamp, the windows and walls are.
That may be the case, but the Scamp stays very warm in general. Overall the insulation is great. It was in the 70s inside while it was below 0 outside this winter with only a small ceramic heater. But that floor was sure cold!!!!

Now some of that was simply heat rising. But under floor insulation surely would help.
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Carpet makes a HUGE difference!

I have removeable fitted carpet in my scamp for cold whether use. The difference is night and day. The wood floor just sucks the heat out of the camper. The walls are pretty well insulated, and I got thick, sound reducing, insulating, light blocking, magic curtains from Bed Bath and Beyond. It stays pretty warm in the camper now.
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Yep, I have reflectix shaped to fit the windows and top vents, velco tabs to hold them in place. Between well sealing windows, the rat fur and the added window insulation, it's surprisingly well sealed. If I use a bungie to pull the top of the door to a good seal, air doesn't get in/out of that trailer easy.
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