Very cold weather - what materials not to use - Fiberglass RV

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Old 06-30-2014, 06:18 AM   #1
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Very cold weather - what materials not to use

We live in Alberta and it gets up to -40C. We will probably not have inside storage, so the trailer will live under a tarp for the winter.
First projects will be painting the panels, replacing the cabinet doors, and replacing the floor. We would just like to avoid materials that are known to not take the cold well and become brittle or peel.

Painting: is it ok to use water based primer + latex paint?

Replacing cabinet doors: we were thinking of multi- layeren plywood with a Formica laminate. Will laminate and contact cement be able to stand the cold?

Flooring: we'll either use vinyl or commercial grade laminate. Are we running the risk of the floor expanding/contracting and forming cracks? Any glues we should not use?


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Old 06-30-2014, 08:12 AM   #2
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No idea- but I know who would know, and that's the people who make icehouses. Google icehouse and you can probably find a forum with answers.

Another way to check is look on manufacturer's sites or email for info. My guess offhand is that glued-down formica would be a problem at -40 as the glue would be very brittle, but some kinds might work.
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