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Old 10-24-2012, 08:18 AM   #1
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winter window insulation

I'm looking for some kind of window insulation that suction cups inside the windows. I know I've seen them before, but I can't find them for the life of me. Do any of you know where I can find these? Or do you have another idea for the windows in winter camping?
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:35 AM   #2
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I've seen people apply bubble wrap by wetting the flat side and sticking it to the glass. Of course this is only translucent.

Also this:

Diy Thermo Mat Kit
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:43 AM   #3
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Perfect, thank you!
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:53 PM   #4
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Reflectix is a bubble-wrap type product that has mylar-like surface. It is readily available at most hardware stores and is inexpensive. If you cut it to size it can just press into the window frame.
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I use the mylar bubble stuff in mine, keeps sun out too (I was on night shift working) you can see it in the window on my hello post.
last winter stayed a lot warmer with it and can sleep in the day.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:40 AM   #6
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Or do you have another idea for the windows in winter camping?
How about: buy some 1" or so polyurethane or polyisocyanurate (spelling?) foam sheet and cut a piece to fit each window neatly. Maybe use cardboard to make templates to get the shape exactly right? Unlike blue or pink foam (polystyrene) these foams have higher R value but, more importantly, are very tough so they will withstand being handled repeatedly.

One piece of sticky Velcro at each end should hold them to the window. If you wanted to get real fancy, you could stick fabric to the inside for a nice appearance.

These would be a real nuisance to have lying around the trailer in the day, but that may or may not be much of a disadvantage as days get shorter.
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We use car windshield sunshades. We bought them at the dollar store, cut them to fit, and attached them with velcro. They keep the sun out and insulate (a bit) We use them in the summer on all windows to prevent heat gain. They look OK from outside. Nice and shiney silver
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Attached is a photo of the roll up shades I made for our Scamp out of Roc-Lon black out fabric available at fabric stores such as Joanne's. I sewed a tunnel at the top (by folding the fabric about 2" over) and placed a dowel or curtain rod (a little longer than the length between your curtain rod supports) through it and rested the rod on top of the supports. On the bottom of the shade I doubled the fabric by folding it and sewed 3" tabs of Velcro (only a few are needed) which attach to the "rat fur". The beauty of this shade is that it both blocks out the light and insulates. When not in use I simply roll it up (by hand as there is no spring mechanism). If you are not handy with a sewing machine I'm sure you can find someone who is. This is a simple project.
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There is a light plasic film you can get that attaches just outside the window with peelable tape. The plastic is warmed with a hairdryer and shrinks tight against the window frame. We buy it a the local hardware store and use it on our house windows. Helps keep the drafts out!
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I used this shrinking plastic film Shrink Window Kits - Window Shrink Film Kits - Ace Hardware when living in the Boston area and it worked well. Just to clarify, you attach the film on the window frame on the inside of the trailer cabin.
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Yep - that stuff looks familiar. Apologies for being a bit vague about installation - that isn't one of my jobs!
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