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Old 02-24-2014, 09:22 AM   #169
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Weird, we awoke to an interior rainfall this morning. The whole roof was wet with condensation. I guess the Ensolite would help with that?
I think that was the reason for the Ensolite in the first place. What do you plan to do?
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:37 AM   #170
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I would really like it to be like original. We'll see. I also like the idea of Reflectix.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:48 AM   #171
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Ensolite is still available. It just doesn't have the white vinyl coating:
Armacell - Ensolite: Continuous Closed Cell Foam provides economies in fabrication

I think I will use this stuff on the roof of my collapsed Trillium, then paint it with a vinyl paint. Using a real fluffy roller should give it the required texture.

I will have to do more research, since there are so many grades. I want one that will stretch some to go around the curves. I plan to do the painting last.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:06 PM   #172
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Weird, we awoke to an interior rainfall this morning. The whole roof was wet with condensation. I guess the Ensolite would help with that?
Condensation is the Curse of The Fiberglass Trailer and has been from the very first. I read somewhere that the first batch of Bolers was "recalled" due to the problem- I think that's where the use of Ensolite began. It's not a complete fix- condensation has always been a problem in my Trillium, which came with the Ensolite liners intact. Its really not a very efficient insulator of the shell, whose coolness relative to the inside temps is what causes the condensation. Well, that and the fact that people do persist in breathing inside the trailer. Don't we each give off a gallon or so of moisture per day?

I've always thought that air-gapping between shell and wallcovering would be more effective at controlling condensation thereon, but I'm not ambitious enough to attempt such a comprehensive remodel.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:16 PM   #173
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I would really like it to be like original. We'll see. I also like the idea of Reflectix.
While that may work a little better condensation is a problem in pretty well most trailers. Best defence is to make sure you leave a window or hatch slightly open.
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Old 02-25-2014, 05:58 AM   #174
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Well, all of the windows and the roof vent are open, it's just too darn warm here heeheehee.

Neighbor says the Casita has a double hull with insulation between. is that so? I can see that the finish material is carpet.
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Casitas are single hull but I think they use a layer of reflectix under the hull liner, which itself is like a thick felt. Somewhat more efficient since there's a bit of gap there, and the fabric-like exposed surface doesn't make a good surface for condensation to happen on.

I've found that the thing that makes the most difference in my Trillium is a fan. Keeping the air circulating really helps, even when using my catalytic heater which itself puts off water in amounts almost equivalent to the amount of propane burned. The little heat-powered fan atop that heater even keeps my windows clear!
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Old 02-25-2014, 11:15 AM   #176
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Hm, thanks, but I don't even want to THINK about heaters right now!

By the way, I have a trip report thread started on this forum, and if you dig Instagram I'm bamtech1. Lotsa pics there
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Old 03-01-2014, 05:44 PM   #177
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ID:	68637We've moved on down to Key West, and I refilled the propane tank. I was pleased to find that the new fridge used exactly 1 gallon of propane in exactly one week of constant use on high setting. That also includes a few pots of coffee on the cooktop.
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:26 PM   #178
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You've been doing a lot of work to your little 'Trill! Good job. Nice to see these classics kept up so well. Also nice to be able to use the Trailer this time of the year. Cold & snowy where I am!
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Thanks, no cold and snow for us. I didn't wear long pants or closed-toed shoes for 16 days.

The camper did very well, no issues except the condensation thing. I did note some things I'd like to add or upgrade, but since this will always be a work in progress that's OK.

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Here she is at Atlanta Motor Speedway last weekend. Towed with an altered '89 Civic with a homebuilt hitch. Kids, don't try this at home...
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Towed with an altered '89 Civic with a homebuilt hitch.
I'll BET "altered"!
Didn't the '89 Civic have a 70 hp engine, or was that only the base model?

I'd love to hear about the upfit on this puppy, too...
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Actually, the RT4wd wagon shared an engine with the EX and Si Civic models. It boasted a whopping (advertised) 108 hp. The base model had a supposed 92. On the dyno, your figure is pretty accurate!
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