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Old 10-09-2016, 03:24 PM   #1
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Question Newbie....what is ratfur...

Just bought a 1984 13 foot Boler. It has something on the walls that I am unfamiliar with. It's rough and like carpet. It's not shiny vinyl. What is it? Is it a good thing. Where can I find out rudimentary stuff like this?
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Old 10-09-2016, 03:46 PM   #2
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Generally, the term "rat fur" is the ubiquitous glued on carpeting which covers the interior of some fiberglass trailers. It basically there, like all of the various interior covering materials, to prevent condensation from forming on the inside surfaces, and to provide a little, (ok, very little,) thermal insulation, and a little bit of sound deadening, but mainly it is used to keep the daylight from showing through the fiberglass, which is translucent without some form of interior covering over it.

I don't have a Boler, but if what you see isn't carpeting, it may be a product called "Ensolite" which is often used in some trailers, and is also the same stuff backpack campers use for sleeping pads. Then again, it may be covered with any number of various products. I'm sure that someone with more Boler knowledge will probably give you more detailed information regarding your wall covering material, but "rat fur" is carpeting.

Welcome to the forum. You'll find answers to pretty much anything you want to know about on your trailer systems, components, upkeep, modifications, etc. on these threads.
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Welcome, Robyn!

"Carpeting" is perhaps a bit misleading. "Rat fur" is marine-grade headliner: lightweight, non-absorbent and mildew resistant. It has no backing and is not meant to be walked on.

The product Scamp uses, which fits your description, is a long-napped version, hence the nick-name "rat fur." I believe a member of the forum coined the term. Scamp has used it since the 80's.

When I search on "marine headliner" I mostly see shorter napped products, looking more like a Berber-type carpet, but also not meant for the floor.

As far as learning the basics, hang out here, read posts, search old threads, and ask questions. Lots of good information to be had. The "site search/google" option at the bottom of the search menu is the best way to locate old threads and posts on a topic of interest.
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Old 10-09-2016, 08:14 PM   #4
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Rat fur was a forum members idea of what the interior covering material looked like. It is just a bit of silly nonsense
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Old 10-09-2016, 09:05 PM   #5
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Just bought a 1984 13 foot Boler. It has something on the walls that I am unfamiliar with. It's rough and like carpet. It's not shiny vinyl. What is it? Is it a good thing. Where can I find out rudimentary stuff like this?

Right here on this forum


BTW, the explanations for the term ratfur given above are very good.
But of course some people have a problem with rodents getting in their campers, in which case the term ratfur has a much more literal meaning.
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Old 10-09-2016, 11:39 PM   #6
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Just bought a 1984 13 foot Boler. It has something on the walls that I am unfamiliar with. It's rough and like carpet. It's not shiny vinyl. What is it? Is it a good thing.
It does not sound like a wall covering that came stock in Boler's. Sounds like a previous owner added it.

The Rat fur found in Scamps is not rough and not at all like a carpet. As others have indicated its a marine grade headliner very similar to what you will find in auto's as well.
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It does not sound like a wall covering that came stock in Boler's. Sounds like a previous owner added it.

The Rat fur found in Scamps is not rough and not at all like a carpet. As others have indicated its a marine grade headliner very similar to what you will find in auto's as well.
Hi: Carol H... By the 1980's Boler had indeed changed to the Scamp type Marine headliner material to cover and insulate the interior. Since it was a mousey brown/grey it came to be known as "Rat fur".
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We also have a 1984 Boler made in the plant at Midhurst, near Barrie, Ontario, during the eighties. We have owned ours since 1994 and all Bolers that I have seen from that plant have had the carpeting feature. Really enjoyed the product as it doesn't seem to sweat as much as does ensolite and has good insulating and sound deadening, and cleans easily just using a shopvac. It does seem to make our Bolers a little unique. Enjoy!
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We also have a 1984 Boler made in the plant at Midhurst, near Barrie, Ontario, during the eighties. We have owned ours since 1994 and all Bolers that I have seen from that plant have had the carpeting feature. Really enjoyed the product as it doesn't seem to sweat as much as does ensolite and has good insulating and sound deadening, and cleans easily just using a shopvac. It does seem to make our Bolers a little unique. Enjoy!
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Thanks James and Alf as the old saying goes you learn something new every day.

Was it the Midhurst plant only that used the headliner?

Have not see it in any of the ones produced on this side of the country.
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Ensolite is a closed cell foam about 1/4 inch thick with a tough white vinyl like coating toward the inside. Glued to the inside wall of older Scamps. This is "elephant hide", as opposed to the fuzzy cloth marine headliner known as "rat fur" which covers the inside wall of later Scamps.


Both as noted prevent light from shining through, which avoids providing a magic lantern show to the campground as you put your PJ's on at night. Also insulation which just like those foam can covers prevents inside wall from sweating condensation due to temp difference inside and outside. Rat fur has a reflective sort of tough bubble wrap kind of backer as insulation. Ensolite being foam is one piece.


I think the reflectix and rat fur headliner would be easier to apply to the curved corners than elephant hide ensolite foam. But ensolite was invented for NASA so elephant hide is way cool. (read my info block to see why I say that :-)
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Old 10-10-2016, 10:21 AM   #11
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Casitas have "carpet" on the walls.

MANY a mice gave their life for my 13' Scamp! But we love the "Rat fur". I just have to put a barrier between the walls and my wife when we're sleeping. She can just FEEL the ratfur come alive and the mice "scamp"ering across our bed whilst we're sleeping!! Mice ghosts wanting their hides back!! Yes.... but a small price to pay for Scamping.

OHHH ok...I'm kidding
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Rat fur was a forum members idea of what the interior covering material looked like. It is just a bit of silly nonsense
Not silly nonsense at all.

A bit of Rat Fur history. A number of years ago, we had a valued member here, Pete Dumbleton. He full-timed in a 13' Scamp... with three rats (check out his avatar). The white kind, not the black icky kind. Pete coined the name "rat fur" when it came to the marine headliner material Scamp uses.

Pete provided lots of good information and was a warm and caring person to other all molded towable owners. Pete has since passed away from cancer... about 6 or 8 years ago. But the term Rat Fur continues on.

So, while you may think of Willard... I prefer to fondly remember Pete Dumbleton when I hear that term of endearment about the fuzzy walls.
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Thanks for that, Donna. I had never heard the part about traveling with real, live rats!
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Thanks Donna, Another Scamping mystery solved - and a very nice story!
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