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Old 03-02-2006, 04:19 PM   #57
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Looks like a good product. However to take it a step further, how and what kind of bonding agent would you consider that would not give off toxic fumes later or not keep it stuck to the shell: and what would you cover the reflective surface with on the inside and waht bonding agent would be needed???
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you brought up good questions and we certainly don't want to use anything that will cause us to not wake up on a campout. I have not looked that far into it but will consider your precautions as I proceed. At this point I plan to lay a fiberglass inner wall over whatever I use inside. I plan to install conduit and j-box for all wiring within the wall as well as fastening hardware for the fixtures and furniture.

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Old 03-02-2006, 05:16 PM   #58
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WOW! Darrel, that sound like a major project. Is it really worth adding an FG liner? Maybe I am off track as I don't know what the Compact looks like inside. How about posting a few pics?
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Old 03-03-2006, 05:55 AM   #59
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The interior of my Compact Jr. is covered with beige vinyl that has a yellow open-cell foam backing about 1/4" thick. I doubt it provides much insulation, but it stops all condensation. I think the Compact II had the same interior wall covering. Darrel rescued his trailer in very poor condition and may only have bare fiberglass now. Below is a link to a picture of my table and you can see the wall covering behind it. Tom Trostel

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Old 03-03-2006, 09:23 AM   #60
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The interior of my Compact Jr. is covered with beige vinyl that has a yellow open-cell foam backing about 1/4" thick. I doubt it provides much insulation, but it stops all condensation. I think the Compact II had the same interior wall covering. Darrel rescued his trailer in very poor condition and may only have bare fiberglass now. Below is a link to a picture of my table and you can see the wall covering behind it. Tom Trostel

http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/ViewPhoto?...0373&p=70959854
could you please post more detailed pics of the vinyl? especially at the seams.
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otherwise, please pm them to me.
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Old 03-04-2006, 06:36 PM   #61
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Here is a close up of the edge of the vinyl and foam that the Compact Jr. has on its walls.
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And here is a link to a close up photo of the seams at the top corner of the curb-side wall and front wall. Tom Trostel

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thanks tom, for posting those. are they sewn together, or somehow glued together?
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The diamond pattern stitching goes all the way through the vinyl, foam, and a backing layer of cloth netting. All this is glued to the fiberglass.
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:05 PM   #65
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Reflectix is an flexible plastic insulation product. It looks like bubble wrap with a layer of silver mylar attached. Sunshades for car windshields are made of the same material. It's sold in rolls by Home Depot and Lowe's. Some pop-up and hybrid owners use it to insulate their bunk ends and vinyl areas. So I copied their idea to help make my trailer more comfortable. I cut 4 pieces of Reflectix to cover the inside of the vinyl that connects the two parts of the roof of my trailer. The two longer pieces are 100" X 14" and the other two are 48" X 14". They are held in place by friction. When not in use they are rolled up and stored under the benches. I think most Compact Jr, Compact II, and Trails West Campster owners could benefit from the same mod. I find it helps a great deal with keeping in heat in the winter and ac in the hot months. I also plan to cut pieces to match the windows of my trailer. These would be held in place with Velcro at the corners. Would be less for insulation and more for privacy and keeping out sunlight.

I've posted this mod before and am redoing it to help rebuild the archives.
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I have tried to locate the reflectix at Lowes and Home Depot but came up empty. Is there any other place to locate the material in rolls?
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I have tried to locate the reflectix at Lowes and Home Depot but came up empty. Is there any other place to locate the material in rolls?
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I have tried to locate the reflectix at Lowes and Home Depot but came up empty. Is there any other place to locate the material in rolls?
Yes, I'm sure lots of places have it, but I've seen it at Home Depot, and it's shown on their web site (use the search box with just the keyword "reflectix"). It may be that some individual stores don't have it, but it seems more likely to me that it was just in a strange place (which often happens at Home Depot...), or they are carrying an alternate brand.
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Reflectix at my local Home Depot is way back in the building materials corner, on a shelf about 5' high, up above 4' X 8' sheets of foam board insulation. Half the workers there give you a blank stare when asked about "Reflectix". Happy hunting. Tom Trostel
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