I have had 2 trailers with the Reflectix/Ratfur insulation - a Scamp
and a Casita
. I lived in Alaska at the time and frequently camped in sub-freezing temps. It wasn't hard to stay warm in such a small space, but the furnace
cycled constantly. When boondocking
, my battery
would only last one night or less. Later, I moved to hot and humid Arkansas with the Casita
. The AC compressor cycled constantly trying to keep the trailer cool. I did cover the windows
with Reflectix from Lowe's and it was a big help to reflect solar
heating. But clearly, the insulation was not effective for hot or cold weather.
Now that I am back in a cold climate, I just need a better insulated trailer. My Bigfoot
has foam insulation (including the floor) and double pane windows
and I can use it through the November hunting seasons. I understand that the majority of members on this forum don't camp frequently in extreme conditions, so it is a non-issue for most of you.
The most interesting tidbit in the article was that the bubble-wrap insulation wasn't any cheaper than a superior foam insulation. Just for the sake of saving energy for heating and cooling, I would like to see all FGRV factories use a higher quality insulation. I don't know why they couldn't glue some closed-cell foam to the walls instead of the bubble wrap. Scamp
famously keep doing everything the same way for decades. I believe Oliver
are the only other manufacturers that offer a higher quality insulation.