Some people love camping. Be it in a tent, or a recreational vehicle. For those who use recreational vehicles, it may be your home away from home. Making it comfortable is one thing you need to make sure of.
One way to make your recreational vehicle comfortable is making sure it is insulated properly. If your vehicle is well-insulated, then regardless of the weather outside, you will be assured of a comfortable interior.
We will be talking about insulation in this article. But we will be concentrating on the best way to insulate a trailer, in particular.
Insulating a Trailer
There are several things to consider when insulating a trailer. You need to check the windows, the door and the ventilation of your trailer. And yes, even the walls and floor, too.
Insulating the door of your trailer is easy. If you are keen on the “do-it-yourself” thing, you can just make a door snake. To make a door snake, you will need a towel or a thick cloth. Roll the towel or thick cloth and put it under your door.
Another way to insulate your door is by using weatherstripping. You can buy these online or on any stores which cater to home improvement stuffs. Weatherstrippings are bulky strips of fabric which you can stick under your door.
Although both ways serve the same purpose, weatherstrippings look neat and presentable as compared to a rolled towel or cloth.
The first thing you need to do when you insulate your windows is to replace it.
Single pane windows are common among most trailers. These type of windows do not help much when it comes to insulation.
But if you do not are on a tight budget, replacing the windows of your trailer may be a bit expensive. So insulate your single pane windows instead. The result may not be as perfect as when you replace your windows, but at least there will be some improvements.
The Bubble Wrap
Yes, good old bubble wrap. The bubble wrap we use when packing fragile or breakable items. Just spray the inside and outer side of your window pane with water so the bubble wrap will stick on it.
Your window may not look that good, having bubble wrap sticking on it, but at least it will help in insulating your trailer.
Using Insulating Film
Aside from the bubble wrap, you can also use plastic insulating film to insulate your windows. Plastic insulating films may be bought in stores. To insulate your trailer windows, cover both sides with insulating film then use the adhesive tape which goes with it so it will not move.
Blow dry the insulating film to make the seal airtight. This will ensure you that the insulating film will not fall off.
Actually, it is not a total installation process. Meaning you just need to re-insulate the walls of your trailer. Most trailers come with insulation on its walls and floor.
Trailer walls usually have very thin fiberglass insulation on its walls. This is not enough. That is why you need to re-insulate the walls of your trailer.
Using Rigid Foam
One way of insulating the walls of your trailer is by using the rigid foam. This material is good for insulating purposes because it is durable. It can fight moisture and is also known for its strength. When talking about the capacity of the rigid foam to resist the flow of heat, the rigid foam has a good R-value.
In using the rigid foam, you need to measure the walls of your trailer. The cut the rigid foam according to the measurements. Then use industrial tape to fasten this pink foam on the walls of your trailer.
Using Spray Foam
Spray foams come in canisters. They look like shaving creams or hair mousse. You spray it on the walls of your trailer and let it settle. Once the foam settles, insulation becomes better. But of course, it does not have a high R-value like the rigid foam.
Using Fiber Glass Foam
If you decide to use fiberglass foam for insulating the walls of your trailer, no need for you to replace the existing ones. Since most trailers come with fiberglass wall insulation, all you need to do is to add to it.
Fiberglass foam insulators have very high R-value. Meaning, its capacity to resist the flow of heat is not bad. But the problem with fiberglass foam will be the molds.
This is one of its downsides. Another is you need to change the fiberglass foam insulation every few years. This is because fiberglass foam expands when it gets warm.
A trailer usually has its floor insulated when you buy it. Floor insulation is important in the areas where waste and water supply lines run. When you buy a trailer, it comes with floor insulation installed, so there does not seem to be much of a problem with floor insulation.
Insulating The Air Vents
The vents need to be insulated too. Although you have insulated the windows and door of your trailer, it is not enough. You also need to insulate your trailer’s vents.
The purpose of air ventilation is it regulates the air that gets in and out of your trailer. But these air vents may also make you tremble on cold weather and perspire too much on hot weather. To solve this, you need to insulate your vents.
The best way to insulate your vents is by using a vent cushion. You can buy vent cushions online. Vent cushions can insulate your vents better.
Skirting your trailer
Skirting is commonly done on recreational vehicles. But you can also skirt your trailer to insulate it. Skirting is covering the lower half of your vehicle with layers of fabric. Just like skirting a table on banquets and special gathering.
The only difference is that on tables, skirting is used to beautify it. While skirting on recreational vehicles and trailers is done to insulate it.
Since skirting is common among recreational vehicles, you may find it hard to buy skirting that will fit your trailer. The best thing for you to do is buy one for recreational vehicles and remodel it to fit your trailer.
You can also use foam boards to cover the base of your trailer during cold weather. Cut the foam board depending on the distance of the base of the trailer and the ground. Fasten the foam board to your trailer using masking tapes.
What do You Need to Insulate Your Trailer
Some people might say that insulating a trailer depends on where you live. True. But to be prepared for any situation, insulating your trailer is recommended.
It is alright to not insulate your trailer thoroughly during summer, but during cold weather, proper insulation on a trailer is very essential.
Insulating a trailer can protect its occupants from extreme cold and too much heat. In a properly insulated trailer, the temperature is regulated. So regardless of the weather outside, the occupants of a well-insulated trailer will be comfortable in it.
Insulation can also help you save energy. No need for you to keep your propane going. Insulation can also maintain a favorable temperature inside your trailer regardless of the weather or climate.
Insulating your trailer properly will make your adventure fun, memorable, and comfortable, regardless of the weather conditions.
The Importance of Insulation
Insulation is important because it regulated the air that enters your trailer. It prevents the cold from coming into your trailer during cold weather. It also prevents hot air from going into your trailer during hot weather.
To have the best protection from insulation, you need to know where to put them. Insulation must be placed anywhere on any part of your trailer which serves as a barrier between you and the cold or hot weather outside your trailer.
The most important areas of a trailer which must be insulated are its walls, windows, and door(s). Once these important areas are insulated, your trailer will be the most comfortable place to spend your days (and nights) on. It will live up to your expectations of making your trailer a home away from home.
Words of Advice
You might probably reason out that there is no need for you to insulate your trailer because you do not use it during cold weather. But do you know that it is not only during cold weather that you need insulation?
It is also advisable that you insulate during hot weather. The purpose of insulating a place, or a trailer for that matter, is to keep the temperature inside a trailer comfortable. Insulating it will make it warm during cold weather and cooler during hot weather.
And besides, you will never know when the time comes that you must use your trailer to go on a trip during winter or extremely cold weather. That is why you need to be prepared. As insulation works both ways, for hot and cold weather, then insulating your trailer is the best decision you have ever made.