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Old 05-31-2016, 12:26 AM   #1
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Insulation- to insul or not to insul

Insulation seems to be very expensive. Just wondering if it is worth it, or necessary. Does it really help much? What about condensation. Has anyone experienced non-insulated and then insulated?
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Old 05-31-2016, 12:46 AM   #2
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We've had both and not an overwhelming difference, but some improvement with the thermal package. We would definitely get the thermal Windows/insulation but we didn't want the spray foam underneath. If we were going to be predominately camping in cold or hot extremes we might consider the spray foam, but we'll be mostly in warm climates and not predominately in air conditioner hot either. Guess it really depends on how ur going to use it.
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Old 05-31-2016, 06:40 AM   #3
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Insulation helps keep the cold and heat out as well as noise. Without such you just about hear the crickets outside. If you plan on traveling out of state, well worth it.
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Old 05-31-2016, 07:24 AM   #4
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"You can never miss what you've never had." That being said, I don't have it and have never felt the need for the spray foam insulation. I do have the thermal windows and extra Reflextic. I camp all months except December. Temperatures from high 20s-low 30s to high 90s, but not for days on end either. The vents across the top of the trailer aren't insulated... I think more noise could be heard from those rather than radiated from underneath the trailer....
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Old 05-31-2016, 07:37 AM   #5
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I agree Donna, that the foam is not noise protection but the whole entire package, thermal windows and the extra insulation as well as the foam makes the entire trailer better. The question was about insulation as a whole, I believe.
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Old 05-31-2016, 08:53 AM   #6
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Is there a problem with condensation dripping down the walls and windows in the Escape? I know with our new Casita last year we were in a bad thunderstorm we had a couple of rivets from the roof that started leaking slowly, evidently they weren't sealed well to begin with, but the whole trailer was damp, cold and condensation running down the windows. I kept trying to dry off the windows. We took our trailer back to Casita and they did a good job of sealing up the rivets. So I am wondering if we get the insulation package or thermal windows would that solve the condensation problem?
That was a pretty miserable night for us. We had just pulled into a rv park that was rated 9.5 by Good Sams, to get out of the storm, had a bad electrical connection that was in a puddle, driving into the park we picked up a nail in our tire and I was trying to cook a simple meal in the microwave without enough power to run it. AAA and my husband was out in the rain fixing the tire. The Manager of the place was upstairs watching and she sent toothless Bubba to show us our site and discover which site had electricity... he hooked us up wrong too. We survived the night.
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Old 05-31-2016, 09:10 AM   #7
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Nancy, I can't answer for anyone other than myself. I've had zero problems with condensation in Ten Forward. No frost on the window frames either. BUT, I'm a solo camper, no pets inside and run the stove vent fan and Maxx fan when I cook. I think about 80% of my camping is in the cold rain, so I spend plenty of time inside. The difference between the thermal windows in my 5er and those dang single pane windows in the Scamp is tremendous and I'm glad I got the extra insulation too.
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Old 05-31-2016, 09:11 AM   #8
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We followed advise from this forum, and overnight, but especially colder or rainy nights, we keep the rear window cracked and Maxx-Fan vent open about an inch. We have no condensation issues in the morning.
I do have a question about Toothless Bubba though; Did he wear a belt? Suspenders? both Belt and Suspenders? or Neither?
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We followed advise from this forum, and overnight, but especially colder or rainy nights, we keep the rear window cracked and Maxx-Fan vent open about an inch. We have no condensation issues in the morning.
I do have a question about Toothless Bubba though; Did he wear a belt? Suspenders? both Belt and Suspenders? or Neither?
Hi: Steve Clark... He certainly wouldn't be able to sink his teeth into any kind of suspension issue!!! Alf
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Unlike the Casita, there are no rivets and using the MaxxFan eliminates most condensation issues and with thermal windows your glass stays clear. I'm curious, why you did not use your stove for cooking dinner, no hook ups needed. You will find the difference between Casita and Escape as night and day, I had an EggCamper and felt this way.
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