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Old 02-28-2014, 04:19 PM   #1
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A friend recently bought a Flir infrared camera. I borrowed it to take some pictures of the Escape. The images confirmed several things. I know that everyone is concerned about the thermal pane windows as insulators, but glass is a good insulator even when not thermal pane. I always was more concerned about the frames. I always felt that that aluminum "wicks" the cold to the inside and that they are one of the main reasons for condensation. The thermal pane windows appear to be better than the walls, but the frames are very cold in comparison. Also, the uninsulated door and floors are definitely cold spots. Vents, of course, are others. The pictures below are from the inside. Darker purples indicate cold. Interesting, I have included a picture of the bathroom vent with Reflectix in it and one without. I also lined the lids of both benches and have confirmed that the additional Reflectix under the lids does a lot to hold down cold penetration. I am going to see if I can get some good outside ones tonight with the heat on inside the trailer.
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Old 02-28-2014, 04:23 PM   #2
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Insulated bench closed and insulated bench open. Cold bathroom floor. (I don't have the insulated underneath but am going to get it.
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Old 02-28-2014, 05:11 PM   #3
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Very interesting. Maybe we'll take some Reflectix with us when we pick up our trailer in Early June and do a little insulating of our own.
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Old 02-28-2014, 05:14 PM   #4
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Thank you for taking and posting these. They confirm my observations from this last camping trip.
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Old 02-28-2014, 05:24 PM   #5
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Yes, very interesting, now we need to test one with the spray foam underneath and see the results.Also FWIW, Escape is now insulating the doors.
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Jim -- have you talked to Reace about how they insulate the doors? I wonder if it can be post-production?
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Jim -- have you talked to Reace about how they insulate the doors? I wonder if it can be post-production?
Reflectix is glued in place on one side of the door before the two halves are put together. Not something you can do post production. I did post an idea of removing the door, turning sideways, removing the lock and blowing styrofoam beads (ala bean bag filling) into the door and sealing the area by the lock before replacing. Thinking of doing this and will post pics and directions if/when I do.
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Yes, very interesting, now we need to test one with the spray foam underneath and see the results.Also FWIW, Escape is now insulating the doors.
Hey, if Jim and Robin in Portland are reading this, maybe I can bring the camera down and take a picture of theirs. They live in Portland and got the insulated floor on their 15B.
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Reflectix is glued in place on one side of the door before the two halves are put together. Not something you can do post production. I did post an idea of removing the door, turning sideways, removing the lock and blowing styrofoam beads (ala bean bag filling) into the door and sealing the area by the lock before replacing. Thinking of doing this and will post pics and directions if/when I do.
Tim I remember and will be interested in how it goes. I wonder if you can get the beads onto all the spaces? One of the expanding foam cans should do for the sealing around the lock - especially if you get the limited expansion window variety.
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Thank you for taking and posting these. They confirm my observations from this last camping trip.
Karen, I'm referencing your other posting about recent trip. Notice the very cold areas in my images around the bench on every wall side. No wonder the condensation builds up around the cushions. I think if the cushions were made slightly smaller, then that mesh that people are buying could be placed in there between the cushion and the wall helping with the circulation in that area or at the very least, would allow for a small air space between cushions and walls. All of the other pictures I took show very cold areas in seams or where wall meet roof etc. Also the cabinets are very cold. Now if I could figure out how to insulate the window frames and not worry so much about the glass.
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