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Old 05-16-2013, 09:47 PM   #1
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Extra insulation in warm climates

I'm in the process of specing out my 19. Although I expect to camp in warm weather, I'm still leaning towards adding the extra insulation and thermal windows. My feeling is that if I'm camping without ac, thecamper will stay cooler. If I am in a crowded campground, I'm hoping the inside will be quieter. Other's thoughts?
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:49 PM   #2
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Absolute. Added insulation will slow the movement of heat in both directions.

You will definitely get better sound insulation, especially with the windows. Not great, but better for certain.
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:30 AM   #3
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Yes indeed. A friend in Santa Fe has a 17 with the insulation pkg without a/c and it is surprising how cool it stays. He has yet to add a/c as using the max fan and opening windows has kept him comfy. Well worth the thousand bucks!
Only reason I am including a/c in my 19 is trips east into the humidity. We spent many years in Hickory NC and liked the Ashville area. Used to mt bike in the Cane Creek Hendersonville area. Ya can't beat the parkway!

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A lot people do not realize the difference between eastern heat and western heat. Here in the east we need a/c to cool via removal of moisture whereas in the west you need swamp cooler that add moisture to cool with. Total opposite. A 90 degree day here in east without a/c is unbearable whereas a fan in the west will cool you down at 90. I was amazed while in SD feeling 105 degree heat and thinking it must be around 90 as I'm just starting to sweat.
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Another big plus for keeping things cool in the sun, is to deploy your awing. Keeping the side of your trailer in the shade helps a lot.

Even sitting around, even in dry heat, I start to sweat by 25°C (77°F). When in hotter than that, especially where humid, I begin to melt.
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Good point Jim,
Most of us us our awnings for keeping us dry whereas they are designed for providing shade, not shelter from rain.
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:59 AM   #7
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Very true, I just cleaned and started my swamp coolers this week. It's interesting as the trend the past few years has been a move to a/c here in New Mexico where at a25% humidity level people complain. Shade and a breeze rule in the west .
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One other thought about this subject...Extra insulation and thermo windows will cut down on interior condensation and help your resale value.
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