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Old 12-17-2015, 08:10 PM   #1
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extra insulation or not

I have a 19' on order and we are pondering the merits of the extra insulation. Would it really make a difference as it is so thin?
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Old 12-17-2015, 08:14 PM   #2
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Hard to say as I've not owned a trailer without the extra. I believe any amount of insulation is better then none. Be hard to add it later if you find out none was not enough.
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Old 12-17-2015, 08:33 PM   #3
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Given the location you are at, I'd think it would be one of the non-option items for you. We went with it and we're in Phoenix. The dual pane windows are worth it alone, and the reflectix type layer has a pretty good insulating value.
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Old 12-17-2015, 08:40 PM   #4
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If I only ordered one option, it would be the extra insulation and dual glazed windows. Helps keep the heat in when it is cold outside, and helps keep the heat out when it is hot outside.

If you were camping in moderate temps (10-25 °C) you might not need it, but we see most nights being a heck of a lot colder than that here, and I know it sure gets hot down in the southern US.

This is one of the few options that you really couldn't add at a later date as well, whereas most others you could.
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Old 12-17-2015, 08:59 PM   #5
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And there is the sound insulating value for KOAs and popular remote Forest Service sites.
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Old 12-17-2015, 09:36 PM   #6
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In the summer, wouldn't extra insulation and dual glazed windows only be effective with an air conditioning system? Open windows and doors still let the heat in don't they?
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Old 12-17-2015, 09:52 PM   #7
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The R value of the insulation is very very low, however, despite that, many report that the insulation is very effective compared to what they had with other fiberglass trailer brands. We would not be without it. It is also sought by buyers looking for used.

In hot weather, insulation also keeps out the heat (which foam on the bottom should also do). With hot weather, door and windows should be closed in the day except to get a little air in and out using the fan, and door and windows should be opened when it is cooler at night. With no A/C you would be running the Maxx fan in the day which works very well. That is as good as you can do. Opening door and windows in the day lets in the hot air. People want to open them but not the best idea. You also can get a portable fan. They come in 12V.
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Old 12-17-2015, 10:37 PM   #8
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X 3 or so for the value of the dual glazing. Sound reduction is good and the reduction in condensation is excellent. You can see the difference because the front window on the 19 is only single glazed due to the window cover.

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Old 12-17-2015, 10:39 PM   #9
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Twin 6V batteries and insulation are the 2 most important options for me.
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Old 12-17-2015, 10:48 PM   #10
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In the camping I've experienced, which I might add is only in the summer, we keep the windows and door open most of the time so the $1000.00 Canadian dollars spent on double glazing and insulation (to keep heat and noise out) would be better spent elsewhere. So far, we feel the same about air conditioning because we usually dry camp.
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