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Old 04-04-2020, 03:04 PM   #1
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Bathroom Additional Insulation

With the current COVID situation I have lots of time. So despite having the extra insulation and under foam insulation on our 2018 21 and having placed reflective insulation under the bed, seats etc. we still find the bathroom like an icebox when outside temperatures are below freezing. We often camp off grid in cold places so this got me thinking.


If I remove the vanity in the bathroom maybe that might enable me to get fibreglass insulation in the gap between the bathroom shell and outer wall. It would be difficult but worth a try I think.


Was wondering if anyone has tried this before, or have any other ideas
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Old 04-04-2020, 03:23 PM   #2
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I installed an electric heater under the bed on the small wall facing the cubbies. With the bath door gap below the heat goes right into the bath and makes it warmer.
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Old 04-04-2020, 03:53 PM   #3
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Good idea, but we spend the vast majority of time dry camping. Just back from 86 days in Arizona etc and were plugged in one night.
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It is very easy to remove the cabinet to find out.
I think your cabinet is on the front wall so you may have some luck. This would not work well on a 19 because the cabinet is on an inner wall.
I would stick to a solid type of insulation product that does not absorb or hold moisture.
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Old 04-04-2020, 04:19 PM   #5
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Try your approach, or consider this

You could fabricate, with 1/2" thick closed cell foam, a removable insulating "curtain", fastened to the outside wall with velcro pads. The foam would be impervious to water, removable for summer or drying, provide pretty good thermal barrier. Heck, you could make it out of Reflectix. The foam I'm thinking about is not upholstery stuff, but used for camping sleep pads, a urethane, I think.


Or get a small Mr. Buddy for pre-warming the bathroom prior or during use.


Off the grid limits your options to provide heat or insulate.


Vents in your bathroom door could help in getting more warm air flow into the bath....or using the bathroom exhaust vent fan to suck warm cabin air into the bath.


bon voyage, and stay frosty
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Old 04-05-2020, 09:34 AM   #6
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We put our Mr Buddy heater on low, 4,000 btu's, in the bathroom for 5-10 minutes before taking a shower (sponge bath, but quickly rinse off with the shower). No, the plastic doesn't melt and neither does the curtain, with the back of the Buddy against the door facing the outside wall. It makes for a toasty environment. While taking the shower the Buddy is on the kitchen floor aimed so when you get out of the shower your drying area also nice and toasty too.

When inside to take care of business, we briefly tried slats on the floor and the bathroom was still cold. We now step on a nice rug (that removes when showering) and the bathroom is much warmer.

We use refillable DOT approved Flame King 1# LP tanks. We have six and I'm a pro at refilling them. Don't carry or need that little green stool, just put the tank on a picnic table.

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Old 04-07-2020, 10:07 AM   #7
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Do you have a bathroom window you could remove to allow for access between the walls or could you add a window for the same purpose?
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Old 04-07-2020, 01:24 PM   #8
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Don't have the window but that is a good idea if i can't get adequate access with my skinny arms and a stick.
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You might also want to talk to a foam-in-place insulating expert.

They may be able to provide some insight into a non-expanding, or very low expanding spray foam. You'd certainly have to take it very slow, but it might prove to be possible.
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Old 04-07-2020, 04:28 PM   #10
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Perhaps you could cut a hole for access then install a hatch to close it up. You could then check up on the insulation later.
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