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Old 04-17-2011, 04:40 PM   #1
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Insulating access doors

I was staying in our 31 BHDS this past winter in lapine oregon, and the temps dropped to -15 degrees below one night. The bed was like sleeping on a block of ice do to the storage hatches not having insulation. This is my fix and it made a night and day differance. I took 2" celatex and siliconed it to the axcess doors.
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Old 04-17-2011, 07:47 PM   #2
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I have got to ask, do you keep it winterized when you are using it in that weather? What other modifications have you done to keep it livable in those temps? by the way, the foam on the access doors was a good idea.
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Old 04-17-2011, 08:33 PM   #3
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Good thinking kfbeaver. Looks like I've got another mod to do.
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Great idea! I have also seen people put it under the bed as well.
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Old 04-17-2011, 09:40 PM   #5
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It was in the teens and single digits during the day and would drop below zero at night for about a week. Just drained the system and left heat on with no problems. As soon as the temps got in the upper twenties during the day I turned the water back on. Had heat tape on the hose. Never left the water on while I was away though. never froze up or broke anything. I will add that I disconect the outside shower and cap with plugs during winter months. drain shower hose. I also had an oil filled electric radiator heater to help the furnace. Condensation was a constant problem. I will be investing in a dehumidifier.I had two dri z airs with pore results.
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Old 04-18-2011, 01:15 AM   #6
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Insulating the doors is a great idea. You could also put a small electric heater under the bed and set it on lo.
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I run a small space heater in the storage compartment. Done this on the last 3 trailers and it works great even up to -20c.
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Old 05-05-2011, 08:39 AM   #8
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Ever thought of spray foam inside the hatch doors? ONLY USE THE LOW EXPANDING ONES.... works well.....
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I like this idea. I would think it would help in the summer also holding the heat out.

Last winter I put one of my Vornado heaters in my basement and set it on about 50deg. Worked great.

I saw where one camper took some of the reflective windshield sunscreen and cut to fit over the frig area outside and attached it to the the camper. He said it helped the frig to keep cooler.
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Ever thought of spray foam inside the hatch doors? ONLY USE THE LOW EXPANDING ONES.... works well.....
I would think cutting some 1=2" sheet foam to fit would be easier and more attractive. I would cover it with "contact paper" (adhesive vinyl sheets) to protect it.
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