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How to Insulate Your RV Trailer

How to Insulate Your RV Trailer



If you have a camper or motorized RV that is not rated for the four seasons, then you may have to add some of your own insulation to the camper to ensure that it is ready to go during the really cold months and the extremely hot months. Luckily, there are a few easy ways to get your camper ready for all four seasons. Here are a few things that you can do yourself to better insulate your RV.

 

Protect the RV's Pipes

During the winter, when the temperatures can reach well below freezing, it is important to add an extra layer of protection to the water pipes that are underneath the trailer to help prevent them from freezing.

Locate your freshwater hose and wrap 110v heat tape around it. Next, cover the entire pipe with foam insulation and wrap another layer of tape around the insulation to keep it in place. You will also want to repeat this process on any other exposed pipes as well as covering your outside faucets.

if the temperature gets too cold outside, it is a good idea to also cover the water holding tanks as well. To do this, you can purchase heating pads that are specifically designed for RV holding tanks. Or you could make your own insulating box out of foam insulation and plywood.

 

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Windows and Doors

Not having proper insulation on your doors and windows can cause a draft and make it almost impossible to keep the RV at a comfortable temperature.

Some RV comes with double-pane or even triple-pane windows. However, there are several RVs that come equipped with only single-pane windows. If your RV has only a single pane window, you can cover the window with either bubble wrap or shrink wrap. This will help to give the window an extra layer of protection.

You will also need to check the area around the door to ensure that there are no gaps. If there are gaps and you can feel air coming through without the door being open, then you may want to replace the weather stripping on the door. Place an energy-efficient strap around the perimeter of the door.

 

Insulating the Rv's Interior

Because heat rises, if you don't cover up the top vent that is located on the roof, then you could be losing the heat from inside of the RV. To help the floor from feeling cold, you can place a skirting around the outside of the RV and put rugs or flatmate down in any part of the floor that has vinyl or laminate flooring.

The walls of your camper should come with an adequate amount o insulation in the walls. However, sometimes the walls of the slideouts will be thinner and not have much insulation. If you would like a little more insulation on the slide outs, you could tape or mount a foam insulation board to the bottom of each slide out.

If you have any questions about how to keep your Rv well-insulated, feel free to contact us today.

 

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