Moving here from the new member section if that's ok..
I've been looking into insulation
and from what I've read and gathered here it seems the more cost effective route is to install Polystyrene board
, which I can easily get from my local home improvement superstore. I am minimally considering this option because I believe someone else decided to use these boards over their stock insulation which they deemed acceptable to continue using.
To clarify what I want to accomplish in my bus and determine the best course of action, I'd like to travel all over the US and even some of Canada for the next couple of years. I have no intent of staying where it is snowing while travelling in my bus but I do intend to enjoy milder weather. That being said I am highly considering the higher end investment of paying an insulation contractor to spray in closed cell expanding foam
at the cost of $2.30/ft. for a total of approximately $650. I most certainly do not want to end up living in a bus with mold.
In either case I am leaning more towards keeping the original sheet metal paneling not only for cost, but to me the paneling did an excellent job of protecting the insulation (due to the lack of mold) for 20years and that falls into the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" category.
I'm also more certain I will be keeping the stock windows because from what I've found its way beyond what I'm comfortable spending to get legitimate RV windows. My idea is to spend the extra money on rolls of the high heat rejection window tint.
Today and the next few days will be dedicated to removing the panels and deciding what to do as far as insulation. I foresee that as I remove the paneling and gain access to the windows I will end up focusing more on the windows and saving the insulation task for the next paycheck. I've seen other people clean up the old silicon then seal them right back in.
Please let me know if my logic is off, sometimes my inner voice doesn't translate to internets words very well. I hope its okay that I use this forum to organize my thoughts as well as gain insight and knowledge from all of you.