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Old 08-23-2010, 08:52 AM   #1
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heating and insulation

I have been living full time in my 1989 International short bus in New Hampshire and hope to continue to do so through October and part of November. I have purchased and am getting ready to install a small wood stove (http://heating-and-cooling.hardwarestor ... 61280.aspx)

My question is really about insulation. I put down 1/2" rigid foam insulation when I installed wood floors. I also have all my original windows, so my aim is to cover them in plastic or some kind of temporary insulation. Any ideas on making single pane windows more efficient without completely replacing them or getting rid of them. I am on a super small budget. My other question is about the roof. It seems like most bus roofs are just two thin layers of metal with 2-3 inches of air space in between. What if I just drilled a several small holes every few feet and sprayed in foam? Does anyone have experience with this method?
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:27 PM   #2
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With 1/2" insulation in the floor, your feet are going to get very cold. Don't leave anything on the floor over night if you don't want it to freeze (leave your cabinet doors open where the plumbing is to keep it from freezing and put Reflectix behind any plumbing on the backside of the cabinet to reflect the heat back into the bus interior). As for your windows. Do what they do with older houses... buy the temporary plastic sheeting and turn your single pane windows into "dual pane" windows just for the winter. We spent two winter in the RV in the Smoky Mountains. I just lined the windows in the RV with either foam board insulation or Reflectix. We have tow doors on the RV. The rear one isn't used much except as a very large window so I placed foam board over that one. Reflectix was applied to the interior screen door with Velcro.

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What if I just drilled a several small holes every few feet and sprayed in foam? Does anyone have experience with this method?
We did this with the Eagle frame work (2X2 inch square steel tubing). I felt that the foam (Great Foam brand) did not expand like it normally does. I believe that it is because the Great Foam needs air to help it expand. It might work differently for you but that was our experience. I was foaming in a very tight area with very little air.
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... you'll wake-up dead
I have always thought that if I don't wake up with a chalk outline around me, then it's going to be a good day. Sometimes I'm wrong.

If I wake up dead, then I'm gonna go back to sleep.
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AH, but I know where he sleeps... And I hide the chalk!
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