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Old 02-26-2018, 05:22 PM   #1
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Insulation & Mold

Spent the weekend working on the seats in my Bluebird. Pulled up the rubber from the center aisle, and it's definitely damp - it was raining that day and I wasn't seeing any leaks, but the subfloor will be coming out & getting insulated.

About the walls : I guess best practice is to remove the wall panels, insulate, and replace the wall panels with wood or something? The inside of my bus is in pretty good shape and I don't want to trash the panels. But I do want wall insulation, and I do not want moisture and mold issues in the insulation.

I've been googling but I haven't found specific information and there's been a lot of "just do whatever, this isn't a house" info. I'm in Western NC, I have a small wood stove, and I intend on spending winter in this thing. I am not doing a roof raise, though, which limits my options with windows (I know best practice is raise roof, replace/cover windows).

Can you point me at specific information on insulating for winter? I spent last winter here in an unheated RV without electric or running water, and while it sucked I didn't freeze to death. I don't need to be 75 degrees, but I'd like to avoid frozen pipes. Thanks y'all!
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Old 02-26-2018, 06:59 PM   #2
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Closed cell 2 part spray foam or XPS panels are what most of the best builds do.
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Old 02-26-2018, 08:32 PM   #3
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For chilly weather...what he said. Closed cell foam. Cannot beat it. Kills road & engine noise as a side benefit.
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Old 02-26-2018, 09:12 PM   #4
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WHAT a difference in noise levels!
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