Sleeper insulation?

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  1. F4T6UY

    F4T6UY Medium Load Member

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    Double post, but it was mentioned I could try posting here.

    I am looking for the best product/way to insulate my sleeper from the the heat/cold....but mainly heat, down here in South Texas.

    I know Dynamat, but I figure that’s more for sound deadening. I’m considering gutting my sleeper and remodeling it, but I really want to help keep that Texas sun at bay as much as possible.

    Can anyone steer me in the right direction for insulating the shell of the sleeper while I have the panels down. Thanks
     
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  3. tommymonza

    tommymonza Road Train Member

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    Paint it a light color is the biggest heat defense.

    All the insulation in the world doesn’t help if your sleeper is a dark color and absorbing heat to the tune of 180 degrees plus.

    Been a Florida native for 37 years and went from a white conversion van as my daily driver to a maroon color.

    Takes an hour for the vehicle to cool down because all of the heat absorption.

    If you were gutting as I am getting ready to do to my International and have a dark color you want to remain with I would have it foam insulated. Stuff is incredible but expensive.
     
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  4. F4T6UY

    F4T6UY Medium Load Member

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    Are you talking about that insulation you spray and it expands?

    But yes, it’s looking like a dark color will win the day.
     
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    JoeyJunk Road Train Member

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    Would the silver reflective insulation do any good? I always wondered.
     
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    You have to pay a professional to apply the foam. I would say a minimum of a $1000 to get it done .
     
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    James j Light Load Member

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    You can buy 2 part kits online,and do it your self.I built a room addition for someone and they wanted me to use it.It was pretty easy
     
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    staceydude Medium Load Member

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    Home Depot rents spray foam setups.

    look into the havelock wool insulation. Also, apparently a lot of van folks use it.
     
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  10. F4T6UY

    F4T6UY Medium Load Member

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    Will look into those, thanks guys.

    Was hoping somebody would tell me “what I want to hear”, that dynamat would do the trick lol. Just seems easier and less messy.

    Thanks for the replies.
     
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    I used Dynamat on the floor of my FLD, it’s somewhat heavy if I remember right. Go on YouTube and watch some of the vanlife people to find out what works and what doesn’t as far as cheaper solutions. The main issue in a vehicle is keeping a low profile so your interior pieces fit correctly overtop of it.
     
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