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Walls - Insulation, Soundproof


Wall thickness – insulation and soundproofing? How thick – 3+”,  R-15 batting, R-11 closed-cell rigid enough? Assume dual-pane windows. What is needed to stay comfortable (hot/cold) and not experiencing our neighbors sleeping habits?



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No one want to share their cold weather experiences and insulation specifications? -++

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 Certainly things to consider but floorplan, quality. design and personal choice seem to dominate the purchase decision. in 10 + years have had DRV 5er with 3+inch walls dual panes, a KZ with 2" wall and dual panes, and now a class c with ?" (likely 2") walls and single panes. Anything is doable but I would say the thing I miss the most is dual panes. We live in the snow (Canada) part of the year and in all of our rvs when it got below freezing its not comfortable. The better the insulation the less propane we used but whatever you get.....its an rv.....it will be cold. Never been in more than 100 in the summer so can't say about that.  As far as hearing the neighbors, it depends mostly on the park and quality of the neighbors more than quality of your rv.



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Thanks Robert. We will be trying to stay ahead of the snow, but mother nature is in charge. We live in Colorado now, where you can have 70s and snow in the same day! Even snow in July. We will also be spending time in Canada and Alaska. Will definitely go for the dual pane windows. DRV is one of the RVs on our short list. They claim to have the thickest walls and best insulation in the 5th wheel class. But like anything, if it is not done correctly (gaps, sagging over time, etc.), it does not do much good. I have to direct experience with any of these and no seem any "scientific" data or even extended experience comments. Thanks again for the reply. - Get the CSA package.

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Wall thickness – insulation and soundproofing? How thick – 3+”,  R-15 batting, R-11 closed-cell rigid enough? Assume dual-pane windows. What is needed to stay comfortable (hot/cold) and not experiencing our neighbors sleeping habits?


 Recommend you don's assume dual pane windows. Make sure.  Absolutely critical to noise and temperature control and NO window sweating. 



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You might want to check out the Forest River Riverstone Legacy line. They have a 3" wall with hung insulation. They come pretty much loaded up with very few options.

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We had an​ 2006 Mobile Suites. Had the 3"+ walls. Slideouts were drafty. No good seal. No dual pane windows. Our Teton has 2"ish closed cell walls. Very tight fitting slides. No drafts. World's of difference. Really don't matter wall insulation if it isn't tightly sealed. A drafty trailer is a cold trailer

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Gerry,

Touching on the insulation, Jo and I have experienced temperatures ranging from 115 degrees (Oklahoma) down to -6 degrees (Colorado Springs area) and stayed comfortable.  Now, to be honest, being comfortable at 115 degrees meant I was shirtless and wearing shorts.

At the time we lived in Oklahoma City, we stayed for 3 years in a small mobile home park that was less than 100 yards from Interstate-44.  In summer, we ran 2 oscillating fans and in winter, we ran 2 electric heaters to supplement the heat.  With those operating, we could NOT hear the traffic on I-44 very much.

Since we don't travel much and stay in one place for an extended period of time (Colorado Springs area for 20 months and now SW Oregon just over a year), our coach doesn't get the traveling miles that might affect the placement of batt insulation.  If you can get the chance, tour the factory.  I have some pictures of DRV's under construction on my Photobucket account, but those are all dating back to 2008-2010 or so.  I honestly can't speak to the quality of the newer models, but we are very happy with our 2010 Mobile Suites 38TKSB3.

Terry



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