English & Afrikaans Forums
Total Topics: 20 964
Total Replies: 225 160
Total Views: 82 161 559
topics: 87
replies: 1 357
views: 29 514
In this section we share and discuss various technical advise that help fellow campers in general or regarding specific questions.

Caravan insulation

replies: 13
views: 281
23 Jul 2019 @ 11:47:31 am
mulderpm
Moon Member
85% Profile Strength
Posts: 790
Joined: 04 Jan 2016
Experience: 24 years

Hallo campers. My Penta double bed was at the back of the caravan an thus the wall behind was solid (no window). This meant that the head end of the bed was warmer than my Exclusive with the bed at the front window. My wife is easily cold and this sleeping by the window is giving her shoulder pain.

What can one do to insulate this window better?

In the summer one would not wory about this extra insulation but we camp in winter as well and it would be great to make it more comfortable at night. I must say she has a medical condition which contributes to this coldliness (koulikheid).

Groete,
Paul
👍
0
💔
0
😮
0
🙂
0
23 Jul 2019 @ 12:53:15 pm
OOM JEEP
Pluto Member
100% Profile Strength
Posts: 5583
Joined: 25 Aug 2015
Experience: 44 years

Travel blanket sal dit nogal isoleer. Ek het planne om die travel blanket so vas te sit dat dit nie hoef uit te ryg om sy-tent op te sit nie.

I love camping all year round
👍
0
💔
0
😮
0
🙂
0
23 Jul 2019 @ 12:57:01 pm
mulderpm
Moon Member
85% Profile Strength
Posts: 790
Joined: 04 Jan 2016
Experience: 24 years

Ja Johan, dit kan help maar ek het nie n' travel blanket nie.

Groete,
Paul
👍
0
💔
0
😮
0
🙂
0
23 Jul 2019 @ 13:10:25 pm
Relaxed Camper
Luhman 16 Member
100% Profile Strength
Posts: 13054
Joined: 05 May 2015
Experience: 6 years

Ek het noudie dag n travel blanket van Tent and aluminium Concepts gesien wat lekker dik ge-"pad" was....dit sou miskien meer ideaal wees vir jou behoeftes

WAARSKUWING:

Kampeer is aansteeklik en verslawend 😁
👍
0
💔
0
😮
0
🙂
0
23 Jul 2019 @ 13:52:57 pm
mulderpm
Moon Member
85% Profile Strength
Posts: 790
Joined: 04 Jan 2016
Experience: 24 years

Ek sal kyk Geert.

Groete,
Paul
👍
0
💔
0
😮
0
🙂
0
23 Jul 2019 @ 14:40:34 pm
Relaxed Camper
Luhman 16 Member
100% Profile Strength
Posts: 13054
Joined: 05 May 2015
Experience: 6 years

Ek sal kyk Geert.

Dit was op een van die karavane by Campworld by Waterkloof.....dink op een van die nuwe Penta's 

WAARSKUWING:

Kampeer is aansteeklik en verslawend 😁
👍
0
💔
0
😮
0
🙂
0
23 Jul 2019 @ 14:41:44 pm
Fred
Saturn Member
100% Profile Strength
Posts: 2217
Joined: 09 Mar 2016
Experience: 51 years

Paul, I read once that in Europe in winter, some caravanners use polystyrene sheets cut to the shape of windows and placed inside the window frames in the inside in winter.  Just make a finger sized hole in the sheet to easily remove it.  If it works in the very cold winter in Europe, it should work well in South Africa.  20 mm thick or more should do the trick.

Het is beter rijk te leven dan rijk te sterven
👍
0
💔
0
😮
0
🙂
0
23 Jul 2019 @ 16:48:49 pm
Wetkit
Silver Member
88% Profile Strength
Posts: 75
Joined: 08 Mar 2018
Experience: 39 years

Sounds funny, but you can also use bubble wrap.

Get the small size bubbles and cut to your window size.

Spray water on the inside of the window, with a windowlene type bottle, and then "stick" the bubble wrap to the window.

Bubbles towards window and solid side to inside. Should help a lot.

 

But for me the heavily padded travel blanket works best.

👍
0
💔
0
😮
0
🙂
0
24 Jul 2019 @ 08:36:30 am
mulderpm
Moon Member
85% Profile Strength
Posts: 790
Joined: 04 Jan 2016
Experience: 24 years

Thanks Fred & Ed.

Bubble plastic is the easiest but then it has a very low "R" factor and can not be bought in different thicknesses. I also thought about using the windscreen sun screens for trucks. But again they are very thin and have a relatively low "R" factor.

The polystyrene option I think is the better one. It can be purchased in different thicknesses and for the same thickness has 3 times the R factor of the best insulation silwer bubble plastic. I even thought to clad the outside with silver stick on foil for the summer months?

The advantage of the non-pop top caravans is the insulation from the elements. It is much more temperate inside the caravan than the pop top caravans. So, it makes sense...I think...to try to insulate it more by insulating the front window or even all the windows...and mamie will be more comfortable.

I monitored the maximum and minimum temperature inside and outside the caravan and at the lowest temperature outside it is still 4 degrees warmer inside and at the warmest temperature outside it is 4 degrees cooler inside if you do not open anything. I think the biggest loss of heat (poor insulation) are the windows. It would be interesting to see an infra red image/video of the outside of the caravan over a 24 hour period.

Groete,
Paul
👍
0
💔
0
😮
0
🙂
0
24 Jul 2019 @ 08:46:18 am
Dansan
Titanium Member
96% Profile Strength
Posts: 496
Joined: 05 Jul 2013
Experience: 39 years

Ja ek dink 'n man moet goed dink voordat jy koop anders eindig jy met jou kop teen die venster wanneer jy in die bed lê en lees. Daar is baie van julle wat hou van 'n venster aan die agterkant omdat julle dan dwarsdeur die karavaan kan sien in julle tru-spieëls. Persoonlik verkies ek die vaste paneel want ons is bed-lesers. En die tru-kamera is n droom om te gebruik. Ons vriende het ook n karavaanmet die agter-ruit en hulle gebruik groot kussings, maar die gordyne bly 'n probleem.

You'll never never know if you never never go
👍
0
💔
0
😮
0
🙂
0
24 Jul 2019 @ 09:09:27 am
Fred
Saturn Member
100% Profile Strength
Posts: 2217
Joined: 09 Mar 2016
Experience: 51 years

Paul, Why don't you just use a blow heater in the caravan in winter?  We have been using this for many years and are quite happy with the effectiveness.  It is less of a hassle than any of the solutions offered and actually gives you the temperature you need.  We now have a small 500W Milex heater that works well for our small unit.  With the standard units we have found they heat the room to an almost uncomfortable temperature and then switch off until the room is uncomfortably cold, only to repeat the cycle.  A single element in some of them is up to 1500 Watt.  The small Milex cannot heat up the room that excessively and therefore also stays on longer, in fact permanently, if it gets quite cold resulting in an even or at least a more even temperature.  But perhaps this would not solve your wife's problem of cold coming from the window.

Het is beter rijk te leven dan rijk te sterven
👍
0
💔
0
😮
0
🙂
0
24 Jul 2019 @ 09:21:45 am
mulderpm
Moon Member
85% Profile Strength
Posts: 790
Joined: 04 Jan 2016
Experience: 24 years

Ja Danie. Ek het ook n' karavaan gehad wat mens dwars deur kon sien en eers het dit gepla toe ons die Penta aanskaf maar glad nie meer nie. Die venster agter die bed is nie my gunsteling nie en nou, met die Exclusive, is dit weer so. Ons het maar baia kussings in plek as ons in kooi will lees. Dan is daar die koue wat deurslaan.

Ek sal nooit vergeet een keer in Pilansberg in Junie het die hele Gypsey Raven woonwa (met bed venster) aan die buite toe ge-eis. Dit was -4. Daar was ook nie lug verwarming nie. Ek het nie weer in Junie met die Gypsey Pilanesberg toe gegaan nie.

In die Exclusive het ons n' electriese combers en dan kan die aircon ook verwarm. Die aircon maak ons sinuse toe en dus verkies ons hom aff.

Dit lyk vir my 20mm polystyrene gesny om op die venster te pas sal werk. Dan sal dit saam met die venster oop maak en so doende ook as n' dakie dien in die somer. Ek sien party kampers trek n' maak pass sloop oor die venster om as n' dakie te dien in die somer. Myne sal polystyrene wees. Miskien n' prent van n' vis tenk aan die binne kant plaklaughing

Groete,
Paul
👍
0
💔
0
😮
0
🙂
0
24 Jul 2019 @ 09:30:04 am
mulderpm
Moon Member
85% Profile Strength
Posts: 790
Joined: 04 Jan 2016
Experience: 24 years

Fred, a heater/aircon gives us sinus. Also, I don't think it will keep the cold off her shoulders. She is anti heater/aircon for this reason.

I am going to try the polystyrene option and will report back. 

I checked now. The 20mm polystyrene will fit perfectly between the window latch handle and the window. So, it will open with the window and can not blow away because the handles are twisted inwards when open holding the polystyrene sheet securely in place.

Groete,
Paul
👍
0
💔
0
😮
0
🙂
0
24 Jul 2019 @ 13:03:35 pm
Leon
Luhman 16 Member
96% Profile Strength
Posts: 13374
Joined: 12 Jun 2007
Experience: 55 years

Dit klink na 'n plan Paul.  

Sonder Jesus is ek niks! ! ! !
👍
0
💔
0
😮
0
🙂
0
Reply to Topic
Anonymous
Sign In Required