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cargo lining insulation ....

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I've read some of the other threads and as one person has said, insulating seems like opening a can of worms with all the different methods. I just bought the 350 high roof. I race dogsleds and xc ski so I plan on using it during the winter to haul the dogs and equipment. I plan to sleep in it too with a cot for now and eventually build a fold down bed of some sort. I plan on building a workbench to do various things and also to wax ski's. I've price the liners and can get the liner for about $800 because I would like it to look nice and not all ghetto. I thought about just buying the material and cutting to fit and use the plastic snaps, but I wouldn't even know where to buy stock plastic lining. I'll be heating it with a propane portable buddy. What would the best insulation be for my cold weather purposes. I will also use to camp out during summer to go to bike races and mt. biking throughout the midwest. I thought about getting the ceiling liner too, but that's an extra $500 and thought that could wait. I appreciate any info, thanks.
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Hello "huskydriver"! ........ ex dog sledder here.
My recommendation would be for a proper and thorough insulation job, (including the roof), and a good opening vent in the roof.
If you are going to have five dogs inside with you, plus the Li'l Buddy propane heater, you will find condensation is your biggest problem.
I would still fully insulate, even if you are going to tow a trailer for the dogs and sleds.
I'm planning on insulating this weekend. I'm thinking of just using some refletix as my insulation.
Reflectix will serve as a vapour barrier, and will reduce radiant heat loss/gain, but as an insulator, it is questionable.
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When using Great Stuff to glue a large foam panel in place, is there a problem with the spray foam starting to cure at your start point, before you have finished "buttering"it and pressing it into place?
Seems to me that stuff starts to cure pretty quick, and would work fine for gluing a small piece of rigid foam, but not so good for large areas?
If some of the Great Stuff has partially cured before you press the rigid foam into place, there will be poor adhesion in spots.
Also - like the idea of coating the inner panel steel with an extra coat of paint before burying it "forever" behind foam. That ceramic sphere insulating paint sounds like an excellent choice, so long as it sticks really well to the painted steel surfaces.
Thanks, Dave. Can you give us the brand name of that paint?
I will have to see if I can find a supplier up here in the frozen north!
I promise, if I eventually use this insulating paint scheme on my van, I will do semi-scientific tests on the panel temperature before and after, and report my findings.
(But remember, I don't even have the van yet!)
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