Trailer insulating, day 7 (more paneling)

Today we were back at it again. I was mainly working on putting more panels up. I have to say, this takes way longer than you think it should. There is a lot of measuring and cutting, and then more measuring and more cutting and so on. It would be easy if the panels were all just perfect rectangles, but they’re not. Things like windows and corners and electrical receptacles are all things you need to make holes for.

I started in the southern slide-out. Here is my first panel.


Then I added another one…


… and the next one beside it.


Continuing onwards.


That’s it. That’s all I got done today: four panels. It doesn’t seem like much. Maybe I’m just slow or too picky about making accurate measurements and cuts. In the end though, it will take what it takes. I am pretty happy with the results so I guess that is what matters.

While I was paneling, Kat was working on cleaning up the wood stove. It had some rust spots on it and it was in need of some attention.

Here you can see her in action with the power drill (with a paint/rust removal attachment) grinding away.


More grinding.


Kat also used a wire brush that we had bought a while back. On top of the rust removal, she also took out the glass and threw2 out the useless gasket that was around it. We’ll be putting in a new one before putting the stove back into action.

After all of the cleaning, Kat proceeded to use some stove polish to make it look a whole lot better. Here you can see her applying it.


The polish is supposed to work like car wax where you apply it then buff it off, but more of it came off than what we would have expected so we may need to try that again. In any event, it does look much better. We’re both looking forward to getting it back up and running.

Incidentally, our first fire last year was on October 25th, so we’ve passed that point. Must — work — faster.


6 thoughts on “Trailer insulating, day 7 (more paneling)”

  1. Looks fantastic Dave! Liking the trimming around the windows – it is always good to take your time measuring and planning before cutting… like they say – measure twice, cut once. Not sure about stove waxing (never heard of it before) – but perhaps it is something that you want to apply on a new stove to protect it going forward… also, I know with car waxing, you don’t want to work with it in direct sunlight (dries too fast and bakes on)

    1. Yeah, Kat was aware of the sunlight issue and put the polish on in a shaded area. I’m thinking we may need to ‘cook’ it longer, as it does say you need to make a fire in the wood stove, just not sure for how long.

  2. Looking very good – you seem to be doing a bang up job with this. I’ll slip my architect’s hat on for a moment. I had a few concerns about the styrofoam on the floor.

    First off, you might want to check the manufacturer’s website to make certain that the styrofoam you are using is the right one for the application. One might think that all styrofoam insulation is alike, but in truth there are endless varieties, each one designed to do a specific job. Make sure that the compressive strength of the boards you are using is sufficient to take the loads under a floor. If it is insufficient, then you will quickly end up with dents and eventual failure, which will create havoc under the floor tiles.

    Second, I see that you laid down the vapour barrier beneath the insulation – on the cold side. This worries me as one typically places the vapour barrier on the warm side of the insulation. Ideally you want to keep the warm, moist air inside the room from being cooled to the point where the moisture condenses.

    Knowing how thorough you are in these things, I am sure that you have it all figured out.

    1. Well, theoretically, the interior wood side of the floor shouldn’t be that cold if you have properly skirted your trailer. We also plan to put the straw bales back under it so that should add some extra insulation. That being said, I know what you are referring to. I have considered adding a second layer of 6mil over top of the foam board.

      In the end it is not a perfect solution. We’re just looking for an improvement over what we had. I can’t really be too picky about the rigid foam board, as it was free. It may not be ideal, but we’re not exactly living in an ideal situation.

      1. See, I knew you were on it. I don’t have a psychometric chart on me, but even with the bales and skirts, I think the additional vapour barrier in the floor is worth it.

        Now I’m thinking about your door. Any way of attaching a couple of inches of roxul to the outside? Maybe adding an inch of foam inside?

      2. Actually, the plan for the door is to build a complete new one, as the seal on the current one isn’t the greatest. Not sure how soon we’ll be getting to that though. I would look to buy one, but they don’t sell exterior doors at the size we need.

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