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    Window insulation covers - gap or no gap?

    Hi,

    I'm making some window insulation covers for my van and am wondering what space is best between the glass and the bubble-wrap/foiled material.

    Is it best to have the insulation right up against the glass so there is no chance of any air getting in and out of the sides, or should I attach the insulation layer to the window frame (as such), which leaves a few mm air gap between the glass and the insulation with the risk of some air getting in and out of the gap as it will be held on with velcro or suckers.

    Any advice warmly (!) welcomed.

    Dave
    SteamyDave http://www.steamydave.co.uk/campervan
    "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."

    #2
    thinking about same thing but trap edges in door that way it will keep the frost off the screen and two pieces with tabs on for side windows trapped in windows

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      #3
      I made some for our campervan in time for the Kingsbury meet, I used the foil covered bubble insulation from B&Q, obligingly it is just a little wider than the top to bottom of the windows so I just cut to length and reinforced the cut ends with silver gaffer tape, they worked really well-the van is carpet lined so self adhesive velcro in each corner means it gets a grip (which is more than I can sometimes), its not an airtight fit and there is a small gap between window and insulation but condensation in the morning was practically non existent! We were toasty warm all night!!
      derek b and Babs

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        #4
        The factory manufactured internal screens have suckers on them, one in each corner and an extra two for the front screen, leaving a very small space between the windows and the glass. I use them and, as yet, have not woken up cold or found condensation so I guess leaving the space allows for minimum air circulation.
        I'm considering external ones as well and am wondering if there is really any need for both. Any one any ideas on this conundrum?

        Di.

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          #5
          Originally posted by di allen View Post
          I'm considering external ones as well and am wondering if there is really any need for both. Any one any ideas on this conundrum?

          Di.
          Every little helps!
          derek b and Babs

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            #6
            Get both,put straw in the gap,stuff your socks with hay ,brown paper and goose fat under your vest and a wooly hat at all times.british summers can be iffy.

            No need for both Di, the internal ones should be ok for cool autumn and spring nights.
            Young men sow wild oats.Old men grow sage.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Ian STOCKLEY View Post
              Get both,put straw in the gap,stuff your socks with hay ,brown paper and goose fat under your vest and a wooly hat at all times.british summers can be iffy.

              No need for both Di, the internal ones should be ok for cool autumn and spring nights.
              :

              And is this how you will be dressing down at the farm, Ian? I believe it will be a tad chilly.

              Personally, I'll be swanning around in my jedi slanket, possibly supplemented by my giant babygros.

              http://www.firebox.com/product/2249/...FUsMtAod3Ak9xA

              http://www.the-all-in-one-company.co.uk/

              Carpe diem! :)

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                #8
                Originally posted by NomadSue2012 View Post
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                And is this how you will be dressing down at the farm, Ian? I believe it will be a tad chilly.

                Personally, I'll be swanning around in my jedi slanket, possibly supplemented by my giant babygros.

                http://www.firebox.com/product/2249/...FUsMtAod3Ak9xA

                http://www.the-all-in-one-company.co.uk/

                My old grandad used to wear a kitted onepiece something like that,with a trapdoor in the backside.When they got electricity Granma had the trapdoor fitted with a ventaxia.
                Young men sow wild oats.Old men grow sage.

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