Insulating The Walls

Material List:

It’s important to note that we live in the southeast, and weather fluctuates a lot; however, we don’t experience harsh winters. We wanted to be sure our camper was insulated well enough to help regulate the temperature, but we didn’t feel that it was necessary to spend added cost that can come with higher grade insulation methods.

Insulation1Our first layer of insulation was a thinner rolled cotton product that had a radiant barrier on one side. We used spray adhesive to attach it to the walls.

Insulation3Insulation2Insulation4We adhered the radiant barrier insulation on any metal that could be accessed. This helps deflect some of the heat….especially with a black van.

The second and final layer was residential grade fiberglass insulation. We (aka Scott) thinned the insulation layers as needed to fit in the wall cavities. This step made a HUGE difference – not only in temperature but also in noise reduction.

This was added after the electrical was complete, so these pictures jump ahead a few steps.


Final Thoughts:

  • We tried to be budget conscious with our insulation; there are definitely more expensive options (e.g. 3M Thinsulate). If you’re in a harsh climate you may want to look into other methods.
  • The fiberglass insulation was difficult to push into all the small crevices.
  • General tip: the “puffier” the insulation the better. Once it’s unrolled, be sure to give it time to relax as this contributes to the overall R-value.

Van Build Inspiration:

  • FarOutRide –
  • Building Annie –

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