Insulation

I’ve decided to add some more “creature comforts” to The Duke. I am sick of the noise and the condensation that runs down my neck when I start off on cold mornings. I didn’t much like the ice that formed on the inside of the walls when we went camping back in December either!

After much research I found some 7mm thick closed-cell “van insulation” foam on eBay. It cost me £70 for 8m and I used 7m of it lining the roof and walls. A couple of cans of “trimfix” glue were included in the price. I almost managed to do the whole job with just one can of glue but had to open the second for the last roof section over the front seats!

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It looks like the international space station in there now! Emma enjoyed looking around once I was finished – though she still refers to The Duke as “Daddy’s Tractor”.

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It was all pretty easy except the final section over the front seats. The roof tapers and the chunk of foam needed to be aligned on all sides. I had to peel and re-stick several times before I got it right.

Went out for a test drive and I can confirm that it’s still very noisy in there. Not sure if the newly insulated roof helped much as the overdrive whine is still deafening at motorway speeds. I still have the door seals to replace and maybe I’ll stick the last metre of insulation under the bonnet to see if that makes a difference!

It does seem to help with the heat a little – it was sunny this weekend and the uninsulated skin of the roof was hot enough to (slowly) cook an egg. Insulated sections are much less hot to the touch.

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