29 degrees. That’s what my indoor/outdoor thermometer read this morning…on both sides of the scale. You see, a half insulated trailer is not much good at protecting you from the elements. So I best make haste to complete this job so I can enjoy a little comfort in my makeshift abode. Toward that end I purchased a propane blast heater designed for well-ventilated construction sites. I ran it for 15 minutes this morning while taking pooch for a walk and it raised Sparta’s interior temp to a balmy 50 degrees. I can work with that. Don’t worry, I don’t run the heater for long as It might pose an asphyxiation risk and I never leave it on while going to sleep.
So for the walls I went with Insulfoam R-TECH, a one-inch thick styrofoam-type product that fits nicely in the two inch deep wall baffles. That leaves a 1″ air pocket between the metallic exterior facing of the foam and the trailer skin. Hopefully, that will ensure that the radiant barrier works optimally. Since Sparta’s ribs are mostly unevenly spaced, it has resulted in a crazy-quilt task of cutting and fitting foam pieces – retangles, squares, triangles – even a trapezium. Who knew my high school geometry would come in handy?