Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-14-2013, 05:56 PM   #1
Site Team
 
rionapo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Posts: 951
Garage
XL Storage Compartment Insulation

We're headed north and expect to spend an extended period in colder temps, including below freezing. We're carrying ski boots and Sorels in the storage compartment, at least until they're needed. Should I throw some insulation in there for some warmth?

Don
__________________

__________________
-Don-

“Often bumpy roads lead to beautiful places. And this is a beautiful place.”

— Dave Martínez
rionapo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2013, 06:15 PM   #2
Site Team
 
Ford_6L_E350's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Washington - Ridgefield
Posts: 4,725
Re: XL Storage Compartment Insulation

I'm guessing you are talking about an underfloor storage compartment. In that case, a layer of insulation under the door would help.

Or a rug over the compartment door.

Heat rises and cold sinks, so you will lose more heat through windows than through a compartment on the floor. And if you have a penthouse..........that is the prime candidate for insulation.

Mike
__________________

__________________
SOLD04 EB350 Custom Floorplan
6.0 PSD 4.10 Posi
Salem Kroger coil spring 4wd
SMB Trailer w/AT Air Suspension
Alaska to Key West, Labrador and more
130685 miles 16.65 mpg average

Prostate cancer survivor. viewtopic.php?f=8&t=11099
2015 VW GTI
Leaving CA for WA
Ford_6L_E350 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2013, 07:37 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
BrianW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 3,254
Re: XL Storage Compartment Insulation

Our SMB-installed under-floor compartment is wood with carpet on top, which I assume is a fairly good insulator. If you really want more, you could screw some rigid foam to the underside of the lid, or glue it or something. Gonna use up a lot of space, though. Use double-stick carpet tape if you don't want it to be permanent.

Do newer SMB floor boxes just have a metal lid with no carpet on top?
BrianW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2013, 08:38 PM   #4
Site Team
 
rionapo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Posts: 951
Garage
Re: XL Storage Compartment Insulation

Mike, Yes it's underfloor and, therefore, exposed and not warmed by the van furnace. We have insulation above it. We do have a PH and may buy some Reflectix for its walls but we haven't been bothered in the past. This trip will be longer, however.

Brian, I think SMB's lid insulation depends on what flooring you buy. We have Loncoin, which I doubt has much R-value, with pads over it that help a lot. You're right about the space loss. That's why I'd like to ignore it all.

Don
__________________
-Don-

“Often bumpy roads lead to beautiful places. And this is a beautiful place.”

— Dave Martínez
rionapo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2013, 08:50 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Jeffrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Posts: 1,701
Garage
Re: XL Storage Compartment Insulation

Insulation does not provide heat, only helps retain what you already have. Ain't much down there under the floor. I'll bet the temp in the compartment (I have one, too) will be the same as the outside temp, with it's exposure to the outside on 5 sides and no source of heat for it. Why don't you simply bring your shoes inside the van?
__________________
'07 RB-50 - My Photo Site -- K1JGS --
Jeffrey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2013, 08:12 AM   #6
Site Team
 
rionapo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Posts: 951
Garage
Re: XL Storage Compartment Insulation

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeffrey
Insulation does not provide heat, only helps retain what you already have. Ain't much down there under the floor. I'll bet the temp in the compartment (I have one, too) will be the same as the outside temp, with it's exposure to the outside on 5 sides and no source of heat for it. Why don't you simply bring your shoes inside the van?
True. Trying to save space but may have to accept reality. :-(
__________________

__________________
-Don-

“Often bumpy roads lead to beautiful places. And this is a beautiful place.”

— Dave Martínez
rionapo is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sportsmobile SIP or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:26 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×