Three questions: Awnings, refrigeration & engine sound proof
I have three interior issues I am trying to sort out (OK awnings aren't exactly interior, but this seemed like a decent place to post about it). The van we are talking about is an '84 E-350- a bit older than most of you are running, but I don't think that will make a huge difference. So, throw your thoughts/ideas out.
1. Awning: I want to add an awning that will before all your basic awning functions. When I search in the big-wide world of RV-ing the options are a bit dizzying. I am not looking for the top dollar solution, but something sturdy and easy to install. What do you guys suggest?
2. Refers: the rig currently has a 110v walmart frig. Worthless in my opinion (I do have an inverter and am installing a solar panel with charge control, but this unit is small and junky). I am leaning towards a top-open model both for greater cool retention, but also seems better ability to pack it full. Thoughts? The big issue here is then I would need a sliding/rolling rack sturdy enough for a loaded unit.... any suggestions? For what it is worth the Edgestar FP630 is the leading unit currently. Seems to have the best performance for the $ invested.If I don't go top loading I would step it up to the Isotherm Cruise CR 85. The Danfoss compressor sounds like it is the way to go. Either way I will be rebuilding the 'front of house' cabinetry.
3. Engine sound proofing: All in all an '84 6.9L with a hypermax turbo is not what one would call quite. In general, the sound proofing actually works quite well. However, there is a noticeable sound 'leak' on the passenger side. I have the cowling fitting nice and tight, but there is either less sound insulation here, or a gap in the seal or something. There seems to be room to add a little bit more sound insul- what products are safe to use? I am looking both for a sheet good to add to the existing layers, and maybe something to beef up the sound absorption at the gasket (oddly my wife is not crazy about the towel I keep at her feet to help out).
Alright have at it, hopefully you all have some good ideas and thanks for your time.