Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Adventures in insulation

Discovered the source of my heat problems. It turns out that I hadn't insulated the front part of the van up near where the running lights are, or on the side posts. And, there was also an air hole in my ceiling tiles on the right side where the conduit came through to go to my electrical system. All this was right above where my air intake vent is.

The result of this was that cool air would get sucked into the van by convection (yay), then get either sucked up into the ceiling itself, or heated up by the radiation coming off of the metal box up where the running lights and side posts are. It got really bad when the front of the van was turned facing the sun.

So yesterday I pulled some scraps of insulation and ceiling tile out of storage, and boxed in that hole at the top, and also covered up the metal areaup by the running lights. So everything is insulated nicely. And, it works! Major difference, I can park in bright sunlight on a warm day, and the cool air convection is working wonderfully-- stays nice and cool in here now.

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