| Topic: Insulating a static for winter use
Message posted by 22seaside09/11/2021 at 6:39pm
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I take it that you now have the water/sewerage connections sorted out?
As far as insulation goes, there are two levels at the manufacturing stage.
EN1467 is the standard for holiday statics (some will have an enhanced winterisation level)
BS3632 is the standard for residential park homes, and many holiday statics are now insulated to this level.
EN1467 assumes that the van will be used for holidays, probably only in the warmer months.
BS3632 assumes that the van will be used for long periods all year, so it has much higher levels of insulation as well as central heating and double glazing.
What you can do to insulate it will very much depend on what type of build it is, and whether the exterior cladding is metal, vinyl, or rendered plywood/MGO board.
The quickest method for external insulation on the walls is exterior cladding over the top of the external walls.
Many companies offer this, but not sure if it is possible on a van with metal exterior.
Your best bet is to start googling "insulation static caravan walls and roof" as there is quite a lot of information already out there, but you will need to know what your van is made of in order to know which articles or companies will be of help.
If you have/are purchasing a static built to EN1467 (especially if it is an older static) then keeping warm in winter/cool in summer is always going to be a problem, although if the carer will be spending most of the time in the main house, an electric blanket of a night is another option.
Do bear in mind that you MUST keep ventilation grids clear, and if there is any gas (mains or LPG) do NOT, repeat NOT, block the drop-vents under the van.