|The smaller the RV, the more difficult the climate control. You have the rules of physics to thank for that. Here you can see the side shroud that I sewed out of reflective metallic fabric, in a attempt to keep the van from absorbing some of the brutal incident energy that pounds us here in the Deep South during the summertime.|
|The sewing community is bullish on its performance. It is unusual to see Amazon ratings that high.|
I am getting ready to embark on the largest trip of my life, so my first Insul-Bright project was modest in scale - a replacement for our tattered cotton slider door privacy curtain. Here's how that project went, in pictures.
|After I cut out a properly-sized Insul-Bright core, I placed it on black rip-stop nylon in order to fashion the backing for the window covering.|
|So there I've trimmed the rip-stop backing.|
|I did a single-fold hem all the way around the Insul-Bright. This front side is going to be "skim-coated" with finish fabric, so the single-fold seam will be covered by that.|
|I then positioned and sewed on all the Velcro loop tabs that will attach to the OEM riveted hook tabs that were installed by Airstream on the slider door (with rivets, no less).|
The best way to marry these quarreling fabrics was to hem two right-angled sides of the metallic, stitch those two sides in place, smooth the whole thing out, trim, and then hem the remaining two sides.
|So after the first two sides were finished, it looked like this.|
|It wanted to bunch, it wanted to pucker, it wanted to pile, it wanted to run. It was a general pain in the ass.|
|There's a fold-over shot so you can see the front and the back at the same time, in their finished condition.|
|All Velcros in place.|
|And the odd thing is, it actually weighs less than the original privacy cover.|
|And what a packing job it's going to be! |
Our slider window is not quite as well-insulated as this guy in the meme above, but it's definitely improved.