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Low-E Campervan insulation can be used extensively throughout the side walls, floor and roof to thermally insulate, deaden sound and reduce the risk of condensation forming in your van.

Our insulation is lightweight, super thin and extremely efficient. Low-E insulation will not take up valuable space in your campervan and will reduce the heat transfer in a vehicle by over 90%, keeping you warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

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How to Install Campervan Insulation

There are a few different methods for installing Low-E Insulation in a camper van. We can’t cover them all in here but the most important thing to remember is to try and maintain an airspace beside the foil surface. The airspace can be between 6mm-20mm. The bigger the airspace the more efficient it will be.

Carefully follow each of the steps below and you will soon have a well-insulated camper van ready to kit out to your own custom specifications. There is no great benefit in doubling up the insulation. It’s only worth using an extra layer of Low-E Insulation if you also have an airspace beside the foil surface. You can learn more about how airspaces work by visiting our blog How Low-E Works.

Take care when using sharp blades and always refer to manufacturers guidelines. *This guide focuses on the install of insulation only. Be sure to consider any other steps in your camper van project such as electrical installations and plumbing before you begin.

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Step 1: Ripping Out

In order to insulate your van, you will need to strip the interior down to the bare metal. Start by removing any existing fixings from your van’s interior. Unscrew and remove any internal panels taking care not to damage the pieces if you plan on re-using them later. Existing panels may be useful as templates for your new panels. If they’re secured with poppers you can prise them out although some may break. Be sure to remove any other material such as carpet or old insulation from behind the panels. Use protective equipment if you suspect any mould or airborne fibers.

Finally, sweep the vans interior and use a damp cloth to remove any dust from all surfaces. Now that you have cleared out your van, make sure the area you are going to insulate is clean and dry and you can begin re-fitting to your own specifications.

Campervan Insulation Step 1 Ripping Out Campervan Insulation Step 1 Replacing Boards

Step 2: Sound Proofing

If you are going to do it, now is the time to install any sound proofing. Low-E Insulation has very good sound deadening qualities but it is not a sound proofing material. Installing a product such as QUACK MAT can help reduce road and vibration noise.

Campervan Soundproofing panelsCampervan Soundproofing

Step 3: Insulating The Recesses
The first part of your van to be insulated will be the recessed areas. Measure the recessed areas of the van and cut a piece of insulation to size from the main roll. Hold the insulation into place to check it for size.

Campervan Insulation Recess Installation

Following the manufacturers guidelines, applying the Spray adhesive to the bodywork evenly (over any soundproofing materials you may have used) and then to the insulation. It doesn’t matter which side of Low-E you apply the adhesive to as it is the same on both sides. Press the insulation into place making sure to achieve good contact with the adhesive surface.

Campervan Recess InstallationCampervan Recess Installation

Repeat this process with all internal recesses, over the walls, roof and doors. Remove any excess with a sharp blade as you go.

Step 4: Wheel Arches

Apply the adhesive to both the wheel arch and the back of the insulation to ensure a good fix. There are many ways to cover a wheel arch but here they have cut ‘fan blades’ into the insulation.

Campervan wheel arch insulation Installation applicationCampervan wheel arch insulation Installation

Step 5: Applying Double Sided Tape
Apply the double-sided tape to all the struts of the vehicle. This will hold the 2nd layer of insulation in place and you will notice where the air gap has been created by the struts in the recesses of the vehicle.

Campervan insulation tapingCampervan insulation tape

Step 6: Installing Insulation and VCL

Now cut a piece of Low-E Insulation to size from the main roll. Stretch the piece of insulation from the front to the back of the vehicle in one single piece.

Remove the backing from the double-sided tape and secure the piece of insulation in place.

This reduces thermal bridging and cold spots across the struts vehicle. Repeat this process along all sides, the doors and the roof.

You will notice that you have created an airspace between the layer beside the foil surface.

Campervan insulation and VCL

Step 7: Cutting out for Windows

Carefully cut the insulation around any window openings. Then use the foil tape to seal up any joints and gaps in the insulation to ensure you maintain a Vapour barrier through the camper.

You can also use the foil tape to join pieces of insulation together, mend cuts, tears or holes that you might have made during the install.

Once you are happy that your foil insulation is fitted securely and that all joints have been taped together, you are ready to fit your internal lining panels.

Campervan insulation window installation

Step 8: Boosting Performance

You now have the option of creating another airspace between the insulation and the internal panels. This is done by fixing a batten or spacer between the insulation and the internal panels. Remember the airspace only needs to be small to be effective (6mm-20mm).

This takes a little longer to do but creating another airspace beside the foil surface is by far the most efficient method for installing Low-E Insulation in a camper and could boost the thermal performance by another 40%.

Boosting campervan insulation performanceEnhancing campervan insulation performance

Step 9: Insulating The Floor
Simply cut a piece of insulation to the size and shape of the floor. You can tape a number of pieces of insulation together if needed.
Put double sided tape around the edges of the floor, remove the backing and secure the insulation in place.

*OPTION – Use a double layer of Low-E Insulation or use our Ultra-E Insulation (11mm thick) to slightly increase thermal performance and for better sound deadening.

Installing campervan flooring insulationCampervan flooring insulation

Step 10: Finishing Off

It is now time for you to finish the rest of your project happy in the knowledge that you have created a great insulation system that will keep you cool in summer, make your van easy to heat and keep you warm in winter, deaden sound, and won’t rot, corrode, or absorb moisture.

Happy Camping!Completing Campervan Insulation

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See what our customers think about our Foil insulation and the reasons why you should be using it.

“The Spas heat up much quicker with the Low-E installed and we’ve also noticed a drop in energy consumption while they’re running. It’s a great product. We are now including it as part of the patented design of our tubs”

J Cochran

Genesis, UK

“Our customers are delighted with the rooms. We are now offering Low-E Insulation as an update in ALL our sheds, summer rooms and log cabins.”

Alex E

Lancashire, UK

“I found Pet Pad online and thought it was a fantastic idea. I’ve put them in all the kennels and pens my doggie hotel. A few of my customers saw them and asked about them so now I’ve started selling them too. Everyone loves them, especially the pooches!”

Kate E

London, UK

“We used Low-E Insulation to insulate outdoor water tanks. We used to lose a lot of water through evaporation in the summer months. It is made a huge difference. We have now insulated of hot water tanks indoors, and we have noticed our energy bills have gone down too. I’d definitely recommend Low-E Insulation.”

Helen B

Ireland

“I bought the Low-E Insulation from eBay on a recommendation from a friend. It arrived very promptly and was very easy to cut and installing. I’m delighted! It’s certainly made a difference. I can feel that the kitchen gets warmer much quicker on the cold winter mornings.”

P Philip

Macclesfield, UK

“The insulation came in a very easy to handle strip. It was easy to install and I haven’t had any problems since it was installed.”

Andrea P

Dublin, Ireland

“The Spas heat up much quicker with the Low-E installed and we’ve also noticed a drop in energy consumption while they’re running. It’s a great product. We are now including it as part of the patented design of our tubs”

G Richards

VA, USA

“Installing the blind on a single glazed unit resulted in a reduction in heat loss of 54% across the window. That’s just as good as double glazing”

P Baker

Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland

“We’ve installed Low-E Insulated strip curtains in a number of McDonalds and Burger King restaurants, as well as a number of off-licences and supermarkets chains. All our customers have been extremely happy with the product. There is no ‘bagging’ in the bottom of the curtains, and they last much longer than the previous product we used. 

Brian W

Glasgow Caledonian University, Dublin, Ireland

“Ours is a very specialist application for storing some very expensive items. We have been looking for something just like Low-E Insulation for many years. We didn’t think it existed but I’m very glad we found it. It’s fantastic!”

D Davidson

Edinburgh, Scotland

“We need to keep the enclosures cool in the Dubai sun while our equipment it is not running. The enclosures that we install the Low-E into have been up and running for a while now and are all performing well. We’ve had no complaints. We are now installing more of them in Mozambique and Hong Kong." 

Alan P

West Yorkshire, UK

“We make tents for a lot of different applications and we have to meet very strict standards. Micro-E Insulation is Fire Rated for use in tents, flexible, lightweight and easy to work with. We can run it straight through our sewing machines.”

Grant H

Yorkshire, UK

“The first time I used Low-E Insulation was on a project in Italy. We used it to simply line a closet on a yacht where there were issues with damp. I was amazed at how simple it was to install. I wish I found this material years ago. "

Bill S

Porto Turistico, Italy

“It was so quick and easy to install and I can’t believe the difference it has made. I wish we’d done it years ago. Thanks again.”

M Joyce

Dublin, Ireland

“I bought a kit online to make window mats from Low-E Insulation. The insulation was very easy to cut to the exact size I needed. The kit came with suckers and everything else I needed. The mats are great. They are completely blackout and keep my van nice and warm even on very cold nights.”

Stephen C

Cornwall, UK

“The car was built in 1958 and I wanted to make sure it survived another 50 years once we had finished refurbishing it. The Low-E was easy to install and more importantly, it was very thin. You’d never know it was there and it seems to have made a big difference."

Dave C

Dublin, Ireland

“I’ve used low e for the past 15 months. I’ve found it to work fantastic is all conditions. I’ve probably got 20 vans with it fitted and I’ve had no complaints from any of my customers about being cold. Some of the vans are used for skiing holidays in places that are -20C and more.”

J Cochran

Genesis, UK

“We used Low-E to line the interior and the engine bay of our NASCAR, its working really well”

Dave P

NASCAR, USA

“We were unsure if Low-E Insulation would work for us so we ran a test. We insulated one van with Low-E and one with the traditional insulation we had been using. Then we brought both vans down to -4*C. The van insulated with Low-E held temperature 4 hours longer than the van without."

Cameron J

UK

“Are Pods are installed along the coast and up in the mountains. We tried using a few different insulation products, but Low-E has been by far the best. We’ve no issues with moisture, corrosion or nesting. There’s no draught in the Pods are they’re easy to heat.”

Thomas E

Ireland