How to remodel a 1962 mobile trailer into an energy-efficient abode called home?
I am living in Idaho and purchased the only thing I can afford at the moment, a 55x10ft travel trailer mobile home, the choice of so many poor people I met up here. Of course these mobiles are less then efficient in every way. I do have my vision on what I want (I am a single women) and the contracters I have considered to help me with the improvements are coming from places like it cannot be done or, changes have to be done this or that way.
I would love to explain to the contractor who will help me with the remodel exactly what and how I want the work done and need some advise on how to achieve this. Of course I will need to stay within building codes also. The trailer has 1 1/2 inch walls of probably R9. The inside is all wood and I would like to keep the feel and look of the interior walls,.but would love to make thicker insulated walls like the PassivHaus suggests. Now I am told by the contracter that this would add too much weight to the frame, with all the extra studs we need to put in the trailer will not be able to handle that. Its a triple axl. Then I finally met someone that says we could use a light weight aluminium framing were the insulation can be attached too? Will that still follow building codes and or what other options do we have to accomplish getting the trailer insulated to lets say R40 for walls and R60 for floor and ceiling?After all, since we have the whole tiny house movements, these houses are a lot heavier and sit on moveable frames. Next everybody tells me that if I try to remove the wood paneling it will splinter and brake because it was most likely glued. How do I remove wood paneling safely that has been glued? How do people restore those beautiful Spartan birchwood trailers without damage to the wood. There has to be a way to get this done without damage. As heat source I have been thinking of radiant pex floor tubing? which is not PassivHaus but an option. Is there a lightweight thermalmass to distribute the heat other then aluminum plates or gypsum that would not add too much weight to the trailer. Any input is hightly appreciated, Its one thing for me to have these ideas but an entirely different one to translate this to a conventional contractor, that for example thinks when I talk about a composting toilet it means a chemical toilet....... thank you for every ones input
Posted Sat, 10/19/2013 - 02:48
Edited Sat, 10/19/2013 - 05:31
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