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Well, last week, I tore the headliner out of our van so I could insulate. This week, I finish the job:
There are really three separate tasks in this video. The first is installing FatMat Sound Deadener. I’ve installed this stuff in many other places inside Lance, and it really does help quiet things down. Lance was already one of the quietest ProMasters out there, so the benefit from this round wasn’t super huge, but you can judge for yourselves. At the end of the video, you can hear what it’s like in our RV driving at 60 miles per hour. I’m not wearing a lavalier mic in that shot, so you get the benefit of all the road noise. Most of the wind noise now is coming from the rear view mirrors. Tell me what you think of the noise level down in the comments.
The second task is adding insulation. I did this in two ways. First, I stuffed insulation into any gaps, crevices, and openings I saw. Then, I applied insulation to the back side of the headliner before I reinstalled it. I thought that would be easier than sticking it to the ceiling, and I think it was the right call. The insulation I used was the more dense version of Rockwool (formerly Roxul).
The final thing was the reassembly. This actually went better than I thought it would. I didn’t have any parts left over that I didn’t expect, and with the exception of one of the RV parts I had to trim up, the reassembly was the exact reverse of the disassembly.
I’ll admit, I tried to make it look easy in the video. I mostly did that by editing out most of the swearing. There was a lot of it. Hats off to Stef for enduring the “Cavalcade of Profanity” and still managing to capture some pretty decent video!
Stuff You Saw In This Video That You Might Be Curious About
Ratcheting Wire Terminal Crimper: This is what I use now for all of my butt-connectors, quick-connectors, and any other type of electrical connector. I got this thing a couple years ago, and since then, I’ve never had a connection fail.
FatMat: There are a lot of varieties of this kind of material you can get, and they all work pretty much the same. I thought the FatMat was economical. Plus, it came with a couple installation tools.
Gaff Tape: I mention in the video that I’m not really a “Duct Tape” kind of guy. I try to avoid the stuff in anything I intend to be permanent. And even when I do use duct tape, I try not to. I use gaff tape instead. It removes without residue. I started using it when I had a “sound guy” side business years ago, and I’m hooked! Unfortunately, gaffers tape is about 10 times more expensive than duct tape, but that’s the only negative.
Milwaukee MSpector Inspection Scope: If you poke into areas you probably shouldn’t… like I do… frequently…, then some kind of inspection scope is probably in order. This thing keeps me from drilling or screwing into wires or other things I shouldn’t. I went with this one because it uses the same batteries as all my other cordless tools.
And that’s about it. I won’t know until the summer how much I really helped the heat situation up in the ProMaster’s “Pizza Oven”, but it absolutely can’t be any worse than it was. Hit me up some time around July or August and I should have a pretty good idea how effective this was.
Questions or comments? Sound off below!