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The Waki Way - Living full-time in a motor home

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We always seem to get asked the same questions about living somewhat off grid in a motor home, to which the answers seem to spark a dozen more questions! So (to give our voices a rest!) here's the answers to our most frequently asked questions...

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Posted 7/2/2012

25mm wall foam with 1st layer of reflective foil insulation25mm wall foam with 1st layer of reflective foil insulationJust in time for the cold snap we have the walls and insulation in order, at least ready for the ply to go onto. Though without the ply it looks like we're trying to build our selves a space station due to the layers of foil everywhere! 

Layer of 4mm foam on a rollLayer of 4mm foam on a roll

We're happy with the original insulation (a good 25mm layer of solid blue foam) so where we haven't had to destroy it to get at the beams we've decided to keep it, any roughed up edges were easily remedied with expanding foam and I also had some white 25mm foam that replaced any of the blue that was completely destroyed. 
Final emergency blanket layerFinal emergency blanket layerI bought the blankets online from a company called EVAQ8 who specialise in survival kits and equipment, and they were only 80p each and unfold into huge sheets! The blankets are designed to reflect 90% of all radiant heat from the body and so work perfectly as insulation.
I also bought a roll of 4mm packing foam which we've sandwiched between the foil for an extra layer of protection from heat and cold.
All of this was put up layer by layer with spray adhesive, which was probably what contributed to my good mood since it was cold and I only waved the door open for a few seconds at a time to clear the worst of the fumes! :)
So next up is the nice fresh plywood layer...

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About us:

My name is Sarah and in 2011 my husband Ryan and I decided to buy and re-fit an old motor home - we named it Waki and now live in it full time in the UK!

We live neither on or off-grid, rather somewhere in between, and are not the first and I dare say not the last to choose this way of life... read more>> 

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