The Magno-Mobile

Dec 2, 2020

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Insulation Pt. 2, Day 4

December 1, 2020

Happy December! As the weather gets colder, it’s only fitting that we continue with the task of insulating The Magno Mobile. We move from the rigid Tuff-R foam insulation to a roll insulation called Reflectix. In the hands, the product feels like a bubble wrap sheet.. because it is, in fact, bubble insulation. The material, aptly named, has a shine to it that it makes me feel like we’re building the Apollo Lunar Module. This will be the last layer of insulation before we put up elements to build the walls and ceiling.

The installation process is easy enough: cut the insulation to size, spray surfaces and insulation material with adhesive, allow the adhesive to dry to a tack, and finally bond them. The most tedious part of this process was cutting out holes in the Reflectix to provide access to threaded holes in the chassis — ones where we will anchor our future bed frame, cabinetry, and the such.

Spider-Man, who?!

I gotta say, I prefer working with these materials over the Tuff-R foam insulation. No special tools or parts were needed, just a bit of patience. I actually drew on my past experiences of “modifying” my first car, a Honda Del Sol, to perform this task. I was brought back to the times of insulating my trunk space to increase the bass performance of my sound system and upholstering trim pieces in my car to match my (tacky) theme. LOL.


Even though we haven’t started building out the structures that will furnish our conversion van, I feel like we are getting closer and closer to making those bigger moves. I leave this post with a bit of inspiration — a van conversion that we are modeling our build after:

DAY 4: Insulation materials, cost, and install hours:

  • (2) Reflectix Insulation Roll: $16.25/ea., Home Depot
  • (3) 3M Hi-Strength 90 Spray Adhesive: $13.26/ea., Home Depot
  • 2 hours of work