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We bought a Coachmen Apex Nano 193 BHS this year and had a blast. It’s a perfect first TT for us. It’s helped me learn the ropes. We will probably keep it for at least another year or two, but we’re enjoying it so much we’d like to be able to use it year round. So I think our next TT will be a Lance or other rated for four season use.

My wife and I were talking about it and she asked me if the added insulation and insulated windows of a four season camper would make it quieter inside. I would assume so, but is this correct? We’ve been at some campgrounds near highways and the traffic is definitely noticeable in ours. Would it be better in a four season TT or is this more a matter of just a higher quality TT?

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Depending on the brand, the added insulation is in the roof and floor and not so much in the wall so I don't know that they would be any more quiet. With my Arctic Fox I have dual pane windows and it seems like that makes a nice difference.


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Dual pane windows will be a big help. But at a cost. There really is no such a thing as a four season trailer. Most all are built using 2x2 wall studs. That leaves very little for insulation. If you could find an RV that used block foam instead of fiberglas that would be a bonus. Also remember to get a somewhat 3 season trailer weight will go up considerably. Meaning you will need a more substantial tow vehicle.


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Only extra insulation would be the roof, floor and front cap? The floor has no bearing on sound. Extra insulation in the roof only helps for rain or jets flying over. The front cap depending on the type (Fiberglass or Filon) some extra insulation may or may not help.
That leaves the walls. Most walls are only 1.5"-2" Styrofoam. No difference there between a 4 season or 2 season. Most sound travels thru the windows. Dual pane is about the only way to get a quieter trailer.

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I have owned many fiberglass and aluminum sided RV'S and my experience fiberglass trailers are quieter and easier to heat and cool. They are also more expensive and heavier as well. As others have said dual pane windows will make a difference as well.

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My FW is a supposed 4-season, and is well insulated. It is much more quiet than my previous RVs. Mine does not have dual pane windows, but the glass is thicker than previous models I've owned. I have a lot of large window space, so I think the window quality and thickness of glass makes a difference.

Before purchasing current model, it seemed like each time I bought a newer model, the noise level inside was worse. I was impressed with how quiet this model was, right from the start, as it was one of the first things I noticed. I have camped with it, with temps in the low 20s, with no issue, but I'd guess that camping near 0 degrees would not be the best experience.

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I have had 4 different trailers. The first two were wood frame, batted insulation, aluminum skinned and no slide outs. The third was a 3 season trailer, aluminum framed, foam board insulation, fiberglas skin and had 3 slide outs. All three were comparatively quiet inside, and outside. Meaning, we could blast the television or music inside and was not noticeable outside ... that was until we got a sound bar with a bass woofere in our last camper and the bass rumbled the entire camper. It was GREAT! That boom, boom, boom from the bass could be heard outside.

Our current camper is a fifth wheel, aluminum framed, foam board insulation, fiberglass skin, 4 season, rated to zero degree weather, and has 4 slides. The trailer is much, much taller than all the others. There are many more windows on this camper. And I've not noticed any outside noise difference. However, when either television is on, front or back of the camper, it can be heard outside penetrating the wall. However! Both televisions are on some pretty impressive sound bars right now. So maybe that's the difference.

As far as outside noise coming in, I've not noticed anything real dramatic between any of these campers. In the Summer, if you keep an air conditioner running, you'll never hear outside noises anyway. If it's cool enough you don't run the air conditioner, you'll probably open windows and the sound will come in for sure.

If you are camped along a rail road track, even if you were inside a sound proof room, you'd probably still hear the train blowing the whistle, feel the vibration of the train through the floor, and hear the clicketty-clack of the cars as they go by.

You will never have a camper that can block everything out, unless you create white noise inside the camper that drowns it out, like an air conditioner running or a television playing.


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Thanks all! I guess I didn’t realize the walls would have little if any additional insulation.

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That’s aggressive marketing, bj. Judge Judy would call it “puffing.”


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I've heard it mentioned that the noise is muffled pretty well from inside Bigfoot brand travel trailers.


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