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We had an uninsulated aluminum trailer -- noisy! We then got a fully insulated fiberglass trailer of the same size from the same manufacturer -- thick styrofoam in the walls, ceiling, and floor. Much quieter.

We don't have dual pane windows -- I am sure that those would cut down on the noise even more.


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The term 4 season is meaningless. There is no industry standard so it might not be anything more than a decal and a bunch of hype. Choose carefully and make sure it has what you want. Are there quieter RVs? Yes. We have dual pane windows and heavier insulation and it is much quieter than our previous rig.
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4 seasons, Arctic Package, Polar Package, Arctic 4 Season Package, CLIMATECH® COLD WEATHER ALL SEASONS INSULATION PACKAGE, Polar Package Plus, etc.
It can be one or more of the following, added insulation in the floor, roof, front cap, slide floor, enclosed valves, heated tanks, heated enclosed tanks, etc.

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Here is an idea when you are shopping for a quiet trailer -- install a decibel meter app on your phone. Bring a bluetooth speaker to the dealership. Put the speaker ten feet from the trailer. Play a song of known volume. Note the decibel reading. That gives you a benchmark for each trailer's soundproofing.

Given that RV parks (especially) are often in noisy places (near freeways and trains), this may be a valuable way to compare trailers.

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bjkb1f wrote:

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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?


Yes, it will be quieter. Thermal pane windows help reduce the noise as well.


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donn0128 wrote:

If you could find an RV that used block foam instead of fiberglas that would be a bonus.


Arctic Fox and Outdoors RV use block foam.

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goducks10 wrote:

4 seasons, Arctic Package, Polar Package, Arctic 4 Season Package, CLIMATECH® COLD WEATHER ALL SEASONS INSULATION PACKAGE, Polar Package Plus, etc.


Nice thing about Arctic Fox and Outdoors RV, is that "they is what they is" - meaning you don't have to "add an option package" to get more insulation and their 4 season rating.

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trail-explorer wrote:

goducks10 wrote:

4 seasons, Arctic Package, Polar Package, Arctic 4 Season Package, CLIMATECH® COLD WEATHER ALL SEASONS INSULATION PACKAGE, Polar Package Plus, etc.


Nice thing about Arctic Fox and Outdoors RV, is that "they is what they is" - meaning you don't have to "add an option package" to get more insulation and their 4 season rating.


So true. And they don't advertise fictitious high R values either.

* This post was edited 01/04/19 04:55pm by goducks10 *

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This was a major reason we ended up with our Sunset Creek. After looking at several on a very rainy day, it dawned on us that is was much quieter in the Sunset Creek compared to the ones parked right next to us. As traffic rushed by on the wet pavement, we went back and forth between the different trailers comparing sound levels and the difference was dramatic. I have stayed the night comfy inside at 5 degrees and 120 degrees. The climate systems work to keep up, but it's doable. Not sure how the quality is since Winnebago took over.


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TurnThePage wrote:

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


My Bigfoot is “4 season” with winter package, has Fibrecore walls /floor/ ceiling, dual pane windows and heated enclosed tanks and valves. It is pretty quiet.
Very first time I took it camping on the rim, I forgot to put my trout gut filled garbage bag/can away at night. Woke up in the morning to see the bag shredded by a bear.....never heard a thing, lol.

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