Friday, January 5, 2018

For a Quieter Motorhome Day and Night

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Quiet, Please       
    Could your motorhome or travel trailer be more quiet at night in the campground? Underway? Your RV is built to be space efficient and also light and agile on the highway. Any soundproofing has to be a compromise. No lead soundproofing. No bulky egg crate baffles.
    The good news is that many new, high-tech materials are noise-absorbant and good looking too. 

 
    Ryan Anderson, a specialist in noise control at Acoustical Surfaces told me that good soundproofing begins during construction but much can be done in an existing RV. It begins with suitable materials including resistance to mildew, mold and fire. “There is no regulating agency for acoustical materials, so consumers need to do their homework when it comes to specifications for noise suppression, size, weight, ease of application and durability,” he says. 


    “We have a Sound Silencer material that weighs only 1.7 pounds per 2 X 4-foot panel an inch thick.  Here’s where a complete consultation comes in. Send us pictures and we’ll give you choices. Primarily it’s important to treat the entire space, such as the generator compartment.”    


    When I asked about living areas of the RV, Anderson continued, “A one percent opening anywhere, such as a gap under a door, lets 33 percent of the sound escape. Simply closing that gap adds a lot of soundproofing. A lot can be done with simple, inexpensive, absorbative materials such as acoustical caulk, butyl rubber damping sheets, vibration mounts and our Acousti-Gasket Tape. For the decorator we have acoustical fabrics such as AcoustiSuede and a sound-absorbing Rattan. 


Acoustic materials can be improved in the engine and generator compartments. 
 
    Does Anderson have special tips for a from-scratch, tear-down, RV renovation? You bet!
Under new wood and file flooring you might add a sound-soaking sub-flooring such as Acoustik, Duracoustic S.T.O.P. or QuietFloor.  







Acoustic panels can be used to create a wall graphic or printed with the picture of your choice. Prices for a 24 X 24 custom printed panel start at $125.
 
    “Our most exciting DIY  product is as easy as hanging a picture,” enthused Anderson.  “Our Noise S.T.O.P. Fabrisorb  fabric-wrapped acoustical wall panels soak up noise and vibration. They’re custom made by size and color, and they can even be custom printed with the artwork of your choice.  Silk Metal is a handsome, micro-perforated material used for ceiling tiles and wall panels. It’s installed on a grid and tiles are reversible and they can even be custom printed. 



    In the consumer market today you can find sound-absorbing curtain and wall covering materials and thick carpeting. Even rubberized cupboard lining or a fabric shower curtain can absorb sound rather than bouncing it back at you.


    For more information see acousticalsurfaces.com. 


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