If you own a recreational vehicle or motor home, you’re probably all too aware that it can get noisy at times. Fortunately, there are ways to soundproof areas of your RV to reduce your vehicle’s overall sound output.
Engine noise in a motor home can get distracting, especially if you own an old A-class model. There are various ways to reduce your vehicle’s decibel levels, even if it’s several years old.
RVs are notoriously noisy, and some of those sounds can come from outside your vehicle, depending on where you are. You might hear dogs barking, kids, noise from other campers, diesel rigs coming and going, motorcycles, sirens, road noise, trains, loud music and wild animals.
An empty RV can echo like a tin can even when parked. RV engine insulation is an excellent way to make your vehicle less noisy, so you can enjoy eating, reading, watching TV or making phone calls in peace. Soundproofing your travel trailer can also allow for a better night’s sleep — and who doesn’t want that?
Upgrading your RV insulation and soundproofing can go a long way to protect your vehicle from outside elements in various environments and climates.
RVs are long and wide, and their frame and chassis generate a lot of structural vibrations when driving along the road at high rates of speed. Soundproofing RV road noise is easy when targeting specific areas.
Soundproofing your RV’s wheel wells is one of the most effective ways to put an end to structural noise. To reduce the amount of noise coming from your vehicle, try:
MLV soundproofing solutions from Soundproof Cow offer greener, more practical alternatives to lead soundproofing. MLV barriers consist of tiny metal particles, sands and salts that lend sound-reducing properties to your vehicle. This RV soundproofing solution aims to prevent soundwaves from passing through walls and ceilings by adding dense mass to an enclosed area.
The average motor home weighs thousands of pounds, and most RVs have heavy-duty engines for that reason. In many recreational vehicles, the engine is next to the driver’s seat, and there is not enough insulation to dampen the engine’s roar properly. Proximity to the RV’s engine exposes passengers and drivers to heat and noise, and soundproofing provides the solution.
The best part? Most soundproofing methods double as RV engine cover insulation, helping eliminate two issues with one solution.
At Soundproof Cow, we’ve engineered our Quiet Barrier™ Specialty Composite for use on heavy machinery, including your RV engine. The material reduces noise transfer from airborne and structural sources, and is ideal for applications that require heat resistance and dampening of extreme noise.
Blocking airborne sound and dampening vibrations is crucial to reducing decibels from your RV’s metal generator box. You’ll want to add absorption while preventing noise from exiting the plywood structure. If you have enclosed your generator box with a fence or similar tall structure, installing a noise barrier of the same height is the most effective way to block noise from escaping the enclosure.
Tips to make your generator quieter include:
Looking for alternate solutions? MLV soundproofing materials from Soundproof Cow can add dense mass to your RV’s generator box, blocking soundwaves from exiting.
While a loud water pump is commonplace for RV users, there are ways to quiet your RV water pump.
Quiet Wrap™ Pipe Soundproofing Wrap is an excellent way to silence your RV’s water pump. The barrier layer in the foam’s industrial-grade barrier blocks sounds commonly emitted from water running through pipes or pumps in your RV.
Adding insulation to your RV’s floors is another surefire strategy for reducing noise in your vehicle. If you have hard flooring, try adding mats or rugs for comfort or applying insulation material above or below your flooring. Soundproof Cow’s Impact Barrier QT offers the highest-quality soundproofing at an affordable price for your RV’s floors.
Instead of replacing your RV’s doors, which can get pricey, check the weatherstripping and caulking around the door for any drafts or gaps. While you may want to consider creating window curtains from a heat shield material to keep the sun out, you can also employ Soundproof Cow’s Vibra Block® Sound-Deadening Material or our leading DIY soundproofing material, MLV.
When soundproofing your RV, you must pay close attention to slide-outs, which often have less insulation than the rest of the vehicle. As for your RV’s roof, apply insulation to your RV’s ceiling and vent cover to keep heat inside. Always ensure you have adequate ventilation for cooking.
Soundproof Cow offers many material options to block noise in your RV’s walls and roof, namely Quiet Barrier™ Specialty Composite, Quiet Batt™ 30 Soundproofing Insulation and RoadblockR Sound-Deadening Material.
Insulating your RV allows you to create a barrier that reduces the transmission of sound and heat from the outside into your vehicle and vice versa. This solution works by absorbing sound that strikes the insulation materials, disrupting the path of the noise.
You can use various types of insulation materials for RV soundproofing. When searching for the best option for your needs, keep in mind that the quality of a material’s insulation abilities is determined by its R-value. The higher the R-value, the better the material is at providing adequate insulation.
Here are a few common types of insulation materials to soundproof your RV:
For quieter and more peaceful rides, turn to Soundproof Cow for the best sound-dampening and -deadening materials for your RV or van. Road-trippers, campers and people who love the freedom of the open highway, rejoice! We want to help you hush your noisy RV so you can get a better night’s sleep, no matter where you are.
For over 23 years, Soundproof Cow has remained committed to simplifying soundproofing. Give your RV the right sound-dampening solution, and contact us today. Feel free to browse our soundproofing materials, including sound isolation systems and soundproof barriers, or ask us about the perfect noise reduction solution for your vehicle.
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