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Found a cargo van for a price I couldn't project= stealth camper!!! I don't want to put too much money into this project but looking for an effective way to insulate walls behind the paneling going up. I'm considering contractor bags filled with crumbled newspaper inside to go between the metal walls and the paneling...

Good idea? Bad idea? Comments, opinions, suggestions, experiences, instructions etc. are all welcomed.

Thanks!!!Big Grin
I doubt if the R value would be worth the time and trouble. Not to mention that it would be highly flammable, which is never a good idea.

I don't suppose you have any sources for old styrofoam shipping pellets that are being thrown away? Stuffed in a bag, they would provide REAL insulation.

If a water leak develops it could get soaking wet. And it'll likely settle over time.
it would work a little but many downsides like have been pointed out. it will also absorb the condensation in the air. highdesertranger
What Highdesertranger said, plus mold
What Cyndi said plus RUST. Use layers of 1/2" styrofoam sheet. Good R value, no mold, no rust, doesn't absorb water, and it's cheap a Home Depot.
Eww, eww, eww and EWW!!! I don't want any of those issues!!! I saw the Styrofoam sheets at Home Depot so I'll pick some of those up when I grab the paneling... Thanks everyone!!!
It really didn't take me too many sheets..maybe 7 tops for walls and ceiling..4x8 sheets.