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Since I don't have the hundreds of dollars to pay somebody to fill the walls with polyurethane insulation before this summer. I am planning to buy 4-6 moving blankets from HFT, and screw them down to cover 99% of the bare metal inside the van on the walls. This will provide some insulation and block radiant heat from being in direct sunlight (many times shade is not available). I know it won't be the same but hanging moving blankets is better than nothing.

Has anybody hung moving blankets for insulation?
I tried that a few years back....they were used blankets and when they got wet from condensation....boy did they stink!
I use a $6 Harbor Freight moving blanket on the outside top of my uninsulated steel top camper. Works better than inside at stopping condensation from the propane heater and just breathing. I hold it in place with a few of those spring paper clips and remove it when driving.
I know this has been discussed before and this is an old thread but, moving blankets stink, have you ever smelled one? now-a-days most are made in China, who knows what's in them. instead of moving blankets I would go to a thrift store and get some cheap sleeping bags or blankets and use those. highdesertranger
For a van roof/walls/floor you are only looking at 5-6 sheets of polyiso, R-Matte1/2" insulation board at a cost of $10-$12 each. These sheets are probably flexible enough to conform to the curves of a van interior and a 3.2 R value. I would stuff the open holes with expanding foam, and cover with 4'x8' sheets of polyiso. All for about $70 including the foam.
My wife had used four moving blankets in a '94 Suzuki Swift (USA called them Geo Metro) and it was super effective for that small car. We took it camping for two weeks and with outside temps hitting -45 celsius the inside of the car was anywhere from +28 to +40. It was hotter inside than the average summer day in southern Ontario. We've never had a problem with odor coming from the moving blankets or any soaking, but there was always constant heat.

Another thing she did on a '98 Pathfinder was she made a frame with 2x4 wood and stapled feather blankets to them. It wasn't as effective as the moving blankets but it did pay off with keeping down drafts from the rear doors. But for us to sleep in the winter we always carry one super heavy feather blanket (which lets us sleep without running the car most nights).

Cardboard can work in the winter but in the summer time it has stunk up the CR-V badly the first night (especially when the sun hits the windows). We opted for foam board (looks like construction paper but with foam in between) from the dollar store. Our advice, however, is get a white or gray color. We went with black and we get pulled over lots by police as drug runners use black paper on their windows.