How We Made $ DIY Vinyl RV Skirting for Winter
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This was the second year we made our own RV skirting out of billboard tarp vinyl for a winter spent in living in our fifth wheel in cold weather, so I thought I would do a blog post to show how we made it.
To read about other RV skirting options, check out my article RV Skirting Solutions for Every Budget.
To read about other ways we prepare our RV for winter, click here.
RV Skirting Options
After researching the options available for skirting our RV, we found they pretty much boiled down to these:
- Custom RV skirting Some companies will come to you, and some require you to travel to them. Either way, this option is typically of great quality, but its also usually the most expensive option.
- An inflatable AirSkirt. Inflatable RV skirting that can be easily transported and doesnt require a difficult installation process. This option actually didnt exist when we made our skirtingI only recently (as of October of ) found out about it. Ive provided some more details below.
- EZ Snap RV skirting This self-installed skirting kit is popular with many RVers, but reading about it left me wondering if I could make the same thing myself at a cheaper price.
- DIY skirting made from various materials including:
- Plywood or particle board Sturdy and warm, but not easy to install, remove, or transport.
- Foam board insulation Sturdy and warm, easy to install, could possibly be transported, but not very environmentally friendly and can look tacky (some RV parks wont allow it for that reason). Update: In our third year of RVing, we stayed at a mobile home park that thought vinyl skirting looked tacky and ONLY allowed foam board skirting! We ended up making skirting from white foam board and were really happy with how it turned out. Click here to read about how we made our foam board skirting.
- Plastic Cheap, but not as sturdy. Also not very environmentally friendly, and installation presents some challenges.
- Vinyl I ended up choosing vinyl skirting because I hoped to be able to re-use it, and because its the time-tested choice of most professional skirting companies.
I just found out about a new type of RV skirting called the AirSkirt. Its inflatable skirting made from heavy-duty vinyl that is inflated by an electric pump and is held in place by the pressure, so it doesnt require drilling holes or using any adhesives. Its designed to be easy to take down, transport, and put back up, so might be a great option for people who are needing to move frequently instead of staying in one place all winter.
What type of vinyl is good for RV skirting?
Some RV owners use insulated tarps to make RV skirting. At first I was thinking along the same lines, that thicker is better. But in the end, I chose to use 11 mil billboard tarp vinyl (these are actually recycled billboards!) after realizing this was the same type of vinyl used by many custom RV skirting companies. I also learned that the insulation actually comes more from trapping air underneath the RV than from the thickness of the vinyl, and since insulated tarps are more expensive and much heavier, I decided the thinner vinyl would be fine.
However, my experience is mainly with temperatures below freezing and above zero; if you will be RVing in a climate where temperatures stay in the single digits and below for extended periods of time, you may want to consider a thicker material, such as insulated tarps or rigid foam board, as shown in the video at the bottom of this page.
You may also want to purchase a remote wireless thermometer so that you can accurately monitor the temperature under your RV and wherever your pipes and water lines are located.
The billboard tarp vinyl company I ordered my vinyl from offers two color choices: Black or White. Since making my skirting, Ive found out about other companies, such as CoversAndAll.com, that sell new vinyl tarps in a variety of colors pre-cut to the exact sizes you need. They will even add grommets, D-rings, or loops along the edges if you want them to, which would save a LOT of time as you will see as you continue to read through this post!
Update 3/5/This winter we stayed in a mobile home park that did not allow vinyl skirting, so we used foam board to skirt our RV instead. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see a video of how we made our foam board skirting, which cost us around $
How We Made Our Vinyl RV Skirting
Below are the supplies we used along with what we paid for them at the time (prices may have changed since then of course). Click the name of each item to see where to purchase it.
- Vinyl tarp material enough to skirt our 38 fifth wheel, including the gooseneck and three of its four slides: $ (We used 11 mil weight billboard tarp vinyl purchased from BillboardTarps.com, but since then Ive discovered CoversAndAll.com, which sells really nice vinyl in a variety of colors, so I would compare the two and see which you like best and which one fits your budget.
- Brass tarp grommets & grommet tool. This set came with grommets, and that was way more than enough. Last year we didnt use a grommet tool, just a tool and dye and hammer, and the task was much more difficult and time consuming. This handheld grommet punch made this job one thousand percent faster and easier. Both the grommets and grommet punch cost us $
- Steel tent stakes. We ended up needing about 75, which cost around $
- Clear adhesive hooks. We used
- One garment bag (optional) will explain later! $
- Duct tape (I already had this)
Total for the project: $
Update 10/23/ I have bought this style of adhesive hook many times for various projects, but this particular pack that I bought last year (and linked to above) included a few hooks that had the hard plastic part of the hook pop off the adhesive backing after several months of use. This never happened to me with other brands, so now I avoid the hooks with a clover shaped plastic part and only buy ones with a round shape. You could also just take your chances with the economy pack and just replace any hooks that break.
We didnt do as good a job of making the skirting last year as we did this year (we improved on our design this year), and by the end of the winter last years skirting was really worn and muddy, so we threw it away and planned to have professional skirting made for us this year. I got a quote from a local guy for around $1, If youve priced professionally made trailer skirting, you know this is a great deal.
But the more we got to thinking about it, the more we started thinking about how much money we would save if we made our own again, so we decided to give it one more try. We are so glad we did, because our homemade skirting turned out so well that feel completely content with it and no longer wish we had professional skirting.
Determining how much vinyl to order
To figure out how much vinyl to buy, I measured the total distance around the RV (including slides and gooseneck) as well as the height from the ground to the top of where the skirting would need to come, and then I ordered tarps that were either already the correct height, or else double the height and could be cut in half to the correct height.
There was a lot of math involved, and I recommend drawing out the pieces you need and how youll cut them on a piece of paper.
The Installation Process
This is what the billboard vinyl looks like all laid out. It literally used to be a billboard. The black side is the back; the other side of this piece had a Cracker Barrel billboard printed on it.
The first thing we did was to cut the vinyl into the sizes we needed. Calculate and measure carefully! Measure twice and cut once, as they say. Last year I made a few mistakes in my calculations and we ended up having to order more vinyl, which meant paying double in shipping charges. The vinyl cuts easily with scissors. We cut this piece in half lengthwise to make two long pieces of skirting.
Below you can see the adhesive hooks on our RV leftover from last year. When we put them on I wasnt thinking about how the ones on the sides of the slides would interfere with bringing the slides in. We havent brought the slides in since we moved to this location, but when we do we will obviously need to remove those hooks.
A word about hook removal: These hooks are extremely sturdy. At one point over the summer I thought I might as well remove all of the hooks since we were planning to get professional skirting (so glad I didnt), and I had to use pliers to pull one off. I was so difficult to remove I gave up on the project at that time. However, once the hook was removed, there was no damage or residue left behind on the fiberglass part of the RV. I havent yet pulled off any of the ones that were stuck to the decals or to the gold painted fender area, but since some duct tape we pulled off the gold area took some of the paint with it, I am afraid these hooks may do the same. We dont plan on pulling them off though.
Update 10/17/Well, plans change, and after three years in our RV, weve settled in a house again and are in the process of getting our RV ready to sell, so last Sunday we removed all the hooks. We used an inexpensive heat gun and a plastic putty knife and were able to remove all of them in a couple of hours. Goo Gone took care of the residue from the hooks. There were a couple of places where we accidentally chipped the paint with the putty knife. All in all the hooks were a good option for us for what we needed, but I you might not want to put them on a brand new RV if you care a lot about not damaging the finish.
If youre thinking about doing this project but dont like the idea of using hooks, I have seen some people who used heavy duty Velcro insteadbut I dont really see how that would be any better since it is also adhesive. It is also more expensive than the hooks. It does have the advantage of forming a seal all along the top of the skirting, whereas our skirting has small gaps at the top that may allow some of the warm air to escape not an issue for us in Kansas City, but it might be for someone farther north.
Update 10/4/I had an idea that I believe I will try next time we need to use skirting (not sure yet if we will use skirting this winter as we are currently in Texas). Rather than stick adhesive hooks directly to the sides of our slides only to have to pry them off again next time we need to pull our slides in, I believe I will use acrylic mounting tape to stick the same hooks to the slides. This tape stays put in cold weather (as I explained in this blog post) yet it is very easy to remove. I might even suggest trying it for all of the hooks if youre concerned about the hooks being difficult to remove later, especially since the clear hooks do turn yellow in the sunlight over time.
Some people have also made their own vinyl skirting and hung it with adhesive snaps. That many snaps are kind of pricey (IMO), but that is an option, though not without some problems to anticipate. I am thinking about ordering some adhesive snaps for the area covering our propane tank access doors, though.
Last year we originally tried hanging our skirting with heavy duty suction cups, but even with following all of the instructions for using them (cleaning the area, applying in temperatures above freezing, etc.) they wouldnt stay stuck. I was very glad to find the adhesive hooks we ended up using.
This is why you dont use duct tape on your RV, learned the hard way. We used Gorilla duct tape for some of the tricky spots last year, and to tape foam board to the bottoms of our slides (which made a big difference in the temperature of our slide floors). If I need to use tape on my RV in the future I will use foil HVAC tape as it can withstand any temperature and supposedly comes off cleanly.
Heres what the skirting looks like hung from the hooks with a grommet. We folded the top of the vinyl over about four inches to make it sturdier and make it look neater.
Below is a photo of last years skirt-making process. First we taped the skirting in place temporarily and marked the places where we needed holes, then we took it down and used a hammer to punch the holes using the small inexpensive tool that came with the grommets we purchased last year. It took a long time, and that was only doing grommets along the top we weighted down the skirting on the bottom last year instead of staking it down. The weights we used werent very efficient, though, and we were constantly having to fix and adjust the skirting after a windy day. Sometimes this new skirting still comes unhooked in a few places and has to be rehung after very strong winds, but it does a much better job of staying put.
And here is my husband using the grommet punch this year. It was so much easier as we were able to just go along punching holes as we hung it no marking or measuring required. I wondered if it would be hard for me to use the punch tool since my hands are smaller, but I have no problem using it; it doesnt require more than a normal amount of hand strength.
Update Spring Over the course of this past winter, a few of the grommets pulled out of their holes and a few ripped the vinyl. That didnt happen the previous year, so Im wondering if the handheld grommet punch didnt always cut through as cleanly or close as tightly? Anyway, most of them held up just fine, so to remedy the situation I plan to use black Gorilla duct tape to cover and reinforce the torn places and then redo those grommets. To prevent this from happening, I would suggest that you really make sure your grommets are tight, and possibly reinforce the holes with a piece of black duct tape before you punch them.
After we got the skirting hung along the top, we went around the bottom punching holes and pounding in tent stakes.
By now you can see how buying pre-cut vinyl with grommets already added would have saved us a lot of time!
We cut and folded the skirting to go around vents and other things we didnt want to cover.
For the seams between pieces, this year we just overlapped them by several feet. Last year we tried using Gorilla duct tape to tape the seams together and it did not stay. It ended up coming untaped, blowing around in the wind, and making a sticky, dirty mess. Overlapping it seems to work fine since it is fastened at the top and bottom, but if you are concerned about making a tight seal you may want to find a different way to join the seams (see the idea suggested at the end of this article). I planned this particular seam to be at the spot where our sewer hose connects so that it can be easily unhooked if we need to access that area.
The part pictured below is kind of ugly. I forgot when I was measuring that there would be a white pipe sleeve along the edge, so I didnt end up having enough to fold over for that short piece.
Going around the stairs was kind of tricky. I ended up taking the vinyl across the front underneath them, and then added a second piece to line the area behind the steps, hung from adhesive hooks from the steel frame.
I actually decided to use a heavy duty clear shower curtain (which already had grommets!) weighted down with a few bricks instead of tarp vinyl to line the area behind the steps because our cat loves to play under the RV, and this lets a bit of light in. He also likes having this little spot under the stairs as a place to jump in and hide if something scary like the garbage truck shows up.
He can slip underneath the RV there too, which I know means our skirting isnt % sealed, but as I mentioned earlier this doesnt matter too much in our climate; we mainly just need to block the wind.
Heres what the front part looks like.
To access the front storage area without having to remove the skirting, I decided to add a zipper (an idea I got from the EZ Snap skirting website). Instead of buying an expensive long zipper, though, I decided to surgically remove the zipper from an inexpensive garment bag. This is an extra long garment bag designed for wedding dresses.
I ended up cutting more off the sides until I had about six inches of plastic on either side of the zipper. I should have trimmed a bit more; I think about two inches on either side of the zipper would have looked better. Just enough to have something to stick tape to.
Then I taped the zipper to the back of the skirting using extra wide Gorilla duct tape.
Next I cut a hole in the front of the skirting over the zipper.
And now I have a zipper opening for my skirting.
ETA spring Unfortunately, the garment bag plastic didnt hold up to cold weather. It became brittle and tore to shreds. To fix it, I plan to cut off all of the plastic and attach the fabric of the zipper directly to the billboard vinyl.
Here is my RV all ready for cold weather!
If you live in your RV full time, there’s a good chance you’ll experience some cold temperatures if you travel to certain parts of the country during winter.
Winter RVing takes some preparation. Adding extra insulation, protecting your camper’s water system, and installing the best heaters are only part of the job.
If you leave the undercarriage of your RV is exposed to cold winds, you’ll notice that it draws the heat away from your otherwise cozy home. One of the best ways to protect the bottom of your RV is to add a barrier, trapping the heat underneath.
And the best way to create that barrier is by skirting your RV. We reviewed tons of options to see what worked and what didn’t, and we want to share our results with you. (Spoiler: AirSkirts Inflatable RV Skirting made the top of our list because it’s so ridiculously simple to use!)
If you’re getting ready for winter RV living, read on to learn more about RV skirts and see our top picks for the best RV skirting for winter for your camper.
What is RV Skirting?
RV skirting refers to protective materials that you install around your RV to enclose its underbelly. It’s a must for winter RV trips as it helps maintain a consistent temperature under your camper by trapping heat, protecting the plumbing system. The insulation also works to keep the inside of the vehicle at a comfortable temperature.
You can have camper skirting custom-made if you’re willing to pay for it. Alternatively, you can purchase skirting kits from specialist companies. If you’re willing to take on a DIY project, you can even make your own travel trailer skirting.
What Difference Does RV Skirting Make?
An RV skirt creates a heat barrier around the underbelly of your RV, protecting it in extreme weather. For maximum benefit, your skirting needs to enclose the bottom of the RV completely.
While some RVs have an insulated underbelly, this may not be enough to prevent problems in freezing temperatures.
Preventing cold air from entering your RV’s undercarriage protects your water pipes. It also helps maintain a comfortable temperature inside the vehicle so that you can keep your heating bills down during the winter months.
In hot weather, the RV winter skirting will also help keep a comfortable temperature inside your RV and make your energy use more efficient. You can find skirting for any kind of RV, such as a motorhome, fifth wheel, or travel trailer.
The Best RV Skirting for Winter
If you often travel to regions with freezing temperatures, you definitely need to invest in an RV skirting kit. While vinyl skirting can be a somewhat pricey investment, it will save you money in the long run as it protects you from frozen pipes and helps you maintain steady temps within your vehicle. Here are our top picks for the best RV skirting for winter.
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AirSkirts Inflatable RV Skirting — Best RV Skirting for Fast, No-Tools Installation
Non-permanent camper skirting that’s easy to install in minutes
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AirSkirts offers an innovative, high-quality RV skirting solution that requires no tools for installation and takes just minutes to set up. The secret lies in a set of inflatable tubes that use pressure to remain in place and create an enclosed underbelly for your RV.
The skirt tubes are made of heavy-duty, puncture-resistant vinyl, so you can count on them to stand up against rocks, rough terrain, and the moving around that comes with installation. Each RV skirt kit includes the inflatable tubes, an electric air pump, and a patch kit. You’ll also receive an RV skirting storage bag to create a neat package when it’s time to head out.
AirSkirts offers a range of options to fit any RV model, including travel trailers, 5th wheels, campervans, and motorhomes. When you’re ready to make your purchase, you’ll just provide your RV’s total length and floor level, and the company will suggest the most suitable kit for you.
When it comes to installation, it really couldn’t be easier, making this an excellent option for travelers who are constantly on the go. During our tests with a campervan, we were able to get the travel trailer skirting laid out and inflated in about 15 minutes. You just position each piece where it belongs around your RV, plug in the air pump, and fill up each tube. When you’re ready to go, just deflate the tubes and pack them away.
As far as insulation, these skirt tubes did a really good job. We traveled to Yellowstone in February, and this system definitely kept our pipes from freezing and helped us maintain our toasty temps within the vehicle. If you drive something larger and are worried about sewer drainage and other pipes and hoses, you’ll find that these flexible tubes actually conform around protrusions to allow for access.
AirSkirt trailer skirting is super easy to use and extremely versatile, but we have to admit, it’s not the most affordable option. However, we were able to justify the higher price tag because each set comes with a five-year warranty and a day free returns policy — if it’s not right for you, just send it back, no explanation necessary.
What I Like
- Fast and easy to install: Just position and inflate — no tools necessary
- Skirting options compatible with a variety of vehicles, including 5th wheel campers
- Removal and storage is equally easy for those constantly on the go
What I Didn’t Like
- More expensive than other equally-effective solutions
- Requires electricity for installation
RV Skirting Pros —Best RV Skirting for Simple but Long-Lasting Installation
Quality vinyl RV skirting kit that insulates against freezing temperatures
The founders of RV Skirting Pros created their reliable, high-quality RV skirting solution after getting disapproving looks from their RV dealership when they tried to trade in a fifth-wheel riddled with screw holes from a previous skirt system. To address the problem, the company developed an RV skirting solution that relies on a rail and channel system with significantly less drilling.
With this system, your vinyl skirting panels attaches to awning tracks, and then those tracks attach to your RV by way of adhesive strips. Where needed — most typically on slideouts — the tracks are reinforced with screws and snap studs. When you’re ready to attach your travel trailer skirting, you’ll just slide the panels onto the tracks or snap them into the studs. Removal is equally as easy — just slide the panels off. The awning track stays in place for next time.
So as you can see, this system still requires screw holes in some areas, but it’s nothing like similar RV skirting solutions. This means you don’t have to worry about damaging your camper and watching as its value diminishes.
When you order a kit, you can choose a DIY option where you install it yourself, or you can have the company install it — you’ll either drive to a facility close to its headquarters or have a trained tech come to you.
Obviously, it will be cheaper if you install the RV skirting yourself, but if you aren’t handy with tools or don’t have the time to do it yourself, it’s a relief to know that there are pros that can handle it for you. Aside from the cost (several hundred dollars, in addition to the cost of the skirting), the only other issue with professional installation is that it’s only available in a few states surrounding Indiana.
When we reviewed this product, we chose the DIY option, using a friend’s RV as our guinea pig. The installation process took considerable time, but it wasn’t overly hard. The company offers both insulated and non-insulated skirting panels. We chose the former, which offers six layers of material and is black in color. Our friend joked that it looked like a quilted comforter; we agree, but that’s not to say that it’s overly unattractive.
Our buddy took his RV to Virginia when nighttime temps were in the 20s, and he reported that the RV skirt performed as well as he hoped.
What I Like
- Doesn’t require as many screw holes as other types of skirting for RVs
- Easy to remove the insulated RV panels for travel
- Kept the underbelly warm enough to prevent pipe freezing
What I Didn’t Like
- Installation takes know-how and considerable effort
- The RV skirting’s quilted design might not be for everyone
EZ Snap Direct RV Skirting — Best RV Skirting for a Customized Fit
Winterize your RV with a custom kit that qualifies for free shipping
If you’ve got a uniquely shaped camper or like hands-on projects, EZ Snap Direct has you covered. The company offers RV skirting solutions for all types of recreational vehicles, from camper vans to fifth-wheels.
To get started, you’ll estimate how much camper skirting you need using the EZ Snap website’s convenient calculator and then place your order. In return, you’ll receive the raw materials to install your own custom RV skirting panels.
Now, when we say raw materials, we’re talking rolls of insulated RV skirting, adhesive studs, and EZ Snap fasteners. While you’ll receive enough RV skirting to get the job done, the task of measuring and cutting the vinyl to create panels falls squarely on you.
Cutting fabric can be a tricky thing because it tends to fray. However, that’s not a problem with this skirting for RVs because it’s made from a Diamond Weave material that features encapsulated threads. When you cut, the yarn is sealed so that it doesn’t tatter. We weren’t sure we believed in this feature at first, but it lived up to its claim.
Other benefits of Diamond Weave technology from EZ Snap are that it’s fire-retardant and rated to withstand freezing temperatures as low as degrees. We couldn’t put this RV skirting to that test, but we did get close: We installed the EZ Snap skirting on the camper of some friends, and they took it to North Dakota over Christmas. It was very cold, with lows in the single digits, and in addition to no ice under the RV, they also noticed that the interior stayed warmer than usual (they head up north every winter, so the difference was quite apparent).
Overall, we were satisfied with how the installation went. We really liked that we were able to customize the skirting to accommodate slideouts, exhaust, and other pipes, but we sure did feel guilty about all the waste at the end of the process. We knew that would be the reality with custom RV skirting, but we still didn’t like it. (Don’t worry: We kept the scraps for future use.)
The fact that there was no drilling involved was also a huge plus. The EZ Snap clips really held on despite only using adhesive, and we’re sure that they won’t be going anywhere for at least several seasons.
What I Like
- EZ Snap skirting kit allows for complete customization
- Diamond Weave material doesn’t fray when cut
- EZ Snap offers free shipping with a low minimum purchase
What I Didn’t Like
- Could be a lot of vinyl waste depending on the configuration of your camper
- RV skirting kit requires that you measure and cut the vinyl yourself
How to Choose the Best RV Skirting Kit
We love AirSkirts Inflatable RV Skirting because it’s easily the fastest, simplest way to protect your undercarriage from freezing temperatures. We’re sure you’ll agree, but we also understand if you want to explore other options when it comes to skirting your RV. To help you decide on the best cold-weather camper skirting, we’ve come up with a list of things to consider when shopping around.
The RV skirting material you choose must be high-quality and durable; otherwise, it simply won’t last against cold weather, varying terrain, and regular use. When shopping, look for vinyl skirting that’s heavy-duty, tear-resistant, and fire-retardant.
Another thing to keep in mind when exploring RV skirting options is installation. This includes the initial install and mounting method, as well as the difficulty of putting up and removing your skirting when necessary.
As far as mounting methods, there are several, but the most common include screws, adhesive, or a combination of the two. Screws are definitely more secure than adhesives, but they also require that you drill into your RV for the install, something you may not be willing to do.
When skirting your RV, you have to ensure that the skirt panels wrap around the whole bottom of the vehicle. You don’t want to leave any gaps at all; otherwise, it will be a constant battle against heat loss.
Also remember that your skirting will probably be seasonal, so you’ll want to consider how easy it is to store. Does it fold easily? Does it have a big footprint?
Budget is another big consideration RV owners have to keep in mind when shopping for insulated travel trailer skirting. The short of it: High-quality skirting can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars.
However, if you live in your RV full-time or use it in extreme weather conditions, the investment might be worthwhile. Remember that skirting can save you money on heating costs and repairs to your RV plumbing system.
Another thing to keep in mind while crunching RV skirting costs is shipping. Vinyl skirting can be bulky and heavy depending on the size and type of RV for which you’re making the purchase, resulting in expensive delivery fees. Whenever possible, look for free shipping offers to save money.
How Much Does RV Skirting Cost, and Is It Worth It?
RV skirting for winter can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand, depending on the type of skirting you choose. At the low end of that range are DIY options.
You can buy materials such as a Styrofoam board at your local hardware store, and then cut and install it yourself.
However, this kind of skirting probably won’t be sufficient for freezing weather. You’ll also only get one use out of each skirting, so that the costs will build over time.
Custom skirting, where a company customizes the skirting to your exact type of RV, is at the other extreme. While it’s expensive, it may be worth it if you live full-time in your RV or regularly use it in freezing weather conditions.
Between these extremes, specialist companies such as AirSkirts, RV Skirting Pros, and EZ Snap Direct provide quality, reliable skirting kits to install yourself. You provide the dimensions of your trailer or choose from an existing kit, and the company will ship the materials directly to you (sometimes with free shipping to boot).
Ultimately, whichever method you choose, RV skirting is worthwhile. It prevents potential problems such as frozen pipes, and it saves you money on repairs and heating expenses, such as propane costs, by maintaining a comfortable temperature in all weather conditions.
Custom RV Skirting
If you regularly use your RV in extreme weather conditions, custom skirting may be something to consider. Providers will custom fit material such as heavy-duty vinyl for your vehicle and will usually install the skirting for you.
Keep in mind that custom skirting for RVs is an expensive option, often running from $2, to $3, or more.
It has some significant advantages that will benefit people who live full-time in their RV, move it frequently, or use it often in extreme weather conditions.
Custom-made skirting will last for years, even in harsh conditions. It guarantees complete protection for your plumbing system.
It also reduces your heating and cooling costs by helping you to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the RV. It’s easier to install and remove than many other options too.
While DIY options are significantly cheaper, you’ll probably need to make new skirting each year. This can end up costing a significant amount over time, reducing the cost-benefit to some extent.
Reusing custom-made skirting every year also makes it an environmentally friendly option. It also looks great. It’s worth noting that some RV parks only allow custom-made skirting.
Arranging custom-made skirting can be complicated. You may have to travel to a provider.
Ultimately, custom-made skirting is probably only worth the extra expense for RV owners who will be using their RVs very frequently and in wide-ranging conditions. (Even then, we still think that buying insulated RV skirting from a company like AirSkirts or EZ Snap is a smart, more affordable, and even better overall option).
DIY RV Skirting Ideas
There are many DIY options for RV skirting. Some RV users use temporary options such as tarps, hay bales, or even snow! Below are a few options for more durable DIY skirting.
Fabric RV Skirting
You can make your own RV skirting with fabrics such as vinyl, billboard, or canvas. You don’t necessarily need to use an insulated fabric, but you do need a durable material.
Vinyl is a reliable fabric option. It’s often used for custom-made skirting, so it’s the DIY option most similar to custom alternatives. Self-installed vinyl skirting is a good intermediary option.
A company provides you with high-quality material, but you install it yourself.
Using fabric for your skirting is relatively cheap compared to custom options. It’s also easy to source options such as vinyl, which are easy to cut. If you intend to move your RV frequently, the fabric is a good option.
You can also consider using recycled fabric for environmental sustainability.
Making your own skirting with fabric does take a lot of work. You probably won’t reuse the same skirting many times, so expect to remake it at least every couple of years unless you’re a master of the sewing machine.
You can secure fabric skirting with tools such as adhesive tape, Velcro strips, suction cups, or grommets.
Check out this video for how to make DIY vinyl skirting and save a LOT of money.
Foam Board Skirting
Foam board panels are the most popular DIY skirting option. They’re easy to find, and they’re an extremely cost-effective option. You can probably source the necessary materials for between $ and $
It’s also easy to cut foam to fit your RV. Foam is an effective insulating material that can preserve heat around the underside of your RV, even in freezing temperatures.
It’s also very light, so it’s easy to transport and store, but you’ll have to attach it to the RV very securely to prevent it from blowing away. You can use plywood or tape to do this. Make sure to use plenty.
The main drawback of using foam for your skirting is that you’ll probably only get one use out of it. It’s a good option if you’ll stay in place, but it may not be the best choice if you intend to move frequently.
Replacing foam skirting regularly also makes it less environmentally friendly. However, if your RV will mostly be stationary, foam skirting is a good option for cost and usability.
Check out this video for how to make DIY foam board skirting.
Wood Skirting for RVs
Plywood is a popular DIY option for skirting and can be very effective. However, it takes a lot of work. Sourcing suitable materials may also require some effort.
One of the advantages of this method is that it is adaptable to any RV model. Wood is also very effective in blocking cold air. However, plywood skirting is generally a more permanent option.
If you intend to move your RV regularly, it may not be the best choice.
Attaching and removing the skirting requires a lot of work. Wooden skirting is also difficult to store as it’s inflexible and requires a lot of space.
Despite these caveats, plywood skirting can be a great option for RVs that will mostly remain stationary. It’s effective against wind and cold, cheaper than many alternatives, and can last for years.
In extreme cold, you can also reinforce plywood skirting with foam board or other insulating materials.
How Do You Attach Skirting to an RV?
Your RV winter skirting needs to be attached very securely. While the type of material you use matters, the way it’s attached is perhaps even more important. If there are any small gaps, it becomes less effective.
If you’re using a DIY option such as foam, your skirting may also blow away if it’s not held securely.
The best method for securing your skirting depends on the material you’re using. Custom-made options will come with tools for attachment.
As discussed, AirSkirts’ inflatable skirting uses pressure to hold it in place, EZ Snap uses adhesive tape and Velcro, and RV Skirting Pros use a channel and rail system.
For DIY skirting, many people use a lock and fastener. This is an effective option. Others use weighty objects to hold down the bottom of the skirting.
We’ve mainly discussed RV skirting for winter. However, it can also help you to maintain a comfortable temperature in warm weather. A skirt creates a barrier between your RV’s underbelly and the warm air outside it. This helps to keep the temperature inside cool.
Skirting helps the underbelly of your RV from losing too much heat, even in freezing conditions. However, you also need to ensure that the temperature doesn’t drop too low inside the vehicle. Winterizing your camper to live in will help prevent issues with your plumbing system and make sure your heating is up to the job of keeping you warm and comfortable all winter.
Insulated RV skirting is worthwhile for anyone using an RV in harsh weather conditions. It helps to maintain a comfortable temperature and protects your water lines in cold weather.
It also saves you money by lowering your expenditure on temperature control and protecting your RV from damage.
When considering which might be the best RV skirt we’ve reviewed, we think the title has to go to AirSkirts Inflatable RV Skirting. It installs in just minutes, and it doesn’t require any tools. Plus, it fits all RVs types, from campervans to 5th wheel vehicles.
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RV Skirting for Winter Camping
For the first few years of living the full-time #RVlife, we followed warm weather. We didn’t have a desire to brave the cold in our fifth wheel. But, then something happened. We missed winter. So, we decided to give winter camping a try! I’m happy to report RVing in the winter months is possible and quite enjoyable!
There are a number of ways to keep your rig warm and toasty when it’s cold outside. RV skirting for winter camping is one of the best ways to keep the interior and underbelly of a trailer protected. There is a lot to take into consideration when it comes to RV skirting. The type of rig you have, your budget, and your location all play a part in deciding which option is best for you. Here is everything you need to know when it comes to RV skirting for winter camping!
What is an RV SKirt and Why Do I need one?
An RV skirt is simply material that is placed around the bottom of a motorhome, fifth wheel, or trailer that acts as a barrier against extreme weather. It helps keep cold air and wind from getting under the camper. This can prevent water pipes and holding tanks from freezing. A skirt will also trap warm air that escapes from the rig’s floor. Not only will the inside of your camper stay warmer, but your propane bill won’t skyrocket!
RV Skirting Solutions
There are skirting solutions on the market that make the whole process as easy and painless as possible. Ready-made RV skirts come in a variety of options and fit for all types of RVs.
1. Custom Skirts
A custom skirt is manufactured specifically for your rig. Getting a customized solution generally requires you to find a company in your area or travel to a provider. Custom skirting is going to offer a great fit and leave little room for error on gaps where wind and weather can get in. Custom skirts are generally measured with precise accuracy and fabricated using top of the line material. Since a custom skirt is top quality, it should last year after year. The majority of custom skirts are made from heavy duty vinyl. Downside to this option? Cost. The price for this RV skirting solution is going to have the highest price tag. A custom skirt is going to cost roughly $2, $3,
Something a little different than the traditional vinyl or fabric RV skirt you might have in mind, is AirSkirts. This solution is reliable and definitely innovative. The “skirt” is made of cylinder tubes that are inflated with air. Skirting kits come in a number of sizes that are able to fit with rigs of all sizes. Kits come complete with tubes, electric air pump, storage bag, and patch kit. Pricing starts at $1, AirSkirts come with a five year warranty. This is a great option if you are on the move!
3. EZ Snap
If you want a high quality skirt without the price tag of a custom model, EZ Snap RV skirting is a great option. An EZ Snap skirt comes in a kit that you will then measure and install yourself. Kits come in a variety of sizes. You choose the one that is recommended for your rig then are responsible for installing fasteners, cutting the material based on your measurements, and hanging the skirt. EZ Snap offers a number of tutorial videos to ease the process. EZ Snap RV skirts are made of Diamond Weave™ premium skirting vinyl. Diamond Weave™ is a very strong and durable vinyl with half the storage bulk of regular RV skirting. They are said to last years in harsh winter environments. The price for this solution is going to vary on the sized kit you need but the most common kit, which is 80 feet, runs $
4. RV WindSkirt
One of the most budget friendly, effective manufactured options is offered by RV WindSkirt. This skirt requires much less work than the EZ Snap and cost a fraction of a custom model. RV WindSkirt has simplified the skirt, which is what we love. They only offer two sizes but are able to accommodate rigs of all sizes. These skirts are high quality but lightweight making storage easy. Lacking the bulkiness of other skirts makes this one of the best choices for traveling and moving! Skirting panels range in price from about $ - $
So how does it work? The skirt panel is made of a durable light weight canvas material with features that allows the top portion to be easily installed and attached to any vehicle and the bottom part is fabricated to hang down and contour the ground without moving, which provides a seal between the RV and the ground. This panel also integrates Velcro sewn onto both ends of the tarp not only to allow for quick connection of multiple skirt panels together to fit any size vehicle or area!
DIY RV Skirting
Like with most things these days, the internet is full of DIY RV skirting options. We were blown away by the amount of alternative solutions we found while researching skirting options. DIY RV skirting can cost much less than ready-made solutions and can be just as effective in cold weather. So what’s the downside to making your own skirt? A DIY skirt tends to be more labor intensive to put together and generally isn’t ideal if you are frequently traveling. If you are stationary or at least staying put for the winter, a handmade skirt is a great choice. Here are some DIY RV Skirting choices to choose from:
1. Foam Board
Insulated foam board is a great option when making your own RV skirt. It is lightweight, easy to work with, and inexpensive. Any regular, rigid foam board will do. Simply, measure the amount of board you’ll need, cut the board to size, and secure to your rig. Plywood can be used to reinforce the boards as well as aluminum tape to hold the boards together. This DIY option is probably going to be the most effective, from both a cost and efficiency standpoint. The biggest downsize is, it really only works if your RV is staying put. Once the foam boards are in place, travel isn’t possible.
If you want something that’s more like a ready-made, custom skirt but want to try it on a budget, you can DIY an RV skirt from vinyl. Basically you’ll just need the proper amount of vinyl to cover the outside of your rig and a way to attach the material to the RV. You can purchase new vinyl tarps at a relatively low price point. You can even buy tarps with grommets in place, making it even easier to attach the skirt to your rig. For an even more budget friendly option, purchase used billboard vinyl then use grommets, velcro, or suction cups to attach the skirting to your camper. Rocks or wood planks can be used to hold the bottom of the material down in wind. Unlike other DIY options, it’s easy to travel with a vinyl skirt.
3. STrAW BalE
If you aren’t planning on moving, good old fashion straw can make for a great DIY RV skirt. Straw is a better option than hay as it is cheaper and makes for better insulation. You will want to wrap the bales in garbage bags or tarps to keep pests out. Mice would love to make a warm, toasty home in your straw bales! Something else to take into consideration before using straw for skirting is how flammable these bales are. Don’t light a match near the RV!
If you have enough of it for the duration of your winter camping trip, snow could be used as a DIY skirting solution. Simply pile up snow around the rig and you’re done! For better results, you might want to use rigid foam board under the snow.
With so many RV skirting options out there, there is no reason not to enjoy some cold weather camping. No matter what your budget is or your insulation needs are, there is a solution for you. Have questions or other skirting ideas? Comment below!
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