RV SKIRTING KITS OR DIY?
Winter is fast approaching and it’s time to think about the best way to keep the cold out of your RV. The biggest contributor to
the cold is the space between the ground and your camper.
There are many custom skirting companies, some even come install their product for you, but these kits and the services van run into the thousands of dollars and that’s great if your budget allows.
RV skirting can be used winter and summer, helps reduce cooling and heating costs, provides added storage (under RV) and
protects tires from damaging UV rays.
I am going to break down the DIY skirting today and tell you why it was my choice for my RV.
RV skirting can be made with several types of material (example) Vinyl, Plywood, but my choice was the Foam Board, it has
choices in the thickness 1/4″- 2″ and is made in 4X8 sheets. My RV is 35′ long and 8′ wide with 3 slide outs.
MATERIALS & TOOLS NEEDED:
1.) Styro Board – 13 sheets, To cover length & Width of Camper as well as exterior walls of slide-outs.
2.) Styro cutter-To cut boards cleanly.
3.) All-Weather Tape -4 rolls -Attach at camper and seams.
4.) Chalkline-To mark straight lines to cut.
5.) Metal or Plastic tent stakes- 25
6.) Tape measure-one that locks on measurement.
7.) Spray Sealer-4 Cans, to seal edges of foam board.
8.) Helper- This is a two-person job.
Measure your height from ground to at least 2″ above camper so you have good contact with the tape when you attach it. Your
height is going to vary from sheet to sheet if you are not on a level surface, even if your camper is level(as it should be) the
ground surface will vary.
After you measure your height make 4 marks lengthwise on your board for the cut, take your chalk line and line it up with the 4
marks pull the string tight across the marks pickup and quickly release the chalk line, now your line to cut is clearly marked.
Cut your marked board, place where it was marked on camper tape at the top first, repeat around your camper. The entrance steps
are tricky but do not leave the area behind them open. As you place your boards tape the seams as you go, at the bottom I use
tent stakes to keep my boards secure, I put one behind and one in front of each board as they are put up. The bottom can be
lined with gravel or dirt, but do not use hay or pine straw as they attract bugs and mice and they hold moisture and are very
flammable. This whole project for my RV ran about $265.00.
I hope this article gave you some insight into how to DIY your RV skirting. Any comments or suggestions or how your RV skirting
turned out, leave below. Happy Camping Thank you. Karmenjariz