A Beginner’s Guide to RV Skirting Solutions – Attachment, Materials & More
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There’s many benefits to installing RV skirting, which is why more and more owners are opting to skirt their vehicles, especially in winter.
Not only can you increase storage space beneath your RV by adding skirting, you also add valuable under carriage protection by having the skirt in place.
Furthermore, a well placed skirt will help keep your RV warmer in winter, and cooler in summer.
Essentially, if your RV is lived in and stationary for any period of time, skirting should be a high priority.
In this guide we will look at how RV skirting works, the different types and material that are used to do it as well as the pros and cons of each method.
So if you are ready, let’s get to it.
How does RV skirting work?
The principle is very simple. By adding material on the outside of the RV from the height of the undercarriage to the ground, you prevent air (either cold in winter or hot in summer) from penetrating the underside of the RV.
This also means wind, rain and debris does not reach the vital components of your undercarriage. The skirting essentially blocks this off by guarding the underside of the RV from the elements.
The barrier that it creates also makes for a convenient space to store items. By ensuring that there is an opening within the skirting, you can have access to the space beneath your RV.
With a simple lock this area is then inaccessible to would be thieves, meaning belongings such as inflatables and outdoor toys and accessories can be kept safely under lock and key without taking up valuable cabin space.
Another method of attaching skirting to the side of your RV is via simple suction cups.
The system is self explanatory; the top of the skirt is fitted with small suction buttons that can be pressed against the side of your RV in order for attachment to occur.
Pros of Suction Cup RV Skirting
Very easy installation, no drilling of holes into the side of your RV
You can do this one yourself without the help of professionals
Easy to pull away the skirting when no longer needed
The least secure method of attachment we have covered
Bad weather can cause the suction cups to move or fall off
Not a secure method if you plan on storing belongings beneath your RV
Cups do not attach to curved surfaces very well
Attaching the base of the skirt to the ground
Once you have settled on a system of attaching the top of the skirt to the side of the RV, there is then the important issue of firmly fixing the base of the skirt to the ground.
In challenging weather conditions you need a method that will remain firm other wise your skirting will end up flapping around and could even end up flying away or at the very least become damaged.
You also need a secure fitting at the base so that the temperature moderating properties of the skirt remain true, (i.e keeping out the air beneath your undercarriage) as well as it providing a means to safely store your gear.
There’s a number of methods of attaching the base of the skirt to the ground. Let’s take a look.
1. Strap ground attachment
The strap system is probably the most common method of attachment. It is also one of the easiest to implement.
The system simply utilizes straps that are fitted to the side or base of the skirting that are then held in the ground via metal spikes similar to camping and awning pegs.
You can then manipulate the skirt around the edge of your RV in line with the potentially varying ground height.
Pros Single Strap attachment
Very easy to use and install
It enables the skirt to work on different ground levels