Do you plan on being stationary during the winter months? Specially in a place that gets below freezing? If so there are a few things you might want to know about wintering in an RV. There are several ways to prepare for a stationary. You can use hay bales (beware of mice and other critters not to mention fire hazard!), foam board, wood sheets, metal sheets etc. There is a variety of different ways you can DIY your very own skirting. What we chose was removeable vinyl skirting.
We wanted something that could come down and we could store to use for next year. While we did find some kits, they where pretty pricy $$$. This is one of the reasons we decided to make our own. We aren’t new to the DIY world so why not? Trust me even if you are new to the DIY world you can still pull this off. We saved about $1,500 by making our very own vinyl skirting. Below I will share the steps we used to create our own vinyl skirting.
- 3, 12’x36′ 11 mil thick vinyl from Billboard Tarps (you can purchase new or used tarps, we purchased new) Total: $240 ($60 was in shipping, we ended up only needing 2)
- 200, 3M adhesive stud sets from EZ Snap (we did not want to drill into our RV and wanted something that would stick on) Total: $224
- Snap Removal Tool from EZ Snap (added this to qualify for free shipping) Total: $4.95
- 11, 10′ Lengths of 3/4″ PVC Pipe found at Lowe’s Total: $32
- 3/4″ Pipe fittings (elbows and connectors) found at Lowe’s Total: $20
- 40, 3/4″ Snap clamps found on Amazon Total: $27.20
Total cost of project: $548.15
A few notes: This could have been cheaper since we ended up with one extra tarp and we also purchased a brand new tarp. To save some more money you can actually purchase used tarp. These are usually the signage you see with advertisement on the side of the road. The back side of the used tarps are usually blank. If you don’t mind drilling into your RV you can purchase cheaper snaps that are not stick on. PVC pipe fittings can be found at your local hardware store. Make sure you measure your RV to estimate the amount of tarp and PVC pipe that you will need. Make sure you measure the tallest part as well specially if you have a 5th wheel and are looking to enclose it like we did. (Hello extra storage!)
First we started with the front piece on the 5th Wheel alcove. We taped some string to the front where we wanted the tallest piece to go
Next we marked every 8″ with a sharpie all around the RV where a stud will go.
Next we cleaned the area each stud would go with rubbing alcohol. Allow to dry and press the studs right on.
Next we inserted the pins. They push in to the stud however it was a little difficult with just our hands.
We figured out it was easier to snap in with a hollow tool and pressing one side in first instead of straight on.
Now its time to apply the tarp. First we cut the tarp in half so now we had 2, 6’tall x 36′ long pieces. You will have some parts that have overage on top and you want the pieces to overlap when they end to ensure proper coverage. It’s helpful if there are 2 people for this step.
We put the caps in as we went. They just push right in.
We used the cutting tool to cut off the excess from the tops.
You can see how we followed along the shape of the RV with snaps and around the excess from the top.
Now its time for the piping and fittings. Ensure you measure where your skirting will go. In some areas we skirted around the slides and in others we went under. The piping helps to keep the skirting in place specially when it gets windy.
Squaring off around the slides.
Joe crawled under to pull the excess tight on the pipe while I applied the clamps on top.
The clamps are on!
There you have it! Our very own winter RV skirting! Here is a side view of where we went around the slide and behind the stairs.