If you’re going to be living in an RV for any length of time, you’re going to need to consider skirting your unit. There are lots of reasons that skirting your trailer is important whether it’s a motorhome, 5th wheel or travel trailer. It acts as a barrier around your unit to keep out larger pests such as raccoons, squirrels and cats. Skirting a motorhome or trailer will also help insulate it and hold in heat. Another benefit I was not expecting is that it also does a good deal of stabilizing our unit. Even with all stabilizer jacks down, wheels off and axles blocked, our unit still have some movement side to side. Skirting our trailer made it rock-solid.
There are lots of different RV skirting ideas, but the best thing to do is evaluate your individual needs. The RV skirting material that you use will depend on what you’re trying to achieve. For example if you’re trying to keep pests out in a warm climate, the RV skirting material that you use will be different than if you’re in snow. Below is a list of RV skirting materials you might want to consider for your unit.
RV Skirting Ideas
1. Vinyl or Canvas
Some RVs come with a skirt that just zips or snaps into place and can be removed just as easily. If you’re lucky enough to have one of these, it should be all you need unless you plan to live in the RV full time. For those folks I recommend something a little more permanent and durable.
Lots of folks use a cedar lattice material. This works well if you’re in a warm climate and just want to keep out animals and rodents (and the neighbor’s kids?). Cedar lattice is easy to cut and install but will not retain any heat.
We used 3/8 plywood when we skirted out 36′ 5th wheel over three years ago and it’s still going strong. The main benefit for us was that it stabilized the trailer as well as protecting it from animals. I personally found that even using plywood we didn’t retain that much heat. The floor was still cold in the winter. That said, you can insulate and even heat the underside of your unit to hold the heat in. We didn’t do this as we’re in a wet climate and I didn’t want to trap moisture.
4. Corrugated Plastic
Ok, it looks a little tacky. Corrugated plastic however, is cheap, easy to work with and extremely light. It can be built in sections and removed in a flash for those travelers. If you don’t like the color it comes in (typically white), it can be painted to match the scheme of your unit which is nice. It’s a good option for people who are moving around lots but not as much for those who are full time RV living.
The best thing you can do when you start looking for RV skirting material is ask around. Check out some parks in your area and find out what others are using. This will give you an idea of what you might need for the climate. You can buy cheap materials from Home Depot and build something yourself for a song if you can use a saw and a little ingenuity.