What is RV Skirting?
RV skirting is any barrier formed around an RV to protect it from the elements, particularly weather and wind. Typically RV skirting is an insulating perimeter focused on keeping out cold air during winter, and cold weather, camping, but skirts can also be used in the summer to keep cooler air trapped under a camper and internal temperatures down (sometimes referred to as “summer RV skirting“, as opposed to “winter skirting”).
Let’s looks a little bit more into the science of how RV skirts work, using the cold weather example.
How does RV skirting work?
RV skirting works in two main ways : 1) It prevents cold air from blowing underneath your camper, cooling down the undercarriage, and in turn your floors and interior, and threatening to freeze your pipes, and 2) as you generate warm air inside, some of this air inevitably seeps through the floor of the camper, and RV skirting keeps this warm air trapped underneath your rig, preventing it from whisking or blowing away, and allowing it to act as a strong counter to the threat to frozen pipes (and toes!). See “How to Prepare for RVing in Cold Weather”.
Why Do People Use Skirting, What Is The Purpose?
The purpose of RV skirting is to:
- To keep pipes from freezing (which is not covered by standard insurance)
- To maintain running water
- To keep pipes and valves from cracking
- To maintain a warmer environment and floor by preventing cold air from blowing underneath and trapping warming air underneath
- To protect the underbelly of the camper from weather and debris
- To protect tires, especially when paired with RV tire covers (check out dual-axle tire covers here)
- To maintain a cooler environment in summer time
- To save A/C costs during summer time
Ultimately, people use RV skirting to help protect their RV from weather and wind, while benefiting from a more comfortable living space.
What Are the Different Types of RV Skirting?
There are many ways to skirt an RV, though they vary wildly in their effectiveness and ease-of-setup. For the budget-shopper, there are DIY solutions that are passable for a season or two, but most move on from that pretty quickly out of frustration.
The different RV skirting options are:
- Vinyl skirting
- Inflatable skirting
- DIY Skirting (Styrofoam board, hay, wood, etc.)
In terms of commercial skirting options, there are many companies that use vinyl skirting with some type of fastener to attach it to your rig. Vinyl skirting can vary considerably in the exact material used and how they are setup. Sometimes drills are needed to “pin” the skirts to the rig, hence the phrase “camper underpinning” that has become synonymous with RV skirting.
Here at AirSkirts, we do inflatable skirting so you don’t have to drill holes into your camper or attach any adhesives or fasteners; skirt tubes simply hold in place with air pressure, with d-rings to attach them together for especially windy conditions. Additionally, trapped air functions as a natural insulator so you aren’t simply blocking the wind (think older school “wind skirt” terminology, though it is still used today) but rather forming an insulating perimeter around the rig (see “RV Skirts: Don’t Just Block Cold Air, Insulate Too!“).