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RV Skirting Ideas: 5 Ways to Skirt Your Camper for Insulation

Staying warm in an RV during the winter can be challenging. However, we’ve found that RV skirting is one of the most effective things you can do to improve insulation and reduce energy consumption. There are several RV skirting ideas out there, including some very creative ones, so we’re breaking them down to find the one that suits you best. Let’s get started!

Why RV Skirting Is A Good Idea

RV skirting surrounds the base of an RV and prevents cold air from blowing under the rig. It’s no secret that most RVs are lacking when it comes to insulation, so adding this barrier makes keeping your RV easier. Keeping the cold air out from under your RV can also help protect its water lines, tanks, and other sensitive components.

There are several options RVers can consider for skirting around their camper. Prices range from $150 to $250 for a DIY version to around $2,500 for custom skirting made from high-quality and durable vinyl materials.

RV skirting on Morton's fifth wheel
RV skirting helps keep cold air out from under your camper.

When Should You Use RV Skirting?

Due to the amount of work that goes into installing the skirting, you typically only see RV skirting used when RVers sit stationary during the winter. However, there are some temporary options available that can also do the job.

You’ll primarily want to use RV skirting when parking in a location where temperatures are expected to drop below freezing. The further and longer below-zero temperatures drop, the more beneficial RV skirting will be.

Pro Tip: RV skirting is not the only thing you’ll need for winter camping. Make sure you know How to RV in Winter before the first snow of the season hits!

RV skirting on Morton's fifth wheel
From vinyl to plywood, there are many materials you can use for RV skirting.

RV Skirting Ideas: 5 Ways to Skirt Your Camper for Insulation

If you’re considering RV skirting for your rig, we’re sharing options for every budget below. Again, the pricing for RV skirting can vary considerably. Each option can get the job done, but some are better than others. Let’s take a look!

Vinyl RV Skirting – DIY or Custom

If you’re looking for a lightweight, durable, and easy-to-store option, vinyl RV skirting is the way to go.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Durable, lasts for years
  • Easy to store, portable
  • Seals well against wind
  • Best Curb Appeal
  • DIY options available
  • Custom options available

Cons

  • Expensive; $800-1200 for DIY, $2500+ for custom RV skirting
  • Custom options require scheduling time and place for measurements
  • Some brands are better quality than others

In our opinion, vinyl RV skirting is the best overall choice. There are many vinyl RV skirting options, from slide-in grooves to snap-ons, but not all are created equal. Slide-ins are more wind-resistant than snaps, but there are work-arounds.

One brand we like that produces high-quality vinyl skirting is EZSnap. These non-fray and non-drill vinyl skirts easily attach onto snaps along the sides of your RV for easy installation. You can use their kit size calculator to determine what size kit you will need for your rig and get a cost estimate for your skirting. Generally, the company builds and ships the skirting within five business days.

We also have worked with Custom RV Skirting in South Dakota which makes custom-fit slid-in skirting. This is where we got our RV skirting done for our previous fifth wheel.

How To DIY Vinyl RV Skirting - Including Tips, Cost, & Lessons Learned!

Plywood

Plywood RV skirting is a convenient option as you can get the materials at any home improvement store. You can easily cut the skirting to fit your situation, and it’s incredibly durable. While not incredibly insulative, it can effectively block most of the wind from flowing under your rig. However, consider the cons before deciding to go with this RV skirting idea.

Pros

  • Materials readily available at any home improvement store
  • Durable

Cons

  • Not incredibly insulative
  • Not cheap; ~$50/sheet to go all the way around your RV.
  • Need to seal gaps
  • Not portable; it’s heavy and bulky
  • Poor curb appeal
  • Doesn’t last as long in moisture and extreme weather.
ATTRACTIVE INEXPENSIVE DIY CAMPER SKIRTING

Insulation Board

If you’re going the DIY route, it’s hard to find a better option than insulation board RV skirting. Insulation boards are typically large 8 feet by 4 feet sheets that you can cut with a razor blade to fit the space between the bottom of your RV and the ground. You’ll want to seal the gaps between the sheets to reduce the chances of any cold air finding its way under your rig.

Pros

  • Highly effective at insulating
  • Relatively inexpensive; $200-300

Cons

  • Need to seal gaps
  • Not portable; it’s bulky
  • Poor curb appeal

While lightweight, the size and shape of these pieces will likely make this unrealistic to bring with you from place to place. However, if you’re going to be stationary for most of the winter and have a place to store it until next season, this can be a great RV skirting idea.

DIY RV skirting with foam board | Preparing for winter in RV

Inflatable Skirting

Inflatable skirting is a new RV skirting idea to consider if you’re worried about weight, storage space, or the amount of work required for installation. These inflatable kits work with practically every type of RV on the market and require minimal installation effort.

Pros

  • Easy to set up and take down; only takes a few minutes per piece
  • Portable and easy to store
  • Best temporary setup option
  • Decent curb appeal

Cons

  • Expensive; starting at around $2000
  • Imperfect seals
  • Puncture risk

You’ll want to purchase the appropriately-sized kit for your rig. When you go to install it, place the skirting around the base of your RV before inflating it. Once all the skirting is in place, you can start inflating the skirting and positioning it to best block the wind from getting under your rig. Save $100 off an AirSkirts kit using the code MOTM!

AirSkirts Camper Skirting Installation and Temperature Test!

NOT Hay or Straw Bales

For years, RVers used RV skirting ideas such as hay or straw bales for their skirting. While these can be great for blocking wind and insulation, they’re also highly flammable. They’re also ideal spots for mice and other rodents to create nests and homes to stay warm during the winter. The last thing you want to do is find yourself battling winter and a rodent infestation in your RV. They may be inexpensive and readily available, but we highly discourage RVers from using them for RV skirting. It’s not worth it!

Pro Tip: Still not convinced you need RV skirting? Find out Why We Have RV Skirting On Our Fifth Wheel And Our Tips.

Is RV Skirting Worth It?

Any of these RV skirting ideas can make it easier to keep the inside of your RV warm. They will also protect your RV’s plumbing system and sensitive components. Using RV skirting, you can keep your heating costs down by minimizing the amount of propane you’ll use or how often you’ll need to run electric space heaters

We strongly recommend RV skirting for anyone attempting to brave extreme winter conditions while sitting stationary for the winter. The benefits far outweigh any of the few negatives. You’ll appreciate it while sitting inside your warm RV, counting down the days until spring.

Planning to store your camper this winter instead? Discover The Amazing Benefits of Covered RV Storage.

Custom RV skirting with storage under fifth wheel
RV skirting can also be used for storing items under your RV.

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Jayna Marrinan

Thursday 28th of December 2023

We use an EZ Snap skirt when we’ll be in freezing weather in Winter. I extended the skirting up higher on the rig and added sewn-in zippers to access dump valves. This system, in addition to Reflectix in the windows, made a huge difference when temps hit negative numbers.

The Mortons

Sunday 7th of January 2024

It really does make all the difference in cold weather. Hope you're staying warm this winter Jayna!