My Search for a GREAT RV SKIRTING Solution

After 12+ years “on the road”, you’d think I’d have this “winter camping thing” with RV Skirting down, right?

Note: I originally posted this in Nov. 2017, I’m updating it today (May 2023) after using my skirting (detailed below) for several seasons. There was even one winter where I broke it down in late February. Parts of the skirt were “melded” to the pavement with ice acting as adhesion – and the skirting survived intact!

You too can get this skirting custom installed for YOUR camper. Read on to learn more about it and how to get special pricing.

RV Skirting to prevent plumbing disasters – and – to save on the propane budget

Here’s my story… I’m a full timer. I ski, a lot. I also work as a ski instructor to help fund my travel addiction! As a full time traveler in a 5th wheel (and since 2017 a REALLY GOOD fifth wheel!) I KNEW from the first winter in Steamboat in 2012 I’d need RV skirting as a way to keep my plumbing (and entire underbelly!) from freezing up and my propane budget from going through the roof!

My initial solution (with my 2011 Crossroads Seville) was blue-board (insulation board). Effective and inexpensive BUT bulky. This type of insulation is VERY labor intensive (see my old videos/posts on my website when I talk about this approach) and it is virtually impossible to transport once you break it down in the spring. In contrast, the skirting pictured below folds nicely and is easy to transport, taking up relatively little space.

Custom RV Skirting
Custom RV Skirting is a core component that can lead to a successful winter camping experience.

With a new trailer came a desire to do RV Skirting right

My new trailer and desire to winter camp led me to a search of companies that provide custom RV skirts as well as “do it yourself” kits. Acknowledging that I am “mechanically challenged”, I rejected all the do-it-yourself options for a variety of reasons – starting with the challenge of ordering the right amount of material and connectors.

Significant mistakes at the outset of a do-it-yourself project will quickly erase any savings of time and money over a custom skirting company. I was also reasonably concerned about damaging my RV if I were to attempt screw-in snaps, and had real concerns about the effectiveness of suction cup strategies touted by some do-it-yourself companies.

Even among custom RV Skirting companies, there’s a wide disparity over how they do it

While costs are fairly uniform; I received quotes ranging from $1900. to over $3000. for my 35 foot trailer. I learned the approach among custom RV skirting companies varies. Some use just snaps, some use a combination of turnbuckles & snaps (the videos I share below help to explain this) and some use a channel (or rail) system.

Channel or rail systems are not widely used and I know of some RV’ers having problems with them, so I passed on this approach. As to snaps vs. snaps and turn-buckles, I learned in my research that the turn-buckles, when used strategically (at high stress points) are better than just snaps. Snaps when over-stressed can (and will) fail.

Ok, enough commentary! Allow me to share a few videos that were created largely as my rv skirting was being constructed. This first video illustrates the process of measuring and planning out the two day project. The technician’s name is Zach, and the business I used is Extreme Covers in Boise, Idaho.

Considering RV Skirting for YOUR Camper? Custom RV Skirting is most definitely the way to go!

If you decide to get RV skirting for your camper and you like the approach you see in the videos below, contact me and I’ll get you a quote at an “insiders price.” I’ve negotiated a discount with the owner of Extreme Covers for all my readers! Contact me – or – email me directly at  Tip: Dave is running pre-season specials as I write this update (June – August 2023), so, its a great time to take action!

Zach worked diligently through the balance of the first day and this second video shows continued progress…

Late on the 2nd day, Zach’s work is nearly done. In this next video, he is instructing me on various aspects of the skirting. Take note of the features built into the rv skirt and in particular how small it is when it is folded up.

Video 4 below introduces you to Dave – owner of Extreme Covers. As you’ll see, he’s quite a character, and the demo he has me do with the skirting was neither planned nor staged!

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My RV Skirting… I’m ready for winter! (Also – note the sewer hose, it has heat tape wrapped inside.

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The only thing really left to show you is the finished product – which can be seen in the 5th and final video in this post.

Summary of my experience with Extreme Covers

Extreme Covers does a first rate job creating & installing RV skirting. The work required 2 full days (and Dave tells me that some trailers / motorhomes require 3 days) – you CAN stay in your RV while the work is being done, and they will do the work onsite at their factory in Boise, Idaho OR throughout much of Idaho and in parts of the adjoining states.

Extreme Covers will charge a travel fee if you opt to have the skirting done at your location instead of theirs. For me, I opted to come to them and save the travel fee. I found it easy to get in/out of Boise (they’re less than a mile off the “Connector” (Interstate I-84) and their lot is easy to navigate and is secured. While there, I even took a couple of bike rides along the Boise bike path that runs adjacent to their property. (Remember – It’s a great time to take action as my readers get a break on the price and Dave is running pre-season pricing – so, contact me directly for a quote –

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As I mentioned earlier, if you’re looking for a RV skirt for your camper, contact me and I’ll be glad to get you a quote – as one of my readers, you’re going to receive a discounted rate.

RV Skirting UPDATE – Spring 2023

Folks often ask me “how’s it holding up?” Well, after some ROUGH winters, its holding up VERY WELL. Remember – its not just the skirting, its the snaps and turnbuckles. If they fail, they can damage your camper – mine are doing JUST FINE.

Further, towards the end of my first winter (February 2018), I elected to leave McCall, Idaho early. I struggled to free the skirting from the pavement as ice had “glued” the skirting to the pavement! It took LOTS of force to separate the two (the skirt and the pavement) – I succeeded at freeing up the skirting and there was virtually NO damage despite using massive amounts of elbow grease to free up the skirting.

Bottom line… this skirting is GOOD STUFF and while these guys are NOT cheap, they are THAT good!

Winter RV Camping

While you’re here, there are a number of posts where I talk about preparing for the winter months (if you camp in colder weather). You can find an index to my winter in a RV posts HERE.

Considering a NEW (or “new to you”) CAMPER?

I now offer a Concierge RV Buying (and Selling) Service. The goal? To save YOU time, money, and aggravation – and get you the RIGHT camper at the BEST price.

Discount RV Campground Memberships – TWO worth having…

As a full time traveler, I’ve found two memberships worth having. One is about to raise their prices, but they have an interesting offer to remain at the old, lower rate for life – see HERE for details on both.

May I suggest… Looking for a great navigating and trip planning tool?

I use something called AllStays – how I use AllStays is illustrated in this post about camping in the Helena Montana region. When I start my planning process, I always start with AllStays to see what campgrounds are in the region I’m considering. The database is interactive so I can learn more about the campgrounds AND other aspects about the region I’m planning to visit.


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73 thoughts on “My Search for a GREAT RV SKIRTING Solution”

  1. Hi Al,
    I have a 2019 Crossroads Volante 360LF. Total length is 41.5′, It has 4 slides and the 5th over hang I would like skirted as well (To include the pinbox).

  2. Great info. My wife and I are traveling medical workers and are currently in Meridian at the KOA, we just finished our assignment here and we are leaving on the 24th of this month. We have a 2016 keystone montana 3402rl we may want skirting done for. Who do I contact for a quote?

    • Brandon,

      Thanks for reaching out. Your skirt will cost $3470. complete (plus sales tax) assuming its done in Boise at their facility. Call me ASAP (307 269 2546) to see if there’s any chance of getting the work done in the next week. I know that they’re scheduling into December at this point – so we can hope for an opening in their schedule for you. The work will require 2 full days, you can stay overnight at their facility and they can provide you with 15A electric power.

  3. What is the R rating on this wrap.?
    All says its good but will it keep pipes from freezing like , stiraphome insulation. Its an r10.

    • Alice,

      You’re looking at this issue the wrong way. There can’t be an R rating on ANY skirting. I’ll go one step further… Anyone who places a R-rating on skirting is a scam artist. Why? Simple – there are FAR too many variables. Allow me to explain – YES, blue-board block insulation MAY be a better insulator than a skirt (any skirt) – BUT – that’s true ONLY if it is “precision applied” to the camper with NO spots where air can pass through (ie – cracks between blocks). Most people who apply blue board, are not so meticulous. Further, when spring comes, if you plan to travel, what do you do with the blue board? It takes up MASSIVE amounts of space. AND – at best – you’ll get about 3 seasons out of blue board – if you’re removing it each spring.

      In contrast, skirting is a far more “elegant” solution – it is applied EASILY and removed just as easily – and transporting it requires far less space than blue board. Ultimately – if you get skirting (and the folks I recommend and can quote you for do a particularly great job), you’ll have a real solution for your camper to survive winter virtually anywhere IF your camper has a heated underbelly and you heat it with your furnace and maintain plenty of propane all winter.

      I hope this helps. Feel free to call me at 307 269 2546 if you have further questions or wish to get a quote for your camper.

  4. Hello Al,
    I am interested in a quote for skirting our 2017 Forest River Tracer Air 300 Travel Trailer. It is a 30′ with one slide.

    • Linda,

      Based upon the actual length 0f 32.67 ft – you’re looking at $2187. if you come to Boise, Id. to have it done. Their techs can travel, but there’s added cost. If this is of interest to you, call me at 307 269 2546 or email me at and I’ll help you get the work scheduled.


  5. Hi 👋 new to your videos very interested in skirting for my camper for this upcoming Winter 2020 heartland prowler 276RE-G with 1 slide out and around 28’ long

  6. We have a 2016 Keystone Montana 5th wheel 3402RL. The total length is about 40′. I believe there are 3 slides that would need to be skirted. The 4th one above the hitch would not need skirting. We would also want the area under the front hitch to be enclosed. We live in Bellingham, WA but could probably travel to Boise later this spring. Are you still making cost estimates?

    • Rollie,

      Yes, I can assist and get you a quote. How soon are you looking to do the skirting work? I spoke with the owner in Boise and since its been a slow month, if you can get there in January, he’s prepared to make you a great offer if you want it done now. Please email me at so we can continue this privately. You can also call me at 307 269 2546. Alan Sills

  7. Alan,

    Our appointment with Dave at Extream Covers went off without a hitch! Got back home late Friday, washed 5th Wheel on Saturday (to get off the bugs and road grim), and installed skirting on Sunday. I have attached a few photos of the quality product provided.

    Thanks again for your post that certainly provided a solid solution for the exact product that we were searching for. Happy RV lifestyle living😎!

    Thanks Again,
    Tod Taylor

    Thanks again,
    Tod Taylor

    • Tod,

      Thanks so much for your feedback. I’m glad you were satisfied with Dave’s work. I’m going to take your photos and upload them somehow – either with your comments or towards the bottom of the existing article that your comment appears below.

  8. my questions are about the fridge .The Freon will turn to gel. I see one of your videos uses a light bulb I will do that as well. Thanks

    • Kevin,

      Its not freon, its an ammonia mixture and yes, it can and does gel. Run it on propane when temperatures drop below 0F and use a light bulb – you should be ok. BE CAREFUL to insure the light bulb does NOT melt any wiring!!

  9. same as yours 30 RLS titanium 2017 love my unit, Someone told me that the propane will freeze up in extreme cold have you ever had that happen.

    • Yes, propane can “freeze up” (actually liquify) at temperatures BELOW MINUS 40… VERY FEW PEOPLE will EVER experience this! I never have. In fact, I have a bbq grill and a 15# tank sitting in the snow outside all winter and it has yet to fail to serve me well! Al

  10. Hi Al I have a couple questions In winter weather would you use propane or elect. power for the fridge ? Also wold you cover part of vents if extreme cold or all ? Thanks Kevin

    • Kevin,

      Propane helps heat the underbelly of your camper IF it is designed to do so in that camper. The underbelly is where the plumbing is. So…if you plan to winter where it gets below freezing you’d best have a camper that has a sealed and heated (by the furnace) underbelly. I use elec heat to supplement – or – as my sole source of heat IF its above freezing and IF i’m not paying for the electric! As to covering the vents, sure, why not? Do you currently have a camper? If so, what type and make is it? Al

  11. Al,

    We would like to move forward with scheduling this install. A Thursday/Friday time slot would work great for our schedule. Let me know what is needed to get us on the books.


  12. Hello Al,

    My wife and I are interested in obtaining a quote for skirting our 5th Wheel. We have a 2011 Cameo by Carriage. It is model 35SB3. It is listed at 36′ 10″ (not including rear ladder or front kingpin). We have two slides that would get skirted in and would like the extra room enclosed as well. We currently are staying in Ephrata WA and would bring our rig to the Boise shop location for install.

    Tod Taylor

    • Hey Tod,

      Thanks for reaching out – and nice camper! To do the complete job, you’re looking at $2606 – including the “spare room” under your overhang. I know that Dave is already scheduling into mid-October, so if you wish to move forward, let me know asap and I’ll get you with him to schedule in.



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