Skirting your Tiny House RV

Kasl Family Tiny House RV skirt: Concrete Panels & Straw Bales. Photo credit. 

It's that time of year again when we begin to discuss preparing your Tiny House RV for the cold weather season. Previously we've featured articles on:

Today we're going to discuss Skirting for your Tiny House RV. Stay tuned for future articles on: fresh water practices, greywater practices, and additional insulation tricks for cold weather climates. 

What is "Skirting" and Why is it Recommended? 

Skirting is insulating material tucked around the bottom of your trailer, reducing the amount of cold air flowing under your trailer, therefore protecting exposed utilities and increasing heat efficiency. Even though the Tumbleweed trailer allows for 3 1/2 inches of insulation in the floor, trailer skirting is still recommended in extremely cold climates. It's a great way to reduce your heat bills!

Five Options for Tiny House RV Skirting:

    Engineered RV Skirting Photo Credit
    • Engineered Canvas / Fabric / Concrete PanelsThere are many companies out there that make custom RV skirts. Advantages: Proven efficiency, snug fit, low maintenance and often covered by warranty. Disadvantages: Can be expensive.
    The Kasl Family skirted their Minnesota Tiny House RV with rigid foam last winter. Total cost for their 24 foot trailer was $200 and two days of work. Watch full video here.
    • Rigid Foam: A DIY option. Purchase rigid foam boards from your local hardware store, cut to size, and secure around your trailer using tape.
    • Plywood sheets: Plywood sheets (cut to size) can be used in areas which do not consistently experience freezing temperatures, but still wish to improve heat efficiency in their Tiny House RV. Recommended in Pacific Northwest or windy locations. 

    Jonathan's Tumbleweed Cypress in the process of skirting with straw bales. Photo credit. 

    • Straw Bales: A cheap DIY option is to purchase straw bales and tuck them around your trailer. Tip: Wrap your straw bales with a trap or heavy duty trash bags for extra protection.

    Ariel skirted her Tumbleweed Cypress with snow last winter in Wyoming. Photo credit.
    • Snow: Free option, if you live in an area with a large amount of snow. Pile snow around your trailer. Dig out your vents / water systems. This option will require consistent observation and maintenance. 

    My Tiny House RV Skirt Plan

    My Tiny House RV is wintering in the Colorado mountains this year. It's October and we are already experiencing freezing temperatures and the occasional snowfall (see above photo). We are planning on skirting our trailer with snow, as there will be plenty and it's free! Another advantage of a snow skirt is that we don't have to transport it, if we decide to move. I'll let you know how it goes later in the season. Wish us luck!

    How will you prepare your Tiny House RV for winter? 


    Jenna BioJenna Spesard is currently living and traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume, who is a professional photographer and Tumbleweed Workshop host. They are photographing and writing about their adventure and occasionally they will be hosting an open house. Follow their informative blog. 


    Written by Jenna Spesard — October 22, 2015

    Filed under: 2015   cold weather   custom skirt   freezing   kasl family   rigid foam   rv skirt   skirting   snow skirt   straw bales   Tiny House   tiny house rv   Tumbleweed   Tumbleweed trailer   winter   winterizing  

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