As times change, more people are RV camping full time. While most people are familiar with summer camping and comfort products for warm weather, extended stay RV camping in cold climates over the winter months presents some different challenges. We received the following article about a product that we think you should consider if you are planning on staying in your RV during cold weather.
Is your RV your temporary or permanent home?
Consider SKIRTING YOUR RV to reduce heating costs.
By Lorin Rigby (owner) IDAHO CANVAS PRODUCTS with over 73 years of experience fabricating custom fabric enclosures.
If you find yourself living in your RV year round and have noticed the chill in the air come November or December, you may consider installing exterior, vinyl skirting around your RV. This is not a difficult project to accomplish when you have all the materials and accessories needed from a supplier who has the experience and know how. Idaho Canvas Products provides the finished vinyl panels, three choices of fasteners, and accessories that you can use to customize and finish your own custom skirting.
Vinyl skirting, when properly secured on your RV, will effectively reduce interior heat loss by up to 25% and will help stabilize your RV and minimize wind rocking. Idaho Canvas Products offers an affordable and easy way to skirt your RV, camper or trailer. Standard sized, heavy duty, RV skirting panels are ideal for year round use in harsh temperature climates where your RV may be exposed to hard, cold winds and where extreme, sub zero, temperature freezing is a potential problem. Idaho Canvas Products manufactures skirting panels from a heavy, 18oz, polyester reinforced vinyl which is extremely durable and strong. The 18oz vinyl fabric is tear resistant and the edges will not fray. The vinyl panels can easily be cut and folded around steps, hitches, and pipes. Once installed, your RV skirting will last for many years. Put it on when you need it and remove it and store it away after it warms up.
If you are considering skirting your RV, here are some simple installation tips that we have learned:
For more information on RV Skirting, or other RV related canvas products see www.idahocanvas.com
USFS (US Forest Service) - Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about dispersed camping, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.
NPS (National Park Service) - General information about RV camping and campgrounds in US National Parks. With campgrounds in the most historic and scenic places in the country, the NPS offers some of the best places for RV camping.
USACE/COE (US Army Corp of Engineers) - USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding USACE lakes, RV camping possibilities, and rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.
Here's a list of places to consider when looking for a free overnight RV camping or parking location. We always recommend asking for overnight RV parking permission when looking for a free spot to spend the night. The smaller your RV, the better chances you will have finding places to stay if you choose not to ask permission. If you don't ask permission, you end up "sneaking" into places and hoping nobody bothers you or issues you a trespassing ticket before you move on.
Be smart and Be Safe...Ask Permission.
As you can see, there are a lot of free RV camping and parking possibilities. If you are not asking permission, it's best to keep a very low profile. If your RV has slide outs, jacks and TV antennas, don't use them so as not to draw attention to yourself. Consider your surroundings carefully and if you feel uncomfortable with the area, move somewhere else.