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Old 06/10/07, 10:00 PM
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Underpinning for Camper

Hello, I need some ideas for underpinning on a camper. What do people use for this and how do they attach it to the camper? My son lives in this camper on our property and we're trying to find ways to make it more of a home. Do you think putting underpinning on it will help to conserve heat in the winter?
Also, if it's possible to put underpinning on a camper, how to you go about getting around the trailer hitch? If anyone has done this or has any ideas, I'd appreciate your suggestions. Thank you, Diane
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Old 06/11/07, 09:13 AM
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In RV parks, where you have to keep up "appearances", you often see canvas (awning type material) skirts that can be custom made for the camper. They are attached via snaps which are installed on the camper body. Not cheap!

Some people stack hay or straw bales around the camper. Bad idea, it's heaven for mice and they'll soon move into the camper and start destroying insulation and more. The added moisture is even more of a problem.

Styrofoam panels work, attached like mobile home skirting. Not pretty, but efficient. You could pull the belly pan of the RV and see if there is room to add more insulation (we did that with ours)

Wind is the worst. If you can block it, you'll help alot.

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Old 06/11/07, 01:07 PM
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Technically, "underpinning" refers to supports such as cinderblocks added to keep a trailer steady.

I think what you are referring to is "skirting", which surrounds the outside and stops wind
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Old 06/12/07, 08:32 AM
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CJ and BFF, thank you for the suggestions and the link. I never thought about "skirting". I put that in Google search and got a whole lot more pages with ideas. I actually found a website with a company that specializes in camper skirting. Nice, but VERY expensive. For our size camper, 26', it would cost 1100.00 for their skirting. Guess we'll just have to make our own. Thanks again.
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