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Our plan was to spend this winter on the California coast and slowly work our way south then over to Arizona and possibly try our hand at RVing in Mexico. But when Bradys dad passed away unexpectedly in October our plans changed and we have found ourselves in Brady’s hometown of Springville, UT. The big difference between Utah and California… SNOW!!

Our Keystone Raptor is a 4 season rig that is well insulated with an enclosed underbelly. For short stays in cold weather it works great but we knew for an extended stay we needed to make some adjustments.

The first few steps were easy. We bought a couple new space heaters  (this is the one we use to heat the garage) and a heated hose. We installed an area rug in the garage ($60 at home depot) and one in the living room ($70 at walmart.)

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Then we called the local propane supplier and made arrangements to rent a 100 gallon propane tank. Renting the tank cost us $10 a month, a $75 delivery fee and $30 for the hose. Through this supplier we will be paying $1.19 a gallon vs. the $2.98 being charged across the street a Flying J.

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Next came the decision of how to skirt the rig. We looked at several options ranging in cost from $1,600-5,000. All these options were more than we wanted to spend. So we started looking outside the box. We work in the sign business and Brady mentioned that the canvas used on the rigs around us looks an awful lot like the banner material we use in the sign shop. I started researching material options and found it is the same outdoor banner material I can by from my suppliers website. I bought a 55 yard roll 18 ounce double coated vinyl banner for $350.

We then ordered these snaps, bought 2″ velcro  (for the side of the slides) and PVC clamps from Amazon and PVC from HomeDepot.

Brady and Carter worked together to install the skirting. We learned a few things along the way. Work with 10-15 foot pieces and don’t have the pieces end at a corner. If you do have it end at the corner the best way to keep the pieces together is with binder clips. Once the skirt is in place, wrap the bottom around lengths of PVC, clamping them in place with the PVC clamps. Make sure to use 90* corners to hook the PVC pieces together. This keeps the skirt weighed down and keeps the pieces from becoming large sails if the wind picks up. (We learned this the hard way.)

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So that’s how we made our own RV skirt for right around $600. A MUCH better option for us, especially considering we are hoping this will not become and regular thing. The RV is substantially warmer with the rugs and the skirting.

How do you prepare your RV for winter living?