Originally Posted by RVingDutchman
Many remarks have been made one of which is that you should stay in Ft. Collins so you could get away with out "Skirting" ............. Let me Impress this upon you
You Can Not Get Away Without Skirting and Expect to Be Comfortable Under Any Circumstance!!!!!!!! Period...
That is a fact. If the wind can whistle under your unit you Will be cold and your tanks Will Freeze and you Will have a heck of a time keeping things from getting worse and worse!
The Belly is the weak spot on men, beast and RV's!
OK now I'm getting Dramatic but it's true don't be fooled, that's where all your tanks and liquids are, that's where the pump is that's where the Batteries are (they get cold they loose power fast!) In many units there's the weak spots in insulation. with a little bit of research skirting can be done for little money effectively and safely.
Just don't do it without!
Ed, thanks for your advice! I am definitely looking at different types of skirting options, just to be careful. I would rather spend a little money on a skirt then deal with frozen / broken / etc pipes, tanks, and other devices. I also plan to insulate any pipes I see and get heaters for the tank areas. Like Jim2 said, Fort Collins gets cold but stays generally nice in the winter so as long as I am generally prepared I should be fine.
Thanks again for your comment
Originally Posted by Jim2
It all depends on the conditions of each specific area. In areas where the overnight lows near 0 F or worse and the winds regularly blow over 20 MPH, I would agree with you. But Ft Collins Co lows in the 3 coldest winter months are only 18-20 F on avg and the winds rarely blow over 10 MPH. I've spent many winters in those conditions with no skirting and no frozen pipes or tanks. In my experience its just as important how much it warms up during the day. If it stays at 20 F all day and all night, you're in for a rough time. But in Ft Collins its typical to be 50 F and sunny during many of the the days, even in the middle of winter.
I will probably end up skirting anyways just to help prevent any hassles. Even though it stays generally warm and the wind doesn't blow crazy all the time, we definitely have cold nights and random crazy wind storms. I would rather be over prepared than under prepared. I think the cost of a skirt is well worth it if it helps prevent things from breaking, freezing, and needing replaced.
I am definitely staying in fort Collins for the winter and have decided the mountains aren't a good idea for a whole season.