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Old 12-11-2006, 02:49 PM   #1
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Just after the first of the 2007 year,(for OUR retirement),we are getting a Ford 250 SD 4x4 pu and a Desert Fox Toy Hauler, it will be the 24' or 28'(depends on the better half wants or needs).

We have been tent camping for the last 40+yrs in all 4 seasons (-22* and 18" snow was the one deer hunting trip that stands out most), we decided to step up to a trailer. (Have a 72, 21' Terry and don't like or use it much as it don't like to leave the pavement.)

Since the Desert Fox is a 4 season trailer and already comes with required equipment/options, I want to make a skirt that goes all the way around it and have a method of holding down the ground skirt edge (to keep the blowing COLD wind from underneath)to help maintain all available heat inside during the colder hunting season times.

1. The skirt material will be liteweight waterproof coated nylon material, Black in color to retain heat and be 50+" tall, (to fit uneven ground contours when staked down).

2. Leery of drilling holes , but will be probaly attached by using the ss twist top locks or extra heavy duty DOT snaps around the bottom edge for a permanate system to hold the top edge of the skirting securely to the TH.

3. The bottom edge will be double hemmed and have large grommets inserted every foot or so to drive a steel rod/washer combo into the ground to hold the bottom edge securely and keep the TH shape etc.

I would greatly appreciate any and all other ideas, suggestions or thoughts concerning this modification to made the best system possible for the TH.
Thanks in advance,
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Old 12-11-2006, 02:49 PM   #2
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Hi all,

Just after the first of the 2007 year,(for OUR retirement),we are getting a Ford 250 SD 4x4 pu and a Desert Fox Toy Hauler, it will be the 24' or 28'(depends on the better half wants or needs).

We have been tent camping for the last 40+yrs in all 4 seasons (-22* and 18" snow was the one deer hunting trip that stands out most), we decided to step up to a trailer. (Have a 72, 21' Terry and don't like or use it much as it don't like to leave the pavement.)

Since the Desert Fox is a 4 season trailer and already comes with required equipment/options, I want to make a skirt that goes all the way around it and have a method of holding down the ground skirt edge (to keep the blowing COLD wind from underneath)to help maintain all available heat inside during the colder hunting season times.

1. The skirt material will be liteweight waterproof coated nylon material, Black in color to retain heat and be 50+" tall, (to fit uneven ground contours when staked down).

2. Leery of drilling holes , but will be probaly attached by using the ss twist top locks or extra heavy duty DOT snaps around the bottom edge for a permanate system to hold the top edge of the skirting securely to the TH.

3. The bottom edge will be double hemmed and have large grommets inserted every foot or so to drive a steel rod/washer combo into the ground to hold the bottom edge securely and keep the TH shape etc.

I would greatly appreciate any and all other ideas, suggestions or thoughts concerning this modification to made the best system possible for the TH.
Thanks in advance,
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Old 12-11-2006, 03:27 PM   #3
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Howdy and Welcome to iRV2.

We have the smaller Desert Fox, and if I was to put a skirt around it, I think maybe Snaps along the side all the way around . You could snap around the tires , you will have to go up there but except for the back which is a solid steel piece below the gate. I believe it will work. I have linked this to the toy hauler forum for more exposer and Ideas.
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Dang 'loader! Sounds EXACTLY what I had in mind...there's plenty of tie points off the frame underneath the siding to attach to the TH. I've been thinking of the same thing, but only because of the genny exhaust always seemingly coming over to the camping aside of the coach (if I saw -22* and 18" of snow, I'd be 'hot'-tailing it to Yuma! ).

I know there's probably others who have already done something like this...c'mon guys...give us your thoughts.
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nvreloader, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here and look forward to reading of your adventures and experiences. It sounds like you have a good plan to modify your new TH. Good luck and keep us posted as to the progress.
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To; Anyone with ability to add the customizing info to my signature that I added the other day.

I've tried edit and submit, but didn't work.

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Old 12-12-2006, 01:16 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replys gang,

If anyone has a site or information or pictures to show just how to attach this skirting material is done, I would appreciate the info, I know someone else has done this?.

I kinda have the general idea on how to proceed, but there are several areas that need to be addressed, step area, tounge area and wheel wells etc.

On the wheel areas, I thought I would just carry the base line (top edge)straight across and then add a section that covers the top of the wheel well and attaches to the main skirt with 2" heavy duty velcro on the bottom and snaps down the sides to complete the closeure.

I am using the old Terry as a model in the harder sections, kinda funny looking, duct tape and old sheets and black felt marks and notes jotted down on the sheets.
I am getting some funny looks from the better half like,(he has lost it now!)

Thanks again,
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Hi Jim!-kablewizard. I just took the time to view your pictures from your link in your signature. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 12-17-2006, 08:10 PM   #9
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It appears that no one has done any skirting projects on their trailers.
Oh well, I will find a way and then post some pictures and info for the rest of you to follow, if it suits you.

Kablewizard, great photos of your DF TH,(a 17' or 21' model) I can't wait to get ours. I have several items (read conversions or improvements planned) after prowling the internet and seeing some great ideas on making things better.
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Hi nvrelooader. Just came onto the site as a newbie and noticed your thread on skirting. I've been Full Timing in a 2001 Titanium up here in Canada for the last 4 years. The skirting that I got was pretty expensive, but definately worth it. What I used to attach to the Unit was Awning tracking cut to whatever length was required in the different areras around the Trailer. The whole skirting was made into panels that would fit into these different areas. The top of each panel had a sewing of the right size to fit into the tracking. On each side of the panneling, I had heavy duty Velcro on the outside of the one panel and then the inside of the next so that It was almost a seamless application. Where I had different heights, I installed stainless twists to adhere to the trailer.After all of this, I purchased a 500 Watt Hylogen work light, bungeed it to a 2x12, plugged it into the external plug in.
It worked pretty good. As a matter of fact I opened up underneath to check it at -40F in Red Deer Alberta, and was pleasently surprised to see how comfortable it was underneath.
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My buddy's Mother in-law did up some skirting for when he is camped at the beach to keep the sand from blowing around under the trailer, etc.

It is canvas material with snaps and twist tabs.

I think she was interested in making them for others???

Shoot me a PM if you want and I'll get you some contact info.
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LenP,
Thanks for the info,what is awning tracking, I Googled it and came up empty.
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Awning track is essentially a tube with a slot cut down the center. The end of the fabric will be rolled/sewn over a piece of rope so the rope will stay inside the tube to secure it, yet the fabric can slide through the slot. Hard to envision without a picture. Take a look at this website...

http://secure.sailrite.com/itemdesc.asp?CartId={7D11022...73AAF7F7C}&ic=10610 0

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I just noticed the website I referred you to above also has a video. I would think you could find the tracking a RV parts stores or even awning stores.
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