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Old 12-06-2017, 10:58 AM   #1
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Do I need to buy a skirt

Hello, I have a 2017 jayco jayflight 32tsbh all weather trailer. I have lived in it the last year here in Oregon,never usually gets in the single digits but does get cold. I literally know nothing about trailers but when I bought it they said I would not need to buy a skirt for it. Made it through last winters snow without freezing pipes but nervous about the upcoming winter. Do I need to buy one? Is there a cheaper option to trying to protect my pipes? I just dont want to screw anything up! Any advice is appreciated.
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:09 AM   #2
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Congratulations on the Jay Flight and welcome to the forum.

Is a colder winter being predicted for your area? IMO, YOU are the expert! Few folks here have spent a winter in their trailer.

I've heard of straw bails around the perimeter to insulate and be a wind break. That might be easier/cheaper than a skirt.

Good luck!
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Thank you for the response! I don't think it is supposed to be any colder than last year. My sister says i got lucky my pipes didnt freeze and break, but i bought the all weather trailer hoping it could be used, in all weather 😂 lol
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Congratulations on the Jay Flight and welcome to the forum.



I've heard of straw bails around the perimeter to insulate and be a wind break. That might be easier/cheaper than a skirt.

Good luck!
X 2 on this one as it will keep those pipes around 54deg. during the winter. My wife has a summer home on the St. Lawerance River in upstate NY and several of the trailers that are occupied near the farm land use straw during the winter months and that area sees cold weather well below 32 deg for months on end.

Note: the 54deg. temp would be for Oregon and not upstate NY.
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I saw a guy a couple of years ago during winter had his trailer skirted with hay bales and directly underneath he had 2-3 100w flood lights plugged in inside the skirting on the ground facing up. He said it kept it nice and cozy under there.
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The first thing I would do is to look under the front cap (black part). Look where it ends on the bottom and feel to see if there is an opening. On my tt I found there is a 3/4 gap all the way across the trailer. We discovered this when cold air was blowing by our head during windy nights. You might save yourself some time and money if you open your front pass through doors and put a rug or some other type of barrier that runs from the floor up the front part of the compartment.
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Thanks for all the advice!!
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I saw a guy a couple of years ago during winter had his trailer skirted with hay bales and directly underneath he had 2-3 100w flood lights plugged in inside the skirting on the ground facing up. He said it kept it nice and cozy under there.
Make sure you use straw not hay. Many stories of critters from using hay.
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Make sure you use straw not hay. Many stories of critters from using hay.
I wouldn't know straw from hay if it hit me in the face!
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I wouldn't know straw from hay if it hit me in the face!
Don't ask for Alfalfa.
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