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Old 01-08-2016, 11:55 AM   #11
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I've done the roughing it thing since I was a teenager. Dragging 5 girls into the west Texas summers, nearing 100, tent camping for a week at a time with water only sites at a state park.


We bought the camper to work a little less, and vacation a bit more. Not having plumping puts me back to just have a warmer, hard sided tent that weighs 6000#. We don't have a high end camper, or an artic package, so our belly is fully exposed unfortunately. We didn't have any issues warming things up when we arrived, and as long as the temps were above 0F we did ok. It was that -17F crap that got us..haha.


As for the skirting, I was thinking of going to the print company and picking up a heavy vinyl (6-8mil) mis-print for next to nothing. Sewing in some good magnets and ta da. It would fold and store fairly easily and install as quickly as magnets can stick to the frame. I'm hoping the weight would be enough to hold it in place, and offer some "insulation"
That sounds like an excellent idea.
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Old 01-08-2016, 01:31 PM   #12
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All the skirts I've ever seen have been made from heavy vinyl. The same thing as awning material and boat tops. You might be able to pick up some old torn up awnings from a RV dealer or maybe something from a tent company. I've only seen them attached with snaps. I think it might take a lot of magnets to hold that stuff up. 6 mil might be lighter.
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this is all helpful. We wont unwinterize till we get to a warmer climate. The TT arrives Jan 20 and we hope to have our first trip early in February.

We are in Maine and the highs are never above 32 till April. The normal low for our "due date" is minus 30.

Having our house pipes freeze up is no fun and I would imagine the chill factor at 65 mph in those temps really puts the water lines at risk. This will be our first little trailer (195 RB)
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70 mph in freezing weather on your maiden voyage??? You got bigger balls than me...
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finally03gt is the under belly on your unit enclosed? If not get some material similar to this Underbelly Material - RV Parts & Accessories - All-Rite.com any RV shop will have it. Seal seems with aluminum tape, a tip from local RV shop.

I was camped that week south of you with no freezing but enclosed under belly. Like OP above keep the heat on traveling, cheap and toasty when you finally park. Put some foam noodles in and cover the water hose, keep a short as possible, many sites I go to 10FT is all I need. I'll get a picture tomorrow of the heated water hose I made, not pretty but works great.

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Old 01-08-2016, 08:42 PM   #16
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70 mph in freezing weather on your maiden voyage??? You got bigger balls than me...
We cant do anything about the weather nor the speed limit. There is a minimum.
I suppose we ought to be thankful that we are in Maine where there is almost no truck traffic. You can walk across I 95 almost anywhere and not get hit , though moose take their toll.
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Old 01-09-2016, 09:22 AM   #17
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I've done the roughing it thing since I was a teenager. Dragging 5 girls into the west Texas summers, nearing 100, tent camping for a week at a time with water only sites at a state park.


We bought the camper to work a little less, and vacation a bit more. Not having plumping puts me back to just have a warmer, hard sided tent that weighs 6000#. We don't have a high end camper, or an artic package, so our belly is fully exposed unfortunately. We didn't have any issues warming things up when we arrived, and as long as the temps were above 0F we did ok. It was that -17F crap that got us..haha.


As for the skirting, I was thinking of going to the print company and picking up a heavy vinyl (6-8mil) mis-print for next to nothing. Sewing in some good magnets and ta da. It would fold and store fairly easily and install as quickly as magnets can stick to the frame. I'm hoping the weight would be enough to hold it in place, and offer some "insulation"
Suspecting you didn't do a lot of tent camping when it was below freezing so the RV already has given you an expanded camping experience. Throw in heat, Sat tv, a kitchen and warm beds and you/re miles ahead of the game. If you are an occasional user as it sounds like you are, trying to armor up the TT to fight off the freeze will likely prove a futil effort. In all my years of camping [over 45] the only skirting I have seen used is on long term seasonal set ups. The skirting is not likely to provide much extra protection to a sub freezing night and days that don't get much warmer. Don't get me wrong, you can prep a TT to perform better in freezing weather but if in the end things freeze up the repair costs will not make for a happy homecoming.

And as I said before, you can use your sink and toilet without charging the fresh water system. Good luck,
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Don't get me wrong, you can prep a TT to perform better in freezing weather but if in the end things freeze up the repair costs will not make for a happy homecoming.
Well said prep for cold. Heat taped aluminum & from wrapped water hose. Loose heat tape, foam noodles w/ bungee loops, and a roll of duct tape. Hook hose add insulation & heat to CG pipe/bib as needed with foam, bungees & tape. Forgot to add the 3 way plug for two heat tapes and a short extension cord to reach the 20amp in the pedestal.
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Another example of Jayco cutting corners. It is so much cheaper to just run another duct from the existing heating system to the underbelly than adding electric heating pads to the tanks and heat traces to the pipes. This is the proper solution. That way, even if you are not running the furnace, you can keep your unit from freezing.

I will be making this conversion next year in preparation for an Alaska trip.

That way, even when parked in storage, the unit is still protected. Far more efficient.

P.S. Jayco thinks its all about saving money. I am sure there are a lot of us that would pay extra for it to be done right and eliminate winterization headaches altogether. Or at least provide an option.
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Another example of Jayco cutting corners. . . .

P.S. Jayco thinks its all about saving money. I am sure there are a lot of us that would pay extra for it to be done right and eliminate winterization headaches altogether.
If that is true why do you own a Jayco? Why didn't you pay more money for a brand that has all the features you think are necessary?
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