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Posted: 02/01/11 05:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Any ideas on a way to temporarily underpin a travel trailer. We don't want to spend hours getting the RV ready to roll again on short notice. Thanks.

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Posted: 02/01/11 05:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Can you explain what 'underpin' means?

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Posted: 02/01/11 05:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sure. Underpinning is a method that creates a perimeter barrier that acts as insulation. Sorry for the lack of clarity.

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I saw a travel traier underpinned with bales of hay. You say it was temp but most likely will stay until grass gows out of the bales.


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Posted: 02/01/11 06:02pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hay bales or straw work very well but the best thing to do is put them in heavy duty Lawn and leaf bags to keep them dry. When you are ready to roll again you can donate them as they will still be in good shape.


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Posted: 02/01/11 06:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you're talking about enclosing the belly to protect tanks and plumbing, there's probably not much you can do on a temporary basis. It takes me over an hour to remove just one panel of my belly pan. while you MIGHT stick something under there to close it off, it's probably not going to do much good without being pretty tightly sealed. Also, even with a closed belly you still need a means of HEATING the enclosed belly. Either electric pads on tanks and plumbing or a furnace vent open into the belly if tank heaters aren't available. Several days ago would have been the time to start taking these steps. As others have suggested you may provide some small amount of help by simply skirting your trailer using whatever you can. wont add heat but it can keep drafts down a little bit. without heat things will still freeze in the open belly just as fast but it may stay warmer inside the trailer. Good luck / Skip


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Posted: 02/01/11 09:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Carolina Cruiser has it right, we did this for many years in Zero weather. But use the heavy duty trash bags .


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Any kind of perimeter barrier that is hay or leaves will attract little four legged critters looking for a warm place to bunk. You can buy a soft skirt that is manufactured to fit your trailer. A simple barrier is some of the foil backed, 1/2" thick foam board from Home Depot. Join the sections with foil tape, cut with a kitchen knife and secure with a few 1 x 2 wood stakes.

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Posted: 02/05/11 05:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Soft skin doesnt insulatae , hay does, and if in the right trash bags, mice or others cant get it, especially if you put animal repelent in them.

We used em for many many years, and never had any trouble .

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