How to Install RV Skirting
When your kit arrives, start by marking the locations where you plan to mount your fasteners. Mark just above the area where you are planning to mount the studs. Place a fastener at every point that the fabric will start and stop around objects. Spacing should be Maximum 10” or less for screw in studs or Maximum 5″ when using the 3M adhesive studs. IMPORTANT: 3M ADHESIVE FASTENERS REQUIRE MINIMUM 1 INCH WIDE, TOTALLY SMOOTH, FLAT, AND CLEAN MOUNTING SURFACE.
Install EZ Snap Studs
Now it is time to install the studs. If you are installing using the self-tapping screw stud fasteners, there is no surface prep required and they can be simply screwed into the RV. Be careful not to over tighten the screw. Add a small dab of silicone to the cavity in the back of the snap stud to help seal off the screw hole if desired.
Surface Prep for 3M Adhesive Studs
Important: When installing using the EZ Snap adhesive studs, the surface must be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol. This will help remove any oxidization or contaminates. 3M also recommends using Primer on the mounting surface where the adhesive will stick to the side of the RV. Remember, the mounting surface must be minimum 1 inch wide, totally smooth, flat and clean.
Peel & Stick 3M
Once you have cleaned and primed the mounting surface for the adhesive studs, simply peel off the liner on the back of the stud. Take care not to touch the adhesive once the liner is removed as this can contaminate the adhesive surface.
Press the adhesive studs into place on the cleaned and primed mounting surface. Repeat this as you move around the RV. Press and hold the adhesive studs in place with firm pressure for a few seconds. 3M recommends 15 lbs of force. Press in the center and around the outer edges.
Ideally temperatures should be at least +15 C / 60 F during installation and for 72 hours continuously. It is recommended to let the adhesive studs set for 24 hours before you start to install the skirting material.
Next, snap the EZ Snap pins onto the studs you installed on your RV. Push the pin onto the stud until it snaps on. Repeat this as you move around the RV.
Roll out the RV skirting material along one side of the RV. The easiest installation is one continual piece, starting at the sani dump, all the way around the RV, finishing with an overlap at the sani dump.
Some customers prefer to work with a number of shorter lengths. Remember that you will need extra skirting length and panel joining Velcro for each additional overlap. This specialized Velcro is designed to bond permanently to the vinyl skirting.
When cutting skirting, it is best to use a framing square and a straight edge to draw a line, then use the line as a cutting guide. A sharp pair of scissors works best. Ideally they should be sharp enough so that you can just push them to cut. This tends to produce the straightest looking cut.
Once you have your skirting rolled out, you can begin to position it in place. This step, as with all the steps, is quicker and easier if you have an assistant to help you. Lift the skirting into position so that it is at the same height as the highest fasteners.
Push Skirting Onto Pins
With the fabric positioned in place, begin fastening it by puncturing the EZ Snap pins through the fabric. Using two hands, push the fabric down on the pin until it pops through.
Important: Push straight down on pins or they may break.
Move from pin to pin as you continue to puncture the pins through the fabric. It is important to ensure that you push the pin all the way through the skirting and all the way down to the base of the pin. You want to make sure that the teeth on the pin are fully exposed so that the caps will lock on properly.
Trimming to Fit
Once the skirting has been positioned on the pins, you can use a straight edge to draw in cut lines for areas that will be cut away and removed.
Important: Leave approximately ½” to ¾”of space between the edge of the skirting and the pin.
Cut along the line you have drawn to remove the excess fabric. The EZ Snap RV Skirting is a non-fray fabric and does not require hemming or binding of the cut edge. Continue this procedure as you work your way around the RV.
Important: As you fit your skirting to your RV make sure that maintain the proper clearances from any heat exhausts or venting. Do not cover over these areas under any circumstances.
Once the skirting is installed over all the pins and is hanging the way you want it to, start locking the fabric onto the pins by pushing on the EZ Snap caps. If you need to adjust the skirting, it’s OK to pull the skirting off the pins, adjust the skirting, then push the skirting back onto the pins.
Important: Skirting must be pushed onto the pin firmly, all the way down to the base of the pin, exposing all of the locking teeth. This ensures the caps will lock properly onto the each pin.
Securing Against Wind
The bottom edge of the skirting must be secured against wind. Please see the Pipe Frame instructions for details.