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Put a Skirt on It!

Cold weather here, cold weather there, cold weather... well, not everywhere but in lots of places this time of year.

During the rush to get our new home covered from top to bottom, the unusual cold November weather kicked winter into gear early, creating problems in our semi-permanent RV home.

We hadn't had a chance to do all the weatherizing that it needed. Our bedroom temperature was well below the rest of the house. I resorted to using a heat pad to warm up a small portion of our sheets before climbing in. Adding a space heater helped a little. But we really needed to put a wind barrier, often called a skirt, around the entire RV, pullouts and all.

Now that we could breathe a little because the house was covered, we finally had time to get some work done around the home front. There are a lot of different materials you can use as a wind barrier. Hay was one of my first choices but too expensive and would be messy since we are going to be here for a while. Duo-living is the plan, at least for a while. The silver product you see in the photo is just Styrofoam with foil on one side.

Jer did an awesome job. Every time I look at it of think of the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz. My gosh, I never expected we’d be using so much propane. Every six days we need to refill. We use a smaller tank as a backup if we run out in the middle of the night. We pray the tin skirt helps to keep things warmer.

It's been so cold that the hose from the well house to the barn froze. You might not think this is a big deal, but the washer and dryer are in that barn. Before we could do a load of wash, we had to wait until things thawed out a bit.

Oh, the adventures we are having.

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