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Old 01-28-2007, 07:44 PM   #1
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Help! Have to put a 'SKIRT' on my Int'l

As a full-timer living in a tiny circle of permanent trailers + manufactured homes, the property manager is demanding I construct a "skirt" around the base of my Airstream (ICCCCKK!!!)..I suppose, to fit in with her standards of what's acceptable in this mobile home park.

So: any ideas on what materials to use? I want to avoid a tacky/expensive/permanent installation. I'm hoping for something hip, easy, and affordable, that I can dis-assemble and re-assemble whenever I need to move in the future.

I welcome your suggestions.

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Old 01-28-2007, 07:58 PM   #2
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Modify the Airstream look! YUKKKKK! The Airstream is a classic look - but trailer park operators don't care - they just have to follow the rules.

I have seen some people install a series of snaps around the permiter of the trailer and then simply snap-on a skirt. Similar to what you might see on a mattress skirt on your bed at home. The material is made of heavy duty vinyl fabric similar to a canopy or tarp. Can be purchased in a variety of colors - maybe even with print. Installs and removes quickly but it does require the addition/modification to install the snaps. A good seatcover shop can install the snaps on the vinyl. You'd have to use stakes or weights to keep the vinyl from flapping in the breeze.

Similarly, seen people install thin extrusions with a groove and the vinyl is sewn to make a rib/welt. The rib then slides into the groove on the extrusion. This could be installed under the trailer so it's not too obvious when your driving down the road.

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Old 01-28-2007, 08:11 PM   #3
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As the owner of a 2007 Airstream in your Park I guarantee your not at the bottom end of that food chain. Unless the neighbors are all Prevost types. In either case I'd tell her to .....................................(you get the point. If you just cannot move or don't want to....I suggest the type of PVC short fencing I see the Winter Texans put up around their places. Looks good, not expensive and readily movable.
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I would first ask her for "her" definition of skirted and what materials are approved and not. That way you can get clever and maybe "skirt" the rules. Welcome BTW.
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Old 01-28-2007, 09:59 PM   #5
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I have snap of curtains for my triaxel. The sunbrella fabric matches the maroon stripe in the awnings. It looks good and keeps the sun off the tires. There is a pocket in the bottom of the curtain that I run a piece of plastic pipe through. I then tie the pipes together under the trailer to keep them from blowing in the wind.
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As a full-timer living in a tiny circle of permanent trailers + manufactured homes, the property manager is demanding I construct a "skirt" around the base of my Airstream (ICCCCKK!!!)...
I would be tempted to go with green plastic fringe - aka a hula skirt. Very cheap and tacky in a good way.

Either that or have someone fabricate a 'freestanding' aluminum skirt to fit around the airstream without requiring modification of the AS. Very not cheap and not tacky.

But I would join 68 overlander in suggesting that your first step is to try to get an answer from the manager about what is acceptable. Ideally, ask in a way that will get as broad an answer as possible...so you can say that you did what she said.
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Old 01-28-2007, 11:27 PM   #7
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Hi, I would tell the property manager, " My Airstream is a Male and I'm not going to put any skirt on him" Furthermore, in this sue crazy world, [jump on the band wagon] I would threaten them with a sexual harrasment law suit. Nuff said. Note; They will either kick you out or back off.

Put tire covers on him and call them Shorts.
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Old 01-28-2007, 11:34 PM   #8
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Well mine is female "Silverbell" so a skirt is in order, maybe you could find a plaid one and call it a Kilt.
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Old 01-29-2007, 01:09 AM   #9
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One type of material you might consider is the reflective foil type of insulation. Lowes carries it and you should be able to find it in 16", 24" and 48" wide rolls. Maybe the 16" roll would work. You could make a simple framework of 1x2, 2x2 or maybe plastic pipe that you could fasten the foil to. Staple for the wood or maybe foil tape or duct tape with the plastic pipe. Fasten it on on the inside of the frame and the fasteners won't show. You would actually get extra insulation value from your skirt and it would be shiny quilted aluminum which could look pretty nice. Just make the frame fit and it should sit in place without having to be attached to the AS.

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TO ALL YOU AWESOME FOLKS:

Thanks so much for all the ideas!!! Yes, as the sole owner of a shiny new Airstream in a small circle of 31 spaces, i don't have to worry about who's da classiest (grin)...and I have plenty of leeway=creative license to do whatever i wish in the Skirt Department.

Once I take all your fine suggestions, and do a bit of shopping & installing, I'll try & put a photo up of my creation.

I really appreciated all the feedback!!

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I would be tempted to go with green plastic fringe - aka a hula skirt. Very cheap and tacky in a good way.
I like the hula skirt idea! For a bit of spice, throw in a few pink flamingos around the perimeter to complete the "ensemble".
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...and I have plenty of leeway=creative license to do whatever i wish in the Skirt Department.
With all that leeway & creative license to work with and since "they" already think your trailer looks tacky without a skirt...I think you ought to go for the "white-picket-fence-fake-flower-pots-and-pink-flamingos" look ala Tracey Ullman. They'll be sooorrrrrry!

Although the grass skirt, tribal masks & tiki torches have merit too...

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