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Old 02-19-2015, 03:40 PM   #1
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For the last 6 years I have used a fitted RV cover on my RV in the off season. I am thinking I can better protect my RV if I bought and installed one of those metal/tin car ports. It would keep the UV and the rain off in season and the snow off in the off season.
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:00 PM   #2
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The metal carports should work fine. Depending on where you live I would watch the snow load rating on it. I would not use one of the fabric tarp units if you live anywhere with any significant snow loads. FIL has this type and the tarp takes to much damage every two years and it has to be replaced.
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:08 PM   #3
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I plan on buying one for my new Jayco. We had a cover for my dad's class C. I remember it being a huge pain in the neck. I found that when we got back from a trip late in the day we didn't cover it... then we went back to work and didn't get around to it... then it had been 3 weeks before we got a chance to cover it... then it rains and we don't want to get muddy... then we figured we are leaving again in 2 weeks might as well leave it uncovered...


With the metal carport I just have to drive underneath it and I am done. Water doesn't get a chance to get to the rubber roof. Dirt doesn't have a chance, leaves and pine needles, etc etc.


Its expensive to get it tall enough... such a rip off. The taller legs add about $40 worth of metal but they increase the cost by hundreds of dollars. I've got a quote for about $1600 for a 31 foot long, 10 foot high by 18 foot wide shelter. I'm not sure if it will be long enough or not. I am going to wait until I get the trailer and take some measurements. The height is determined by the legs, but the peak is a foot or 2 taller than the legs.


For $1600 I figure it will cost a little over $100 a year to keep it covered for the 15 years I expect to stay at my current residence. That is a LOT cheaper than paying for covered storage elsewhere. That should help me keep my trailer looking better longer, which might help with resale value down the road.


Also, God forbid I have a leak somewhere then it is much less likely to cause a major issue because it'll only potentially see water when I am out camping.
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:45 PM   #4
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I have a 18 x 36 pole shed. I installed it 7-8 years ago. When we bought the last Jayco, I had to raise it a ft all around. Now that was a job!

Make sure it is anchored securely, ours is bolted to a concrete slab. We have water and 30a power there also.

Verify that your local government does not have any laws that would prevent it's installation.
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I just had an RV Port installed a week and a half ago. I love it. A crew came in from out of state and installed it in 10 hours. It is 24' by 50' by 14' high.













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I am working on the yard and driveway now to add a 18x40 on gravel that will be 12' high on the sides and 15' in the center. Thoughts are to add electrical next year.
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Old 02-19-2015, 08:55 PM   #7
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You won't be sorry. It is worth the investment to get your rig out of the sun and weather.
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[QUOTE=jeffdee;271563]I just had an RV Port installed a week and a half ago. I love it. A crew came in from out of state and installed it in 10 hours. It is 24' by 50' by 14' high.


Mind telling me who you used? I really like that cover.
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Old 02-20-2015, 10:45 AM   #9
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Carolina Carports through a local sales rep. I will give you more details this evening. I posted more info at the Heartland Cyclone owners Site in general discussions. At work now with limited Internet access.
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Old 02-20-2015, 01:21 PM   #10
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Richard. Check out allsteelcarportsdirect dot com
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