Buying an RV Carport: Need to Knows
After being exposed to the elements for too long, your RV will eventually begin to wear down. The roof of the RV is usually the first to show signs of exposure and then the siding begins to fade and crack. Purchasing a fully enclosed garage to house your RV can cost a fortune; however, an RV carport serves the same purpose for a fraction of the cost. RV carports are usually the go to option when providing protection for a motor home, fifth wheel, and travel trailers. We have conducted a list of “need to knows” for the RV owner contemplating purchasing an RV carport.
Obviously choosing the right size for your RV carport is one of the most crucial steps in the process. You will need to take into consideration the length, width, and height of your RV to ensure you carport isn’t too small. For owners with an RV, without slide outs, a width of 12’ usually seems to do the trick. A 12 foot wide RV carport takes up little space and is the least expensive option. For those RVs with extended slide outs, the 18 foot wide carport is the most common option. This size carport allows you to store your RV with your slide outs extended. The length and height of your carport varies depending on the size of your RV, and how much room your prefer inside the carport.
To provide added protection for your RV, owners include paneling down the side of their carport. We allow customers to customize their carports to include top, bottom, closed, or no walls. For ultimate protection we suggest closed walls, however, top walls also serve as great protection. The panels run the length of the carport which not only provide shelter and shade, but also strengthens the entire carport. We all know rain doesn’t always fall straight down, especially during severe storms, so panels help keep your RV dry.
We have three different roofing options to choose from: vertical, regular, A-frame. The best and most commonly used roofing option is the vertical roof system. The vertical roof system is the strongest of all of our options. The roof style also requires less maintenance and cleaning because of its ability to shed leaves, dirt, and other debris. Since the roof is slanted, water runs directly off the roof, which in turn reduces the chance of any leaking in the roof system.
Depending on where you live, certain anchor systems are required. When purchasing a RV carport there are many anchors to choose from. For example, concrete anchors, rebar anchor, high wind anchor, and lag bolts used for wood. Most carports come with auger anchors which are used in areas with high winds or tornados. Before purchasing your carport, be sure to know where you want to place it and what anchors will be needed. Another good tip is to locate your carport in an open area away from trees. You would not want a tree to damage your carport or RV during severe weather.
RVs are used as a home away from home and can be very expensive to purchase. The way your RV looks reflects what kind of person you are. Our RV carports are guaranteed to protect your RV and keep it in fine condition for years to come.