Summer travels have come to a close and now your wife is asking you every other day to store your RV safely for the winter. You promised her you’d figure something out when she agreed to let you buy this new toy that, in all fairness, she loves just as much as you do. Unfortunately, it takes time to think through the process of storing an RV. It’s not that you don’t want to make your wife happy or you don’t want to protect your vehicle. It’s that this big of a decision should not be taken lightly because a lot can go wrong. There is much to be considered and you want to do it right the first time without regrets.
Does the local code enforcement require certain plans?
First, if your local city requires engineered plans or a permit, you must be prepared to meet their requirements. Find out if your city and Homeowners Association allow RV carports in your area to avoid not being able to use your new purchase.
Will your RV be used while also being stored?
If you simply need to store your RV when you aren’t traveling, choose a carport that houses it in its compact state. But, if you need to open the sliders for cleaning purposes or for guests to use, you’ll need something wider.
If you’ll be living in your RV full-time or will often have guests, you might want to bring the sides down a bit lower to help with the sun or wind, depending on the carport’s surroundings.
Where do you plan to place your RV carport?
When choosing the location of your RV carport, decide how much accessibility you’ll need. Be mindful of trees and powerlines getting in the way of your carport installation and of your ability to park your RV easily. Being able to pull in and out or even to back in with ease will reduce your frustration when you’re excited to get on the road or you’re ready to jump in your own bed after a long trip.
As we mentioned above, conditions such as wind and where the sun rises and sets can affect how far down the sheet metal on the side of the carport needs to be.
Finally, make sure there is level ground across the span of where the carport will be placed. Take notice of hills and other ground variations.
What are your style preferences?
Carports have become customizable even when it comes to style preferences, which include A-frame, regular, and vertical styles. You can also choose from 14-gauge or 12-gauge frames. Lean-tos have become another popular customization.
If you really want to make your wife happy, let her choose the colors while you decide if you’ll put it on concrete or a gravel pad.
There are so many options to think about when purchasing the perfect RV carport to protect your “baby.” Check out what Stallion Buildings has to offer and let us take the worry out of designing the right structure for you. What else can you ask for besides your RV’s protection? After Stallion Buildings has finished installing your structure, simply park it underneath and enjoy it (at least until the Mrs. makes a new list of Honey Do’s for the decorations and landscaping around it).