What About DIY or Do It Yourself RV Carports?
RV carport kits have become very popular for their reduced price and installation benefits. If you are familiar with the type of metal RV cover you want, this DIY option can be effective for you. If you have the skills to install these metal buildings, with their leg height, length, and roof structure; be it an A frame roof (boxed eave) or regular roof, you can choose the style of your shelter and install it with your own customization options.
Many customers are happy to consider a self-install or DIY option and then are satisfied with this choice. The metal RV cover still protects from the elements and can allow for the parking of multiple vehicles, if necessary. The goal for you as the customer is to get the best sale prices on the metal that you can find, especially nowadays. If you want to park your motor home and your truck in the same building, you can, which makes these metal structures more appealing.
Customers have many options in metal RV covers
Options with Metal RV Carports
There is a wide selection of choices when it comes to the customization of metal RV covers.
You can enjoy a nice RV shelter with easy access to your items at all times.
The metal roof style can be designed according to your choice, as well as color, use of walls, and more.
Here are some options using high quality products:
- Roof only carport
- Roof Styles:
- Vertical roof
- Regular roof
- Horizontal roof
- Fully enclosed
- Side walls
- Garage doors
- Built taller (leg height)
The RV Carport Conversion Idea
Consider building a steel RV carport but entertaining the idea of enclosing it in the future. By getting a motorhome cover or shelter now, you can always keep the solid roof but build on the coverage you have in the future. This idea gives you the roof only cover at first, or even the roof and a side panel or two. Then later, if you decide you want to add side panels, a fully enclosed garage, building, or shelter, then you can have it enclosed and other structures become a possibility. You can have walls added with garage doors, windows, j-trim, and other customization options to make the metal RV garage your own.
A metal RV carport or steel RV cover provides decades of solid, worry-free protection
The steel carport is the bones of the structure and you choose what to add, if you want, to make the metal carport more reinforced. You can start out with a simple RV carport and add side panels for more sun and wind protection. You can add gable ends for a distinct design. Later, if you like the idea of fully enclosed metal carports, you can look at garages and see how RV covers become buildings. The cost of steel or metal prices for these buildings may make it worthwhile for you to go ahead with a garage at this time, in other words, a fully enclosed building to begin with. Some customers choose RV covers and don't go with optional conversion to a metal garage; it's all up to you.
Shopping for RV Covers Online
More people are looking to the Internet to find sale items and good prices for brands they trust. What if you have never shopped online for metal RV covers and you don't know what to look for? Where should you start your search if it feels like everyone wants to sell you their product?
The best place to start is to get educated on metal RV carports first. When you bought your RV, 5th wheel, or camper, you probably learned about how to care for it all during the different seasons of the year, how to maintain the exterior, the interior, and more. The same is true for RV carport covers and what goes into them. You want to understand the important facets and options of a good, solid metal RV carport so let's consider a few.
You want to know the size you will need to properly cover your recreational vehicle. This size includes leg height or the wall height of the metal RV carport. You don't want this height to be too short so that your RV doesn't fit properly, but you also don't want it to be too tall so that you overpay for the height you simply do not need. You might be surprised how well you can fit your travel trailer into an RV carport and still have enough room to move around the vehicle. You don't want to be restricted and you want to allow room for pop-outs, slide-outs, and the ac unit on top, of course.
Other than size, you will also want to consider the roof style of any metal RV covers you are considering.
There are 3 basic RV carport roof choices:
- Regular or rounded style roof
- A frame roof or boxed eave
- Vertical style roof (roof panels run vertically instead of horizontally)
Regular Rounded Style:
Roof style is something to consider because of how much debris collects over time on a metal RV carport.
The regular or rounded style roof is, as it is called, rounded on the four corners of the RV cover. This allows water to drain off of the roof.
The roof panels are installed horizontally, not vertically, which does not provide as much clearance of debris as a vertical-style roof does.
A Frame Boxed Eave Style:
The boxed eave style is squared or boxed on the four corners of the RV cover. It resembles a house, the way there is an eave with fascia and soffit.
Vertical Roof Style:
The vertical roof is describing how the metal panels lay vertically (up and down) as opposed to horizontally (front to back) on the other two roof styles. A vertical roof is superior for a few reasons, one of them being that because it allows all debris, snow, rain, and accumulation to wash off the roof of metal RV covers without maintenance on your part. The vertical roof holds up well with all types of weather and it is best if RV carports are going to be built where anything whatsoever might accumulate on the roof.
You can choose what gauge you want the RV cover to be built with. 14 gauge is standard and 12-gauge is used with thicker steel RV covers. This thicker gauge would be used in high wind or heavy snow load areas. The roof gauge on both RV covers is 29-gauge steel. To better understand and see a chart on steel gauges visit U.S. code standard for steel gauge.
Metal RV carports come in a wide variety of colors to suit your custom choices. You can choose what roof color, trim color, and side panel(s) color - if any - you would like on your cover. These metal RV covers look impressive in any setting but they look especially charming when the colors match up neatly with your home or business location.
Many choices go into the style of metal RV carports that customers can choose from and not all are just aesthetics or for looks. When shopping for a steel RV cover, you want to know all of the options available to you, so there are more things to be aware of.
It's important to know what all of your steel RV cover options are
Here is an example of the helix anchors used to solidly secure the RV carports in place.
J-Trim is an optional feature, used as a decorative edge trim underneath metal RV carport paneling to add a finishing touch. It can also be used around doors and windows on steel structures if you choose to have these. It is not a requirement but adds to the overall looks of the carport. If J-Trim is in place, the aesthetics, or looks of RV covers improve, as well as when walking and passing through, any metal edges will be neatly and safely covered.
Hat channels (or hat purlin) are light gauge steel framing segments used for roof and wall support, as well as retrofit installation over existing metal buildings or metal roofs. These are available in galvanized steel and vertical roof RV covers use hat channels in the roof building design.
Back to Basics
What is the most popular metal RV carport out there? Probably the carport that is priced right for the most customers and that provides the best coverage. One very popular style is the regular roof or rounded style carport. It starts at the simple price point, provides necessary coverage while still allowing rain to roll off of the sides and not on the items inside or the coverage area. A or 20 year rust through warranty is a great basic thing to look for when shopping for metal carports and metal RV covers.
Basic details you want to look for include:
- The best metal prices you can find
- Warranty coverage
- Professional installation crews
- Knowledgeable staff that can help you find the right carport for you
- How to protect RVs in any weather with metal RV covers
- How you can get the most out of your steel building
- Gauge, roof style, options
How Will You Choose to Cover Your RV?
Now it’s time to look into a purchase to protect your investments and last you a lifetime! Georgia Portable Buildings offers many solutions to protect and prolong the life of your valuable motorhome, RV, camper, and trailers. If you need more details, you can easily call our metal building hotline and speak with a knowledgeable staff member in person. You can save money by having your own personal storage carport right nearby that adds value to your home. So check out our RV carports to cover and protect today!