One puts in a huge amount of money to buy a recreational vehicle (RV). Your RV may be small (16 footers) or large luxury unit (40 feet), in both cases it needs great care and protection against harsh weather conditions. In few months during the year, the weather might be pleasant, but still, you should protect your RV from falling leaves or other debris being carried along with wind or air.
Since large vehicles like RVs are not used very frequently and regularly across the year. Therefore it is necessary to arrange a properly sheltered place for parking it. Building a permanent garage is not feasible in most of the cases due to various geographical and financial circumstances; therefore, in such cases building an effective carport can serve the purpose.
Now, let us discuss the factors that you need to consider while choosing right carport for your RV. Many RV owners find it difficult to decide that what type of carport will suffice their requirement and will provide the maximum safety to their RV. So, to make this task easier for you, we are listing few important factors that you need to consider while choosing a perfect carport for your RV.
- While choosing the carport for your RV, try to figure out which type of carport will be better as per your requirements. However, in most of the cases, metal carports are preferred. They are easily available and are manufactured by many companies.
- You also need to consider the availability of space at your place, where the carport is meant to be installed. Space should somewhat bigger than the actual carport dimensions; so that installation team can easily move and transport long rods and other parts required installing the carport. So, the available space should have adequate length, width, and height. If you are planning for a double-deck, then you must also consider the height as well.
- You must also consider the weather conditions in your area. If there is a frequent snowfall, you may need a solid structure and a sloped roof. In case of frequent winds, you may have to build a concrete floor first. It will provide better anchoring.
- Last, but not the least; you should also consider the exterior of your home or residential building near which the carport is being installed. You may customize the texture and design of your carport so that it complements the exteriors of your house.
Installing RV Carport
Now once we have finalized the type of carport and its design, let us look at the steps to install it. You can install the carport in two ways:
- By using Pre-fab carport kit
- By preparing and installing each part by yourself
Few steps are common in both the methods and those are as follows:
Selection of the type of ground
The flat ground surface is a prime requirement. So, there are two types of ground surfaces that you may opt for carport installation:
- You can use the bare ground (with dirt and grass) if it is mostly dry in your area.
- Concrete floor: However, if it rains frequently, then a concrete floor is required to install a carport. As carport is metallic structure, it needs a firm base. Bare ground will not support this structure in rainy conditions. The dirt loosens up on getting wet, and this may cause instability in carport structure.
In most of the cases, where concrete slab is required, its width is recommended to be almost 0.75 inches, and its width should be equal to the metallic frame of carport; ideally, if your carport is more than 24’ wide.
Level the ground
You must level the ground a bit. It needs not to be a perfectly flat surface, but it should not be wavy at least.
Use Ground cover
In most of the cases, bare ground is fine. However, to avoid any damage or deterioration to the ground, you may use crushed granite as a ground cover.
Using Pre-fab Carport Kit
- Determining the length of the frame - It is very important to determine the length of frame correctly as it plays a great role in the stability of the entire Ideally, the length of the frame should be 1 foot less than the length of the roof of the carport.
- Assemble the base rails - Once you get the appropriate ground for carport installation, the second step is to assemble the base rails. These act as the foundation of the carport.
- Anchor the base rails
- Assemble the trusses
- Attach the trusses to the base
- Attach sheet metal to the frame
Making and Installing Carport Parts by Yourself
1. Building the beams
- Dig the holes for the posts: Holes should dig around the perimeter of the carport and should be equally spaced.
- Set the six posts: First of all you should install six posts very firmly into the ground. Out of these six posts, three should be of the same height (say 9 feet), and other three should be of the same height greater than previous three (say 11 feet). All the three smaller posts should be on one side and remain three on the other. This is done to provide an adequate slant to the roof.
- Fasten the front and back beams first: Now fasten the posts on each side by using a beam on top of them.
- Fasten the side beam: Fasten the first post of each side together using a beam and similarly fasten the last post on both the sides.
2. Building the roof
- Fasten the rafters to the side beams: You should fasten at least six rafters. All the rafters should be at equidistant from each other.
- Fasten the plywood roof boards to the rafters: Fasten the plywood boards over the rafters in such a way that you have a 6-inch overhang on the front and back side of a carport.
- Check the stability of structure: Once the roof is in place, you need to check the stability of the structure and ensure that it is solid.
3. Finishing the job
- Caulk the plywood roof seams: Cover the roof with synthetic paper to make it waterproof.
- Fasten shingles on top of the plywood roof elements: Use three pad shingles to add a protective layer on the carport roof.
- Reinforce the joints with metal plates: You should use metal plates to attach rafters, beams and plywood roof. This will further strengthen the structure.
- Stain the wooden elements: It is always good to paint the exposed wooden parts with a good quality stain. It increases its lifespan.
So, it is that simple. If you are not able to install RV carport by yourself, you may contact any service provider that provides for RV carport install.
Having a good carport is as important as to have a good RV. We said it so because it is the carport that helps to protect your carport from harsh weather conditions and falling objects. This protection helps to keep the RV in good condition and increases the lifespan of your vehicle. It is very important to choose the correct type of carport as per the weather conditions and availability of space.
Carport can be easily installed in few simple steps. However, if you find any difficulty in installing it by yourself, you can easily find various service providers who offer such services.