An RV, or Recreational Vehicle, is a motorized vehicle that combines both transportation and living accommodations. It includes features such as sleeping areas, kitchen facilities, bathroom and shower facilities, a dining area, and other amenities. RVs are great for vacations or long-distance trips, providing travelers with the flexibility to stay in different locations for short or long periods. They are also used for weekend getaways, camping trips, and more.
As enjoyable as they are, the challenge of owning an RV is figuring out where to store it when you’re not using it. After all, most residential streets won’t be able to accommodate an RV, and most garages are too small. With a metal carport designed for the storage of your RV, you will help you store it all year-round.
Things to Consider When Buying a Metal Carport for Your RV
Before deciding to buy a metal carport kit for your RV, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. Be sure to ask yourself the following:
- What type of vehicle are you looking to store? RVs are not all the same. There are many different types of RVs, including travel trailers, motor homes, caravans, pop-up campers, and more. The size of your carport will depend on whether you have a single-deck RV or need to store multiple RVs or vehicles.
- Where will you install your new metal carport? First, you need to make sure you have enough space on your property to store your RV. Generally speaking, you need to have at least 12 feet of width. Then, you’ll want to make sure that the site you choose is level and free of any debris or obstructions. Finally, you’ll need to make sure that the site is away from any overhead wires or trees.
- Does it need to be certified? Depending on the local building codes, you may need to obtain a permit and have your metal carport certified. This will ensure that it meets safety standards and can withstand extreme weather conditions.
- What are the weather conditions in your area? The metal carports from Future Buildings are designed specifically to meet the snow, wind, and seismic loads in your area, so you won’t have to worry about your structure being damaged by the weather. You’ll also want to consider whether it rains a lot in your area. If it does, you’ll want to consider adding a gutter system.
Choosing the Right Size for Your RV
The last thing you want to do is buy and install a metal carport kit that isn’t big enough to house your RV. With that in mind, the following are a few things to keep in mind to help you choose the right size for your RV:
Width Sizing Chart
The smallest width you can choose for a metal carport is 12 feet. While this may be enough to accommodate a small RV, it won’t give you too much space to move around the RV. Other options include 20, 22, and 24 feet. The biggest width you can get is 40 feet, which is wide enough to accommodate two large RVs — or give you additional space for outdoor storage if you require it.
Consider how long your RV is and whether you want to store anything else, such as bicycles or outdoor equipment. Generally speaking, a carport that’s 21 feet long is enough to store a small RV. If you need to store multiple vehicles back-to-back or one large one with some storage space, 41 feet may be more appropriate.
The height of the carport should be measured from the side and not the top since the side determines whether the RV can clear the carport. If you have anything on top of your RV, such as solar panels or a satellite dish, then you need to account for those items when identifying how tall your RV is.
Installation & Site Prep
If you buy a prefabricated metal carport, you’ll need to prep your site before you can assemble and install it. The following are a few options for preparing your site for installation:
- Soil Foundation: You don’t necessarily need a concrete pad to install a carport, but the soil should be level and free of any obstructions. Additionally, the soil needs to be compact. Otherwise, your carport may become uneven and unsafe.
- Concrete Pad: If you want to pour a concrete pad, make sure that the size matches or surpasses the size of your metal carport. You’ll need time to pour and cure the concrete before you can proceed with the installation as well.
Get a Customized Metal Carport Kit for Your RV
At Future Buildings, we understand the need for a secure and reliable storage solution for your RV. That’s why we offer a range of metal carport kits designed to meet the unique needs of your vehicle.
Our metal carport kits come with everything you need for assembly, from pre-cut and pre-drilled parts to detailed instructions for a simplified installation. For more information about our metal carport kits, contact us online or call us at 1-800-668-5111 today.