Recreational vehicles (RVs) allow you to explore the country without having to pay for hotel rooms or deal with setting up flimsy nylon tents. Yet when you're not traveling in comfort and style, you need to securely store the RV to reduce wear and tear while preventing seasonal forms of damage.
While an RV carport is similar in many ways to any other metal carport, it has a few distinct features you'll need to store a larger vehicle like an RV. Make sure your new RV carport includes as many of these five features as possible to protect your investment.
1. Extra Size
Size is the single biggest difference between carports designed for cars and structures designed to cover RVs. You need to cover more than just the exact size of the RV. For example, the total height includes any components that extend out of the roof. If the air conditioner is the tallest point, you will need to add a little more height to the standard height listed by the manufacturer.
Measuring the overall length of the RV must include the bumpers and ladder. Add a few feet so the front and end of the RV are fully covered. Don't forget about the space needed for the RV's door to swing open freely inside the metal carport when you're measuring width. Pop-out and slide-out RVs need even more width if you plan to use them for hosting guests while they're in storage.
2. Full or Half Sides
Full sides are a great way to completely enclose your RV and control the environment around it. Enclosure with climate control eliminates the need to winterize your RV and prevents ice and snow damage. Choosing full sides for your RV carport allows you to seal the space to keep out rodents and other nuisance animals. Rodents are notorious for building nests in RVs during the winter.
Half sides are a less expensive way to still protect your RV from the elements. The half walls still shield your RV's exterior from direct sun exposure. Daily sun exposure fades interior materials as well. Half wall enclosure is also enough to keep wind-blown debris from striking the RV and causing dents or cracked glass.
3. Enclosed Ends
If you want complete climate control and protection from pests, you must enclose the ends of the metal carport. Enclosed ends limit natural ventilation, but they allow you to heat the RV over the winter to prevent frost from damaging the engine or plumbing systems.
When enclosing an RV carport, make sure to add powered ventilation to keep air moving around the vehicle. Run any exhaust ports from generators and natural gas appliances outside of the carport so dangerous fumes don't build up inside of the space.
4. Wind Resistance
High winds are a major threat to RV carports because of the extra height. If the carport is not anchored correctly with concrete and wind anchors, the entire metal structure can blow away or come apart. Working with a local carport installer is the best way to get advice tailored to the weather conditions of your area.
5. Bay Doors
If you have a large RV that is challenging to back up, consider a set of double bay doors or an open-ended design for your metal carport. Both designs allow you to drive straight into the carport and out again when you want to leave. You'll need extra space for two-level driveway areas leading in and out of the carport, but you'll likely find it worth the effort the first time you pull straight out instead of backing out.
Here at Roland's Roofing Co., we have the expertise to design a custom carport to fit any kind of RV. Contact us to get started on protecting your RV from the elements.