Things To Know Before You Buy a Carport For Your RV

Last Updated on July 5, 2023

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When it comes to choosing a carport for your RV, there are several things to consider. There are several different requirements for installing these covers and a number of configurations and options are available. You want to get the right carport for your RV so it is best protected against the elements.

This means having all the information before you buy it. Specifically, there are common questions and problems along with the reasons why you should understand these things. Some important questions to ask and answer before you get an RV carport.

  • What do you want?
  • Who are you going to buy the carport from?
  • Are you allowed to have a carport on the property?
  • Is the setup site made of the flat ground?
  • Are there any utility lines and underground objects that can affect construction?
  • When is the building to be installed?
  • What can you expect after the construction is installed?
  • What are your insurance policies concerning damage due to wind and snow?

Carport Location

Whether you can have a carport on the property is the most important factor to consider. You need to check on the local zoning ordinances in your area to be sure a carport is permitted. Your local municipality may have certain size restrictions or ordinances about the space you must have between the carport and your home.

When it comes to your property, you also need to consider utility lines or underground objects. The carport legs need to be installed into the ground so you need to check that specific area for power lines, gas lines, or pipes. Digging in these areas can be very dangerous because installation involves digging several posts to anchor the carport properly. You’ll also want to be sure you don’t install a carport over your septic system if you have one. The weight of storing cars in that location can damage your system.

Make sure the site for your carport is level. Normal carport installations allow for your site to be 3 or 4 inches out-of-level. If the ground or surface is out of level more than this, the carport legs may have to be cut in order to level out your carport.

Carport Size

It is very important to get the right size carport for maximum protection. As a general guideline small to mid-sized vehicles will fit under an 18′ wide carport and full-sized vehicles may require 20′- 22′ width. Measure your vehicles from front to back, side to side, and top to bottom and have this information ready when you order. This will ensure you get the right size to fully cover and protect your RV.


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Carport Cost

As you collect pricing, be sure to consider factors such as materials, installation costs, sales tax, and delivery fees. You want to collect several quotes to compare them for the best deal. Don’t base your decision to buy on price alone. Many companies undercut their prices but offer lower quality. Be sure to check the materials that go into your carport and compare accordingly.

Carport Features

Different areas will have very different weather conditions, so you need to use this to plan your carport purchase accordingly. If you live in areas where high winds are prevalent, you’ll want to get a carport built to withstand high winds. If you live in an area with a lot of snow, you should choose a carport built to withstand high snow loads. Check that the features of the carport will suit the weather for your location to best protect your RV all year round.

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