RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-19-2019, 01:24 PM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 313
Motorhome carport Metal or Canvas

Thinking about buying a rv carport to protect my motorhome's roof through the summer and winter. Covertech in Canada makes a good canvas enclosure (from what I have seen online anyway), and there are many companies that sell metal covers. What do you use to protect your motorhome?

2006 Country Coach Intrigue 530 Elation, 40',
Blue Ox Alpha tow Bar, 2010 Subaru Forester, manual, with a Blue Ox baseplate and a Rvi Brake 2
efstewart is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 08-19-2019, 01:30 PM   #2
Senior Member
bill2011's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 772
We built a heated garage to store hours. We Put a 50 amp service in and plug the coach in. Works well for us.

2017 Entegra Coach Anthem 44B/450 Cummins/Spartan
bill2011 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2019, 02:10 PM   #3
Senior Member
wildtoad's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 4,008
I built (well, had built) next to my house a REALLY big wood carport to match the log cabin we live in. However in hindsight and experience, I should have built an enclosed garage. But if budget says just a carport I’d go with the metal over fabric.
Tom Wilds
Blythewood SC
2016 Newmar Bay Star Sport 3004
2015 Jeep Wrangler 2DR 4WD Sahara, Automatic, Hard Top
wildtoad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2019, 07:27 AM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Lake Havasu City, AZ & Plover, WI
Posts: 3,360
My RV port in WI is made with 6x6 posts and a steel roof. Lots of trees around it so no sun hits the coach. I'm going to build one at out AZ home this winter and it will be all steel with the south side closed in. In Canada, the canvas port should work if it's made for the snow load, however, it wouldn't last as long in the intense AZ sun and heat.
2013 43 QGP Allegro Bus
2013 Avalanche
Stretched LJ Rock Crawler
Crasher is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2019, 12:32 PM   #5
Junior Member
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 16
Had the canvas carport 18X40 for 1 1/2 years poles bent almost blew over several times. Replaced with steel carport 18X41 couldn't be happier. I'm in Florida so I got the engineered one that suppose to take 174mph winds, we'll see about that soon enough I suspect. Click image for larger version

Name:	Screenshot_20181029-150619.jpeg
Views:	8
Size:	56.7 KB
ID:	257485
3wt is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2019, 09:31 PM   #6
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 96
One concept to consider: make it wide enough for slide outs and bay doors. We built a metal carport and made just wide enough for the RV. Big mistake
Bookmon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2019, 10:25 PM   #7
Community Administrator
NLOVNIT's Avatar

Tiffin Owners Club
Pond Piggies Club
LA Gulf Coast Campers
Outdoors RV Owners Club
Entegra Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 28,639
Blog Entries: 1
I'm for metal, hands down. Fabric can tear too easily.

You can see photos of our RV port in my albums: RV Port 2010 - iRV2.com RV Photo Gallery

Lori & Dave - FMCA #F419886 | RV/MH Hall of Fame Lifetime Member
2018 Phaeton XSH 40 IH & 2014 CRV EX-L AWD, My iRV2 Photo Albums
"Complaining about a problem without proposing a solution is called whining." Theodore Roosevelt
NLOVNIT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2019, 09:43 AM   #8
Senior Member
HighDesert's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Powell Butte, Or.
Posts: 602
Metal, without a doubt.
2019 Tiffen Allegro Open Road 32SA
2008 Jeep JKS Toad
F53 / 24000 # chassis
HighDesert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2019, 01:13 PM   #9
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Houma La
Posts: 58

I had a canvas cover for the 36 ft 5th wheel rv, It was a chore for two or three healthy people to get it opened and over the unit. that thing weighed a ton. I now have a class a that I'm having a metal cover installed . its called Lessons Learned..
jaearhart is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2019, 06:54 PM   #10
Senior Member
djbmsu's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Polk City Florida
Posts: 1,835

Your location would make a big difference. Canvas will not hold up in southern states with lots of sun nor northern climates with lots of snow. Metal is far more durable imho
Don and Nancy
[2017 Tiffin Bus 40 AP, 2018 Jeep Unlimited Sahara JL 6yr old sisters Sara n Kaycee, Havanese, Two Electric Bikes
djbmsu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2019, 03:28 PM   #11
Senior Member
Isaac-1's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: SW Louisiana
Posts: 3,572
I am another metal all the way, though much sure it is sturdy, I have seen way too many pictures of those cheap metal carports collapsed either under snow load due to freak heavy snow, or wind.

Though again it depends on the local climate.
2002 Safari Trek 2830 on P32 Chassis with 8.1L
Isaac-1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2019, 06:27 PM   #12
gozierdt's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: SF Bay area
Posts: 43
motorhome carport Metal or Canvas

I've had a lot of canvas carports for my boats, and they all rip after a couple of years in our sun and occasional wind (SF Bay area). I know there are many very high-end canvas shelters that would probably last better. My problem is that zoning in our area won't allow me to put a permanent shelter up without putting it 20 ft+ from the lot line- not possible with my lot configuration. For the MH I use adco covers, which last about 4-5 years here. I've had no problems with paint rubbing or scuffing. If I could put up a good shelter, I'd definitely go with a good quality metal cover rated for hurricane winds.I just don't see the advantage in canvas.
Gene & Rachel, central CA
2004 HR Admiral SE 30PDD P32/8.1L
2003 Honda Accord Toad
gozierdt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2019, 08:52 PM   #13
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 157
Originally Posted by Bookmon View Post
One concept to consider: make it wide enough for slide outs and bay doors. We built a metal carport and made just wide enough for the RV. Big mistake
X2. I've got a metal one that is 14 x 40. Make it as wide as practical. I was going to go 12 foot wide, so glad I went 14 ,cause I also put stuff in there for dry storage, and I ran a 2x10 shelf about head high the whole 40 foot. Great protection great storage.
Kraken is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2019, 12:02 PM   #14
Junior Member
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 9
Can any of you that have had the metal buildings put up recommend a company that you have had a good experience with?

I realize that the actual installation will be done by a local contractor so it is dependent upon your location. I am wondering about all these on line places offering metal structures, or did most of you opt for local produces as well.

Certainly don't mean to highjack the thread, just seems to me more of a follow up/parallel.

Azee is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Carport/ Metal Building/ Storage Bobo_Wickersham Newmar Owner's Forum 21 09-12-2019 02:34 PM
Input on metal RV carport? vsheetz iRV2.com General Discussion 12 10-02-2015 08:03 PM
Metal on Metal Rubbing Noise in TV Compartment (2005 Aspect) IBHIPRU2? Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 1 01-21-2011 05:58 PM
Did your slide topper have a metal shield or just rolled up canvas? StansCustoms Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 11 12-11-2010 03:05 PM
DOOR PROBLEM QUESTION-DOES DOOR METAL HIT FRAME METAL? SCREEN7 Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 13 04-26-2007 03:18 AM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:11 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.