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Old 08-19-2019, 01:24 PM   #1
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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?
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We built a heated garage to store hours. We Put a 50 amp service in and plug the coach in. Works well for us.
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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.
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Old 08-20-2019, 07:27 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 08-20-2019, 12:32 PM   #5
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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

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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
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I'm for metal, hands down. Fabric can tear too easily.

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Metal, without a doubt.
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Old 08-21-2019, 01:13 PM   #9
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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..
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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
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Old 08-22-2019, 03:28 PM   #11
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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