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Old 08-23-2012, 03:38 PM   #1
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RV Carport Question

I'm planning to install a carport to store my 32' 5th wheel with two slides on same side. I'm going to get one 36' long. However, not sure what width and height to get. I have several trees in the area I'm building that will affect the width only so having to decide how wide I need to go; thus how many trees to cut down. Basically, my choices seem to be either 12' or 18' wide unless I want a custom width. The suggested height dimension on each end will be 12' and will go up to 14' 3' at the center. With Carolina Carport it's only a $100 difference between the two widths so naturally would like to get as wide as possible. Plus, they advised me any width between 13'-17' will cost the same as the 18'. Anyway, my question is; what is the minimum width you've seen/recommend that allows the two slides to be opened as well as allow room to maneuver the RV into the closure? Hope this makes sense and thanks in advance.
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Old 08-23-2012, 03:46 PM   #2
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For the $100 I would go with the 18'. Better to have enough room to extend slides if you want. Is the height enough? Don't want to hit anything and will you be able to work on the roof while inside the cover? I have an 18' ceiling for my garage and I can walk on the roof slightly bent over to work on things. Makes it nice and dry.

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Old 08-23-2012, 04:09 PM   #3
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I was thinking of going with 15 foot on mine. So, if yours will only be $100 more I think I would go with the 18 foot. You can always park something else under there like a tractor, snow mobile, jet ski or some other fun toy.
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Just noticed you are a first timer here so.................
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For the small additional money it would cost you, go 40' if you can spare the space. We put up a 40' for a 36' mh and then traded for one about 1' longer and wish it was 45' now.

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carport question

Go with as large a carport as you can fit in your space, four years ago we built a 40ft long by 18 ft wide building for a 35 ft Montana fifth wheel and guess what this December we purchased a 41 foot Cedar Creek. Because of where I placed the building I was only able to add an additional 5 feet to the front of the building which was as expensive as 10 feet due to how the siding is cut in lengths of 10 feet. lesson learned but at least our camper is kept out of the elements and can be worked on regardless of the weather.
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As others have recommended, build it as large as space allows. You won't be sorry and the incremental expence now is much less than expanding later. Bigger accomodates a next RV, toad in addition to coach, etc.
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Build it longer and wider than you ever think you will need--it gets real small after you put the fiver in there, and you need room to get around the back and sides easily.
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I have one 18 X 45 and I like the width. I went a little extra tall and it is worth it to me, I can work on the roof without pulling it out. Mine is certified by North Carolina building codes and is worth the extra $$$$.
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Extra length & width will come in handy to work on it, as well as be a selling feature in the future. If your assessor taxes the structure (most do) you can probably show the receipt(s) as evidence of the cost, and the small increment won't cost you much in the long run. The slab (if you're going concrete) will be by the square foot. Build the slab to carry a heavy motorhome as someone in the future will be interested in whether the slab can carry serious weight.
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I'm looking for the same type cover for my Cedar Creek FL38 which is 41' long. I'm in Asheville, would you mind sharing your contact on the awning? I would like to compare prices. Thanks
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Originally Posted by Chiefe9 View Post
will be 12' and will go up to 14' 3' at the center.
Have you checked, double checked and then re-checked the height requirements. The Forest River website list the 2012 Cardinal at 13 ft. Maybe the height of yours is different. Twelve foot eave heights may be fine as long as you perfectly center the 5'er and get the widest one possible. As others indicated, you won't be able to access much on your roof unless you lie on your belly.
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Don't just consider the storage size as you WILL have to back that puppy in

most of the rv sites we visit are 14' wide and I usually have to cut a corner or two to get in and straightened out...

Also you will have to have clearance on the back and top to 'tilt' the rv to hook and unhook (don't ask me how I know this can be a problem )

I would say a min of 14' wide and high...
and if your 32' rv is not 35' total length and 1 or 2 foot clearance needed on the back and front... as all have said - extra and growing room is better and much cheaper now.

Do put sewer, water, and power there (or at least prep for it now to be done later)- you will love the convenience !

jealous am I as I can't park in my yard even though I have the room.... but, I knew the HOA rules when I moved in
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:40 AM   #14
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Thanks all for responses so far. My RV is 33' from bumper to hitch. Your responses have given me reason to look at 40-41' lengths as well as going at least an extra foot higher at the eves (just requires cutting more trees, ha!). For "Just Beachy", I'm looking at the Carolina Carport brand since I already have two of their carports for storing my "toys" and am pleased. However, someone on the Cardinal website suggested a company called T-N-T which has similar units approx same prices.

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