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Old 10-03-2013, 08:22 PM   #15
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I built something similar, but used white fiberglass corrugated for roofing material instead of the metal? The extra light it lets in makes it pretty nice.
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:26 PM   #16
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In addition to an RV carport or roof structure, seeing the estimate on a concrete slab of around 20' x 43' gave me sticker shock pause. So I've considered creating a well-contained/bordered alternative of crushed limestone instead---which would keep the area drained/dry and save me a lot of money.

What do you think of that alternative to the OP? Or should I just consider the concrete cost a necessary foundation and do what the OP is doing?

[I'm dealing with a rural eastern Texas, permanent site where a fifth-wheel is my only option.]
My RV parking is a DG pad. Could not justify the concrete expense. Has worked great for many years.
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I have solar already on the coach roof. So do not plug it in unless AC desired (seldom). A carport is in the plan over my existing DG pad. I have already a plug for a portable auxiliary panel. I plan to put panels on the carport roof to provide for storage power and will just plug into existing portable plug.
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Thanks for the suggestions about trying out the parking ahead of time with cones/painted lines/wheel stops. That's a fantastic idea, and much easier to learn now while the area is relatively open. And I had never really considered backing in instead of backing out, but it may work out easier.

The wife has some cones somewhere (she used to be a PE teacher), so I'll give it a try this weekend.

And the white fiberglass roofing is a good idea too - but I'll have to discuss that one with the wife. We have another building on the property with the metal roofing, and we were trying to keep it similar.

Thanks for the advice. This is great stuff.
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Jeff... You seem to have the max convenience out of your location... I can only add.... get some CAT5 and Cable TV wire run out there so you have complete connectivity to network and cable out at the docking area. Looks like you have everything else covered. The Handy Bob Solar Blog is a great resource if you are heading down the solar path. He is a great funny read.
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