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Old 08-04-2015, 08:20 PM   #1
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RV Carport height

I'm shopping for RV car ports for our ClassA Fleetwood with a spec'd height of 12'10". It seems like the top height that is reasonably priced is with 12' legs. Anything longer seems to require different engineering and more cost/bracing.

I've given up on gable roof but really prefer the look. Even without the gable, 12' legs seem to give you only 13'4" center height and about 12'10" around 5 feet out from center. That's really close.

Anyone had to work around this? Has anyone tried to dig the ground down a bit while leveling so the RV sits lower under the roof?
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:32 PM   #2
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I have that carport, purchased it 8 years ago. Mine is 16' wide, which allows me to use the slides. It is close on top, but given the true height is in the center (the a/c units) but I stick to the center and all is good, in and out many times.

I stored our Raptor in it for 8 years, it was one of the nicest 10 year old RV's around when I sold it. The roof and exterior looked pretty much new. No decal problems etc..


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What's the reason you've given up on the gabled roof? Our RV port has 12ft legs but the center is over 14.5ft. Plenty of room to deploy the TV antenna. See my album for photos.

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What's the reason you've given up on the gabled roof? Our RV port has 12ft legs but the center is over 14.5ft. Plenty of room to deploy the TV antenna. See my album for photos.

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It would be 12' high regardless of pitch.
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I have that carport, purchased it 8 years ago. Mine is 16' wide, which allows me to use the slides. It is close on top, but given the true height is in the center (the a/c units) but I stick to the center and all is good, in and out many times.

I stored our Raptor in it for 8 years, it was one of the nicest 10 year old RV's around when I sold it. The roof and exterior looked pretty much new. No decal problems etc..


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I think the 18 foot wide doesn't have as steep of a pitch. Maybe I should look at narrower ones.
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It would be 12' high regardless of pitch.
At the legs, yes; but not in the middle. We center the coach & have no problem. The TV antenna is off center by a good bit & it just barely touches a truss. I can easily do the "Sanibel Stoop" & wash our entire coach roof under our RV port.

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build it on a 2 foot retaining wall on three sides
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As you can see in the pic, I can't put my antenna up, but there is clearance, I would have to be pretty far off center to hit.

I like the top tight. Empty, the carport is very tall. The winds scare me from some of our summer storms. With the coach in there, no chance the winds are getting under the carport.

I added lights to mine, great for packing or unpacking, or washing at night.

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Here's a pic of ours. 16' wide x 46' long for a 40' coach. Wide enough to open slides on both sides. At the peak it's 13'8". Can't remember the exact at the eaves but it's 11' +/-. Maybe you could get some graph paper and draw it to scale so you'll know you can get in and out ok.
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When we ordered our cover we had them add 2ft to the poles to allow plenty room for clearance. So 14ft plus night. I can walk on the roof standing up with about a foot of clearance.

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I haven't done it yet but was thinking of the wall idea then put the legs on the wall. I was going to use railroad ties.
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I built mine with 14' eves and a 4:12 roof. It is 26' wide so the middle is 18' 4". I can park mine on one side and still walk on the roof. It cost very little to add two more feet in height.
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If you plan to do any roof maintenance, you would be wise to add enough height to allow access. It will add a few dollars now, but if you must move the coach out from a protected environment to do roof maintenance, will not be happy.
Bite the bullet and get yourself some clearance. Raise the legs or set the legs on a two or three foot retaining wall, as was suggested earlier.
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Here in Florida it seems like the engineering all changes when you go over 12'. At least that's what everyone I talk to is saying.
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