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Old 07-02-2012, 01:02 AM   #1
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Experiences with tarp RV carports?

Anyone with comments or experiences with tarp RV carports?

Such as:
KMTS1240DW | Medium Gable Peak Canopy with Tarp over 2 sides


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Old 07-02-2012, 06:07 AM   #2
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Anyone with comments or experiences with tarp RV carports?

Such as:
KMTS1240DW | Medium Gable Peak Canopy with Tarp over 2 sides

Went thru that about three years ago and decided to DIY. Looks like tubing parts not any cheaper now.
I built wood frame and put pvc pipe on top to form a hoop roof. If inclined to DIY look up pvc greenhouse for ideas.
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:46 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by vsheetz View Post
Anyone with comments or experiences with tarp RV carports?

Such as:
KMTS1240DW | Medium Gable Peak Canopy with Tarp over 2 sides

I had purchased an oustanding one from these folks a couple years ago:
NWCanopies: Canopies, Tarps, Carports, Garages, Fittings and Accessories. You will see our canopy is the one with the blue and white motorhome on the left side. If it 40' long and 34' wide with two bays, one 14' wide. Roof is very high quality vinyl made in the US.

Mike Bates with Northwest Canopies is the guy.
He actaully lived down the street from us when we purchased it.

I found it to be excellent quality and every RV tech that comes out to work on our coach is impressed with it and tells us it is the smartest investmet we have made regarding our RV. The canopy helps to protect our roof and since we lived full time in that rig before purchasing our 5th wheel we have experienced living under the canopy in two rigs now. Great to have. Keeps rain off and far less noise from the rain. Keep sun out and provides nice shade in summer.

We just moved and sold it for about 85% of original cost to the people who took over our spot there.

We have moved to a new location here outside Seattle and will be purchasing a new canopy.

Mike is a great guy to do business with. He is not cheap but he does very good work and his product is top notch.

Please feel free to let me know if you have more questions.

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Old 07-12-2012, 01:18 AM   #4
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I have 2 set up, one for my boat and the other for the MH. Been storing under tarp carports for 10 years. You need to buy the best and heavyest tarp you can get. Any tarp 30'x40' under $200.00 is no good. The sun kills the tarp. I buy my pools at a local flea market and found a dealer in town with good gray tarp. I would not go with white tarp as your site shows. Our MH is 35' and the canopy is 18' wide and 40' long.
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I've bought two tarp covered car ports from Costco. They seemed to last about three years before the sun kills the tarps. Hopefully what you are considering has a better quality tarp. The tarps got very brittle in the winter and a small branch punctured one of the tarps. It seemed no matter how hard I tried I could not get the tarps tight enough so that all the water would run off. Any rain left little pockets of water in areas on the tarp which became discolored. Also snow damaged the frame on one of them. Wet snow is heavy and almost impossible to push off the tarp without tearing the tarp. I now have metal car ports and they seem to stand up to the weather conditions just fine. I'm lucky enough to have a 40X44 building for the RV and lots of other "stuff".
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