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Old 04-20-2021, 04:44 PM   #1
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DIY RV Port

Can anybody give me some help with a DIY port? 16ftw x 44ft. l 13ft.h I can get the angled fittings thru the internet and local shops for metal roofing and 1 5/8 Gal. poles. Rough cost $3750. have you built something like this? Any ideas?
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Never built anything of that sort with galvanized poles. Pressure treated wood with steel siding and roof, yes.
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With the size, I think you want to go with something stronger than galvanized poles. I'd be looking at overbuilt rather than under - Maybe even telephone poles if you went wood, or go with a steel building supplier and get the whole kit with beams.

The weather doesn't know what it is hitting, but it will huff and puff and blow your sticks in, if they aren't sturdy enough.
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:10 PM   #4
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I paid $6200 for a steel carport 18x46 13ft walls, gable ends and 3ft down the sides. I drank beer and listened to some pretty good Mexican music while they put it up.

I went down the DIY rabbit hole 1st, wooden pole barn and versa tube. Cost was near what I paid installed just for the mtl
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Old 04-20-2021, 08:55 PM   #6
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That's not a bad price for a bldg that size. But, it better be anchored really good if you get much wind. I built a 35wx50Lx14H using 20 foot utility poles from the Farm Supply Store. Used 2x10's around top of poles 10 feet apart. Wrapped poles with 2x6's 3 feet apart on sides and screwed metal sheets to enclose bldg. Just a thought for you. Of course now is not the time to be trying to buy lumber.
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Wind, snow load, etc. how well it needs to be built all depends on where you live.
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Old 04-21-2021, 06:48 AM   #8
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I would not cheap out on the main support poles, not sure if 1-5/8" are heavy enough.

Wind load can be a bad thing. About ~1 mile from me a farmer put up a covered pole barn using wooden posts and metal trusses with metal on the roof. After a big storm ~20 months ago the whole thing was laying on the ground, the roof system stayed pretty much in tact but the supports failed. This was a bad storm, we had +30 trees down or sheared off.

You might check your local utility company, I noticed that they were changing out a bunch of poles coming into my subdivison and stopped and asked. They have a crew that goes around and pulls the old poles and they will drop off as many as I want. I'm considering making a covered parking area.
Also, right now all material costs have sky rocketed. Lumber prices up 250% in the last year, metal prices ~+25% in the last 6 months, electrical and plumbing up also.
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Non Permanent RV port

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Can anybody give me some help with a DIY port? 16ftw x 44ft. l 13ft.h I can get the angled fittings thru the internet and local shops for metal roofing and 1 5/8 Gal. poles. Rough cost $3750. have you built something like this? Any ideas?
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About 10 years ago, I wanted shade cover for out travel trailer so I built framework out of 1.5 square tubing and added shade cloth from Home Depot. Due to city rules it could not be a permanent structure. Originally it was 12'w x 30' long x 12' high (peak) at a rough cost of about $850. It is built in pieces, so the legs slip into a short welded upright on the base, etc. The only with the original build was that it had to be braced against the block wall to make the structure stable.
When we upgraded to a motorhome 4 years ago, I added raised the legs 18" and added another 12' in length as well as adding more shade cloth on the sides. The addition probably cost as much as the original due to higher material prices but having a shelter for under $1800 is not bad.
I wish is was wider to allow the slides to fully extend, but it has held up well even surviving heavy monsoon winds in Mesa, AZ. The original 10 year old shade cloth is now starting to rip a little bit especially on the roof area. It will have to be replaced soon.
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I am not a lot of help because I am on the East Coast, but I had mine installed last year. 44' X 18' X 12'(wall,not encluding roof "A") One side enclosed, one side with single run. $5700.00 installed on my pad site. I used asphalt millings for my pad and I am very happy with it. Those millings pack down like fresh asphalt and the price was RIGHT!

You would not believe the temperature difference under this RV port. Days in July when it's 102* here, I can get on the roof of my coach and work comfortably. I was really shocked, I figured it would keep the direct sun off but no idea it would reduce the temp's like it does. Great investment so far.

Note: The guy that came and put this up had a crew of 4 with him. They did it in one day but knew what they were doing and knew every trick in the book and a few that were not, LOL. You are gonna need 2 or 3 helpers minimum I think to do this your self.
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Last year I was looking at stretching our savings a bit and replacing our back deck with a bigger covered porch. A tad over a year later I'd need a second mortgage to do that.

Locally they are asking over $4000 for the most basic slanted flat roof car port. I don't want to know what an RV port is running.

I'll echo the sentiment on the guys putting these things up. They could legitimately hold another job and assemble a carport a day just on their lunch hour. Once everything is laid out and ready for them it's like a blitzkrieg and they're done. I suspect they get paid by the job and not the hour.
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