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Old 08-16-2015, 07:12 PM   #1
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This will only be useful for owners of short trailers but this was the weekend project.
Harbor Freight (and other outlets) sell these cheap 10 x 20 canopies ($120 w/ discount coupon). $25 worth of wire rope and assorted fittings and scraps and this is what I came up with. The legs needed to be extended about 2 feet. Should protect the unit from the FL sun and hail. I think the bracing is necessary as the leg strength seem inadequate even at the stock length.
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Old 08-16-2015, 07:21 PM   #2
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I have done the same except I used 10" pieces of EMT tubing for the legs, I bought a size large enough to just slip over the curved corner braces. I also staked down ratchet straps from the top sides to the ground on all four corners to keep strong winds from knocking it over.

I call it my tarp garage and it sure helps to keep the sun off my rig and rain off the roof.
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Old 08-16-2015, 07:27 PM   #3
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I would bury some RR ties level with the ground and lag bolt the legs to them to keep the wind from blowing that into the trailer.
Steel cable and some turn buckles to stabilize it side to side.
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Old 08-16-2015, 07:31 PM   #4
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In the Florida sun, any kind of cover is a plus.
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Old 08-16-2015, 09:50 PM   #5
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May not be clear in the photos-the legs are concreted in (the other side is attached to our solar pool heater stand) and the canopy is guyed with steel cable.
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Old 08-16-2015, 10:14 PM   #6
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Here it would last two weeks tops & the legs poles would be bent over in the wind................ tried one.....


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Old 10-01-2015, 08:30 AM   #7
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Here it would last two weeks tops & the legs poles would be bent over in the wind................ tried one.....


Same here in Michigan,,, if the wind did not blow it away,,,
The Snow would fold it up like a cheap trick !!!
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I bought the same unit from Harbor freight originally for an outdoor party, my wife has used it for yard sales and other things has been up for as long as 2 weeks at a time anchored with multiple ratchet straps and stakes. Does fine during good weather but with all the snow and wind we get it wouldn't hold up.
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Old 10-01-2015, 09:37 AM   #9
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I have a Builder working on a bid for a 12x12x30 wood cover,,,
I am sure it will be out of our price range !!!


Steel Ones are around 3k !!!
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Old 10-21-2015, 05:07 PM   #10
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That cover would not hold up in South Texas 20 to 40 mph winds. A lot of people here use those metal covers that are rated to 130 MPH hurricane.
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