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Old 09-26-2012, 07:00 PM   #31
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I don't want to rain on the parade, but I will anyway. In June of this past year we had a thunderstorm roll through our area with winds around 80 MPH. We were actually camped about an hour away when it hit. A few days later we came back into town to find that every single one of the RV covers built from a kit like those being mentioned had damage. One was pushed over into the side of a Class A; probably only minimal damage but I bet there was some scarring. My neighbor across the road suffered the worst damage. His had the lower walls causing it to catch more wind. It was pushed into the side of his 5er and the whole rig was rolled onto it's side. Totaled his RV. My shed which was about 300 yards away sustained no damage at all. It is built using 4x4 14 gauge square tubing concreted 3' into the ground and 6" purlin. Obviously this type of structure is more expensive, but it is much stronger as well.
I certainly agree with these concerns, and I would erect a more robust structure if I was financially able. The carport I chose is engineered and certified for my locality. It is rated for the snow loads and the wind speeds we normally experience. If the carport fails, there should be lots of damage to other structures in the area, and it will be an unusual event, covered by insurance. I discovered that I did need a building permit (a lot of time has passed since I started this thread). The landscapers came today and started correcting the site prep problem.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:08 PM   #32
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Did he use a tamper to pack the fill? If not (maybe even if he did) I would let it set a few weeks, water it down a few times, to make sure it all has settled before I park a TT on it.
Thanks for the heads-up. Yes the contractor packed it with Bobcat attachments. I have no doubt it is solid. The soil he hauled in was very good and was tamped tight. He packed soil on the outside of the crossties also.
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:58 PM   #33
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We fianlly got ours installed yesterday, came and finished this morning. We would have liked to have the rear enclosed to the 3' but that will have to wait. Now to get the 5er back from the dealer and put her in her new cover. We are happy with it and we got this one from Eagle Carports with the 12 gauge/120 mph rating
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:46 PM   #34
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We fianlly got ours installed yesterday, came and finished this morning. We would have liked to have the rear enclosed to the 3' but that will have to wait. Now to get the 5er back from the dealer and put her in her new cover. We are happy with it and we got this one from Eagle Carports with the 12 gauge/120 mph rating
Looks great! Nicely done. We just ordered one this past weekend ourselves and are looking forward to the installation.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:38 PM   #35
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I'm enjoying all the posts of carport projects. I am moving along (finally). The pad is level and completed, and today I got 9 more tons of gravel for the driveway leading back to the pad. The installer called today and I am scheduled for installation next Monday. I had to shovel and rake about 4 tons of gravel today, so I plan on surfing and sitting for a while tonight!
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:27 PM   #36
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Carport installed! Now I am working on voiding the warranty by putting a power pedestal in it. I also am raking the topsoil around the area, seeding it and putting down straw. The project is still very much in progress so I don't want to post pictures yet. But the beloved 5th wheel is parked under the carport and is protected now.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:59 PM   #37
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Put down my 19x42' gravel pad last week. Now awaiting installer for a date to install 18x40' metal cover.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:23 AM   #38
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Man, I am jealous of all these nice places to keep the toys. Somehow I don't think the homeowners association in our condo's would appreciate us erecting something like that next to our place
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:56 AM   #39
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We just got our 18x36x10 cover installed yesterday. We got mobile home anchors even though wind is not normally a huge issue where we live. We can get a lot of snow in some winters, and it's nice to know we don't have to worry about snow on top of the rv roof anymore.





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Yours looks really nice. Here are a couple pictures of ours with our Columbus under it.
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