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Old 01-16-2015, 05:25 PM   #1
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Living in covered (high metal carport) travel trailer??

New here, sorry if this has been asked before or just a dumb question. I have been living in a fifth wheel for 2 years now ever since Hurricane Isaac took my house. And the ability to rebuild just is not there. The fifth wheel I purchased was very used and worn, but glad I had something to put over my head. I've been shopping for a new travel trailer and I really like the Cherokee destination models. But living in a travel trailer full time I've learned just how much they can deteriorate. My question is, can I purchase one of those very high metal carports and park the trailer under it and still "run" it. I have scoured the internet and have come up with nothing. Again like I said, new to this, and full time rv living so I'm still learning all the ins and outs. Thanks!!!!
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Old 01-16-2015, 05:43 PM   #2
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I would see no reason why you couldn't do so. My one area of concern would be the ambient temp of the air that would gather between the top of the trailer and the carport/metal cover. The metal cover could create a radiant heating effect under the cover. The would be the fresh air intake source. The AC is only designed to lower the incoming air a set number of degrees.


I guess if there was a enough height and air flow between the RV and the Metal cover you may be ok.
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Old 01-16-2015, 06:02 PM   #3
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That's what I was concerned about with the AC units. just was trying to think of a way to better protect the travel trailer and extend its life cause the thought of losing another house scares me to death.
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Old 01-16-2015, 06:23 PM   #4
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I know there are hundreds of people who have RV-Ports which are along the line of what you are looking to do. I guess the way to assure proper air flow would be to allow for a taller cover or to mount a couple of wind driven such as these:
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which would allow for air circulation between the RV and the cover.
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Old 01-17-2015, 04:26 PM   #5
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I would see no reason why you couldn't do so. My one area of concern would be the ambient temp of the air that would gather between the top of the trailer and the carport/metal cover. The metal cover could create a radiant heating effect under the cover. The would be the fresh air intake source. The AC is only designed to lower the incoming air a set number of degrees.


I guess if there was a enough height and air flow between the RV and the Metal cover you may be ok.
One thought about the "ambient temperature" that we have used here in Texas (where temps over 100 degrees is common) is to use light colored or reflective metal on the roof possibly with turbines or turtlebacks (like the kind found on houses) and/or use a solar powered attic fan to blow the hot air away from the trapped area between the RV and the metal roof. The fans run around $250 for smaller ones and around $700 for the larger ones. Also remember if using solar powered anything it can be deducted on income taxes for I believe 30% of cost in single year or 20% each year for next five years.
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Old 01-17-2015, 04:58 PM   #6
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as long as the carport has no sides or very short sides from the top down --and a couple of feet of clearance from ac to top of cover you will have no problem at all. The main secret is to have clearance for the ac exhaust to escape from ac itself and not collect around the ac. I have only about 18 inches from top of my ac to top of rv cover, (could use more there) the cover is open at one end and has sheet metal running down about 4 feet from the top on the sides and the front. The exhaust gets out from under the rv port easily. The unit cools a lot better there than it does out in the hot Texas sun. My rv cover is also Hawaiian blue, not light blue, but not dark blue either. I have only one ac on my 32 ft motor home and it cools very good under the rv cover.
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Old 01-17-2015, 05:57 PM   #7
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I have a 32ft TT stored under a 18x41 Metal carport with 12ft leg height which makes the peak of the roof 15ft. I have six feet of metal down the sides and no gable ends. The top of the AC unit is 11' 3". I keep it set up under there just like I do on a campsite. I definitely found the air conditioning cools better now than it did before the carport was installed just from keeping the direct Florida sun from beating down on the RV itself. The lack of gable ends I would think helps with keeping the heat build up from occurring between the RV roof and the carport roof. The RV air conditioner is circulating (Cooling) the air in the RV, not drawing air from the outside, so the benefit of keeping the sun from beating down on the roof of the RV will be the greatest benefit in my opinion.
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Hi, We have a metal carport over our trailer. Our trailer is about 11.5ft. high and the carport is 14ft. high with a few panels on the sides just to cover the top of the trailer. My sons family stayed in it for 2 weeks last summer while visiting and there was no problems Temps around 90s. I think with that much air between the roof and the trailer you should not have a problem. If you used vents that would help.
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You also may need to look at fan augmentation for the fridge.
Hot air incoming makes the fridge much less efficient at cooling.
Extra circulation will help.

Sorry about the loss of your home and wish you the very best at getting it rebuilt.
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I have a 32ft TT stored under a 18x41 Metal carport with 12ft leg height which makes the peak of the roof 15ft. I have six feet of metal down the sides and no gable ends. The top of the AC unit is 11' 3". I keep it set up under there just like I do on a campsite. I definitely found the air conditioning cools better now than it did before the carport was installed just from keeping the direct Florida sun from beating down on the RV itself. The lack of gable ends I would think helps with keeping the heat build up from occurring between the RV roof and the carport roof. The RV air conditioner is circulating (Cooling) the air in the RV, not drawing air from the outside, so the benefit of keeping the sun from beating down on the roof of the RV will be the greatest benefit in my opinion.
Many details here match my own situation. 18'x40' with 12' legs. My roof is white "vertical roof" panels... open gables... metal panels on each side from eaves down 6' which leave 6' open sides at the bottom. I am amazed how much cooler the trailer is under this shed than when parked out in the Texas sun. Our humidity is not generally as high as it is in the middle of the swamp but when I'm working out in the sun and heat, I've been known to go under my shed and sit on the steps of my trailer to cool off!


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