Perhaps you're someone who loves traveling the open roads in a fully-equipped RV. You have a refrigerator, a sofa, a microwave and, most importantly, your family traveling with you in comfort. That sounds like a pretty good deal to me! Of course, you want to protect your RV while it's parked at home so you'll be ready for the next on the road adventure. So, I'm going to dedicate this week's blog to talking about RV carports and how to choose one that suits the needs of your recreational vehicle.
Pay Attention to the Dimensions
When shopping for an RV carport, you should take into account the size of the RV itself. Grab a tape measure and a friend to help you measure the dimensions of your RV. As you measure the length, be sure that you include parts that extend from the body of the vehicle such as the bumper and the ladder. At Alan's Outlet, we have a selection of RV carports that includes open-sided designs as well as partially and completely enclosed ones. If you opt for one of our RV carport kits that is enclosed, then you'll probably want to allow yourself a few feet of walk around room inside the structure. Ideally, you want to give yourself an adequate amount of space for both moving around inside the carport as well as backing in.
The width of your vehicle is another thing to consider as you shop for an RV carport. With the help of a friend, take an accurate measurement of the width of the RV. Open the door of the RV to see how much space it needs to swing freely inside the structure. Even with an open carport design, you may want to allow yourself some extra space for storage within the shelter.
Measuring the height of the RV is very important. Some RV's have a satellite and air conditioning unit on the roof so include those items in the measurement. An RV carport should offer plenty of space above the vehicle.
Choose Your Roof Style
At Alan's Outlet, we want your RV to be protected from the rain, hail, snow and other elements that Mother Nature has to offer. In addition to supplying our customers with dependable RV carports, we also give them options as to the design of the carport's roof. Two of those options are the boxed eave and the regular style. Both of these designs offer protection and visual appeal. If you choose a vertical roof style, you're purchasing a design that features vertical sheeting that allows snow to slide off instead of accumulating. You may want to give a vertical roof style some thought if you live in an area with lots of snowfall.
Not a One Size Fits All Selection
Finally, when you buy one of our customizable RV carport kits, you can dictate the style, size and even the color of the structure. You may have a clear vision of what sort of carport you want for your RV. If you aren't sure, we're glad to help you find answers to your questions. Feel free to send me an email or give us a phone call. Thanks for reading and safe travels! Alan