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The RV-owners Guide to Choosing a Carport

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Oct 4, 2013

choosing a rv carport A Dependable RV Carport

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

Topics: Carport, guide to carport, choosing a carport

How to Choose the Right Carport for Your Vehicle

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Sep 28, 2013

2 car carport size vehicles

'A Metal Carport Perfect for Two Cars'

Hello everyone! This week's blog is all about carports. Getting a carport is an excellent idea for anyone who wants to protect their vehicles and equipment from the rain, snow, hail, strong winds and even the sunlight. If you're thinking about ordering a carport, you may be wondering what kind to get. At Alan's, we have lots of carport designs to choose from. Let's take a look at some of the things you should consider while perusing my selection of carports for sale.

What Sort of Vehicles Do You Have?

There are different carport designs made to shelter different types of vehicles. Perhaps your family needs shelter for just one compact car or small truck. A regular style carport that measures 12x21 would be an appropriate choice. Alternatively, a family who owns a large truck as well as a minivan would need a larger carport that can accommodate bigger vehicles. If you own several heavy duty trucks or maybe some large pieces of farm equipment, you may want to look at the triple wide carport designs. On my website, I provide a list of the dimensions and prices of all of my carports for sale.

What about the Future?

I recommend that you keep the future in mind as you're considering all of the options. Do you plan to purchase another vehicle or two? Do you want to use your carport for other items in addition to a car or truck? The answers to these questions can help you to choose a carport that will fulfill your vehicle storage needs now as well as your storage needs in the future.

If you do end up sheltering several vehicles, you may find that the concrete pad beneath the carport is becoming stained with oil that's leaking from a vehicle. This is a common occurrence. Fortunately, there are methods for removing oil from concrete. By removing these stains, you are helping to keep your carport area looking its best.

What's the Weather Like Out There?

As you are considering the various carports, think about the weather you deal with each year. Perhaps you have a lot of snowfall. If you do, a carport with a vertical style roof would be a good choice. The vertical design of the roof's sheeting allows snow to slide off instead of piling up. Maybe you live in an area that experiences several hailstorms a year. A carport with any type of roof including the vertical, boxed eave or regular style can protect vehicles in the midst of a powerful hail storm. If the place where you live has a lot of rainfall, a carport can prove to be an invaluable purchase. You can load and unload items from your car's trunk under the protection of dependable shelter.

I hope I've shown you the valuable benefits that a carport can offer. Thanks for reading! -Alan

Topics: carports, Carport, carport for vehicle

Double Carport Size, Style and Prices

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, Mar 5, 2013

Looking for information about the Double Carport Price and Size?

A question many people ask is how much is the double carport.  Driving down the road you may recall seeing a sign on a carport that says double carport.  Usually the size of the steel carport kits for sale with those signs on them is a 18x21 size carport.  A lot of times if someone is wanting to get a double carport they want to park two cars underneath the carport and for most people especially if it is going to be used on a daily basis you will want to go with a slightly wider size.  If you just need enough space for a car and a motorcycle or a car and a mower than the 18' wide should work fine but many times it is a car and SUV or car and truck which can create a situation where you end up hitting the car door on the other vehicle or on the vertical upright steel carport tubing.

For two smaller compact cars a better size double carport I would recommend would be 20x21.  If you are wanting to make the carport fully enclosed with two garages doors then the 20x21 is the most narrow size of the steel garages that have two garage doors.

The next larger size double carport is the 22x21 which provides that little bit of extra room.  The largest of double carport is the 24x21 which is great if you have two larger vehicles or just want extra room so you don't have to worry about the door paint being chipped.

One other way is to get more space is to go with a longer size carport.  The carport length run longer by 5' increments so 26' long is the next longer size, than 31' long etc.  This is nice if you have a really long truck or if your getting a steel garage and want to have a few extra feet of storage space for shelving or car supplies that extra 5' is really helpful.

Another option is to get a double carport and enclose a shed area in the back end for enclosed storage like shown in this picture.

double wide carport with enclosed shed

As you can see the metal carports can be used to store a variety of items besides a car or truck.

Here is a list of the metal carport sizes and prices.  Once you decide on the size you will want to figure out which style carport you want.

Double Carport Styles

regular style carport

                                                Regular Style Roof (Rounded Roof)

boxed eave carport

Boxed Eave Style Roof (A-frame roof but metal sheeting goes length of building meaning if you get a heavy snow it would not slide off so you would need to push the snow off of the roof)

vertical style carport

Vertical Style Roof (Looks just like boxed eave style with a-frame roof but look at roof closely and you will notice the metal roof sheeting goes up and down to help snow slide off)

When you are figuring out the style of the steel carport or steel garage you may want decide on the budget you have as the regular is the most affordable and the boxed eave is priced in the middle and the vertical is the strongest but the most costly of the 3 styles because in order to make the roof sheeting go up and down on the roof cross bracing have to be attached underneath the roof to attach the roof sheeting.

All of the metal carports come standard with 6' legs and you can make them taller in 1' levels taller.  Do you want to partially enclose the carport or leave it open?  Do you need blue print drawings for your permit process if so you will want to make sure you make it certified as the certified metal buildings come with blue print drawings. 

Other options to think about are going with a thicker 12 ga tubing which has a 20 year rust through warranty vs the standard 14 ga tubing which doesn't carry any warranty.

If the carport is going on the ground it is anchored for free to the ground with rebar.  Want a little extra strength against the wind you may want to add 4 mobile home anchors putting one in each corner.

The Alan's Factory Outlet double carports for sale are delivered and installed for free to over half the Nation in 27 States in the USA.

Topics: Carport, double carport, double carports

Buying a Metal RV Carport Cover For Your RV or Motorhome

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sun, Dec 4, 2011

buying a metal rv carport cover motorhome

What should you look for when buying a metal RV carport coverfor your RV or motorhome?

When looking at metal carport covers, your first consideration should be the size. The narrowest metal carports at Alan's Factory Outlet are 12' wide, which will work for most motorhomes; however you may want to go a little wider by choosing the next largest size, the 18' wide RV cover. This will give you plenty of room to open the doors and to comfortably walk around your RV. Other sizes are 20', 22' and 24' wide. Even larger sizes such as triple wide carports and even 40' wide metal carports are available, but in most cases you wouldn't need to buy that wide of a metal RV carport cover. The RV metal covers will protect your RV from a good majority of the elements. They will also make it easy to load and unload in the rain.

You will also need to measure to see how long your RV or motorhome is to get a RV cover that will not only cover the motorhome, but also give you at least a few feet on the front and back ends. You should also consider how long you plan to own the motorhome you currently have. Are you planning on buying a larger sized one in the future? If this is the case, it may be wise to invest a little more than you planned into a larger metal RV carport cover. That way, you will literally be covered in the future, and not need to spend more on another motorhome cover down the road when you could have settled that with getting the right size RV cover the first time. Our metal carport covers are a good solution when you want to protect your vehicles, but you do not want to build a structure. We make it easy to buy online and will deliver and install if for free.

In addition to the width and the length, you do need to consider the height for your RV metal covers. You will need to determine the height of your RV. The first measurement is the height of the roof of the motorhome and the second is the highest point such as an AC unit or something else on the roof, which is higher than the roof. This will allow you to purchase the perfect metal RV garage. Remember if you plan on buying a larger RV in the future you may want to order a larger size to save money.

We have a wide variety of motorhome carports for sale. You have several options to consider when buying a metal RV carport cover. You can close both sides or like the picture above can just close one size. You can also fully enclose it and turn it into a RV metal garage.

Consider these 3 options when buying a metal RV carport cover to help make it stronger

  • Buying the thicker 12 gauge tubing over the standard 14 gauge tubing (The 12 gauge tubing will give you a 20 year rust through warranty)
  • Getting it fully braced with 4' braces for additional wind and snow strength
  • Buying the mobile home anchors for extra strength against the wind

The final step to make when buying a metal RV carport cover is the roofline style. You need to decide between a regular style RV carport, which is built in a barn roof or a gable a-frame roof, which comes in two different styles. The first is a boxed eave, and the second one is a vertical roof. They both look exactly the same at first glance, but there is one major difference; the vertical RV carport cover is built with the metal roof sheeting going side to side to allow the snow to slide off. Once you determine the roof, you can choose between our many motorhome carports.

Alan's Factory Outlet metal RV carport covers are delivered and installed for free in 27 states in the USA. Here are the states in the USA with free installation: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

As the old saying goes, "measure twice and cut once", and I believe that is good advice when you are buying a metal RV carport cover. Please feel free to ask a question or leave a comment about any personal experience you may have on buying a RV carport cover or a metal RV garage.

Topics: rv carport, rv cover, metal rv carport, metal rv cover, buying a metal rv cover, Carport

Metal Garage Price Compared to Metal Carport Price

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Nov 26, 2011

Metal Garage Price Compared to Metal Carport Price

metal carport priceThe carport price is going to be more economical when compared to the fully enclosed metal garage but the carport will only give you roof top coverage where the metal garage price is more due to the fact that that not only is the roof covered but both sides and both ends are covered with a garage door on one end.  If you don't need full protection from the sun and weather or theft than the carport would be the way to go but if you need total protection from the elements than investing a little more today can help save you money in the long run from the metal garage that will help protect your valuable items.

metal garage priceOne other option that some of our clients have done is go with a metal carport now to save money and down the road you can close the sides and ends and add a garage door later when the funds become available.  Two things to keep in mind if you want to go this route is you will need to make sure the leg height on the carport is tall enough for the garage door to fit later.  The regular style carports can be the same height as the garage door height while the 2 other styles boxed eave and vertical carport leg height will need to be one foot taller than the garage door height.  The carports and metal garage price includes free delivery and installation to 27 states in the USA.

Now to the metal garage price and the metal carport price.  For comparison purposes we will go with the smallest size carport and metal garage we have.  The metal carport price and metal garage price is the current price and subject to change without notice and prices may vary in certain locations due to construction specs required in some locations.

The metal carports and metal garages are built in many larger sizes of wider and longer metal buildings.

Topics: metal garage price, metal carport price, carport price, Garage, Carport, metal garage

How Much Does a Metal Carport Cost

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sun, Nov 13, 2011

how much does a metal carport cost

How Much Does a Metal Carport Cost?

The metal carport cost will vary depending on the size and style.  So when someone asks, "How much does a metal carport cost?"  There are three main questions that need to be answered to get an accurate idea on the metal carport cost for each person based on their needs.

3 Metal Carport Cost Factors

  1. The size of the metal carport you buy will effect the carport cost more than anything else.  Of course you don't want to go with a carport to large for what you plan on using it for but you may want to also look into the future and is there a chance that you may get a larger vehicle, boat, motorhome or an extra vehicle or farm equipment.  The same point holds true for making sure the metal carport will properly cover your items.  You will want to first figure out how wide you need the carport to be.  Alan's Factory Outlet metal carports start out at 12' wide.  The other widths available are 18', 20', 22', 24', 26', 28', 30', 32', 34', 36', 38' and 40' wide.  After you get a feel for the width you need you will want to decide on the length.  The shortest length is 21' long followed by 26', 31', 36', 41', 46', 51', 56' and 61'.  You can actually go longer than 61' feet if you need to but the sizes run in 5' increments longer.  The last size configuration you will need to make is the leg height.  The leg heights start out at 5' or 6' height depending on the metal carport style.  You can make the carport taller in 1' increments with up to 12' legs.  One thing to look at is the peak of the carport is going to be taller than the leg height you choose.  So the width, length and height will all help you start to get a picture of how much the metal carport will cost, but without the next two questions answered the exact price will still be unknown.
  2. What style carport you pick will help you find out the metal carport cost.  Alan's Factory Outlet has three different styles of carports.  The styles are regular, boxed eave and vertical style.  The regular style is going to be the metal carport that cost the least amount of money.  The boxed eave and vertical style look the exact same except the roof on the vertical carport is up and down which will allow snow to slide off the roof.  The vertical carport will cost the most but it is definitely the strongest of the three carports.metal carport cost prices
  3. The last thing that will determine the metal carport cost is options.  There are several options such as a thicker 12 ga tubing which gives you a 20 year rust through warranty.  Metal carports can also be fully braced to help make them stronger.  You can also get mobile home anchors, a certified carport, close the sides, close gables or ends and add a garage door to turn the carport into a metal garage.  You could also turn the carport into a metal garage at a later date but a key point to remember that in order to have enough clearance for the garage door on the regular carport the legs can be the same height as the garage door but on the boxed and vertical carports you will need the legs to be one foot taller than the garage door height. 

Alan's Factory Outlet has the metal carport cost for each of the sizes, styles and the option prices listed here:  Metal Carport Prices  This shows you the metal garage cost:  Metal Garage Prices  At the bottom of the price page there is a free online carport and metal garage price quote form you can fill out to get a carport price quote.                                                                  

Topics: Metal Carport, metal carport cost, metal carport prices, carport cost, carport prices, Carport

2 Car Metal Carport

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Aug 25, 2011

2 car metal carport

2 car metal carport is delivered and installed for free to 19 different states in the USA.  The 2 car metal carport comes in a variety of sizes.  The width for the 1 car carport is 12' wide then there is a 18' wide some people call this a 2 car carport but it is a little to narrow to be able to park a car and safely open the doors.  The 18' wide would be fine for a car and a motorcycle or a small tractor.  A small 2 car metal carport would start out at 20' wide then the next size is 22' wide and that a comfortable and most popular 2 car carport is the 24' wide.  

The shortest in length is a 21' long carport which is OK for smaller vehicles but a 26' long would be the way to go if you have a longer truck or if your wanting to have an area on the back end for storage which really comes in handy.  You can make the metal 2 car carport longer in 5' increments.

The metal carport is anchored to the ground, asphalt or concrete for free.  The 2 car carport can be made taller depending on the height of the car or truck your wanting to park under the carport.  The legs get taller in one foot increments with up to 12' legs.  The 12' tall leg makes a great rv carport.

If you need a carport wider than the 2 car carport we also have a triple wide carport and a 40 wide carport.

The carports can be partially enclosed, fully enclosed and turned into a metal garage or let open.

The 2 car carport is custom built in your choice of 13 different colors.

Topics: Metal Carport, 2 car carport, 2 car metal carport, Carport

Metal Carports Are Not Just For Cars

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Jul 14, 2011

metal carportsMetal Carports are not just for cars.  The metal carports also make a great picnic shelter.  Put a grill under it and you have a shaded place for family and friends to gather and catch up new events in their life and make some new memories.  Carports also provide a shelter that will keep everyone dry from an evening shower.

The metal carport shown in this picture is a 24x31 metal carport.  Carports come standard with 2' center braces and 4' corner braces.  This carport has options 4' braces for additional wind and snow strength.  The 24x31 carports have 7 tubing bows which are 5' on center.  The tubing is 2 1/2" square tubing which is 14 ga.  A thicker 12 ga 2 1/4" tubing is also available as an upgrade.  This 12 ga tubing comes with a 20 year rust through warranty.

Another idea is to use the metal carport during the warm summer months as a picnic shelter and during the winter snowy months you could use the carport to protect your car from getting snow and ice on it.  This will save you time and energy in the morning as you won't have to shovel or scrap the snow and ice off your car or cars.  

There are many other sizes smaller and larger than the 24x31 carport size.

Metal garages are also available if you need a fully enclosed carport.

Feel free to share some of the ways you utilize your metal carport.

Topics: carports, metal carports, Metal Carport, Carport, 24x31 metal carports, 24x31 carport

Carport Kits

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, May 31, 2011

Carport Kits

carport kits

Carport Kits are built on site with free delivery and setup to AL, AR, GA, IL, IA, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, NE, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA and WV.  Metal carport kits are built in 3 different roof lines.  The style carport in this picture is a boxed eave.  The best style for the snow is the vertical because the way the roof is built the snow slides off.  The vertical carport looks just like the boxed eave style except the roof runs side to side.  The other style is the regular carport which has a barn shaped roof.

The carport kit in the above picture is shown with three options

  • Taller 9' legs
  • Fully braced with 4' braces
  • 1-3' panel on both sides

Here is a list of the sizes and options on the carport kit prices.

Garage kits are available with free delivery and setup to Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.  Here are the garage kit prices

Both the carport kits and the garage kits are built with galvanized 14 ga steel tubing and can be upgraded to a thicker 12 ga tubing which has a 20 year rust through warranty.  The sheeting used on the metal buildings is 29 ga. 

All carport kits are assembled for you on your level land the same day we arrive to your house.  We even anchor the building to the ground for free with rebar or concrete anchor bolts.  Worried about the wind?  Well, we have something that can help you with that.  Mobile home anchors are available as an option if the carport is being anchored to the ground.

carport kits mobile home anchor

Alan's Factory Outlet carport kits time frame for delivery are approximately 2 to 4 weeks year round.

Topics: carports, mobile home anchors, Carport, carport kits, garage kits, kits, carport kit

Carolina Carports

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, May 14, 2011

Carolina Carports

carolina carports

Carolina Carports metal carports are built in three different styles of carports and metal garages as shown in this picture.

Carolina Carports 3 Roof Styles

  1. Regular roof style carolina carports start out in the 12x21 size.  The base width is exactly 12' wide and the base length is 20' long.  It is called 21' long because the 6" front roof overhang and 6" back end overhang is counted in the overall dimensions.  The regular style metal carports are built with a traditional barn roof.  The regular carport is the most economical of the three carport styles.  Here are the carport prices.
  2. The middle style shown in this picture is the boxed eave metal carport.  The boxed eave carolina carports are built in an a-frame roof which is nice if the carport is right beside your home as most homes have an a-frame roof so the carport may go with the architect of your home better.  These carports also have the 6" roof overhang however when you get a boxed eave carport you get a 6" overhang on both sides.  As far as the price point goes these metal carports are the middle road on price.  They are a little bit more than the regular style carports but less than the next style we are getting ready to cover.
  3. The third carolina carports style is the vertical roof carport.  This carport looks just like the boxed eave carport as both are built in an a-frame roof and have a 6" overhang all the way around it.  The big difference is the roof is built with the ribs running side to side which allows the rain and snow to slide off it where on the other two style carports the sheeting ribs run lengthwise which causes the snow to stay on their roof.  In order to put the roof on this way on the vertical carports we have to place metal cross braces to attach the sheeting.  These extra metal braces along with the fact that the snow will slide of the roof make this the strongest of the three carolina carports.  The downside for those advantages in strength is the vertical carports are the most expensive of the three carport styles.  Vertical carports can be fully enclosed to make a metal garage.  Take a look at the metal garage prices

All of the carolina carports are built with 14 gauge tubing and 29 gauge sheeting.  Many options are available such as 12 gauge tubing which comes with a 20 year rust through warranty.  All carports come standard with center and corner braces.  Carolina carports are anchored to the ground, cement or asphalt with rebar or cement anchors for free.  Mobile home anchors for additional wind protection and fully braced carports are a couple of other options you may want to consider.

Carolina carports also has have many other sizes of steel buildings such as triple wide carports and lean to carports.

Alan's Factory Outlet carports and metal garages are delivered and setup for free to 18 different states.

Please feel free to ask a question or leave a comment about the carports.

Topics: carports, metal carports, metal garages, Carport, Carolina Carports

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