The experience of owning an RV should be enjoyable and carefree, not
filled with worry about protecting and maintaining your vehicle.
More and more owners are now opting to store their RV’s in prefabricated
steel buildings to ensure their prized vehicle is protected
from inclement weather, ever changing temperatures and the wear and tear of being outdoors.
Steel structures can be designed with maximum flexibility to fit any
size or type of RV, and most manufacturers provide cosmetics additions
for steel buildings, including stucco, brick or wooden exterior panels,
which allow your RV storage to blend in with your home and other nearby
Steel carports make a great option for storing RV’s as they are the most
structurally sound type of building currently on the market and have
been safety tested to withstand tornados, hail storms, earthquakes and a
variety of other potentially damaging forces of nature.
Building your own on-site RV garage will also save you a great deal of
money on insurance. One of the reasons steel has
quickly become such a popular building option is because of its ability
to withstand fire and extreme heats. For this reason most insurance
companies will reduce your price of fire insurance when you have a steel
RV garage. To get the maximum savings on fire insurance add at least two
to three inches of fire rated insulation around all four walls of the
structure. When insuring your new garage most insurance companies will
give you an additional saving on premiums, up to 40 percent, if it’s
built from steel because of the strength and easy of maintenance for
Did you just purchase your RV and are looking to protect it quickly?
Don’t worry prefabricated steel kits are easy to erect and take much
less time than traditional wood or brick garages. The average warranty
lifetime for a steel RV garage is about 20 years, so what are you
waiting for? Read below to find the proper planning and preparation to
ensure you and your RV have many years of enjoyment ahead.
Placement of your RV Garage
Before you start planning the garage itself you must first consider
where on your property you are going to place the structure. The
placement and orientation of the building will have an impact on its
design. When building a garage it’s ideal to build it on flat land, look
for already flat expanses of land existing on your property, which will
reduce costs in leveling and preparing the ground.
Also be wary of the height of the land compared to surrounding areas. If
the land you have selected is lower than the rest of the land on your
property it may be susceptible to flooding and sitting water. You may
want to reconsider the placement of your garage, or take extra
precautions when building the structure to handle heavy water traffic.
Most manufacturers offer in-ground drain systems and down spouts which
can help anticipate the buildup of water and redirect it away from your
building and RV. Some local and state governments will place
restrictions on how close to another building or property line you can
build a structure. Make sure to consult all local building codes and
regulations before beginning your project.
Foundation of your RV Garage
Every structure needs a solid foundation to stand on. Consider whether
you will anchor your structure, or build it upon a solid concrete sheet.
Anchoring the structure, by embedding stakes into the surrounding ground
may be a faster and slightly less expensive solution but you then you
must take into account the type of ground your van will be sitting on.
Will your RV be sitting on top of gravel, or rocks? These types of
surfaces are not the most supportive for heavy RV tires, and may make it
less convenient for you fix and clean your RV within the confines of
The better option may be to create a concrete base on which to place
your building. A concrete base will provide a smooth surface for owners
to work on when making repairs to the vehicle, and an even surface is
optimal for keeping the alignment of the RV and its tires is good
condition. When building a concrete slab for your building to rest upon
it should be at lease 4″ wider and 6″ longer than the desired length of
your building. This will help evenly distribute the weight of the
structure and protect the center of your foundation from cracks and wear
and tear during construction and use.
Size of your RV Garage
When planning the size of your RV garage it is better to plan for future
growth. Do not be afraid to include additional space in your initial
floor plan to provide enough room for mechanical fixes and the cleaning
of your RV, or future upgrades to a larger model. Also be aware of any
fold out parts or expansions on your RV. It is best to account for all
parts of your RV being fully expanded when stored in the garage to
maneuvering and cleaning possible from the comfort and protection of the
shelter offered from your steel structure. If you are unsure how much
additional room to include many experts recommend you calculate the
total square footage of your fully expanded vehicle then take that
measurement and multiply it 1.5.
Also be mindful of additional maintenance stations you may want to
include within your garage. For owners who live in colder climates it
may be beneficial to include an indoor cleaning system. For any
additional upgrades that may require electricity or running water make
you identify all power lines and water mains that run throughout your
property and consider how to access these lines when initially deciding
upon the placement for your steel structure.