If you’re one of the 430,000 people who bought a recreational vehicle last year, welcome to a world of freedom and adventure!
In fact, RV ownership has grown 200% over the last decade. For those who enjoy the RV lifestyle, that number isn’t a shock. What can come as a shock to people is how easy and beneficial RV carports can be.
In this article, we go over all the benefits of owning your own RV carport so you know what all your options are.
Why RV Carports?
Storing your camper at an RV storage facility will cost you between $40-500 per month, depending on where you live and what they offer. In other words, it RV storage or is a piece of underdeveloped land you pay to park your RV on? Finding an RV storage facility is time-consuming and can get frustrating.
When you decide to go with your own RV carport, you know what you’re getting and can choose from several options.
Types of RV Carports
Vinyl and metal are the two most common types of RV carports. Vinyl carports are canopies that affix to a steel frame. Metal shelters are of higher quality and made of steel.
There are three types of roofs to choose from:
Regular roof – Has a rolled cornered design for sturdiness and is the most cost-effective. Horizontal side panels and roof can also include horizontal or vertical panels on the front and back of the structure. This design allows rainwater to drain to the front and back.
Vertical roof – Low maintenance and long-lasting. It has a boxed eave with vertical panels and snow and water drain toward the sides. The roof is seamless, so there’s no leakage.
Boxed eave roof – Also called A-frame roofs, can often match the roof style of your house. This roof has trim on the ends and sides and the panels are horizontal.
Things to Keep in Mind
Before you start pricing out RV carports and shelters, you need to ask yourself a few questions.
1. Do I have room for an RV carport?
Of course, this is an important question, but more so if you own a Class A motorhome. Building a carport for a Class B and C camper is more feasible, but you’ll want to do your due diligence to make sure.
Measure the area next to your driveway, on the side of your garage, and your backyard so you know all your options.
2. Does my HOA allow me to install one? If so, where can I put it?
Most homeowner associations won’t allow you to park your RV in front of your house, but some allow shelters on the side or back of your property. They may not allow one at all. Calling your HOA is mandatory if you’re thinking about getting an RV carport of any kind.
3. Do I need a permit?
If your HOA allows you to put a shelter somewhere on your property, check with your local authorities to find out if you need any permits. If you don’t live in a neighborhood with an HOA, call your municipality and find out if they have restrictions.
Once you answer all the questions and decide to move forward, here are the benefits of having your own RV shelter:
RV Carports are Economical
You’ve spent anywhere between $10,000 to several hundred thousand dollars for your RV, depending on several factors. There are already costs involved with maintaining your camper, so why pay thousands more every year to store it on someone else’s lot?
When you own your own shelter, you pay the cost of the building and that’s it. There are no recurring fees or leases to sign. You’ll also save money on gas since you’re not transporting it to and from a storage facility.
Shelters are Convenient
The convenience factor speaks for itself. Your RV is on your property so you don’t have to wait for a gate to get unlocked. You don’t store/remove your camper according to someone else’s schedule, you walk out your front door.
You can pack your RV and be ready to go in less time than it would take for you to get it out of the storage and back to your house!
Covering your camper gives you some RV protection but it’s inconvenient in more ways than one. Not only does it take more than one person to put it on and take it off, it can damage your roof over time. Both your camper and cover must be clean and dry or debris will start to dull and scratch the finish as the cover brushes over it.
Customizable for Your RV
Some reputable manufacturers allow you to customize your shelter. If you want it to match your house color or roof, no problem! You tell them how long, wide, and high you need it and they’ll build it to your specifications.
It’s More Secure
Sure, storage facilities offer video surveillance, locked gates, and security alarms, but how can they protect you from an inexperienced RV driver who backs into yours? They can’t.
Even if they secure the premises and make assurances, don’t you trust your $100,000 motorhome on your own property more than if it’s on theirs? You can get security cameras and motion detection lights and your camper is always in sight.
Protect Your RV’s Exterior
Regardless of where you live, you’ll face incliment weather. Whether it’s snow or hurricane-type conditions, exposing your RV to the elements is welcoming damage. Your camper can get destroyed by high winds, hail, and rain.
Your recreational vehicle is also damaged by UV rays. The exterior of your camper will age quicker and you won’t always notice it on the roof until it’s too late. UV rays and other environmental conditions will affect your paint and the vinyl starts to break down.
If you live in a coastal area, the saltwater will also damage your camper’s exterior the same way it does your car’s. Keeping your RV in a shelter will reduce environmental damages and extend its life without costly maintenance repairs.
Protects Your RV’s Interior
Exterior RV protection is a given, but a shelter also protects your camper’s interior. The inside of your motorhome gets damaged from the sun’s UV rays the same way it fades and discolors your car’s interior. Too much heat and sunlight can warp plastic or other materials inside your RV.
Storing your camper in a covered shelter will also help control the inside temperature in warm conditions since it’s protected by shade.
Commitment to Quality
You didn’t take buying your RV lightly, so don’t treat storing it that way either. You now know the benefits of RV carports, so step 2 is finding the right company to build you one.
At Victory Buildings, our commitment to quality and customer service is unmatched in Florida and Georgia. We offer the best prices with a 20-year guarantee because we stand behind our work.