Least Expensive Carport for RV

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Posted by: from Brooklin
10/23/2012 at 3:26:41 PM

Are there any suggestions for a cheap way to build a carport that is open on all sides, only has a roof.

It needs to be big enough to cover a fifth wheel travel trailer, 45' long, 13' wide, and have an overall height clearance of 14'.

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Date/Time10/25/2012 at 4:42:25 PM

Hi Anne,

The best answer I can give you is that a carport is a carport. It is less costly than a fully enclosed structure, but at the end of the day there is really only one way to construct it. Depending on the permit requirements and structural requirements in your area, the following main components will be required:


Concrete pad

Posts (structure that holds the roof which transfers its load to the piles)

Roof structure

Typically these are attached structures. This would be something where hiring a professional is well worth it.

If you are looking for the "cheapest" solution, I have seen pop up structures (almost like big tents) that will house larger vehicles.

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Date/Time10/31/2012 at 10:46:35 AM

There is no cheap way. If you go cheap, you are putting your rv at risk.

You will require footings for the 6 x 6 posts. Depending on the number of posts (max should be 12 '), you will require the necessary beams to carry the roof supports.

Depending on where you are, you will require a building permit, and they will set the building standards.

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Date/Time10/31/2012 at 1:52:15 PM

To do this as a pole barn structure would probably be one of the cheapest ways.

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Erroll from MVP Construction in Surrey
Date/Time10/31/2012 at 8:53:57 PM

Post and beam construction is the only way. Sheeting the roof will shear your structure. You will need an engineer as you will have factored loads as well as unfactored loads. With that said spanning 45 feet is huge and would require a very exspensive engineered beam. or structural steel.

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