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Old 10-31-2006, 04:58 AM   #1
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I purchased a Costco Car Shelter this year. 10' wide x 20' long and approx 10' high. I raised the height 1 foot. My van might have fit before raising it but I never tried it because I had already made the extensions. I back into the carport on a bit of an angle so the extra height makes it easier.





The extensions are 2" emt (electrical) pipe epoxied into the original carport bases which I had to ream out a bit wider. The emt pipe is filled with concrete to within 6" of the top edge.



The eight pvc feet are secured with four 3" lag screws in each to a double layer of treated 2 x 6. The 2 x 6 forms a continous frame. To anchor it, I purchased 8 pieces of 3' long threaded rod that I drove into the ground through the wood frame and tightened the nuts. I think that is sufficient for my location. No tornados around here.

With the extensions the shelter is 11' from the ground to the peak.



CDN$209 for the shelter at the local Costco.

When we dug out the sod in preparation for road base and gravel we found two 4" sewer cleanouts about 10" down. I would never have known they were there. These covers make it easy to access them.

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The Costco car shelter came with a zippered sliding front panel and a back panel. I decided to put them on for the winter. I put the zippered front panel in the back because it's easier for me to access my van that way.





I bought a cover for my van last year so I figured I might as well use it even though the van is under the shelter also, I didn't want the tarp type material of the shelter touching the continental tire or the front bumper.





The white supports are closet organizer shelf supports. When purchased in bulk they are inexpensive. They're not super strong but every little bit helps.



Oh yeah, same house different siding in case you noticed the color change.
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Old 10-23-2010, 04:29 PM   #3
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Hi
I like the way you rigged up the carport for your RV. I'm planning on
buying the tarp carport at Costco just like the one you did. Before I buy
it I want to ask you what is the condition it's in now. Are the tarp's
showing wear ie. rips and folds?
How's it on high wind conditions and snow?
Jude
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Old 10-23-2010, 06:41 PM   #4
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From memory, I probably only had it for about a year or so. I sold the shelter when I bought a B+ RV (small C). It was in good shape. A few of the bungee type loops that hold the tarp to the frame would have needed to be replaced soon as they had started to deteriorate.

No problems with wind as it was in a sheltered location and had driven 3' long threaded rods into the ground and bolted the wood frame base to the rods. The shelter frame was lag crewed into the wood frame base. Heavy wet snow would stick to it and I use to get as much off as I could.

I was $209 back when I bought it. Even simple covers cost more.

I noticed moisture would build up on the underside of the roof tarp sometimes. It didn't seem to cause any problems but I'm sure it would have been better if it was on a concrete pad. Mine was on gravel.

It was a great solution for my needs at the time.
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Old 10-23-2010, 06:53 PM   #5
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Here's some more info re: how long they last (or don't last)

Link: http://bb.bc4x4.com/showthread.php?1210 ... lter-Lasts
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Thanks for the valuable info. I think I'll still buy it and put an extra tarp on top of the roof area for extra protection.
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Thanks for the valuable info. I think I'll still buy it and put an extra tarp on top of the roof area for extra protection.
Send us some pictures when done, please?
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