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Old 03-19-2012, 03:45 PM   #11
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Re: Shelter from the storm

sjnuss,
how was yours anchored into the ground for storm winds? Thanks.
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:48 PM   #12
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Re: Shelter from the storm

Fortunately our trailer pad is in a fairly secluded area. But during installed the crew uses rebar spikes about 18" long to anchor into the ground. If the carport was put on a concrete pad they would have used concrete anchors. If your location is in an open field with the potential for serious wind this may be something to consider.

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Old 03-19-2012, 04:47 PM   #13
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Re: Shelter from the storm

Steve, curious what gauge you went with? And I'm also looking for opinions from others on the carport plans I posted ...? Would it do the job, and is wood frame a good way to go? If you believe their estimates materials for that are about $1,000 US, though I suspect we'd have to adapt to accomodate the height of our Escape. Plus labor, of course.

The metal carports are pricing between $1,200 and $1,900, depending on gauge and roof shape.
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Old 03-19-2012, 06:59 PM   #14
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Re: Shelter from the storm

BTW -- is 10" clearance adequate? We're having trouble measuring Oliver (w/AC and solar up top) for an idea of the necessary height.
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Old 03-19-2012, 08:27 PM   #15
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Re: Shelter from the storm

I needed a large snow-load shed (65lbs/sq.ft.), so I want with 28 gauge steel (I can walk on it). Also, I got 9.5 ft. of height to the interior crossbars. The trailer should be about 8.5 ft. high max, unless you have the high-lift axle.

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Old 03-19-2012, 09:57 PM   #16
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Re: Shelter from the storm

Medora: ours is 14 gauge. 10ft is plenty. The vertical legs on mine are 9ft. Just be careful on the support bars. Looking at Bruce's photo ours appear to be the same units but with different structural elements due to the load differences. If you are in snow country you may want something different than mine. Also at the center mine is a little taller but it does give me plenty of room to work on top of the trailer if needed. I thought of building my own from wood but decided against it. It was just easier to buy one and have it installed. But a nicely built wood one would be great.

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