How to Select An Affordable RV Shelter
Just because you want an RV shelter that is strong and stable, it doesn't mean that you have to break the bank. There is a different between a quality RV shelter and an expensive one, just like there is a difference between a quality shelter and a cheap one. If you really want to find an affordable shelter that will protect your RV all year round, then there are some things you need to know. You see, the trick to finding an RV shelter for a good price is knowing what you need and what you don't. Here are some of the things every quality RV shelter should have, and some things you can probably do without.
What you need – Like we said, there is a huge difference between cheap and quality. In order to ensure that the shelter you're interested in is, in fact, one that is going to last, make sure that it is made with high-quality materials. For example, it is best if the framing is made of galvanized steel and not powder coated. Also, if the cover is made of metal, make sure it is galvanized steel, as well. If the cover is not metal, make sure it is made of a highly-dense, strong, tear-free material. Polyethylene is a great material for covers as it incredibly strong and weathers well. Ask if the cover is rip and tear resistant; if it's not, opt to upgrade, or keep looking for shelters that are tear resistant. Last but not least, don't sacrifice anchors. Anchors keep your shelter fastened securely and are very important when inclement weather rolls around. Make sure you purchase anchors that are specifically made for the ground surface you are fastening the shelter to.
What you can avoid – RV shelters can become expensive very quickly when you start adding features. All portable shelter companies are going to pressure you to add features to your shelter at the time of purchase; although most add-ons are great additions to add to any shelter, they're not always necessary. If you're looking to save money, try to avoid purchasing add-ons like the following:
- Ventilation kits: Although great for increasing the air flow through your RV shelter, they're not necessary. As long as you don't leave your RV running while it's in the shelter, you'll be fine.
- Sky Lights: For those of you who want your RV shelters to be a bit brighter, go ahead and purchase sky lights. Although this added feature will liven up any shelter, they're not, again, completely necessary if you're trying to save money.
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