Owning a seasonal vehicle like an RV or camper is a considerable expense. Aside from the actual cost of the vehicle, the maintenance to keep it in shape and ready for another season is another significant cost. An RV shouldn’t be left outdoors during the colder months, as the exposure to UV rays and water can damage the surface of the vehicle – and even the interior. Constant exposure to UV rays fades the paint on the outside and may even crack inside parts made from plastic. Snow and rain accumulating on the vehicle, additionally, may cause dry rot and mildew to form on the RV. Leaving such a seasonal vehicle outdoors results in a much shorter lifespan and, if you don’t own a brick-and-mortar garage large enough to house one, RV canopies are a solution for storing one for several months.
RV canopies are composed the same way a fully-enclosed portable garage is, with a galvanized steel frame and a polyethylene canopy. To keep out the water and UV rays, the heavy-duty canopy is treated to be waterproof and UV resistant, as well as mold, mildew, and rot resistant. The structure, for full and effective coverage, should be anchored into the ground and should have a back wall and front door that can zipper or roll up.
Many manufacturers of such RV canopies, such as shelter logic, make longer and taller designs specific for such vehicles. When looking for an ideal size, measure the dimensions of the vehicle first but, also, take into account any appendages on the vehicle, such as a top vent, and add those to the dimensions. Additionally, you’ll need to check on your seasonal vehicle often while it’s in storage, and the structure you choose should have enough space for you to fit comfortably inside with the vehicle.
Another aspect to take into consideration when purchasing RV canopies is where the structure will be stored on your property. Some cities and towns have their own zoning laws for carports and canopies for an RV and other vehicles, and often these dictate how large a portable storage shelter can be and where it can be on a property. Consult any local zoning laws first and, if any restrict where a shelter can be placed, measure the area of your property to see that an RV canopy can fit into the space.
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