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Old 12-15-2015, 11:27 AM   #15
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We use an Elephant Structures carport, open all the way around. You can customize it with sides and overhead doors if you so choose, we left it open because it is sitting between two garages. During the winter I just tarp front and back. (Chicago does have it's fun winters) With a 30 amp box coming off one of the garages it's a winter hideaway!
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Old 12-15-2015, 11:27 AM   #16
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Old 12-15-2015, 11:28 AM   #17
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I store mine within view of my house. For now it sits on leveled gravel. Longer term I plan to build a barn and have a space that has an entry and an exit door allowing me to pull in and then pull out instead of trying to back into a narrow door area. When I build the barn it will be a heated space and will have a cement foundation with a sewer dump, city water, and 30 amp service. I also plan to have the ability to put scaffolding up so I can get over the top of it. I hope to build this next year when it warms up in the spring.
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Old 12-15-2015, 11:32 AM   #18
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Anyone using a modified shipping 'container'. We see them all over and can be had on line for <$2K...no need for a pad either!
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Old 12-15-2015, 11:39 AM   #19
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Could you attach fabric sides to such a structure to prevent hail from coming in sideways? Lots of car dealers are putting up fabric topped covers now in the hail states.

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Old 12-15-2015, 12:04 PM   #20
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Looked at both Absolute and Elephant, nice products from both. Hope something like that is in our future.
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Old 12-15-2015, 12:07 PM   #21
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I use a metal rv port. I cover the tires to keep the uv damage down. This works for me.
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Old 12-15-2015, 12:15 PM   #22
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This may not be suitable your area - we are north of Seattle - and our weather concerns are mainly rain, occasional wind and rarely snow. I put up a ShelterLogic shelter about 5 years ago. Mine is 12w x 24L x 10h. (they make a 28' model as well. In order to make up the extra height to clear the AC, I added a double stack of pressure treated 6x6 along each edge. This increased the height just enough and added enough weight that it wouldn't blow away. The whole thing is sitting on a tamped bed of roadway "crusher fines" topped with 3/4 crushed gravel. The spot is nicely sheltered but after five years everything is as good as new. Total cost around $2k.
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Old 12-15-2015, 12:25 PM   #23
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Heavy that looks very nicely snugged in there.
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Old 12-15-2015, 05:29 PM   #24
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We live in the country on 11 acres, and when we planned it all out, the AS was not even a twinkle in our eyes. As it happened, we ended up with a gravel area large enough for a 3-car garage, surrounded by mostly cedar and oak, but not overhanging the gravel area. It's at the entrance to our property, so a pole barn or other 3 or 4-sided structure would not be aesthetically pleasing. We are now going to evaluate cloth sunshades (sail cloth) mounted on permanently installed metal poles. Where we live it's more about sun and water protection, or maybe the occasional hail, which we thankfully haven't ever had!
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Old 12-15-2015, 06:00 PM   #25
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We use a 24 X 30 metal building with a full concrete slab , one 10 ft high x 16 wide roll up commercial door and a walk through door . We always jack up the trailer and support the frame on jack stands with the tires off the ground . Our 1964 F-100 4x4 and a couple of smaller trailers , storage racks etc. fits in it as well . I ran a 220 volt electrical service to the building and have a dedicated 30 amp RV plug as well as a 50 amp welder plug should the need arise to roll my old Lincoln cracker box out there and burn a few rods. Wired it for lights using 3 50 ft string light strands from Amazon , and use all 13 watt cfls in the sockets .
The turnkey price for the building was about 12 grand using separate contractors for the slab , the building itself , and the roll up door . I did all the electrical myself using stuff from my stack of stuff "besides the string lights" .
It has no windows or sky lights and except for some light that works it's way through the ridge vent, provides a dark , dry storage area .
Works well for us .
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Old 12-15-2015, 07:51 PM   #26
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Could you attach fabric sides to such a structure to prevent hail from coming in sideways? Lots of car dealers are putting up fabric topped covers now in the hail states.

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I am sure you could. You could also order siding with the building or add siding of your own choosing, including doors etc.. Our worry in this area is more about snow load than hail. Thus the vertical roofing and engineer certified framing and braces.
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We have less than 3k in this.
Something like this would be a good solution. How well does this keep windblown dirt off?
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I store mine within view of my house. For now it sits on leveled gravel. Longer term I plan to build a barn and have a space that has an entry and an exit door allowing me to pull in and then pull out instead of trying to back into a narrow door area. When I build the barn it will be a heated space and will have a cement foundation with a sewer dump, city water, and 30 amp service. I also plan to have the ability to put scaffolding up so I can get over the top of it. I hope to build this next year when it warms up in the spring.
Would you be building this out of metal or wood?
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