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Old 02-27-2017, 07:20 AM   #1
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Any suggestions on cost and how to build a single sloped basic pole barn. Want just overhead roof, no enclosures. My AS is 31', assuming would have to be 35'x 10'.
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Old 02-27-2017, 07:51 AM   #2
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Might call Menards or another lumber source, give them your dimensions, and they can probably give you a pretty good estimate.

I think others here have also done something similar, so you might get a nibble from one of them.

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Old 02-27-2017, 08:28 AM   #3
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Do not know about cost, but I would think 10' is not enough width. Maybe 12'. I'm planning for one and it will be 14' width.
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Any suggestions on cost and how to build a single sloped basic pole barn. Want just overhead roof, no enclosures. My AS is 31', assuming would have to be 35'x 10'.
My friend had one built in Chiefland, Fl. for his fifth wheel. He had a company build it. They did it in one day! He'd have taken a month. My advice is to make it larger than you think. It is smaller inside and things like RV doors, walk around room, take up space. His is like you describe, except he added solar fabric on the sides. It's a scrim, came in big rolls, and it cuts down wind and sun, but allows ventilation. He only put it on the east and west sides and left the north and south open so he could drive through.
His is 40' x 16' (?) I think, and he left the floor sand. Concrete would be better I think. I think they are built in 8" increments. The supports are 8 x 8 rough sawn timbers, the roof is metal, and there are trusses.
Cost ran in the $5,000 range IIRC. Really nice looking in a country way.
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Old 02-27-2017, 09:04 AM   #5
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Do not know about cost, but I would think 10' is not enough width. Maybe 12'. I'm planning for one and it will be 14' width.
I agree. I only built a pad, but in order to have enough solid footing for working, washing and ladder, I went 16'...and that is none too much.
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Old 02-27-2017, 09:10 AM   #6
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Check out Morton Buildings. Class act. Or other companies like them. Had a great storage barn I had them build at my old house and loved it. Unfortunately I didn't have an Airstream to put in it! Now that I'm getting one, I have no room at our new house to put a storage barn.
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Old 02-27-2017, 09:20 AM   #7
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I priced out the lumber and materials for a 14'x32'x12' at McCoys in Texas and they were around $1400. I would build myself so labor wouldn't be a factor. Fortunately I have a pole barn at my house but am getting ready to turn it into a workshop so I've been looking at other options. I also looked at ShelterLogic rv shelters, not certain about vinyl covering though.
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Consider a metal carport



We built a SteelmasterUSA.com (30' long x 16' wide x 11' tall) trailerport for approximately $7K in materials and equipment rental. Took my brother and me a week to do.

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My last Spring's project: 12 x 12 x 32 for an AS FC 27 FB
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I priced out the lumber and materials for a 14'x32'x12' at McCoys in Texas and they were around $1400. I would build myself so labor wouldn't be a factor. Fortunately I have a pole barn at my house but am getting ready to turn it into a workshop so I've been looking at other options. I also looked at ShelterLogic rv shelters, not certain about vinyl covering though.


I have a Shelter Logic, 26X12 for my 23' FC. 3 years into it, the vinyl top is showing wear, and will probably have to be replaced in a year or so. I've already bought the replacement, because they had a sale I wanted to take advantage of. Even if I replace the top every 5 years, at $250 or so a pop, I'm quite a bit ahead at an initial investment of hundreds, rather than thousands of dollars. The shelter has proved to be durable, and has stood up well to the record rains we have had this year. I understand that Shelter Logic also has heavier duty replacement tops, which I didn't take advantage of this year because of the sale.

I agree with others about the width. 12' is the way to go, unless you're a much better trailer backer upper than I am.

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My Dad and I built a pole barn here, 42' wide 36' deep, for our 31' trailer, and the 36' deep is just enough to walk in front of, the 12' wide bays feel a little narrow, but the trailer is scattered all over in there, so that doesn't help it feel any bigger. I'm positive I had less than 12K in it, I think it was closer to 10K if you have the room and the energy, I would build bigger. in the end they are mostly empty space, so a small one costs almost as much as a big one. except for the labor. If i had had more room, I would have made the last bay 12' wide as well instead of 6'. Someday I'll add a concrete floor but for now it's just storage.
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It depends what your end goal is, but a kit for a RV shed with aluminum legs and ribs, and galvanized roofing would go up a lot easier and should be much cheaper.
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That is exactly what I want!!!
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My friend had a pole barn built for his fifth wheel.
It's higher than needed for an AS, I think he went 40' x 16'.
It cost him about $7000, but the company did it in one day and it's beautiful.
He then put a sun block fabric mesh on the sides (E&W). It stops 80% of the sun's rays, but allows the air to circulate. It also keeps it much cooler inside. The rolls were 8' wide so it's stapled to the posts and then a thin wood batten is nailed over that.
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