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Old 02-26-2018, 10:39 AM   #1
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"Temporary" cover needed

I am selling my house, which has a large garage in which I have been storing my AS. The new house has no garage, just a nice wide driveway where I can park the trailer. I would like to install a weather cover of some sort to keep sun/rain off my silver toy.
The problem is that due to setback requirements I cannot build any sort of "permanent" structure. According to the building inspector that means nothing that needs anchoring into concrete. I imagine it will have to be some sort of canvas cover supported by poles, but I want the nicest, most robust one I can find. Anyone use something similar?
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Old 02-26-2018, 11:11 AM   #2
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Any "temporary" structure needs to be firmly affixed to the ground to keep wind from dislodging it and damaging your trailer. If you are denied the ability to erect a structure (of any type) because it can not make use of the concrete surface as an attachment point, then inquire if some alternative securing method to the surrounding soil is acceptable. There are a few devices that can make use of the soil: search for 'Auger Anchoring Kits' or 'Easy Hook Anchor Kits' that are placed into the adjacent soil and become secure attachment points. Typically, they are used in conjunction with ratchet webbing for retention of the structure. Ask your local authority if this type of anchoring system can be used.
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Agree

I think the augers would be acceptable, though bordering on "permanent". I was thinking of screwing the footpads into landscape timbers along the edges and running them through multiple cinder blocks. Certainly this would not be considered permanent but should provide good resistance to wind forces.
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I agree with SeeMore but caution you not to use a cover that comes in contact with the Airstream it will scratch the aluminum.

I think my original cover came from Harbor Freight for the anchor I used 3 gal plastic buckets at each pole filled with concrete never had the cover move even in high wind, on my 3rd cover over XX years. .

Buckets were free from Baskin Robbins.
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How about a metal carport type structure or a metal awning attached on one side to the residence. I have also seen large vinyl garages attached to metal arcs that have lasted for years.
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Sadly no

Metal structures are considered permanent, particularly if attached to the residence. I realize the poles on a canvas one are metal, but canvas roofs are considered temporary and metal roofs are considered permanent.
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So, given that I need to go with a pole/canvas type structure, is there a particular model or brand that has worked well for others?
Here are some I am considering:
http://www.portablegarageshelter.com...-storage-tent/
http://www.acecanopy.com/heavy-duty-...opy-10x16.html
https://creativeshelters.com/canopy-...g_size=1%205/8
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We've used 5 gallon buckets filled with water & ropes attaching to the horizontal members of the canopy roof to weigh the canopy down when on concrete and anchors aren't available. Further counterweights like the cinder blocks you mention would add stability. Although I'm sure it's a relatively simple calculation and there are load tables to guide you, exactly how much weight needed relative to the roof area is beyond my faculties. While we generally use one at each "column/pole", we're not dealing with the same knock-on effects of it damaging anything if it failed.

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Another option

This one also looks good:
http://www.shelterlogic.com/shop/sup...opy-12-x-30-ft
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Have you tried applying for a variance to the setback rules?

Sometimes you are able to work with the local authorities and through some paper work and a fee get approval for what you want to do.

You might at least be able to get them to OK anchoring into the cement.

I did this when I was building a garage, I needed the garage to be closer to the property line than was allowed by the zoning. I applied for a variance, it was approved, paid my fee and built it where I needed it.

Just a thought...
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Have you tried applying for a variance to the setback rules?

Sometimes you are able to work with the local authorities and through some paper work and a fee get approval for what you want to do.

You might at least be able to get them to OK anchoring into the cement.

I did this when I was building a garage, I needed the garage to be closer to the property line than was allowed by the zoning. I applied for a variance, it was approved, paid my fee and built it where I needed it.

Just a thought...
I 2nd that idea about a variance. If you can get support from your neighbors that would be helpful. From their perspective a nice carport or garage that matches the construction of the house might be preferable to a tent like thingy.
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Impossible

I have had numerous conversations with the building inspector and he is absolutely inflexible on this point. He does not want to set a precedent by making an exception.
I guess nobody has any real world experience with any of the models I am considering. Just hoping for some unbiased opinions before moving forward...
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While the inspector is inflexible maybe you could present your case to the town council with full color poster board pictures of what you want to do and show them how much more aesthetically pleasing the metal structure would look as opposed to the fabric structure.
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Perhaps it is easier to keep good relations with neighbors and officials to find off sight storage, rather than skirting the bylaws. These bylaws and rule were placed their for a reason. Sounds like a nice subdivision and likely the reason you purchased there. It could be cheaper in the end as well. Good luck!
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