Debating weather or not to go to the expense of building a carport just for my 48 curtis wright clipper, it is water tight and would cost at least a few thousand for a carport type structure, do they seem to hold up OK uncovered (southern California)?
Post by turbodaddy on Nov 16, 2020 20:00:47 GMT -8
I sometimes wish that we lived in southern California where it is dry and warm all year round. That said, we live in a completely different maritime environment here on beautiful Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Our place is less than a mile from the ocean on two sides and there is no way to escape the damp, salty, corrosive air. We do not have a garage or carport for the same zoning issues John mentioned. All I can tell you is that with a little care, our 55 year old camper seems to be faring well after about 6 or 7 years since I did a pretty thorough restoration (not rebuild). I hose it down, including the undersides every few months, and wash and wax it maybe 3 or 4 times per year. Those waxing sessions provide a great opportunity to get a close look at things like putty tape and sealant around roof vents, etc. I agree with John (as always) that if you are able to build something to protect the camper, do it. Otherwise just think of it as an ongoing maintenance issue.
Have you all thought about using a portable garage. Most city's and towns allow use of these because they are not a permanent structure. They work great and come in all shapes and sizes. They are sold at northern tool and equipment. They are made by shelter logic and are worth the money. Check with your local gov. And see.
Ver sturdy, thick covering, beefy frame, and held about 6" of snow no problem, did not do very well with 2' of snow but that's another story. Unlike many out there it goes to 8' on the low points. Not trying to sell it mind you, but had to search a bit to find something economical, sturdy, that was tall enough for my Yellowstone.
Here's the carport we had built on an extension of our driveway. It's about 18x18 ft. Holds two trailers or a trailer and a car or a trailer a bunch of junk, which is our case right now. We added tarps to the sides during the rebuild so we could heat it and keep the wind out. Worked like a charm. Our HOA is pretty laid back and didn't say boo. Of course I didn't ask for permission or forgiveness either. The Pony Express is too important not to keep covered so we did it and love it! 20200825_133255 by Kerry Iliff, on Flickr