Portable Garage Built - Ready for Winter Storage!

Discussion in 'Camper Storage / Winterizing & De-Winterizing' started by sstressfl, Aug 23, 2019.

  1. sstressfl

    sstressfl Member

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    After researching... I ended up with a "snow load" rated King Canopy 20 x 10 x 8 shelter. Curved roof. I put it up by myself in 3 hours. Purchased at Home Depot. The guy who helped me put it in my van said he bought the same one 3 years ago and has had no problems. That made me feel good! I plan to keep the snow shoveled away from the sides. The side walls have extra material on the bottom and the instructions recommend burying the flaps to keep water out. Also, it came with 6 earth anchors! Really impressed with the overall quality and all of the hardware provided in the kit. It was just a tick over $500. It's large enough for the camper with 3 feet in the front and 3 feet on the sides to store additional items. I'll throw the kayaks, bikes, lawnmower in there just to clear out the garage for the winter.

    I posted the finished pic first, then some build pics below. I used electricians tape to hold the tubes together so they wouldn't fall apart while I added more tubes. No bolts! It all slides together. Pretty smart design.
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    A couple of observations. . 1 myself, I would prefer to drill holes and bolt it together.
    2 you'll also want to clear snow off the roof, too much of a load and it can collapse. .
    3 looks pretty decent. .
     
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    1 myself, I would prefer to drill holes and bolt it together.
    The design makes bolting unecessary. If you saw it or assembled it, you'd see how it worked as one solid unit when it was done. I can hang from it. It's not weak. Bolts are not necessary. And it's deeply anchored into the earth with very tight cables.

    2 you'll also want to clear snow off the roof, too much of a load and it can collapse.
    Very true!! But this is a snow load design. That's why I bought it. The round roof is designed to shed snow, but if any gathers I will be removing it. From what I've learned, the roof is not the problem. The snow slides off the top and piles up along the walls at the bottom and that presses on the canvas and causes it to rip. Clearing all the snow from on top (if necessary) and around the base of the garage will be important.

    3 looks pretty decent.
    Time will tell, right? The manufacturer also sells replacement canvas if required. I have no vulnerability to high winds, at least nothing like a place like Wyoming. The snow will be managed (as I do every year) and I think it will be a good solution to protect the popup from premature aging.
     
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    My buddy has the same one. His has been up for a few years and still looks good and has had no issue in winter and has been through some pretty bad storms. They are very sturdy. He is kind of lazy and has never shoveled the snow around his either and no issues.
     
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    That's really good to hear! Thank you for sharing!
     
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    We use something similar to store our pup. Snow isn't a problem if it is powdery and gradual....that will shed on its own. Our 4 ft in 48 hours last March was a bit much. We use a push broom and sweep the roof from the inside starting from the top down, so we are sweeping upside down. That helps the snow slide off. Then you have to get some of the snow away from the sides or the weight will crush the sides inward.
     
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    Thank you for the experienced advice. I'll be sure to keep it cleared! Last year we had a severe wet heavy snow storm in the early winter. I hope we don't see that again!
     
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    I had a non-snow load version (Barn style roof). I had it up for 4 years, and was doing great. I never shoveled the sides, but I would knock the snow off the roof if it didn't shed itself in the sun the next day. It even made it thru the year (2015) we had about 4 feet of snow on the ground. (I will admit I ran the snowblower along the sides that year when we got about 3 feet on the ground cause I was getting worried)

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    Then march of 2017, we had a freak storm. 1 foot of snow, followed by 3 inches of rain. The super sticky wet snow crushed it! (We had a lot of BUILDINGs collapse in the area, so I can't begrudge it)

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    Replaced it last year with a snow rated version.

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    It's the SUV version, the opening is 11 foot tall. Technically I could open the popup up, but it's not long enough.
     
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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    Looks pretty sturdy, My Son bought one that is similar to use for his lawn mower and small boat we did screw all the pieces together to make sure it will stay together when the wind gets rough. His works really well, however we do not have to worry about snow loads but have other natural things to worry about
     

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