Preparing for the Winter with Carports and Tarps

RV shelter winterAlthough fall has just begun, colder weather hints at a changed lifestyle: particularly, those seasonal vehicles you used for recreation in spring and summer now must be placed in storage. As we have pointed out plenty of times on this blog, keeping a boat, RV, or motorcycle outdoors, exposed to the elements, is never a good idea. UV rays and water wear down the vehicle. Over time, cracks damage on the surface, and mold, dry rot, and mildew begin to form. Short-term, the boat or RV requires more repairs. Long-term, the vehicle does not give you as much use as it could.

To protect your vehicle economically, particularly if you do not own a garage, consider the following suggestions:

Tarp it. On the most basic protective level, a tarp keeps UV rays and water from damaging your vehicle. The key, though, is to select the right material and keep it in place. Retailers like A1 Tarps carry polyethylene, mesh, and canvas tarps, but out of these three choices, only is heavy-duty polyethylene considered acceptable for long-term coverage. The material, in the right size to protect a car, boat, RV, or motorcycle, must additionally be held in place with bungee cords or clips.

Put it in a carport. Do you already own a carport? If you currently have a valance model, modify it with side walls to provide the full level of coverage needed. On the other hand, what if you don’t own a carport already? Retailers like Shelters of America carry a large selection of galvanized and powder-coated steel carports. While galvanized is ideal for sheltering a vehicle outdoors for years, if not decades, powder-coated is sufficient enough for temporary or seasonal coverage. To make sure UV rays and moisture fully stay away from your investment, opt for an enclosed model over a valance structure.

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