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Old 04-17-2007, 09:58 PM   #1
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Hi,

I知 trying to decide how best to protect my newly acquired scamp from the elements when I知 not using it. I'm in Minnesota so snow as well as sun is a concern. I知 considering one of these round top portable garages. I am wondering if anyone has any opinions on this type of product for this purpose or is a cover/shelter even necessary if it is waxed on a regular basis?

http://www.shelterlogic.com/garages/round/

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Old 04-17-2007, 10:13 PM   #2
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Cheryl, if you have not already done so, you may want to check with the local building authorities before you purchase. Some areas have bylaws that prohibit this type of structure being put up on your property or they have rules regarding were on the property it can be placed. Someone in our neighbourhood put one up in his driveway and he was after a couple months ordered to remove it. Some districts are stricker than others.

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Old 04-17-2007, 10:17 PM   #3
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That one looks like it would doo the trick. We have one of the ones that CostCo sells and are happy with it. Because of its shape, snow MUST be kept off the roof part and it must be fairly well anchored to protect it from the wind storms we have here in B.C.

The one you posted about mu$t be rather $pendy though i$n't it? Ours was about $250 Canadian but closer to $300 by the time I did all the wind precaution upgrades and such. I must say, if/when I need to do it again, I will look up that one and see if its available in Canada too...
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Old 04-17-2007, 10:19 PM   #4
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Carol, you must not then live in Sunny Surrey, LOL ......
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Old 04-17-2007, 10:34 PM   #5
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Carol, Thanks, I will definitely check with the city first. I've seen another one around here so I'm pretty sure it will be ok.

Doug, It is a bit spendy, but I've found one on sale for 369.00 which I thought wasn't too bad, but it is definitely more than I would prefer to spend. I may check out Costco and see if I can find a better price.
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Old 04-17-2007, 10:37 PM   #6
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Cheryl,
I have not as yet protected my trailer. But I have protected a tractor and an old sticky tin trailer. The trailer had a similar, although not as nice, cover, as mentioned being sold at costco. The wind is a Major consideration. Be sure this thing is tied down well. Having coffe cans full of concrete to tie to each leg will NOT keep it in place. Also, the tarps do have a limited life. I've heard everything from 2-5 years.
I have a cover over my tractor that is a very similar concept, but is clad in aluminum siding. It did cost a bit more. But I am also comfortable that it will last as long as I do. Hopefully as long as the tractor does. But the tie downs are still absolutely necessary.
The advice to check local regs is good. The portable garage that is sided with aluminum is considered a permanent structure in some areas and is taxed as such.
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Old 04-17-2007, 10:45 PM   #7
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Are these fiberglass trailers fine if left out and not covered, but waxed on a regular basis? I'm wondering if I could skip the shelter altogether. I just don't want to wish a few years from now that I done something to protect it if it makes a difference.

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Carol, you must not then live in Sunny Surrey, LOL ......
ROFL Amazing how the rules change by just crossing a couple of bridges! We are not even allowed to park a trailer or boat in a driveway that faces the street during winter months (although I think they recently relaxed this a bit - if your loading and unloading etc it can stay for a few days) and in the summer months you have to actually move it x number of times.
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Old 04-17-2007, 11:53 PM   #9
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Cheryl,

We bought one of the roundtops from Menard's for our Scamp. We have had it up a couple of years now. The other day when I went inside I noticed water dripping down on the Scamp. Condensation built up and came down. Kind of funny. Our Scamp also was put away very clean and there is a lot of dust on top. But, I like this better than having the Scamp sit outside in the weather. Would be nice to figure out a vent system. Now I have the door open so air can circulate.

When we took down an old garage we bought another roundtop for riding mower, gas cans, garden cart, etc. Our friends bought one too and we helped them put it up. We had learned from our first that the process was a bit easier with some additional planning. These storage units will probably last as long as we need them. If we were younger and planned on living here a long time I would want to put up a good second garage. These cheap additions work for us. We live in the country and do not have any problems with neighborhood regulations.

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Old 04-18-2007, 08:26 AM   #10
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Cheryl

One of your questioms delt with the real need for a cover....We don't cover ours.

We also don't wax it on a regular basis....we wax once a year with a good quality wax.

I've seen a great many pictures of rigs left out in the snow dring the winter season right here on this site. Where we live we don't get an abundance of snow, but quite a bit of rain. I need to clean black streaks off the 5er each spring....I spray with "30 seconds" and use a hose to wash it off. No real work involved in that process.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

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Old 04-18-2007, 08:53 AM   #11
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My Scamp spent 24/7 outside for several years, and every year for several years I had to spend an entire Spring day scrubbing the outside clean of black/red mold and green moss. Colorful to say the least. And this was AFTER I waxed it twice a year. Then, I bit the bullet and bought a metal carport. What a huge difference! Granted it gets dusty now and every once in a while a drop of water drips down from the roof of the carport...but the difference in how I spend that sunny spring day is A few minutes to hose off the dust...and away I go. I also live in WINDY EAST COUNTY....so the carport is anchored in the ground with 3' foot ground anchors every five feet.

I 100% agree with checking on local building authorities...and quite frankly if you put one up in your driveway I would be glad to NOT be your neighbor living directly across the street. They don't exactly add to the curb appeal of any home. My carport is beside the house and behind a 6' fence.

As an FYI for those that have these structures with the white or silver tarps. I have a friend, that when the tarps finally gave out, purchased metal siding from a Big Box Hardware store and screwed that to the powered coated frame....it really wasn't all that expensive. Perhaps you would prefer the corrugated fiberglass panels?
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I bit the bullet and bought a metal carport. What a huge difference!
An added advantage of Donna's metal carport is the excellent ventilation that comes with an open-sided structure. Plus, the open sides make it much easier to get in and out of your trailer. If you or guests stay in the trailer while it's stored, the open sides will make it bright and cheerful inside.

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...and quite frankly if you put one up in your driveway [b]I would be glad to NOT be your neighbor living directly across the street. They don't exactly add to the curb appeal of any home.
Why is it with these things, that the poles last practically forever, but the best you can hope for with the tarp is 2 years, maybe 3 years tops? And they do NOT sell just the fitted tarps, you have to buy the whole thing over? Or, If you do just buy a generic tarp, there is no way to make it fit right?

My next door neighbor has a 2 car garage behind his house, and a long single lane driveway beside the house, connecting to the street in front. He has 2 of these tents end-to-end in the driveway. My property borders this driveway, with my bedroom windows facing it, 5 feet from the open wrought iron fence between us. I get to listen to the tattered old fabric and the ill-fitting generic tarp flap in the wind, but I keep my blinds closed on that side so I don't have to look at it.
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I too would prefer the metal carport, and if we were going to need it for more than 10 years I would go for that. But, we only spent somewhere around $300 for the ugly roundtop. It would be nice to have open sides to walk to the door from. Our roundtop footprint is 12 feet and the sides slope a bit. The Scamp fits fine, but one guy stands by the door at a time. Also it is possible that open sides wouldn't work as well with MN snow. Before we got the second roundtop we put the riding mower and garden cart in with the Scamp. Couldn't put all that junk in an open carport.

We have 10 acres and ours isn't too awful for the deer, bears, other critters to look at. I would not have one in a city or neighborhood where the neighbors would have to look at it, unless I could put it behind a privacy fence or something. Our friends were able to hide theirs better than we can.

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