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Old 12-04-2002, 01:24 PM   #15
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Boler Roofs and temp garages

There's two types of Bolers. The VERY old ones have flat roofs. Most however are flat near the sidewalls, but have an arched ridge through the center portion of the trailer (added for headroom down the middle). I spent a lot of time up at the top of my Boler when cleaning and painting. I wouldn't trust that roof to hold up squat. CERTAINLY not a couple hundred pounds of snow.

Suz's 2x4 ridgepoles:
Simplest and strongest would probably be to get some of the gizmos for people who are putting together their own sawhorse. They'll hold the two 2x4 legs in a hinge. When the hinge is opened, it clamps down on the crossbeam. Sure - they expect you to use 2x4s that are about 3' long, but nothing stopping you from using ones that are 3 yards long. :) It would collapse fairly easily into a long linear package that could be stored in the eaves of a garage. Only thing to worry about: 2x4s are heavy. I'd worry about accidently dropping one against the roof or wall of my trailer - and I hate fixing things twice. :)

Course - something similar could also be done with PVC. It's main advantage is also its main drawback - it's light. Makes it easier to set up - also makes it more vulnerable in winds. Well - I'll give it some thought. Got lots of time for that since there isn't anything shoving the Boler out the door yet.

My ideal solution is to build a separate carport in that part of the driveway. :)
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Old 12-04-2002, 02:40 PM   #16
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Suz, Now that Mike re-explained what you were doing, sounds like it would work, the question(s) I have is do you have help puting it up?
how would you stand up there and put in that top post? what about a TP? well a 4 sided tp. once you get the tripod up you just lean the rest in for how ever many you want. but then how would the tarp go up? Oh your both are doing fine without my help, I'm running before i get hit. :duck

wait, how would you connect PVC at that angle? I'm always making things with PVC. I might need this information. :duck
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Old 12-04-2002, 02:55 PM   #17
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building things with pvc

Correct angles:
Haven't quite worked that part out yet. :spin

You can get some pretty interesting variety if you're willing to mix connections up some.

Anyway - the way I'm thinking is to use something more like 1" CPVC. It's more flexable. Then use mostly right angles at the joints and let the long runs bend. I think you'd end up with something that was more structural that way.

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Old 12-04-2002, 03:06 PM   #18
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PVC STuff

A quick search snagged the following site:

http://www.pvcplans.com/

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Old 12-04-2002, 03:42 PM   #19
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Oh! Wah!
That place is too cool. they almost had my table, except they weren't making those funny corners when I made mine. Did you see the awning. That is a great idea and if it comes apart then easily moved. I do like that.
Thanks, Mike for that great find.
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Old 12-04-2002, 04:06 PM   #20
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Well, I'll be....at least I now know that I'm not crazy. You see, I've been thinking about doing my own awning/add a room for my Casita. I want it to be a quick and easy setup/takedown. Been going back and forth between aluminum and PVC. No doubt it will now be PVC. Thanks a million, Mike.

My only concerns (which this website eliminates) were the expanses. I felt like the lower portions of the legs could have concrete poured in them. Not a lot - just maybe a few inches so that it would be more stable.

Man, oh, man. We may come up with some real goodies here. ;)
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Old 12-04-2002, 04:09 PM   #21
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Mike, I love to see what you come up with. Is PVC strong? Inexpensive? On that PVC website, the arched green house looks like a good possibility if it could be built high enough to get the trailer under it.
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Old 12-04-2002, 04:59 PM   #22
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PVC Garage

What to build:

Before I found that site - I'd drawn something fairly similar to the greenhouse (a hoophouse) except it attached to the trailer itself from below the frame. After looking at some of these sites - I'm thinking something more like a scaled up version of the ATV garage might be best. Course that ends up being exactly what Michael (web-master-mike) posted a photo of earlier. :)
I'll have to play around with some of these ideas. I think the key thing I'm gonna have to keep in mind is that my goal isn't really to build a garage - it's to build a frame which will keep a tarp off of the walls of the camper. Course - if it ends up being easiest to build something like the ATV garage - then so-be-it.

DIY Awning:
I picked up a $10 free standing awning from Kmart. Includes a tarp-like top, some fairly cheap poles, lines and tent pegs. I attach one side to the side of the camper (there are eye bolts on my belly band). Two poles are used in the remaining two corners, one in the center and I used the two spare poles along two of the sides.

Something VERY similar could be built using a tarp of any size. For poles, I'd actually suggest getting proper adjustable tent poles. They'll collapse down better. I wonder if PVC could be used to stiffen up the edges of the thing though... You'd have to fold over and sew three or four sides - and store them somewhere inside the camper too...

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Old 12-04-2002, 05:26 PM   #23
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I really like that little bit of concrete in the pole part; keeps the dirt out plus adds the weight.

Oh I was way off on that cover for the trailer, Mike, I was thinking two T's one on each end with poles between. T's atached to trailer tongue and bumper. but I guess that would still touch on the sides.. hummm??

Offset two of the legs on the awning, and push the awning up where it goes over the trailer to prevent rain falling on you going in and out. That's my main grip about not having an attached, rain on my head.
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Old 12-04-2002, 05:44 PM   #24
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Tarp

Like Jean, I also use a tarp; 20' x 20'.
In the wind, it will billow out on the leeward side with plenty of air circulation underneath.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3dee933ebbfd1DSC01085b.JPG/>
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Old 05-31-2003, 07:31 AM   #25
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PVC Pipe Shelter

One time our son build a temp PVC pipe cover for his boat. He laid 2x2 or 4x4 on the ground as long as he needed for the shelter. After he got his layout he marked spaces to drill holes all the way thru. To anchor them to the ground he drove small rebar thru each end hole and bent over the pieces when he had them close to the boards. The other holes he had drilled got longer pieces of rebar driven thru them but left sticking up about 3 ft. or so above the boards. To assemble he laid out two pieces of pvc end to end and joined with connector. That long piece was form to be an arch and each end was placed over the upright rebar. On down the row he went making more of the same. He stretched a tarp over all this and then anchored the tarp down with bungie cords. Similar to these plans for the arched greenhouse but he left both ends complete open and made his arches tall enough to fit the boat. His way of anchoring made it more wind resistant but for longer use would have needed a better built framework for sure. I know I have not made my instructions clear but by looking at the drawing here of the arched greenhouse and considering " M" to be pieces of rebar sticking up with the arch "C" over it gives you the idea.
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Living in Oregon we have two things to worry about when thinking about storage damage to our trailer: rain (winter) and sun (summer). So we are installing a cement pad and a king canopy (like Michael Sanders has) up in our woods. What I would like to know is this:

How many of you put your trailer on blocks when storing it over the winter?

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Old 05-31-2003, 05:50 PM   #27
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Nancy, Here's a poll for that one, too!

(Please, ignore that it's Casita specific; it's a poll from the website's early days, before people had gotten into the swing of speaking more generally about our molded fiberglass travel trailers.)

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Old 05-31-2003, 06:03 PM   #28
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'covered' poll

Seems like this poll should be regional?!

In Oklahoma we get 50mph wind gusts without raising an eyebrow.....my son in Oregon welcomes winter cause it means it'll quit raining (for a while)........ Arizona sun, Florida salt air, New England chill.......Oh yeah, hail can do in a canopy, we had some o that last month. :lol
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