those cheap ass car ports

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  1. stainlesscycle

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    i was looking at the $695 18x21 dealio for putting over my tractors/lawn equip. i could build one cheaper maybe, but no time, and don't want to mess with it.. anyone ever buy one? - looks like a zero snow load deal - maybe a brace or 2 vertically to the peak would help...
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    If they are what I think my uncle tried once, they are also known as a "kite". When the wind picks up they sail away whacking the metal poles into the stuff that you are trying to protect.
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    they stake em down with 2' rebar i believe - i'm more worried about them crushing what you got under them if there is snow.

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    That $695 is a teaser price for a single shelter about 6' tall.
    An 18 x 21 would be a lot more money.

    We have tons of them around here in SC. Check your local code office to see if you need to buy a 'certified' carport, or increased snow load. Also ask if it is considered a permanent structure, for property tax $$$$.

    My neighbors and my in-laws have them. No problems so far. But I know my FIL upgraded to a heavier wall thickness on the tubing. 6 or 8 pieces of 2' long rebar stakes holding it down, or you can upgrade to mobile home screw in anchors.

    I was thinking about a making a carport for my camper. 18 x 30 x 12. It will be cheaper to buy a carport and have it built than it would be for me to build my own out of pressure treated posts and steel panels.

    Check with you BBB and ask around. A lot of shysters in this business, and a lot of people getting screwed.
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    they make a few different stiles of them. one the tin runs cross ways. like a barn. snow would slide off it easier. you can get the 18X20 down here for the $695 and they run them on sale for $595 every few months. i dont know what the snow load is on them but they work great for storage. and they are up in a few hours. Mines has been up for 11 years. any place they sales then will have pictures of the other stiles go in a ask about them. the one pictures is the weakest and cheapest.
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    I have a 16x25 with full sides/ back/front with a man door and garage door sitting on a concrete slab cost me $3100 total . I've had 4 feet of snow on it and it was fine bought mine from TNT carports and garages found them online and called and ordered it they will make them any size you want and you can put doors / windows whatever you want in them . Mine is bolted down to the concrete but they do make special screws for them if you're going to set it on dirt hunt them up online and give them a call they'll let you know what you'll need .
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    i just need a cheap cover for the tractors. does not need to be enclosed. if i was going to enclose it i'd probably just buy a 40' storage container... i already have a large pole building but it's full, and don't feel ;like building a shed roof off of it, or another permanent building...
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    yeah, i know the different styles - the cheap ones have horizontal seams - holds snow. anyone have one that has held up 12"-24" of snow?? only way i'd buy one would be the cheap one. if i was gonna spend more i'd just build something... 18x21x7 is about $795. 18x21x5 is $695 i know there's a ton of scams - there's some local places that sell them - just wanted to get any input from someone who actually has one....
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    i have one i bought about 10 years ago and its been great. i live in ca though so no snow but we do get high winds sometimes. it has the rebar stakes to keep it down. mine was about 1,200 bucks since i ordered it 2 feet taller and sides all the way to the ground. i butted up the back to my shop so 3 sides were done then built a front with a big double door.
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    The ones they sell in your area should be rated for the snow load in your area !! just make sure you ask them if they are. mine looks like the one in your picture but it has sides . Mine is made from 2 1/4 " galvanized steel frame and the metal covering is overlapped buy 2' so that gives the roof a double layer of steel covering and I have had 4 feet of snow on mine no problem. If your going to place it on bare ground buy the big screws they sell there like 3' long this should keep it from blowing away on you . I see your from Morgantown WV so your close to me the people that did my install came from wheeling WV go online to T-N-T carports Inc. they are the manufacturers of these carports you can call and talk to them they'll awnser all your questions .
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    thanks for the info!

    can i ask what size/options did you get, and roughly how much was it? any add ons you'd get that you didn't get when you bought it?
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