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Posted: 05/11/21 04:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We had planned on being out of Va and on the road by now, but life has thrown us a curveball. And we will likely still be here for the most part for the next 6 months,,,,, or longer.
I had recently built up a parking pad for my class A that was close enough to level to let us work on setting everything up, and run the fridge. But it is located at the edge of my lot and overhung by numerous very large Black Walnut trees, To build a carport for storage through fall and winter will run over $2500.00 from what I have researched. 16' x 24' with a 14' center height.
Those same black walnut trees can be used however to carry a sunshade type screen above the rig. Cutting them down would help, but a couple are on a neighbors lot and overhang mine so it would not solve the problem.
But the same fabric used by Lowes, Home Depot, and Helmart on their garden center can be rigged on strong bungee cords from chains on the trees on my lot. They would cover my solar and skylights as well as the roof vents.
I'm not looking for a solid roof from the trees, the wind would destroy it with me being on a large lake, but the sunbrella fabric would allow some wind to pass through , lessening the effects of the wind. And these seem to hold up on the retail spaces.
Worth trying? Or am I tilting at windmills?

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Posted: 05/11/21 04:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

$2500 is a bargain for a steel building.

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Posted: 05/11/21 05:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not if you are hoping on being out of here shortly.

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The building is a one shot deal. The fabric is not. You will not e sorry with with the building as it will keep snow and sun off of your unit as well as leaves and walnuts. And it will make your roof and attachments last longer.


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I think the size of the fabric you need means big wind loads, even if the fabric isn't a solid surface. Those fabric roofs at Home Depot have steel or aluminum frames anchored to the ground to hold the fabric in place. You're going to have a much harder time engineering a solution that hangs from trees with some bungies and/or chains and a strong wind could end up pulling some of the branches down along with the shade.

Can you put a cover on the RV? If you still want to use it occasionally, some covers have zippers on the passenger side to let the cover be easily rolled back to gain temporary access to the RV.

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I am looking at selling the house as soon as the medical issue is solved, local contractors are six months out for putting these things up, want paid in advance , and all have poor reputations for completing on time. Newmart builders is the main one here, and they have a "less than stellar" reputation.
Some folks are posting reviews of it taking over a year. I'm looking at planning now for a fall issue and then out of here.
I was hoping someone had experience with the screen fabric like is used on garden centers, it appears I can get that set up for only a couple hundred, and not have to file for permits or wait for a no show contractor.

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rlw999 wrote:

I think the size of the fabric you need means big wind loads, even if the fabric isn't a solid surface. Those fabric roofs at Home Depot have steel or aluminum frames anchored to the ground to hold the fabric in place. You're going to have a much harder time engineering a solution that hangs from trees with some bungies and/or chains and a strong wind could end up pulling some of the branches down along with the shade.

Can you put a cover on the RV? If you still want to use it occasionally, some covers have zippers on the passenger side to let the cover be easily rolled back to gain temporary access to the RV.

I have a cover, but these Black walnuts have destroyed the clear panels on my shed which is right next to the RV, they are larger than a golf ball and falling 40-50 feet. And a cover laying right on the roof wont do much to protect the solar panels or the skylights, The screening I was hoping would deflect them after their 40-60 foot fall to my roof.
I had considered laying/taping a pool float over the solar panels and other roof items and then putting the cover on, but the fabric seemed a better solution.

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To better explain tree size and location.
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Black Walnut trees sold as lumber is VERY expensive. Some trees sell for over $1,000. Check if you can sell the trees.


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TenOC wrote:

Black Walnut trees sold as lumber is VERY expensive. Some trees sell for over $1,000. Check if you can sell the trees.

Two of the largest ones overhanging my pad are on a neighbors lot, and around here they will cost me about $300 each to drop and thats if i let the cutter have the tree.

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