Why Metal RV Carports Are Better Than Wood Carports

Carport US - Rv Cover Vertical-Deciding to build a carport for your RV is a good idea since an RV is one investment that you won’t want to deteriorate due to exposure to the elements. Such an expensive piece of equipment requires additional protection to help keep it in tiptop shape and looking as good as new. When you are building a carport for your RV, the choice often comes down to whether you should opt for metal RV carports or wood RV carports.

Both types have advantages and disadvantages, but when people weigh these in, they usually find after careful comparisons and scrutiny that metal carports are better than wooden ones. Here are some of the reasons why such a conclusion is often reached:

  • Metal carports are generally fire-resistant

     Metal does not burn, unless if it is volcanic lava, or the fire reaches 2750 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that your carports won’t burn.

  • Metal carports are more durable

    No matter what kind of metal you choose to use for your RV carports, you will find that these are sturdier and more durable than wood. This is because these are termite resistant, have a higher strength-to-weight ratio, won’t rot when exposed to moisture (as long as the metal is tarnish and rust-proof or properly coated with paint), and won’t warp or split.

  • These are easier to construct 

    Carports in general are easy to construct since these usually consist of poles and a roof, with some designs having two walls on either side of the structure. However, despite such a simple design, putting up a wooden carport can be more tedious than putting up a metal carport. You can even have such a carport built in a single day.

  • Old metal RV carports can be recycled 

    Well, metal in general can be recycled, making it a “green” material to use for your RV carport. The good thing about recycling steel and other metals that are used to manufacture these metal RV carports is that these don’t lose any of their inherent properties or deteriorate after recycling.

  • Metal RV carports are more cost effective than wooden ones 

    Some people may argue that wood is cheaper than metal, and in some cases, they may be right. What they do not realize is that lower costing does not really translate to cost effectiveness. For a material to be considered cost effective, you have to take into consideration the wastage that goes into the construction of the carport using the material. The life of the carport should also be factored in for you to get the actual cost of building your carport. When all is said and done, metal carports are more cost effective.

  • Metal carports are easier to maintain  

    Unlike wood, metal carports for your RV don’t need to be sanded and painted over every year to help keep it in good shape. All you need to do is to wash your carport with mild dishwashing soap and water, hose it down, and you are done. If you want to give it a nice shine or some waterproofing protection, you can consider waxing it with car wax after you wipe it dry. This will give it an added coat of protection, not that it needs it.

How to Keep the Exterior of your RV Looking Like New

We all love the sun! It’s one of the reasons we have an RV. We want to hit the open road, so we can enjoy the beautiful weather. There’s only one problem – your RV’s exterior doesn’t love the sun as much as we do. 

The sun ray’s can make your RV’s exterior look dull and chalky. It can even turn it yellow or a light brown color. It loses its luster, and can make you go from “Aaaahhhh” to “Ooooohhhh noooo…”

Depending on where you live, the level of damage can be minimal to severe. Even a minimal amount of damage can make many of us quiver. The only way to minimize the damage is to protect a RV, and these are the best ways of doing just that.

Select the perfect RB | CarportUS.comWash It Regularly

Even if you are not driving your RV, you should wash it regularly. It’s easy for debris to land on it, and that can dull the look of the exterior and penetrate the paint.

When washing, make sure you use a wash and wax product. It should be designed to protect the finish on fiberglass exteriors.

Wax It Regularly

While you may use a wash and wax product, it’s best to wax it with an ultraviolet protectant as well. This will keep the exterior from having a chalky buildup on it.

Clean the Roof

Your RV’s roof can collect that chalky buildup that the sides do, and while it doesn’t affect the integrity of the roof, the buildup can run down along the sides of the RV. This can cause staining that isn’t easily removed.

To protect your RV from staining, you can use a rubber roof cleaner. This should remove all of the chalky buildup.

Keep It Covered

You have two options when it comes to covering your RV.

  1. Buy a RV cover. This is a cover made out of special materials especially for RVs. Click here for more information about RV carports.
  2. Purchase a carport. A RV carport is an excellent option when trying to protect the exterior of your RV. The sun’s rays is most powerful when it directly hit your RV from above. A carport shields rays of the sun. It’s much easier to drive your RV underneath a carport than it is to wrap it with a cover, too.

Protect your most prized possession by washing it often, waxing it regularly, cleaning the roof, and covering it with a RV cover or carport. You’ll be so glad you did when you can continue to admire your beautiful motorhome while others stand back in disappointment over how old theirs looks because they failed to protect its exterior.

Contact us for information on how our RV carports are perfect for protecting your recreational vehicle investment.

Choosing the Right Fabric RV Cover

While a sturdy metal RV carport is going to do a lot to protect your pride and joy, it’s not the end-all-be-all of RV protection. You’ll also want to consider buying a quality fabric RV cover.

Imagine walking up to your RV excited after a cold winter ready to take it on the open road. You open the door, take a step inside, and nearly have a heart attack.


It’s ruined. There’s an overwhelming smell of mildew. The floors have puddles and the edges are lifting. The furniture has mold on it. Bugs are crawling all over the cabinets, counters, and you may have heard a rat scurrying across the floor behind you.

This is a nightmare.

The damage could cost you thousands of dollars, and the time it takes for it to get cleaned up could be weeks.

Don’t ever let this happen to you. A quality fabric RV cover can save you from this horrific situation. It can keep the bugs and rodents out, and it can keep rain, snow, and wind from damaging the outside of it and seeping inside.

About Fabric RV Covers

Fabric RV covers are made from polypropylene and polyester. The tops of the covers are usually triple lined for added protection. Good quality ones are treated, so it is water and UV resistant. The material is breathable though because any moisture that does get on the inside of the cover must dry as quickly as possible, or it will mildew.

Custom made RV covers have vents on them and fit the RV much tighter. These covers will attach to the bottom of the vehicle, and many of them have a zippered part for access to the door. While many people believe that the heavier a cover is, the better it is, that is incorrect. Actually, lighter covers are made from better material and come with the added benefit of being easier to handle and store.

Choosing a Fabric RV Cover

As you’re shopping for fabric RV covers, you will need some information.

Type of RV: A cover must be designed to mold to the shape of the vehicle. This is why it’s imperative you know the type you have and purchase a cover designed for it.

Size: If you purchase a RV cover that is too small, you won’t be able to protect all of it leaving it at risk for damage. Buying one that is too big means it will be loose and may not protect it fully. Knowing the size will ensure you get one that fits perfectly.

Climate: You need to choose material that will protect your RV from the environment it is while you’re not using it. If you’re keeping your RV outside, you need a cover that is resistant to water, wind, and the sun. RVs that are kept inside in storage units need covers that are specifically made to detract dust.

Buying the Right RV Cover

Now you understand what you need to know when choosing the perfect fabric RV cover. As a recap, you need to know the type and size of your RV, and what you need to protect it from to select the right material.

Once you have a fabric RV cover picked out, contact us to choose an RV carport for added protection from the weather. We’re happy to help.