I can’t quite believe it myself, but the RV Carport is complete. Just to remind everyone, we started trying to build the RV carport last October! Since then, we’ve had engineering problems, we’ve had permitting problems, and then we had engineering problems again. But that’s finally all behind us. It’s late August now. That’s 11 months to build a simple, open structure. Here it is:
The pavement underneath is 10 feet wide. The carport is about 30 feet long, and there’s about 11 feet of height underneath. That won’t park a big class A, but we’re small RV people, and it should fit at least the next couple RVs we might have.
I have to admit, I like the wall on the west side now. I didn’t want it at first, but it provides a whole lot of extra protection for the RV. In the end, the contractor completed the wall; except for the fiber cement siding. I put that up myself, and the paint went on this week. Between the paint we used, and the fiber cement, that structure should be good for at least 30 years or so.
Have a look at the gap under the west wall. It’s actually about four inches off the ground. That means it won’t rot out from ground contact, and water will run off unimpeded.
And the flying buttresses are in. It doesn’t look anything like the ornate cathedral I had feared, and they actually have that cool timber-framing look to them. I like the contrast of the black hardware.
I will say that driving under the carport off the curved driveway can be… challenging. Well, no. Driving in is easy. Backing out… that’s challenging. I’ve done it a few times now with no damage to either carport or RV. Hopefully that trend continues.
Otters actually have nothing to do with the carport. I just like otters.
There’s no landscaping around the carport and driveway yet. I suppose that’s next. But first, I want to get the level of the dirt an inch or so below the driveway and post bottoms. I’ll be looking for neighborhood teens with shovels to help with that one, because that’s a lot of dirt to move around. But once that’s done, it should be a winter of dry parking for Das Bus.
So, what do you think? Interested to hear your thoughts.