There are a lot of different types of carport kits on the market today, ranging from metal to soft, full sided with doors to just an overhead canopy or metal carport with no sides. But one of the easiest and quickest to assemble, and to move around as needed, is a soft sided carport. There are a handful of companies that make this style of carport kits, each a little different from the others. Lets take a look at each at three of these companies and what they have to offer.
The Jewett-Cameron Companies are manufacturers of diverse items under various different brands. Their carport kits are branded Storage Solutions. All that I have seen are soft sided, mostly domed shaped though they do have a few peak shaped shelters as well. They offer them in a variety of sizes, good for protecting your motorcycle, car or RV. Or use one for temporary or permanent storage. Jewett-Cameron uses only professional grade materials, making extremely durable carports. The framing is galvanized steel with Quick Connect assembly. The soft cover is made from triple-layer, UV protected polyethylene. The dome style comes with three piece construction which make for fast assembly and easy maintenance. One thing that this company boasts is that, with their “Zip Away” door, they are the leader in the industry for offering maximum clearance, which can be very important for RV’s.
King Canopy has been around since 1940, and makes a large line of canopies, from small instant ones to use in your yard, to large outdoor gatherings canopy tents, to ones designed to protect your vehicle. Many of these larger carport kits are soft top with optional or removable sides. All that I saw had a peak shape, use steel framing with a white UV treated polyethylene cover. These come large enough for a standard automobile, but not for an RV. These are great for short term, temporary shelters.
Rhino Shelters specializes in all types of outdoor soft-sided shelters, including carport kits, large buildings, party tents and greenhouses. In their carports alone, you can get one, two or three car garages, some that are extended so that they can be used to store a car with extra room at the back for other storage needs, or extra big so it can also serve as a workshop, and they also make ones tall enough for RV storage. Two main styles they offer are what they called “House” style and “Barn” style. The barn style is domed shape, and the house style peaks at the top. Like the others, they use heavy duty, galvanized, steel framing. The pre-drilled and cut frames bolt easily together for quick assembly. All four corners come with wind brace supports. The soft cover is made of a 10 oz. poly material that, besides being UV protected, also has been treated with fire retardant. Usually you get a choice of gray or green, though this can vary with the exact product your choose. Rhino claims that most of their carport kits can be assembled in a couple of hours.
All of these carport kits are great for keeping dust and debris off of your expensive vehicles and equipment. They also help keep them out of the elements. After all, something like an RV is a sizable investment, and one that you want to keep in the best condition possible. So, first decide what you need to protect and why, then take a look at these three companies to find which carport kits will work best for you.