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Guide to Camper & RV Storage: Why You Should Consider a Carport

Your Guide to Carports and Camper Storage

Owning a camper or RV is a ton of fun. They each offer lots of chances for recreation—at any given moment, you might pick up and go on a road trip! Campers are a big part of tailgating, and RVs allow families to camp out and take a summer adventure. But when vacation season is over, you may not know what to do with your camper. After all, not everyone in the Tennessee River Valley has an extensive property with lots of outbuildings for additional storage. But not to worry—Rocket City Metal & Portable Buildings has simple solutions for camper storage. Learn more about the challenges of storing an RV and finding a suitable solution.

Camper in metal storage building

Common Issues With Camper and RV Storage

Storing a camper presents its own unique set of challenges. It’s not like storing a sedan or even a big pickup truck—their large size and complex structure can cause quite a predicament. Because they don’t fit in a typical garage, it’s tempting to leave your RV in the driveway during the off-season. Unfortunately, this causes a range of new problems, including the following:

  • Weather Damage: Weather damage is a huge risk you take if you leave your camper outside all year. The Tennessee River Valley sees dozens of strong storms every year, and while it’s usually warm, we’re no strangers to snow either. Exposing your vehicle to the elements can lead to rust, faded paint, and damage to the interior.
  • Maintenance Issues: Without proper storage, RVs are even more susceptible to mechanical issues. If you plan to leave your camper sitting out, watch for tire deflation, battery discharge, and numerous other maintenance issues.
  • Theft: Unfortunately, theft is a major concern when any vehicle is left out in the open. Even if your camper is locked up, it may still be a potential target for thieves and vandals.

What Is a Carport?

Covered storage buildings are always the best option for stashing your RV during the chillier months. Carports make great solutions for storing campers, RVs, and the supplies that go along with them. A carport is a large covered structure that protects vehicles from the elements. Carports perform many of the same functions as a standard garage, only it isn’t fully enclosed.

Vehicles under metal carport

Reap the Benefits of a Carport for Camper Storage

Carports make camper storage easy, keeping your RV in top shape all year round. Here are just a few benefits you’ll enjoy once you install a sturdy carport:

  • Cost-Effective: Carports are a more affordable option compared to constructing a full garage while still offering plenty of protection.
  • Low Maintenance: Storing your RV in a carport means you’ll have easy access for maintenance purposes. Complete checks yourself or hire a professional to take care of repairs and tune-ups.
  • Customization: Everyone has different needs, and it makes sense that we all need a little something different from our carport. Luckily, you can fully customize your metal building to meet your requirements.
  • Convenience: Skip the hassle (and added fees) of storing your camper somewhere off-site. Installing a carport means you’ll always have convenient access to your RV.
  • Versatility: In addition to storing your camper, a carport can also be used for other purposes. Consider storing tools, gardening equipment, and seasonal items. During the summer, you might also use your carport as a shaded outdoor living space.

How to Choose the Right Carport

The decision-making doesn’t stop once you decide on a carport. Next, you’ll have the chance to sort through several options, all with slightly different structures, materials, and features. As you search for exterior RV storage ideas, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle of so many products. Don’t stress about finding the perfect carport—use our guide for what to consider during the purchase process:


How much space do you have to dedicate to a carport or RV building? If you own lots of property, you may want the largest unit we have. But if you only have limited space, you should opt for a smaller structure. Always measure your area at least twice before you buy.

Storage Capacity

Do you plan to use your space for any other storage? Carports make excellent outdoor storage, so we encourage you to choose units that will fit more than just your camper. Use the additional space for seasonal items, tool kits, and lawn chairs.

Not Sold? Consider a Full Garage

Carports are a fantastic answer to the question, “Where should I store my RV when not in use?” However, not everyone is sold on the idea of a carport. No problem—garages are also a great option if you’re willing to spend a little more time and money. At Rocket City Metal & Portable Buildings, we offer a wide selection of custom metal garages to meet every need. Regular-style metal garages offer two large doors and an economical design, while our vertical roof style provides maximum strength and roof drainage. Be sure to chat with our team about whether a garage is preferable to a carport in your case.

Look to Us for Storage Solutions and More

Buying a carport isn’t always as simple as picking the first one you see online. Many times, choosing the right metal structure requires a more in-depth look at its features and benefits. At Rocket City Metal & Portable Buildings, we’re glad to help customers learn more about our Graceland products and select the one that meets their needs. Visit or contact us today to find out if a carport is the camper storage solution you’ve been seeking.

Start Building Now

Have an idea for a carport or metal building but aren’t sure how it will look once it’s constructed? No problem. Our online builder tool allows you to view a 3D rendering of your ideas before putting them into action. Use this tool to customize your structure, preview it, and receive an individualized quote!

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