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These days, you can build just about anything yourself, including RV garages, and you will find quite a variety of units. If you want something to completely enclose your RV, some web sites help you design a one-car, two-car or multi-car garage with a gable or hip roof, windows and doors. You can have side walls as high as fourteen feet, so the garage will provide shelter to your RV, camper, car, and/or boat.
On the other hand, you can purchase a steel structure, essentially a roof and two partial walls to provide some basic cover for your RV. Of course, a critical factor to consider when buying something minimal is your local building code. If you live in Florida, Georgia or some other southern state, they may have strict regulations regarding such structures largely due to the threat of hurricanes.
Simple, Basic Units
If you'd like to have a garage specifically for an RV, that is a little more substantial. There are companies that have reproducible vellum drawings or CAD file packages of free-standing buildings which can fit any RV you might have. A search of the Internet will yield a vast array of such firms, with full catalogues of buildings. In some cases, you just pick out the pre-designed option you like; with others, they allow for changes. Once you have settled on one of the RV garages, they will send you the plans.
Afterward, you create a site plan and obtain a building permit. In fact, obtain the building permit first. Sometimes, they will want the plans to be signed and sealed by an engineer or architect for an assurance of safety and stability. If that is the case, check with the company providing the plans to see if they are able to provide that service. If not, you'll have to find one locally. Bear in mind, their charge is generally not cheap; one hundred dollars or more is fairly typical.
Now, why does it take so much money just to sign and seal plans for RV garages? It's because the engineer or architect is certifying that the structure for your RV will meet all local building codes. If after it's built, something goes wrong, that same engineer or architect could be held liable. Think of this as similar to malpractice risk for a doctor.
Additionally, verify with your local zoning department. Often, they have requirements concerning how close to your property line and adjacent buildings you're allowed to construct an RV garage. You do not want to go to all the trouble of obtaining plans, getting them signed and sealed, only to find out that you won't be permitted to build your RV garage after all.
By Arthur Fletcher
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