A Temporary Car Shelter Guide

If you are looking for a portable or easy to erect vehicle shelter or temporary garage there are a variety of designs, sizes and material components to choose from these days.  In the past your only option may have been to erect a temporary structure from wood, sheet metal or plastic and the structure would not be easily portable.  Today there are wide arrays of technologically advanced shelters and carports that can be easily assembled, transported and that are relatively inexpensive to buy.

What are temporary car shelters and portable car shelters?

A temporary car shelter, which is also referred to as a portable car shelter due to its ease of construction and light weight, is sort of like a large tent for a vehicle to keep it out of the elements such as rain and snow.  Today, such shelters come in a variety of sizes and shapes, to accommodate almost any vehicle including large RV’s, boats and trucks as well as all averaged sized cars.  They are usually constructed of steel cross-members that bolt or lock together in some fashion with a polyethylene fabric that is rip-resistant and waterproof.  The fabric is the main material that covers and protects the vehicle.

Although it may take some time and a large vehicle, these structures can be dismantled and transported to another location if desired, much more so than a more permanent structure made of wood, sheet metal or plastic.  Most models also either come with or have the availability to have anchors installed at the base to prevent strong winds from blowing them over.

Why buy portable car shelters?

For some people, having a garage or another covered place to store a vehicle is not ideal.  Building such a structure is expensive, time consuming and can have other added expenses or hassles such as increased property tax liability or having to pull permits for construction.  A temporary car shelter is a perfect solution if all you are looking to do is store a vehicle, especially if the vehicle is one used for recreation such as an RV or a boat.

When vehicles are left exposed to the elements, they tend to deteriorate faster than if they were stored inside a shelter of some sort.  If you live in a region with snow fall, water can seep into the cracks of a vehicle and turn to ice which expands causing the joints of the vehicle to expand.  Repeated and prolonged exposure to heat and sunlight can cause paint to fade much more rapidly than normal.

All of this translates to expensive property not lasting as long as it should and a shorter life span.  Tires on cars and other vehicles will begin to rot or break apart if left exposed to sunlight for long periods of time without use.  Even the interiors of vehicles begin to show signs of sun and heat damage.  A portable shelter is a cheap and easy way to prolong the life of your property.

Another reason vehicles and other valuable items should not be left exposed for long periods of time is that animals love to make homes in cars and trucks or anything else that is left sitting.  These pieces of equipment make perfect shelter for them.  If you live in a relatively rural area, mice and other small animals will make nests inside your car, truck, RV or boat.  Over time, if left undisturbed, these animals will begin to chew on wires and other crucial components.  When you go to start up that RV again after the winter and it has not been protected, you may find that some things don’t work on it anymore, if it even starts at all.

How much do portable car shelters cost?

Depending on what you plan to protect, temporary car shelters can cost anywhere from a few $500 to around $3,000.  A shelter that will protect an average car will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $300 to $400.  For a shelter that is large enough for an RV you will be paying around $2,700 to $3,000.

No matter what the use, temporary car shelters are a great way to protect property.  Whether you are letting something sit for a while or you just don’t want to scrape snow off your car every morning, there are a variety of economical and durable storage options that are much faster and easier when compared to a more permanent structure.