How to Build an RV Shelter

How to Build an RV Shelter
A simple RV shelter can add years to the life of your RV, keeping it removed from all types of weather, thus requiring you to do less maintenance on it. While the idea of creating a shelter for your RV may seem complicated, it does not have to be. With a bit of planning and know-how, some tools, and a friend, you can erect your own RV shelter in just a day. This design will be 24 feet long, but can be expanded to shelter longer RVs.


Difficulty: Moderate

Build the Shelter Sides

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tape measure
  • 6 pier blocks
  • 6 14-foot 4-by-4s
  • 5-inch, 1/2 diameter carriage bolts with washers and nuts
  • Corrugated plastic roofing
  • Ladder
  • 8-foot 2-by-4s
  • 12-foot 2-by4s
  • Metal braces
  • Steel stud brackets
  • Hammer
  • 1-inch roofing nails
  • 3-inch nails
Step 1
Measure the height of your RV, including the air conditioner and anything else that may be on the roof. Add 1 foot to this height for the maximum height of your RV shelter.
Step 2
Trim your 4-by-4s. Cut three to the height you measured minus 8 inches for the pier blocks. Cut the other three minus 6 inches.
Step 3
Measure the width of your RV. Add 18 inches to this for the width of the shelter. For these instructions, the width of the shelter will be 12 feet.
Step 4
Assemble the sides of the shelter. Lay out the three vertical supports of the same height and join them with the 8-foot 2-by-4s. Connect them at one end and in the middle, using the metal braces to reinforce the joins. The finished sides will look like very large fence sections.
Step 5
Attach the pier blocks. Place the open ends of the 4-by-4s into the pier blocks, drill a hole to match that of the steel "boot" on the block. Use the hole to secure the block to the 4-by-4 with the carriage bolt.

Erect the Shelter

Step 1
Attach the connecting struts. While still on the ground, squarely attach two 12-foot 2-by-4s to the rear of the shelter at 6 feet and 10 feet from the base.
Step 2
Attach the sides. Prop the shelter side without struts against a wall or a fence so it is vertical. Stand the other shelter side up and join the two sides with the two 2-by-4s. Further connect the two sides with a 12-foot 2-by-4 at the top of both ends, seated at a slight angle to match the height differences between the sides.
Step 3
Attach the roofing struts. Using the steel stud braces, place a 12-foot 2-by-4 between the two sides every 2 feet.
Step 4
Using the roofing struts, attach the corrugated plastic roofing, starting from the front and moving to the rear of the shelter, making sure that the sheets overlap by at least one notch at each join. Use 1-inch roofing nails.
Step 5
Stain your shelter. Make sure all the lumber, particularly the exposed lumber, is stained so that it will better resist the elements.

Tips & Warnings

Make sure to build your shelter on a level surface.
Always use protective gear when using power tools.

Article Written By Beau Prichard

Beau Prichard has been a freelance writer and editor since 1999. He specializes in fiction, travel and writing coaching. He has traveled in the United Kingdom, Europe, Mexico and Australia. Prichard grew up in New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Arts in writing from George Fox University.

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