Steel RV Garages & RV Storage Buildings
Safe & Secure Storage for your RV at a Lower Cost than Wood Construction
If you love recreational vehicles, you’ll want to build a temple to protect your RV from harsh weather elements and damaging sun rays. If you consider yourself a serious RV’er, a pre-engineered metal RV garage is the supreme off-season storage solution. Whether you have a motorhome or a travel trailer, protecting your vehicle from the elements when it’s not in use is the key to enjoying it from the start of RV season. A pre-engineered steel RV storage building is a sound investment that allows you to park your vehicle off the street and free up space along your driveway in a safe and secure enclosure.
You will also save hundreds of dollars a month is costly storage fees by storing your RV on your own property. Typically, a 30x40 garage kit can pay for itself in around three years.
Reduced, material waste and shorter construction time are two of the ways you’ll save when you choose to build RV storage buildings compared to traditional construction. Also, benefit from the extra height of a custom metal storage buildings for your RV with column-free (clear span) designs for maximum usable space.
Your new RV building will look great because the wide variety of finishing options will perfectly match the existing buildings on your property. Need we say more? Metal buildings for RV storage can’t be beaten.
If you currently pay to park your RV at an off-site mini storage facility or if you just want to free up space in your driveway, a metal RV storage building is the ideal solution.
You can order an RV building to fit your specifications and then have all the materials shipped directly to you.
Once the materials arrive, you can assemble your RV garage kit on your own or you can hire a local general contractor to do it for you.
One note: if you plan on building your motorhome garage yourself, you may want to get a friend or two to help unload your new building and have some basic lifting equipment on hand for raising the main frame of the building.
How large should the building be?
The general rule when building any type of garage, be it for a regular vehicle or a recreational vehicle, is that bigger is always better.
If you have limited space to build, the key is finding the balance between a generous enough size to accommodate your current RV, as well as room to grow in case you decide to upgrade to a larger RV in the future. Your smaller motor home may be an adequate size for now, but once you start to really enjoy the benefits of a transportable vacation home, upgrading to a larger luxury model may be a future option.
Remember— rarely does one ever complain about having too much storage space - our advice is always build as large as you can afford.
To begin determining the recommended size for your garage, you will need to first determine the clearance height, length and width of your RV.
- A Class A Motorhome, the largest and most luxurious of all RVs, has an average height of 10 feet, and can range from 21 to 40 feet in length. This RV typically requires a garage with a clearance height of at least 14 feet, and 45 to 50 feet in length depending on how much additional storage you wish to have.
- A Class B Camper Van has an average height of eight feet, and can range from 16 to 21 feet in length. This RV typically requires garage with a clearance height of at least 12 feet, and 25 to 30 feet in length.
- A Class C Motorhome, which has a distinctive cab-over bunk, has an average height of about 10 feet, and can range from 21 to 35 feet in length. This RV typically requires garage with a clearance height of at least 14 feet, and 40 to 45 feet in length.
- Most RVs range between 8 and 8 ½ feet in width, and require at least 10 feet for comfortable maneuverability around the vehicle inside the garage.
To determine the width of your RV garage, take into account the width of your RV as well as space to open the doors of the vehicle. Consider additional width space if your RV has slide outs that you wish to extend while the vehicle is parked in the garage.
Typical RV Garage Prices:
|Windows, doors etc.||10-30%|
|Foundation||$5-10 / sq ft|
|Construction||$5-10 / sq ft|
Do I plan on using my RV shelter for any other purposes?
If you envision yourself using your RV garage for anything other than parking your motor home, such as storage of tools, a lawnmower, bike, luggage, or any other materials, it is important to include these space requirements in your plans at the design phase of your building.
Where should I build?
If you live in a flood-prone region, you should avoid building in low-lying areas as you could have problems with water damage in case of flooding. While steel is incredibly durable and resistant to damage, consistent moisture build-up could cause maintenance issues over time.
What should my garage look like?
The aesthetics of your RV garage should be well thought out and planned before you even order your pre-engineered building kit.
Your new garage can either be attached to a home or detached as a standalone building.
An add-on to an existing home is the best solution if the size of your lot limits the amount of space you have to build. An attached garage is also a great solution if you live in a colder climate, as you will not need to go outside to reach your RV.
On average, a detached garage can cost almost $2,000 more than an attached garage, due to the extra building materials required for the fourth side wall.
Should I include any bells and whistles?
There are several luxury features that you may want to consider adding to your RV garage. For example, if you wish to be able to wash your RV inside the garage, then you must add drainage capabilities.
Many homeowners like to have electricity connected to their garage, which could be a necessity if your RV needs to be plugged in during freezing temperatures below minus 20 degrees Celsius. If your garage is attached to your home, then connecting electricity is fairly simple. However, building a detached garage with electricity can be considerably more expensive as you will need to secure building permits as well as a certified electrician.
Building RV storage buildings is no different from any other type of garage except for the dimensions, which will generally be taller, longer and wider than a traditional vehicle garage.
1. Once you have determined the appropriate size for your garage, you can begin marking the land for the foundation.
2. Before you can erect your prefab garage, you must pour a cement slab for the foundation (see our page on foundations for steel buildings for further information). Once wooden forms have been built around the perimeter of the garage, you can begin pouring the cement. A six-inch slab is the recommended thickness for a 13-tonne recreational vehicle. Remember to trowel the cement to ensure a smooth finish.
3. To construct your pre-engineered RV garage, you may want to enlist the help of a contractor or a few friends. The structure is rather large and will be difficult to complete without assistance. Be sure to follow the instructions exactly as they are provided, to ensure quick and efficient construction of your prefab RV garage. Dry fitting the pieces before securing or bolting them in place can help to avoid problems down the line.
4. Once the RV garage has been erected following the manual’s steps, the doors or windows may need to be ordered separately from a contractor specializing in commercial buildings or directly from your steel building manufacturer.