Choosing The Right RV Cover: Materials, Sizes, And Features Explained

RV owners are generally concerned about how they can protect their vehicles, save money on maintenance, and prolong their lives to get maximum return on their investment. We understand that sometimes it can be a pain, so we suggest a simple remedy: install a metal RV cover. But what’s wrong with keeping your motorhome outside? Check this out.

What If…You Leave Your Motorhome Without Any Shelter?

  1. The outer paint will scrap off due to the sun and debris.
  2. RVs can get scratches and dents from the open surroundings.
  3. Motorhomes subjected to rain and hail will need heavy repairs and replacements, increasing maintenance costs.
  4. You must wash your RV frequently to remove tree saps, bird droppings, and sticky stains.
  5. The tires are prone to moisture and molding.
  6. Overall, the motorhome’s lifespan & resale value will decrease.

So, your RV needs a shelter, but which one should you pick? Let’s take a closer look at this.

How To Choose The Right RV Cover?

As mentioned in the headlines above, here are the three essential factors for choosing a metal RV cover. Keep reading to know more.

1. The Material

Fabric Covers

Fabric covers are the cheapest for covering motorhomes. These come with UV & tear resistance and are made of waterproof material. While they may sound very tempting as they are the cheapest, they come at a price.

RV tires are still exposed to the ground. Accessing the vehicle requires a lot of effort, i.e., removing the cover and putting it back on again. In addition, the motorhome is not fully protected from vandalism, dents, and scratches.

Wooden Carports

Next, we have traditionally used wooden carports. Stick-built RV shelters are definitely a better option than fabric, as they provide better protection. They also have aesthetic appeal and add warmth to your home.

However, they are quite demanding when it comes to maintenance. The timber panels will need re-painting, re-coating for pest and fire resistance, and repair or replacement of any fungus damage.

Steel RV Covers

Then we have steel carports. These are made of industry-standard 14-gauge steel frames and 26- —to 29-gauge metal panels. For areas with harsh weather, you can get certified steel that can resist high-speed wind and heavy snow loads.

Metals are subject to rusting, but steel builders know this. That’s why they offer galvanized steel that is rust-resistant. Not to mention, metals are also anti-fungal, so you do not have to worry about termites and molds.

2. The Size

Measure Lot

Before ordering metal covers for RVs, measure the size of your lot. Exclude setbacks to see how much actual space you have available. Once you have measured, you can decide what size carport would be best.

Calculate RV’s Dimension

To determine the minimum dimension of a steel carport, calculate the size of your RV. Take a measuring tape and note the maximum length, width, and height of the motorhome. Do not forget to include the antenna, roof vents, or AC ducts, which measure height.


Add at least 2 feet to each to get the minimum size perfect for your RV parking. Here is the list of motorhome sizes by type for your reference. Have a look.


Avg. Height: 11-13 ft. Avg. Height: 7-9 ft. Avg. Height: 10 ft.
Avg. Width: 8.6 ft. Avg. Width: 8 ft. Avg. Width: 8.4 ft.
Avg. Length: 15 ft. (26-45 ft.) Avg. Length: 20 ft. Avg. Length: 20-30 ft.


Avg. Height: 10-11 ft. Avg. Height: 8-13 ft.
Avg. Width: 8-8.5 ft. Avg. Width: 8-8.5 ft.
Avg. Length: 12-25 ft. Avg. Length: 21-40 ft.

3. The Features


We suggest that you pour a concrete pad for RV steel covers, as the foundation has to be sturdy enough to bear the structural load and weight of the motorhome. For extra structural security, you can add more concrete anchors.

Roof Style

Steel carports are large buildings. Therefore, to ensure you spend less time on maintenance and cleaning, opt for a vertical roofing style. Their ridges run perpendicular to the ground, facilitating the easy slide of dirt, debris, and rainwater.


Water falling on your head is never appreciated, so we suggest installing a gutter along with a carport. All water will run through the downspout into a collection tank that you can filter and reuse.


Metal dealers want your RV carport to look the best, and many of us want our outbuilding to appear seamless with the main house. Colors bring life to your structure and create a protective layer.

Gable Ends And Side Walls

You can close the gable ends on the front and back sides to avoid direct sun and rain. To complement this, you can add side walls on either side, which can be 1 ft. to 9 ft. from the roof’s eaves.


While there is no direct relation to outdoor maintenance, proper landscaping will boost the appeal of any metal RV covers and keep insects and rodents away.

Some Common FAQs

Should You Choose Larger Sized Metal RV Carports?

The minimum size is sufficient for parking only. However, for storing items such as gardening tools and other equipment, you can get a larger metal RV cover or add a lean-to.

How Much Steel RV Covers Costs?

You can buy a steel carport for an RV for about $4,000 onwards. The final pricing will depend on no. of add-ons, size, location, and labor cost.

Why Should You Invest In RV Steel Buildings?

Steel is sturdy and robust and has more load-bearing capacity than traditional structures. Here is a short list of reasons to choose steel over fabric or wooden covers.

●       Durability ●       Breathability ●       Accessible
●       No Rot Or Decay ●       Low Maintenance ●       Multi-Functional
●       Protection from Pests, Fire, & Weather

Check the Metal Builder’s Brand before buying online. Not all RV steel covers are made equally. Don’t compromise on quality. Always consider the long-term benefit of buying. A metal RV cover with proper installation will last long and increase the value of your property. You can check online reviews and feedback or get in touch in person to learn more about the dealer. Then, make a decision.

In Essence,

Motorhomes need proper care and shelter when not in use to prolong their lifespan, and steel RV covers are the best bet. They offer safety and protection from the majority of the elements. If you feel like open carports aren’t enough, you can install accessories that provide additional cover.

Akshay Sharma

Hi! I’m Akshay Sharma. I’m a blogger at LetsJumpToday & Imagination Waffle. You can contact me on Twitter and facebook.

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