The 5 Best Portable Garages [Ranked]
A portable garage –also known as a garage in a box or a portable carport– is a good choice for someone who wants a garage but they don’t necessarily have the time or funds to build or buy a traditional garage (Source).
These car tents are an easy way to erect a temporary garage and protect your hobby, show, or regular car from inclement weather (Source).
The way that a portable or instant garage works is that it is assembled much like a tent and then used to store your car. It’s rather simple but many people have concerns when it comes to the auto safety that this offers to owners (Source).
If you are concerned about this, these pop-up garages can have an alarm system set up to alert you if anything suspicious or concerning happens.
How To Assemble the King Canopy Carport
The King Canopy is a universal option with 6 legs and nearly 9 feet of interior clearance.
The first bit of advice that customers offer is to not try to assemble it yourself. Not only can some of the pop-up garage parts be heavy or awkward to maneuver, they also tend to take more than two hands to get everything the way you need.
Many also suggested that if your portable carport doesn’t have an anchoring system that you buy one separately so it doesn’t collapse onto your car instead of housing it.
Portable Garages Compared
How Do You Use a Portable Garage?
- Make sure you are on level ground. If you aren’t on level ground, try to level it using something such as wooden planks
- For most portable garages, set up is very simple and the first step is usually to set up the poles. You can reference your owner’s manual for instructions specific to your instant garage
- Next, you will need to brace the poles somehow. Once again, this exact method will depend a little bit on which prefab garage you choose.
- Finally, you will need to install the tarp over the poles.
What Are Car Owners Saying?
Examining buyer experience using portable garages, we checked out jalopyjournal.com and read through some of the forum message boards dedicated to this topic.
One individual had a project car they want to store in the winter- a car storage project. They were considering purchasing a portable canvas shelter that has a zippered front but were concerned about whether it would hold up in the snow.
One commenter chimed in to say that he has had one up and running for a little under a decade. It's held up pretty well, though the zipper was close to deteriorating. Another car restoration specialist said that he used a cheap one outside his automobile repair shop but it blew away in a storm.
Afterwards, he went to the local Home Depot and bought some heavy-duty wrecking bars and then pounded them into the ground outside his mechanic shop to serve as anchors- also using a rope spiderweb knot to secure it even further. Another commentator said that during strong wind storms gorgeous park his semi truck inside and tie the canvas garage down to the truck.
However, another car owner who restores and flips show cars says that the potential of snow collapse is real- during one winter both of his show cars were flattened by heavy snow pack.
One Caravan Canopy buyer told us that it was an affordable, easy to assemble option that was also suitable for organizing parties and catering. He observed that unlike most portable garages, setting up the Caravan Canopy Portable Carport does not require the use of screws so you won't have to go through the stress of finding the best cordless drill for screw driving tasks or any other assembly job.
Subsequent to that, a hobby car restoration specialist who lives in upstate New York, where they get a lot of snow, advises that you shouldn't buy a cheap one. Instead, invest in an American-made portable garage and take care to hand sew any torn seams around the zipper for the framework.
If you find the roof of your portable garage sagging under the weight of snow, one handy car owner used some two by fours and a snow rake- using the two by fours to push up from the roof from the bottom to have the snow slide off.
Yet another buyer who purchased a Harbor Freight model was pleased because there are replacement covers. In addition to that, you can use some ratchet straps to knot the garage's frame to the automobile's bumpers.