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Old 01-15-2008, 08:59 PM
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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I've seen them in just about every Maine community I've ventured through and I've asked about them just about everywhere I go. The people I've spoken with are usually newcomers to their use and have no long-term knowledge of their durability. Others offer no information, but do make a cautious expression. That expression looks like the face of experience but with a reluctance to badmouth a product or admit they made the mistake of getting one.

Can anyone clear this up for me? Can those things really support the weight of snow all year? Although the below link is not necessarily the company I would be doing business with, this is the style I am curious about.
Shelter King House Style 2 Car Instant Garage - 22 X 24 - EliteDeals.com (http://www.elitedeals.com/shkihost2car.html - broken link)
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Old 01-15-2008, 09:06 PM
Location: Forests of Maine
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I do not have one.

Two summers ago, we had a series of wind storms come through that ripped apart many canopys, greenhouses and the like.

A couple of houses from here, is one of those frames, that until recently was covered. But I noticed during the most recent melting, the tarp is now missing. I can not say what brand name it was.

Those do look tempting.

However I can also agree with the feeling of reluctance and worry, wondering if it will last the season? Will it last another year?
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Old 01-16-2008, 06:31 AM
Location: Maine
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A friend told me they put up one of those "portable garages" for storage, (the garage being full) because, they are not a permanent structure, therefore not taxed.
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Old 01-16-2008, 06:52 AM
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We've never had one either, but I have seen some ripped apart after storms. I'm sure there are some made better than others, though...
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Old 01-16-2008, 12:04 PM
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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I know of one that has been up for several years, with no signs of damage. On the other hand, I *have* one that collapsed under snow load.

Things to look for:

Sturdy poles and struts. Thin walled, small diameter aluminum will collapse easier.

Heavy-duty anchors. I think there is a kind that kind of screws in to the ground, these will not pull out as easily as straight stakes.

Heavy-duty covering. Light polyethylene (like those cheap tarps you find in a lot of places) will deteriorate relatively quickly from the UV in sunlight.

A domed roof will be more resistand to wind but will collect more snow, if there is a lot of snow and you don't clear it off it could collapse (like mine did). Doh!
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Old 01-16-2008, 04:30 PM
Location: some where maine
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my brother "HAD" one a cpl years back and one morning he got up looked out side and it was gone. he found it in his field out back the wind took it away.
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Old 01-16-2008, 05:35 PM
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We had one for 2 years... never had any issues w/snow load, etc. as long as we cleared it off. We had a Shelter King brand, and a Cover-It brand at one point as well, found the Shelter King better built. Not alot more money... and we had the anchors that screwed into the ground. Was a 12X20 foot round style, although hubby really wanted the house style. We bought both used, and the previous owners had never had issues really. It's like anything else, you need to take care with it, or it will ruin. Eventually....
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Old 01-16-2008, 08:05 PM
Location: Northern Maine
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If you keep the snow cleared and anchor them down well they can be useful. If you don't get up in the middle of the night during a heavy snow it will be collapsed onto the Tempo in the morning.

In Prentiss some people had a trampoline. It became airborne during a windstorm and flew into the high votage wires and promptly welded itself to the wires. It killed the power to this whole end of Maine. The same could happen to a portable garage. I can just picture it.
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Old 01-17-2008, 03:43 AM
Location: Central NH
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We use homemade portable housing for our sheep. The housing is just smaller versions of portable garages. They work fine with a little maintainance and care. After bigger storms we have found our shelters blown far away from where they started,
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:58 AM
Location: NC
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They are very durable. I had one for 3 years. Snow can pile up to about 18" before you really have to clean it off. Snow removal is a breeze go inside of the shelter and just push up most of the snow will slide right off just be sure to remove what had fallen from the side walls
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