Clearview Garage, 11 x 16 x 8-ft
V bend on top is weak
v bend pipe is poorly made, basicly its dmged during bending, it will rust very fast and break during snow/heavy rain season.
mine collapsed, unfortunately i dont have the receipt for return.
if you want a good one, look for curved roof. especially the one with mandrel bend piping.
April 8, 2013
My father picked up one of these around 3 or 4 years ago when they were on sale cheap. I still use the same shelter in the same place these many years later,
I live in nova scotia and we get a huge load of snow. this thing has taken everything we can toss at it and shes still standing and works great!
March 24, 2013
Very weak product - don't buy!
This is my first product review i ever done !
I intalled this shelter in November 2012 though I feel that it's weak and I can swing the top corners by my hands easily...
I fixed the shelter to the drive way by 8 cement blocks... (I have not anchored the legs)
Anyway Yesterday (31 Jan 2103) we had very strong wind in Montreal (90 km/hr).. Due to this strong wind, the shelter has moved half a meter from one side !!!!
When I saw this situation, I removed the cover immediately !
The other issue is that the zippers in the doors are not practical at all !!!!
I regret buying this product...
February 1, 2013
This is the 3rd winter for this version, and its the best $250 I ever spent! Well built, handles wind good (if anchored and put together properly), and keeps a decent snow load. Snow comes off easy enough when you need to.
I anchor mine with the supplied achors, plus also drive 3' long pieces of bent steel rod into the ground, overlapping the frame as a double anchor setup.
Takes good part of a day to put up the first time, but well worth it I think.
December 12, 2012
Great when on sale!!
Got this product today, and was fairly easy to set up, set up in about 3 1/2 hours by my self. Follow directions in the order they are written, and had no problem. Layout all your different items in seperate piles. the hardest step is putting on the large canvas over the whole structure, but I was able to do it. I think it will last just as long as most similar ones. Have assembled different ones, and this one is not much different the the others.
October 1, 2012
Works Well if Setup Right
I was a little unsure about this when I bought it last fall, but I needed a place to store my summer vehicle for the winter and didn't have many options. I leveled the ground in a wind sheltered area of my yard and got some old patio stones to make a nice flat pad to set this up on.
It took 3 people a couple hours to set this up, the instructions took a little time to understand, but once we got the hang of it, it was pretty easy. Everything fit together well and the poles seem to be of very nice quality. They have a nice coated finish to keep them from rusting as well.
Once the frame was setup we installed the tarp, making sure it was installed as tight as possible to prevent the roof sagging and holding snow. I then put some tarps down on the floor to keep moisture from coming up from the ground into the shelter. To keep it anchored I used the supplied hardware along with a bunch of parking lot curbs (VERY heavy) along the outter perimeter to keep the feet and tarp down.
It's been up for about 8 months now, through one winter, and it still looks brand new. My truck stayed nice, clean and dry all winter.
That said, there are a couple opportunities for improvement; the rachet straps provided are of poor quality and jam easy. The end panels (zippered doors) are always kinda loose no matter how tight you make the rest of the tarp. This means they do flap around a bit in the wind, but not enough that i've had any problems with it. I am also not quite sure I like the 'clear/while" material, it does appear to be very strong and it looks nice, but it does allow quite a bit of heat to build up in the shelter.
Overall I am very satisfied with the purchase and would buy it again without a second thought.
May 1, 2012
Took a while to assemble
We assembled it today and the build quality is a bit rough. Major issues getting some of the wall poles to secure to the base reinforcement because of poor alignment. With much struggling and a bit of brute force, the parts finally fit... and only because my buddy is pretty strong and could twist the poles enough to force a fit. I've never had issues like this putting one of these things together.
Anyway, it's the cheapest garage on the market so I guess you get what you pay for! My biggest tip would be not to secure ANY bolts until the end because we had to release a lot of them to get the last few poles to join correctly.
Tarp is decent quality but not much more than what you'd get in a normal tarp... no extra technology here. Zippers also look a bit basic but time will tell!
November 26, 2011
NOT AS GOOD AS OTHERS I'VE SEEN
- poorly designed
- long build time
- not really that sturdy
- light.... very... VERY LIGHT!
- not very high grade pipe
October 23, 2011
Good but not Great
This shelter is quite sturdy and adequate WHEN installed on a wood base, there are a few buts though.
First, since this a white shelter its going to heat up like a greenhouse when the sun shines on it and when it cools down in the night time you are going to sometimes get condensation dripping on the inside. it would of been nice if they had made some kind of vent openings in it. Second, the kit only comes with 4 spikes to hold it down. So if you don't install it on a wood base like i did you will have to get proper spikes because the supplied 4 will not be enough to keep this secure and sturdy. the instructions could be a bit more detailed but if you follow them CAREFULLY you will get it together. If you haven't built one of these before it will take you a full day to put this together. you will need another person to help.
I installed this on a pressure treated 4x4 posts with pieces of 1/2 inch re-bar cut to 24 inch lengths hammered through the posts (drill through posts with 3/8 inch bit) to secure the base down. I then secured the base of the shelter frame with 3 inch lag bolts, and then tightened up the frame after making it square. check out the pics.
October 4, 2011
Not bad, but know what you're buying.
Bought this last fall to store my car. Used all the auger anchors as included in the kit, and it was a bit difficult to install, but seemed relatively secure. It does have some flex to the frame, but nothing that seemed excessive. Completed 1st year photo below.
During the winter, the snow fell very easily off the top of the tent/garage, so the weight on the roof wasn't an issue. Because it's almost see-through, the sun would warm up the tent and cause some condensation on the inside to drip on the car, which was no big deal. In the winter, it was actually comfortable inside!
BUT... wind is this tent's #1 enemy. Regular strong winds broke the zipper fastening open on the tent more than once. I temporarily cut a hole in the tarp at the base, and tied a rope through the base to hold it together. Unfortunately because the zippered door broke open, the metal zipper "buckle" scratched the rear trunk and bumper of my car while blowing in the wind (most of the scratches buffed out).
The biggest problem was one big windstorm that actually lifted the tent and shifted it back & forth about 1 foot, and one of the poles damaged the side-view mirror of the car as well.
This year (learning from last year), I built a wooden base using 4x4 pressure treated wood (photo uploaded). I bought larger anchors and bolted them directly to the wooden base. I also used some wood "strapping" on the sides of the tent to keep the frame from flexing. The materials to build a base and strengthen this tent cost just over $200 (same cost as the tent on sale), but it should be much sturdier this year.
It's not bad, but know that you do get what you pay for. If you prepare for it... you'll be happy with this.
September 29, 2011
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