How to Set up a Portable Carport
Setting up a portable carport is a very simple process. In fact, they are designed to be exceptionally simple for those that regularly set them up and tear them down. If for some reason you need a little help setting yours up (especially if the manufacturer supplied you with everything but carport plans), here are some basic steps to get your carport building in order.
Step 1 – Owner’s Manual
Always start with the owner’s manual, assuming you have one. Be sure to take note of any special tools or materials you may need that weren’t supplied with the portable carport kit.
Step 2 – Roofing
Because of the lightweight nature of most portable carports, you’ll probably want to start with the roof. Choose a location as level as possible, and lay out the horizontal rails for your roof. Attach them to form a square.
Step 3 – Roof Joists or Trusses
Next, you’ll want to attach the trusses, or roof joists. These are the frame pieces across your roof that will hold up your canopy later. Attach them as well as any additional frame support pieces. This will give you a relatively stable framework.
Step 4 – The Uprights
You may need two people for this section.
Start attaching the uprights to your roof frame, starting in one of the front corners. After the first is attached, move on to the next one down the frame. However, before moving on to the third upright, go ahead and attach any bottom rails between the ends of the two uprights for support. Also, go ahead and attach any side supporting pieces between them.
Once you have the railing and the supports done between these two uprights, move on to the third upright. Repeat the same process, adding the railing and the supports, and continue all the way around until you have all of the uprights in place.
Step 5 – Flip and Secure
Now that your entire frame work is done, get a few extra helping hands and carefully turn the frame over and stand it on its uprights.
You will need to secure your frame to the ground. Many portable canopy uprights have rings at the bottom for hooked stakes to slip over. If yours has rings, use a mallet or hammer to pound stakes into the ground over the rings, driving the stakes in with the top angled away from the frame (this way, if pulled on by the uprights because of something like wind, it will add greater support and leverage to the stake.
Step 6 – Sandbag and Other Weights
Don’t worry if your uprights don’t have any means of being staked down. Another option is to place sandbags around your uprights. You can also place them on top of your stakes, for added stability. Also, many manufacturer’s make kits with extra weights that can be attached to the bottoms of the uprights.
Step 7 – Canopy and Sides
Pull the canopy over top of your frame, securing it in place. Attach any sides that you may want as well.
As mentioned above, this is only a generic outline of steps. For more detailed instruction, refer to your owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer.