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It looks like most of our available cash is going into the restoration of the house, and the Bird Barn will have to wait. Not even sure I can get the permit to build in the Histerical District, even if I get the money so I am looking at covers.

I really don't care about rain protection - my bus doesn't leak - but what I really want is something to keep the leaves from accumulating and staining. I can buy a cheap cover for less than $200, but even that seems like more than I really want.

Has anyone ever had any experience with just a top cover that comes down to, say, the drip rails? That is the only place that gets dirty on mine and it would be so much easier than wrestling with a cover.
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Hi,
I built this for my boat for $900. $300 of which was the tarp, which was custom made @ billboardtarps.com. It is 30' x 13' x 13' high at the center.

You could modify the design for your bird barn, I'm confident while it keeping the costs down. If you only covered the top, you wouldn't need bundles of 3x1" conduit / PVC. You could probably do

The tarp design is 7 times as thick as a harbor freight blue tarp. It is really robust and they plastic weld a sleeve at the bottom to tie it down.

I drove in 48" x 5/8" rebar stakes at each "rib". Those penetrate 32" down and stick up 16" and then is bolted to the 2x4 at the ground with a large bottom plate square washer at each rib.

I also added solar panel and a small charge controller to top off the batteries.

I realize this is more than you are seeking, but I'm pretty sure you will spend more in fixing your bus roof than a barn like this will cost.

and much nicer to drive it in than have to deploy a cover every time you park it

Doug
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Doug Nicely done. That looks fantastic !!!!
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Doug Nicely done. That looks fantastic !!!!
Hi John,
Thanks - it has been in service for 4 years now and is holding up beautifully. I know the arch is an incredibly strong architectural design. I think this tarp will hold up for 10 years or more... It shows zero sign of damage from the elements.

I've had my Bluebird under a carport type storage in a commercial storage facility made of steel beams. I've considered buying a piece of land and erecting one of these for the bluebird, too.

A few notes, the PVC hoops are conduit, so they are UV stable (vs white plumbing PVC, which is not). The hoops are bundles of 3 x 1" zip tied together. If I did it again, I might go singles, but up to 1 1/2" or 2".

Then again, this is working just great. Its seen some strong winds in storms (maybe 50 to 60 mph) with zero issue. Only maintenance was redoing the hold down loops (eyelets screwed in to the 2x4 and looped around the bottom pipe in the sleeve.

One could use the auger style anchors, but that didn't seem necessary. The ground here is hard as we get little rain. The rebars have shown no sign of pulling out.

Definitely worth the investment to keep a bluebird or boat nice. The elements will consume value very quickly!!

Doug
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You're saying that the arches themselves are 3 conduits tied together? That seems to work well.

Visually, i'd have a hard time getting away with this in the Histerical District. I'm thinking a stained, but not painted wooden pole barn might be more palatable to the histerics.

Thanks for that suggestion.
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The problem with histerics is that they never knew what an old home like yours looked like,all they know is what they want it to look like.
OK,this could lead into politics,so i need to stand down!
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Would a "histerectomy" solve your problem?
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Stick,
National RV Covers, Carlsbad CA. They have a website. They have covers that look what you describe.
I've been thinking about this very thing.
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Those look interesting. As a test, I covered my old Cadillac with a car cover made especially for it, and let it sit out. Admittedly, it doesn't have the tie-downs that RV covers have, but it only took about an hour to partially blow off.

Besides, I don't hear of many happy campers who have successfully used a cover. Maybe I should try a different tact:

If anyone has a used cover in decent shape that they'd like to sell, let me know or bring it to WOG and we'll try to work a deal.
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Most bus covers are lightly used.
Once is enough for most people.
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