Portability is a staple of modern design.
- There are Portable Solar Chargers
- and Portable Solar Generators
- Portable Stoves are becoming popular
- Portable Water Filters are a must own
- and there are even Portable Camping Toilets
Just to name a few.
And nowadays, there doesn’t seem like much you can’t take with you anymore.
Garages are no exception.
That’s right: Garages.
Those large shelters you use for storing vehicles and tools to protect them from the harsh elements of the outdoors.
Sure, in your standard survival gear list, your garage won’t make the cut.
Because garages are often thought of as immobile – stationary.
And most of them are. But not all.
Portable garages are becoming ever-more popular among car enthusiasts, survivalists, and everyone with extra gear and supplies.
The technology is getting lighter, more portable, and durable every day.
It’s gotten to a point where you can now take a garage with you wherever you go. Or add one to any property at the drop of a hat.
So today we’re going to cover the following topics:
- What Is A Portable Garage
- Key Features Of A Quality Portable Garage
- Finding The Right Portable Garage
- Best Portable Garages On The Market Today
- Popular Uses For A Portable Garage
- Terrible Uses For Portable Garages
WHAT IS A PORTABLE GARAGE
Portable garages come in a variety of colors and styles.
But they all do the same thing: protect your vehicles, gear and supplies.
Think of it as a tent for your car (or bike or ATV or whatever).
Some portable garages only provide a ceiling, others have walls .
It depends on where you live and what you are looking to protect. But we will get to all that in a moment.
For now, portable garages protect your vehicle and provides extra storage space.
They make an incredible investment for those who care about expensive gear.
Helping to preserve and protecting their vehicles against the natural elements.
They also provide a handy way of adding another storage structure to your property.
Without a building permit.
No construction or licensing necessary.
Buy your portable garage, set it up, and store your stuff.
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KEY FEATURES OF A QUALITY PORTABLE GARAGE
There are a few key features any high-quality portable garage should have.
Keep these in mind when you’re shopping for your new portable garage:
Any portable garage should be, as the name implies, portable.
If it looks more permanent than portable, maybe it’s not the right one for you.
You’re getting one to protect your valuables from the elements. So they need to stand up to severe weather.
Some portable garages usemore durable materials for the walls and framing than others.
That makes a big difference in the long run.
The last thing you want is your portable garage collapsing on your vehicles.
Cheap framing or poor-quality canvas won’t hold up over time.
Pay attention to the pole diameter specified by the vendor – the bigger, the better.
And PVC or polyethylene canvas covers often offer the best rain and UV protection.
Guarantees / Warranties
Portable garages take a beating.
But, like all survival and outdoor equipment, it will weather and will eventually break.
That’s why most portable garages come with warranties. But the length of the warranties will differ significantly.
A long-term one may make sense depending on your circumstances.
FINDING THE RIGHT PORTABLE GARAGE
There are many factors to account for when shopping for a new portable garage.
Most portable garages are similar in design, but no two companies make them exactly alike.
- Some will be bigger, some will be smaller.
- Some have walls, others only have roofs.
- Most are fairly lightweight, others are incredibly durable and heavy.
Portable garages differences run the gamut.
So, here are a couple of things to think about.
First off, how big do you need your portable garage to be?
Are you trying to fit a couple motorcycles under it? Or do you want to be able to add a car or two horses?
Basically, how much are you trying to store inside your portable garage?
Figure out what kind of storage space you need and shop accordingly.
Then, there is the matter of environment.
Where do you live?
What sort of weather events will it see on a regular basis?
Different brands of portable garages use different designs and materials.
They often can function better in certain types of weather.
Some portable garages can handle a bit of a snow load; while others cannot.
And finally, what are you storing?
This is important because some portable garages offer sidewalls, and others do not.
This is not a big deal if you’re storing a car in your driveway.
But if you store power tools or electrical equipment in there, you are going to want more protection.
BEST PORTABLE GARAGES ON THE MARKET TODAY
1 – ShelterLogic Shed-In-A-Box
The ShelterLogic Shed-In-A-Box portable garage has nearly everything you could want.
It’s lightweight, it’s durable, and it has a small footprint.
It’s designed to withstand year-round weather conditions.
First, it comes with a high-grade steel-frame. Next, it includes rip-stop fabric that’s heat-sealed (not stitched).
This maximizes water resistance.
It’s one of the best portable garages out there, but don’t just take my word for it.
One happy customer of The ShelterLogic Portable Garage claims it held up in almost three feet of snow,
“This shed held up perfectly. Most of the snow slid off the roof, but whenever I noticed any accumulation, I went out and pushed it off. We also got huge drifts up the side. No problems.”
Another buyer shares how well it handles wind,
“We had it in Desert Hot Springs where the winds and sand storms are pretty strong. Ours held amazingly well.”
Some people do comment that the assembly of this garage is frustrating.
But once it is up, you have one of the best portable garages on the market.
2 – Outsunny 17″ x 10.5″ Heavy Duty Enclosed Vehicle Shelter
The Outsunny Portable Garage is rugged and large.
We’re talking big enough to fit most SUV’s and pickup trucks.
Its made with a 200 GSM water resistant Polyethylene cover and powder-coated steel frame.
It includes 3 drainage holes per side panel to ensure stability even in torrential downpours.
The front and back of this garage roll up, providing flexibility for an all-open, all-closed or partial open/closed setup.
The roof material is UV-resistant to block the suns damaging rays.
The anchor kit comes with 20 heavy duty stakes for extra stability even during storms.
3 – ShelterLogic Shelter Tube Storage Shelter
This ShelterLogic Tube Storage is a much larger version of the shed-in-a-box.
It includes 15 gauge structural tube steel with a premium powder coating.
It can handle wind speeds up to 80 MHP and snow loads of 43 PSF.
Thru bolts at every rib lock this portable garage in place for the long haul.
4 – Ikuby Super Sturdy Heavy Duty Portable Carport
The Iku by Super Sturdy Portable Carport is made for a single car.
However, you could also store some tool, gear, etc.
But don’t expect to turn this portable garage into a workspace.
This carport uses 600 D oxford fabric with PU coating and it’s absolutely waterproof.
It can even hold up to most hailstorms!
It’s a great solution to protect your vehicle from sunlight, snow, and frost.
It’s also UV resistant, waterproof, rustproof, windproof, dustproof, hail protection, and helps prevent human injury (scratchs).
5 – The Abba Patio Storage Shelter
The Abba Patio Storage Shelter is definitely one of the better options for a full garage.
It is very lightweight, durable, and, according to customer reviews, it’s also easy to set up and break down.
The 1.5” powder-coated steel frame resists chipping. And it provides a stable skeleton for the polyethylene top cover.
The cover is water resistant and engineered to resist UV light and fading.
It protects your stored items against any kind of weather.
And, in warmer months, you’re able to roll up the side walls to let in some fresh light and air.
POPULAR USES FOR A PORTABLE GARAGE
Portable garages are beautiful in their simplicity.
They provide a simple but important service: shelter.
And portable garages do it very well.
You can use the protection they provide to accomplish any end you put your mind to.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Obviously, you can use these to protect your motor vehicles.
You don’t sleep outside, uncovered and unprotected from the elements. So why should your expensive toys?
The fact is, the weather is tough on metal frames and engines.
Vehicles last longer when you protect them from the elements.
With a portable garage, you get that protection anywhere in the wilderness or any place you call home.
Be it your collection of:
These days mountain bikes and road bikes can cost as much as a motorcycle.
So you have to protect those things!
The longer keep them safe from rain, snow, and sun, the longer your bike will ride.
Farmers use portable garages to protect their tractors, trailers, and tillers.
Or any other agricultural gear for that matter.
Replacing farming equipment is an expensive prospect.
Not one that many farmers like to face very often.
For farms with low storage space or separated plots of land, portable garages are a necessity.
Shade and Cover For Livestock
Horses love portable garages.
Because they can park themselves right inside them if things get too cold or too wet under the sky.
Donkey’s, dogs, cats, cows, pigs, and chickens will all also enjoy using a portable garage for shelter.
When the weather gets too hot or too cold animals will seek any type of shelter they can find.
So why not give them a portable garage (especially if your travel with them).
Fish Cleaning Station
When it is dumping rain, and you get back from a long day out on the water, you’ll be glad to have some cover.
Because when you have sixty salmon to fillet, there is no better place to do it than inside a portable garage.
I recommend hanging some lights from the framing so you can see what you are doing.
You also don’t have to worry much about blood and guts running all over the ground. Because you’re protected from that torrential downpour.
Post Hunt Gathering Spot
In a similar situation, what happens if it is snowing or raining when you get back from your hunt.
Do you intend on butchering your kill yourself in the rain?
Get inside that portable garage of yours and let the rain (or snow) come.
Add a tent stove to your garage for a warm winter workshop!
A Storage Shed
Like a regular garage, or shed, portable garages can store your extra stuff.
So instead of paying monthly to rent a storage garage somewhere else. Why not, invest a portable garage once and save in the long run.
You can store anything from haybales, firewood, fuel, and on and on.
A Work Shop
Building a table? Or a barn door? Or anything else made out of wood?
Set up shop and put the portable garage over the top. Boom you have got a temporary wood shop.
Mother-in-Law Guest House
I am mostly kidding… mostly.
In all seriousness, though, a portable garage can make for a decent shelter in a pinch. Because at its core it’s like a large canvas tent.
And if you don’t have any other options, the portable garage is not a bad one.
It could also double as a backup sleeping space for those extra special guests…
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TERRIBLE USES FOR PORTABLE GARAGES
The thing about portable garages is this:
While they may be portable, they’re rarely extremely packable.
That is to say, they are still heavy and bulky even after you break them down for moving and storage.
You cannot pack these bad boys up in a saddle bag or a back-backing pack.
For some situations, the idea of using a portable garage is more exciting than practical.
So, here are some situations when a portable garage does not work well:
Multi-Day Horseback Trip
It would be nice to bring a horse tent with you everywhere you ride.
But unless you’ve got a support vehicle carrying it between locations, it’s too big for your saddle.
Portable garages are best to set up at the ranch.
Even if you ride an ATV out into the wilderness, keeping a portable garage with you is going to be cumbersome.
And forget about it if you are backpacking out there.
Single Day Use
If you are going out for a day trip in your jeep, bringing a portable garage with you is not necessary.
Same goes for day trips on motorbikes, ATV’s, etc.
It’s fairly cumbersome to haul pack, drag, setup for such a short period of time.
Of course there are exceptions, but for the most part, they are best when used for several days, months, or years in one location.
Motorcycle Road Trips
If you are out on the road with your steel-horse, do not even think about it.
Trying to pack a portable garage onto the back of that thing is impossible.
Without a support vehicle, your cycle is going to have to suffer the elements.
THE FINAL WORD
Portable garages are useful in so many capacities.
They are a simple and effective way to improve your storage capacities.
They protect your vehicles from harsh weather and make for excellent temporary workshops.
For woodworking, butchery or auto work, band practice, whatever…
If you are a motor enthusiast or someone who needs a bit of extra storage space, get a portable garage.
p.s. - A friend of mine was living in Lousiana when Hurricane Katrina devastated the area.
AND he was visiting his family in Houston during Hurricane Harvey!
Can you image? What bad luck...
Anyways, he learned a ton about survival and shared it all with me, but there was one thing, in particular, that stood out the most..
It's not something I thought it would be that's for sure...