No more 2011 Costco Carports?

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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby BBadger » Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:39 pm

Packoderm wrote:I thought I'd share a picture of how the silver tarp works out in it. It does make putting in some of the carport's bungee balls a hassle. It does succeed in keeping the thing from becoming such a blast furnace.


Are those the walls that come with the Costco tent? I only put up the roof, not the walls when I assembled the one I got. I bought a silver 12x20 top to hopefully reflect some sun.
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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby Packoderm » Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:16 pm

Yes, these are the walls that came with it. A 12x20 silver tarp will be too wide to put under the carport top like I did. The perfect size would be 11x20. I'm considering framing in a hinged door on the side wall.
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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby FIGJAM » Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:27 pm

Packoderm wrote:Yes, these are the walls that came with it. A 12x20 silver tarp will be too wide to put under the carport top like I did. The perfect size would be 11x20. I'm considering framing in a hinged door on the side wall.


What about hanging the door on one of the corner posts?
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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby Packoderm » Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:00 pm

I like the layout of entering from the center to make two kitchens. The center is already cut out for a door anyway.
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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby Freedyjay » Sat Aug 13, 2011 3:23 am

Thanks for all the advice. I'm picking mine up from Costco this weekend (after I become a member of Costco... bleh.)

It sounds like the order number for the 10x20 Car Canopy (as they seem to call the carport) with the tan canopy is Item # 496840, for those still looking. And it's $199 before tax. There's still a bunch out there in the L.A. area.

And then I'm off to Home Depot for the rebar and other supplies (unless Costco sells that stuff too. I've never actually been.)

Appreciate all the help!
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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby SnowBlind » Sat Aug 13, 2011 1:18 pm

Freedyjay wrote:And then I'm off to Home Depot for the rebar and other supplies (unless Costco sells that stuff too. I've never actually been.)


Nope, Costco does not sell rebar. Or any other 'construction materials' really.
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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby Freedyjay » Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:23 pm

So here is what they are selling at the local Costco...

Is this the one everyone is talking about? It's $199.
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Someone else mentioned the Caravan brand. Which I saw they have at Walmart (not Costco.) Although not sure they have the canopy that comes down the side. These are half the price and come in 10x20 and 10x10 (although I think they only have 10x20 online right now.)

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http://www.walmart.com/ip/Caravan-Canop ... t/11007577

I was going to get a the Costco one but need to get a friend to help me carry it. But if the Caravan is better...?
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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby SnowBlind » Wed Aug 17, 2011 2:14 pm

Yes the Costco one is the one we are talking about. No, the Walmart one isn't the same. For starters, you can see in the picture that it has only one pair of legs in the middle, where the Costco has two. Other than that it's hard to tell from the picture, but the Costco carport has pretty thick sturdy legs. I'd have to measure them, but the Walmart carport has 1-3/8" legs. That sounds thinner.

I know the Costco carport isn't cheap, and all too often these days more expensive doesn't mean better, but in this case I think there might be a reason why Walmart get's to charge only half as much.
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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Aug 17, 2011 2:55 pm

Walmart probably told the factory or the designers, Make a shade structure that's under $100.

Not, Make a good shade structure.
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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby Packoderm » Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:01 pm

One thing I'm not liking about the Costo carport is where the wall tarps are free to flap in the breeze where they meet the ground. I was thinking of a way I could frame in some 2x6s around the bottom perimeter using fence brackets.

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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby commander » Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:31 pm

You need to ask at your local outdoor store for the commercial units. They're usually in the back and of significantly higher quality than the cheap-o units on display.
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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby Packoderm » Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:39 pm

commander wrote:You need to ask at your local outdoor store for the commercial units. They're usually in the back and of significantly higher quality than the cheap-o units on display.


Yes, but where's the challenge in that?
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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby creativecstasy » Sun Aug 21, 2011 12:58 pm

For those of us who can't take carports because they don't fit into a sedan, what kind of shade structure would work? Monkey huts also aren't an option, because it requires 10' lengths of PVC.

We saw a Coleman 10' x 10' Instant Canopy at the store yesterday, with optional sunwall accessories, to create an enclosure. The way our camp is set up there is already some wind break between our tent and the prevailing winds. This is chiefly a shade structure for two people and a tent. When staked down with rebar, would it be successful? What else might you suggest at this late date? We're hoping to *buy* and not make it.

Here's a google-image-searched picture of the product. Remember, we'd add the optional sidewalls. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/6 ... AA400_.jpg

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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby commander » Sun Aug 21, 2011 2:40 pm

Why not take 5' lengths and a several PVC couplers? PVC is so easy to put together like Legos.
FYI, The Costco canopy I bought is only about 4 or 4.5 ft long when out of the box and immediate gratification :) And has 4 sides - the sides are velcro'ed on which is perfect for easy on/off.
Needed to drill the holes to 7/16 for rebar to fit though.
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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby SnowBlind » Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:50 am

In case any body is still looking, I saw four at the Sunnyvale Costco (Lawrence Station) yesterday. The are not in the usual spot (if anything at Costco ever has one), but in the far back, very last aisle, left side, behind the liquor (guess what I was looking for when I saw it).
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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:54 am

Let's face it, 2011 Costo Carports are so last year.
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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby EastcoastEd » Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:19 am

Too late now, and I don't know how much you want to spend, or how many other campers can help you with some cash; but try looking at portable horse shelters. They are heavy duty with a arch/rounded roof, come 12'x20'x10' or 12'x20'x8' and simply roll the sides up or down. Each end usually stays open but they can be closed if needed. Good luck and take care.
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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby stray0176 » Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:02 pm

For future reference because I know these are popular, they are not under carport in the computer system there. That's why everyone has a hard time finding them when employees look them up. I found this out when I was working there and was frustrated trying to look it up in the system to purchase one for myself. I can't remember what they are under anymore, but its under the automotive section. Hopefully this helps everyone searching for them in the future.
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Costco carports back in stock....

Postby Sham » Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:59 am

So, I was strolling though Costco enjoying the sample foods that they offer up at lunch time, and low and behold, there was a full stock of carports stacked up pretty high. If you need one, now is the time to grab it. Still a bargain at $200.

On a side note, the samples were rather skimpy, but I did get a lobster stuffed ravioli. :D
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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby AntiM » Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:42 am

Yes, the one here in Ogden has them in now. The leg poles look pretty beefy.
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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby Lassen Forge » Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:46 am

Yeah, I'm thinking of popping for one, replace the older-tech one we got... but #1 priority is a tent!
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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby homo ardentum » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:12 am

We just saw them at the Costco in Rohnert Park. They are seasonal and will probably go fast!
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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby Sail Man » Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:43 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:Let's face it, 2011 Costo Carports are so last year.



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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:49 pm

Oh, I wish...

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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby AntiM » Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:39 am

The carport at costco right now has a panel in the side middle with zippers, it lifts on a bar to make an entrance with an awning.
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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby Bob » Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:36 am

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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby SnowBlind » Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:09 pm

stray0176 wrote:For future reference because I know these are popular, they are not under carport in the computer system there. That's why everyone has a hard time finding them when employees look them up. I found this out when I was working there and was frustrated trying to look it up in the system to purchase one for myself. I can't remember what they are under anymore, but its under the automotive section. Hopefully this helps everyone searching for them in the future.


In case anybody is trying to make them look it up, this years article number is 496840.

AntiM wrote:The carport at costco right now has a panel in the side middle with zippers, it lifts on a bar to make an entrance with an awning.


The pictures on this years box looked very similar to the picture that Freedyjay posted last year in this thread. Same middle awning piece.
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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby loveNrespect » Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:47 pm

Picked up a Costco Barn today from Costco in South San Francisco (EL Camino).
The Costco in San Francisco does not have them, but both Costcos in South San Francisco as well as the one in Foster city has a bunch still.

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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby maryanimal » Sun Mar 11, 2012 7:49 pm

I didn't know where to post this, as i've searched and found that this was the best place. What is the best size of the poles for a cartport. Most of the carports I've seen are 1 3/8". Would that survive in a dust storm on the playa? Are the poles too light weight?


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Re: No more 2011 Costco Carports?

Postby SnowBlind » Mon Mar 19, 2012 2:14 am

maryanimal wrote:I didn't know where to post this, as i've searched and found that this was the best place. What is the best size of the poles for a cartport. Most of the carports I've seen are 1 3/8". Would that survive in a dust storm on the playa? Are the poles too light weight?


So I just measured the Costco carport poles on mine, they are almost 2" (1 7/8 I think). I don't have a tool to measure the wall thickness, but they are quite sturdy.
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