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2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby dav » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:00 pm

I used the sturdy reliable fat leg (what was it 3"?) 10x20 Costco carports for years with my old camp, now I want to buy a few more for the new camp but they are nowhere to be found. Anyone have any idea if they are discontinued?

Best I can find right now prete de porter is some ShelterLogic 2" stuff.
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby theCryptofishist » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:04 pm

They are seasonal items and once they sell out in any particular year, they are gone. I think people have reported them in particular cost-cos recently, past couple of weeks. (Search. If you aren't getting anywhere, try google with "+eplaya" as a term.) At this point, I'd suggest calling nearby cost-cos and finding out availability from them. And that is cost-cos, because they aren't all going to run out at the same time.
As I recall, these are not sold on the web, so it is important to call and go to stores.
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby BBadger » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:07 pm

Just like threads asking this sold-out carports question every year, they'll never be discontinued. Maybe sold out. Still, I've seen them for sale every time I've visited the past year (including a week or two ago). The irony last year was that I recall seeing one on sale at Costco in Reno the night before the gates open.
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby dav » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:17 pm

Ah, thanks. It was hard for me to imagine that they could be at the retail locations and not on the web, but I guess that's the case! I'll start making calls tomorrow.
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby jkisha » Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:02 pm

I don't recall ever seeing them in either of the two Costco stores we go to.
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Reno costco had them recently

Postby moonrise » Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:32 pm

Reno Costco had them about 2 weeks ago.

I use my carport at home home and recently a snow/rain/wind storm whipped up and four of the legs bent when it blew over (I stake it down much more for the playa but not so much at my house).

The goods news is myself and four friends were able to slowly bend the legs back and brace them with some angle iron and pipe clamps, whew!
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby SnowBlind » Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:22 am

As others have said, they are a seasonal item. They get them in the spring, and when they sell out they are gone. Sometimes when they only have a few left they move them around in the store. So look around, or ask them.

If you do call or ask them, ask for the item number. Some people have reported that the employees had problems finding them in their system because they looked in the wrong category. The item number this year is 496840.
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby Undecided » Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:17 am

Costco by Arden in Sacramento had them a few days ago still.
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby maryanimal » Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:50 pm

I just called the Costco here in Spokane, and they still have the carports at $217.99! Coolbeans!!
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby zonka » Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:58 pm

Available now at several (not all) Cost-cos in the San Francisco Bay area.
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby Homiesinheaven » Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:03 pm

if they are not at your local Costco you might want to try Pep Boys. they sometimes have that or an alternate 12X26 with 2" steel poles around $250. i have two of those and they're tough as nails. if you want walls you can lay it down sideways clamshell style:

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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby havoc » Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:48 am

as of last week, the costco in northeast indianapolis had 10 of them. so they're out there! :)
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby portaplaya » Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:21 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:As I recall, these are not sold on the web, so it is important to call and go to stores.


That is because they weigh over 100 lbs.
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby seantildawn » Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:24 pm

My Costco carport was bombproof. Never even used the pins to connect. Just gravity and 4 ropes. Survived 5 years and I gave it away before my hiatus. I will get another one next year when funds permit.
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby mudpuppy000 » Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:18 pm

Just bought one at the Hawthorne store in So Cal. The box is over 150lbs and almost 7feet long in case you were thinking of picking one up. Bring a truck!
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby BraveNewWorld » Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:14 pm

I will be calling local Costco's tomorrow to see if they have any available carports left. If I have no luck finding one, does anyone have a recommendation for another brand? I have been doing my best to search this site for other brands, and have seen a few people mention ShelterLogic. Anyone have experience with that brand? Thank you!
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby portaplaya » Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:46 pm

BraveNewWorld wrote:I will be calling local Costco's tomorrow to see if they have any available carports left. If I have no luck finding one, does anyone have a recommendation for another brand? I have been doing my best to search this site for other brands, and have seen a few people mention ShelterLogic. Anyone have experience with that brand? Thank you!



Just so you all know, Costco carports are a seasonal item. About Aug 1st they transition into furniture and sweep out all of the outdoor gear, including the carports.

ShelterLogic absolutely kicks ass. They make a 10x10 that is every bit as strong as a Costco carport, but the right size for some people who don't need 20x10. But they are expensive.
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby captain mcguiver » Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:15 pm

Be Careful, I just noticed the Carports down here in Southern California in the store had some weird design mod that I'm not sure is a good thing.

It looked like they had a side door, running along one of the 20' sides with some jenky telescoping arm crap and some awning. If they messed with the structural integrity of a crossbeam and added some Ez-up level arms I see this thing snapping in the wind. Also, you now lose one set of 20x10 sides to completely seal a side of the carport.

The old kind i'm used to ( and still have ) is simple. No hoakey doors or whatnot. Make sure you examine the 2012 carports closely.
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby SnowBlind » Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:56 pm

captain mcguiver wrote:Be Careful, I just noticed the Carports down here in Southern California in the store had some weird design mod that I'm not sure is a good thing.

It looked like they had a side door, running along one of the 20' sides with some jenky telescoping arm crap and some awning. If they messed with the structural integrity of a crossbeam and added some Ez-up level arms I see this thing snapping in the wind. Also, you now lose one set of 20x10 sides to completely seal a side of the carport.

The old kind i'm used to ( and still have ) is simple. No hoakey doors or whatnot. Make sure you examine the 2012 carports closely.


There isn't *one* design, they've changed them every other year in the past. Mine has a weird curtain like thing for the front door. The year before that it had those little airvents in the top. The year before that the corner pieces were different from the top pieces. And so on.

As far as I saw on the pics from this years box, I think the awning thing is optional. You can put them up for extra shade, but you can also put them down to get the regular look. Disclaimer: I've only seen the pictures.
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby havoc » Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:37 am

mine have janky awning/window things which are 100% optional. (i have 3, one was bought in 2010, 2 were bought in 2011, all three from indianapolis area costcos).

i simply do not attach the metal awning frame to the main frame and i keep the window opening on the side tarp zipped up. it's no biggie. :)
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby Ratty » Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:08 am

What do those car ports cost? If you don't mind me asking.
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby Ratty » Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:48 am

Since Costco doesn't sell them online I can't find any price, (online). I looked through both of these links but no costco. Thanks anyway.
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby BraveNewWorld » Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:08 am

portaplaya wrote:
BraveNewWorld wrote:I will be calling local Costco's tomorrow to see if they have any available carports left. If I have no luck finding one, does anyone have a recommendation for another brand? I have been doing my best to search this site for other brands, and have seen a few people mention ShelterLogic. Anyone have experience with that brand? Thank you!



Just so you all know, Costco carports are a seasonal item. About Aug 1st they transition into furniture and sweep out all of the outdoor gear, including the carports.

ShelterLogic absolutely kicks ass. They make a 10x10 that is every bit as strong as a Costco carport, but the right size for some people who don't need 20x10. But they are expensive.



Oh ok, thank you for the heads up. I was planning on getting one to attach to the side of my small RV. I was wondering about the ShelterLogic ones. I think I will go that route. Thanks!
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby BraveNewWorld » Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:09 am

Ratty wrote:Since Costco doesn't sell them online I can't find any price, (online). I looked through both of these links but no costco. Thanks anyway.


From what I've read on this forum (no first hand experience though) I think the Costco ones were around $200. Not positive though!
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby mudpuppy000 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:48 am

BraveNewWorld wrote:
Ratty wrote:Since Costco doesn't sell them online I can't find any price, (online). I looked through both of these links but no costco. Thanks anyway.


From what I've read on this forum (no first hand experience though) I think the Costco ones were around $200. Not positive though!


$229-ish if I remember correctly.
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby Lonesomebri » Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:54 am

The sears, walmart, target, home depot, shelterlogic, etc. carports are around the same cost', yeah, around $200.

As for the Costco, I got mine free from a friend. I hope that helps.
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby uncle sticky » Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:00 pm

Make sure that the one you're buying doesn't have the turnbuckle system. Much more labor intensive to put up. It should be spring loaded buttons to secure, no wires or turnbuckles.
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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby Elliot » Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:30 pm

I see that the Walmart unit has only 1 3/8 inch tubing. That's rather flimsy. I've seen 2 inch units in my neighborhood, so look for that. I suspect that may be why the Costco units became so popular to begin with -- but don't know if they are still that stout. I have seen other brands on the interweb with 2 inch tubing.

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Re: 2012 Costco CarPorts?

Postby portaplaya » Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:33 pm

uncle sticky wrote:Make sure that the one you're buying doesn't have the turnbuckle system. Much more labor intensive to put up. It should be spring loaded buttons to secure, no wires or turnbuckles.


My Costco Carport has cotter pins to hold the pipes in place. Yes, somewhat more labor intensive, but also impossible for it to fail. Spring loaded buttons don't work forever. Besides, since Costco never has a choice on which model they are selling, not sure how you can avoid a specific feature without turning to another (more expensive) source for your shelter or using a time machine to find the model you want.
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