RV Toolbox Essentials

Despite the love and care you give your RV, you never know when it’s going to give you some mechanical trouble. Undoubtedly, one of those times will be while you’re in the middle of nowhere traversing across this great land of ours. The views might be gorgeous, but the sight of a broken down RV without a mechanic shop in sight for hundreds of miles in less than pleasant.

This is when Google and phoning a friend (preferably one who is an RV mechanic) comes in handy. In case you haven’t cell phone reception out there in the wilderness and need to make a go at temporarily fixing your RV until you can coast into a town with a shop to fix the issue, you’ll want to be sure you’re stocked with this comprehensive list of RV troubleshooting tools. Duct tape and needle-nose pliers can go a long way, at least that’s what MacGyver taught us.

Extra fuses and light bulbs
Socket wrench set
Phillips head and flat head screwdrivers
Standard and needle-nose pliers
Channel-lock pliers
Pocket knife
Wire cutters
Tape measure
Crescent wrench
Electrical circuit checker
Electrical tape
Extra cotter pins
Extra hoses
Wire crimper
Wire splicers
Spare electrical wire in several gauge sizes
Cordless drill with spare battery
Jumper cables
Duct tape
WD-40 (or other multi-use spray-on lubricant)
Windshield-washer fluid
Clean rags

Don’t let a snapped, cracked, rip loose, torn, bent, leaking, or otherwise broken down RV ruin your tranquil trip. Store your RV in a metal camper carport, take proper preventative care before you put it away for the season and as you prepare it for another season on the road, and you should help prevent major issues. However, when they do arise you’ll be set to fix any problem with the right tools on hand.

Summer RV Packing Checklist

We’re in the full swing of summer across the United States, so it’s time to put rubber to the road. Whether you call it camping and break out the tent to rough it at night, or you prefer “glamping” and resting your head on a soft pillow in the comfort of your RV, the great outdoors awaits you this July.

So pull her out of the RV carport, give her a thorough cleaning inside and out, gather your travel companions and begin your next adventure.  Your RV is your house on wheels, so you’ll want to make sure it’s fully stocked before you hit the road.

RV Camping Checklist:
Linens – sheets, sleeping bags, towels
Kitchen supplies – cooking oil, tin foil, paper plates, paper towels, dish soap
Clothing – rain gear, socks and underwear, sweatshirt and light jacket, hiking boots, bathing suit
Solar device chargers
Solar or battery operated candles/lights
Basic First Aid kit
Sun screen/bug spray
Citronella candles
Disposable cleaning wipes
Air compressor
Tool kit
Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot (for checking the weather, not Facebook)

Every adventurer has a different set of needs, so this list is by no means exhaustive (portable meat smoker or frozen drink maker, anyone?). We’ve got you started with the staples. Add on as you need and be sure to write everything down for a quick reference sheet the next time you need to pack up.

How to Maintain the Exterior of Your Metal Garage

If you own a metal garage then you already know its many benefits. Metal garages keep your vehicle safe from sun, rain, snow and ice. They also make the perfect storage space for your tools, lawn equipment and extra storage – not to mention, they make a great workshop for the do-it-yourselfer.

Another one of the benefits to owning a steel building is its incredible durability and low maintenance. Steel structures need very little maintenance and few repairs, despite the elements they face. By simply investing a little time into properly caring for your building it will easily last you a lifetime.  Here are some suggestions for keeping your steel building looking new and in tip-top shape:

Inspect It: Check your metal building at least twice a year to assess for any damage caused by harsh weather, an accidental bump from a vehicle, or other causes.

Wash It: When the metal panels begin to show signs of dirt and dust simply prepare a mild cleansing solution and then gently wash the building’s exterior using a low-pressure spray washer or a soft rag or sponge. Rinse the building thoroughly with clean water. Make this an annual habit, and you’ll have a metal building that looks as great now as it did the day it was built.

Repair It: Small holes or scratches might not seem like a big deal, but when exposed to the elements, they can grow into bigger problems. By promptly filling small holes and priming and painting scratched paint, you can stop further damage before it starts.

Bug Proofing Your Shed

Your shed is used for lots of things, but a rodent home it is not. Don’t let your metal shed turn into a pest motel. Stop mice, spiders, cockroaches and termites from taking over your space and causing damage to both the structure and its contents.

Bugs and rodents require food, water and shelter to survive, with sheds often providing a very favorable environment for them. Due to dark and sometimes humid conditions, bugs of all kinds find their way into metal buildings and sheds to make their home. Don’t make the mistake of inadvertently inviting bugs inside your storage shed by following these tips:

Take Out the Trash – Bugs love garbage. It’s like an all-you-can-eat buffet. Prevent flies and spiders by keeping the trash cans outside of your shed.

Fill the Gaps – Inspect the shed’s doors, windows and exterior for any cracks, holes or any other points of entry. Use silicone caulk to fill in any small gaps inside your shed. Install weather-stripping around the door to help keep spiders and other insects out.

Tidy Up – Sweep, vacuum, or hose out your shed frequently. Vacuum up any webs, eggs or stray spiders and sweep up insects from the floor. Eliminating hiding places creates an undesirable home for pests.

It also isn’t a bad idea to have an exterminator come out once a year, or as needed, to treat and prevent any insect infestations.  Metal buildings in Louisiana are meant to store your vehicles, lawn equipment and garden tools – not bugs and insects. Keep your space properly sealed and clean in order to prevent unwanted occupants.

The Many Uses of Metal Barns

One of the best things about metal barns is how versatile they are. Not only are these solid metal structures affordable, they are customizable and appropriate for so many uses. With increasing real estate prices and construction costs what they are, metal buildings have becoming a go-to solution for a variety of uses.

Forgo traditional brick and mortar construction for a metal barn. They take less time to construct than many other types of buildings, and are comparatively inexpensive while at the same time being extremely durable and long lasting. Whether you’re looking for space for storage, space for offices, or space for your hobby, it’s a good idea to invest in metal barns.

There are many creative ways to transform metal barns into just the space you need. Here are few ideas for you.

Residential storage – If your family is in need of additional storage space, a metal barn is the perfect solution because it’s low maintenance and versatile. Whether you need more space for keepsakes, holiday decorations, lawn equipment or your ATV’s, metal barns are a low-cost option and easy solution to gain extra space.

Farming/Agriculture – A low maintenance, cost effective material, steel barns are perfect for agricultural equipment and livestock. Metal barns can be customized for housing tractors, other farming equipment, supplies, and farm produce. Since metal is more durable than wood, it can withstand harsh weather and a lot of abuse.

Greenhouse – Got a green thumb? Metal buildings are easy to insulate and customize with interior features like shelves and lighting.  Plus, they are naturally fire-resistant, which helps protect your crops.

No matter what your needs are, New Deal Metal Buildings can help you customize the perfect metal barn. Contact us today to get started.

Advantages of a Carport vs. Garage

A garage is without a doubt a convenient feature to any home. With a garage, you never have to worry about dashing in and out of the car in a rainstorm, you never have to scrape snow and ice off of your car during the wintertime, and carrying groceries inside is made simpler.

Sure, it has all of those perks, but a garage may not be the most practical and affordable option. For a home that doesn’t already have a garage, a carport might be a better option for your budget. Also, as anyone who already has a garage knows, they often become an extra storage space for all of your stuff, all too often leaving no room to park your car. For many reasons, which we’re about to discuss, a carport is a better alternative to a garage.

There’s no need to go into debt in your quest to protect your car from the elements. Garages can cost thousands of dollars to erect, even for a one-car garage. A carport will shelter your vehicle for far less money.

Rather than waiting for the lengthy construction process of a garage, a carport can be constructed quit quickly. For the do-it-yourselfer, you can even purchase carport kits and erect one yourself.  Just as you would design and customize a garage for construction, you can also customize a carport to compliment the colors and architecture of your home.

Above all, a carport is a versatile structure. It provides shelter for your vehicle, additional storage space for your belongings, a shady place for kids to play, or a cool spot for your dog on a sunny day.

There are many advantages to a carport versus a garage, depending on your needs. Trust New Deal Metal Buildings for strong, high-quality carport kits in Louisiana and surrounding areas. Contact us today online or by phone at (225) 791-7752.

5 Steps to Organizing Your Shed

Sheds and metal enclosed garages are a blessing and a curse! The garage stands to protect your car from the elements – keeping it dry from rain and snow -while in the case of a wooden shed, it’s a prime storage space for all of life’s extras.

Without space in an attached garage, wooden sheds are the catch-all for tools, lawn equipment, outdoor furniture, kids’ toys, etc. But, over time, those wooden sheds and metal garages start taking on more and more of your stuff (also read as junk.) Kid’s old, unused toys start piling up, outdated decorations make their way there, and the piles of unorganized tools seem endless.

It’s time to take back the use and functionality of your shed with a spring makeover! Here are some tips to help you clear the clutter and organize what’s left:
– Before reorganizing, take everything out of the shed or garage so you can start with a clean slate.
– Next, decide what to keep, what to donate, and what to throw away.
– Group like items together so they’re easy to find. For example, build a tool workbench, designate a shelf for extra pantry items like toilet paper or drinks, and organize the kid’s toys to allow for easy access.
– Use as much vertical and ceiling space as possible. For example, those beach chairs and sand toys that only get used one week out of each year – get them up and out of the way to make room for the things you need to access often, like the lawnmower.
– Finally, label everything! This will ensure everything is returned to the proper spot and will keep things organized longer.

Has this inspired you to transform the mess that is your wooden shed or metal garage into a usable space again? Spring is the perfect time, so head out there and get started!

Customizing Your Metal Garage or Carport

aluminum carportsLet’s be honest – not all metal garages and RV carports are created equal. What works best for one person may not be ideal for another. Because of this, in order to provide you with exactly what you’re looking for, we specialize in custom built metal garages and RV carports.

Whether you’re in the market for a custom designed metal carport cover for your vehicle, your RV camper or both, we can help. These custom buildings are perfect for keeping your car or RV in top condition, protecting it from wind, rain, snow and UV damage.

If you own an RV you’ve sank a good amount of money into your purchase. It wouldn’t make for a wise investment to leave in outdoors. RV carports are perfect for blocking ultra violet rays that can cause severe fading of a motorhome’s paint finish. With a custom-built metal cover, you’ll be choosing a structure and materiel that offers strength, durability, and natural resistance against fungal decay and termite damage.

When you’re ready to invest in a car port, there a few questions you’ll need to consider and have answer for in order for us to outfit you with the perfect custom covering.

First – What width, length and side height are you looking for?
Second – Budget. Have an idea how much you are comfortable spending.
Third – What surface is it going on: dirt, concrete, blacktop, gravel, etc.?
We guarantee our portable buildings with a 5-year workmanship warranty. This means you can expect your RV carport to be free from defects in materials and workmanship. Contact us today to learn more about custom built metal garages and RV carports.


Carport: A Great Investment

Do you park your car outside? Do you not have a garage, or is it so full of storage, tools or equipment that you can no longer park your vehicle inside? If the answer is yes, you park your car on the road or on an uncovered driveway then it’s time to consider a carport.

Far too many people are leaving one of their biggest investments exposed to the elements for long periods of time, allowing rain, snow, hail, and other inclement weather – as well as animals and tree branches or other debris to damage it.

Protect your investment in your vehicle and reduce the likelihood of wear, tear and damage to it. Whether you need a structure for one car or three, a metal carport is a wise investment for several reasons.

Protect your vehicle from weather damage. When you’re parking your car under a tree or out in the open, rain, snow, ice, and the normal heat and light of the sun can cause extensive damage to your car over time.

Extra security and convenience. With optional lighting installed inside the carport, you will have an added measure of security for your vehicles, as well as yourself. A carport that extends to one of your homes’ doors will also make unloading groceries that much easier.

Added value to your home.  A well designed and high quality carport will be a financial asset to your home and a draw for future buyers.

For more information on metal carports in Louisiana, or to request a quote, visit our website at or call us today!

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Is Your RV Ready for the Road?

The best time of the year for your camper is almost here: Spring! The birds are chirping, the sun is shining and the temperatures are starting to rise. Winter will be over soon enough, which means it’s time to prepare your RV for the open road!

She’s been safely stored under your metal RV carport during these cold months. It’s time to open her up, clean her up, fine tune her and get her ready for some new family adventures. Follow these simple steps in order to get your camper ready for the months ahead so that you can enjoy your camper without any issues arising.

Check the exterior – It’s not uncommon to find a water leak after the winter months. Check your roof and all the caulking around the windows, vents, air conditioners, and doors to make sure there are no cracks or missing caulk.

Charge the battery – Charge the battery completely. Also, make sure to check the water level in your battery and inspect the exterior. In the event it froze over the winter the outside may be cracked and the battery should be replaced.

Check the tires – Inspect your tires for sidewall cracks or cracks between the treads and replace the tire if you find any. Also, check the tire pressure.

Inspect the dump hoses – Sewer hoses have a limited lifespan. Inspect your sewer hose for any tears or holes before using it.

Clean your appliances – Inspect all appliances, including the outside access covers for your water heater and refrigerator for debris like spider webs, nests, dead insects or small critters.

With your checks complete, you’re ready to roll. Be safe and have a great camping season!