At some point most cottagers come to the realization that storage space is at a premium. Inevitably cottagers run out of room storing tools, lumber, lawnmowers, trailers, motorized toys etc. The same happened to me this year when I purchased a new (used) boat, and needed a new garage.
After doing some research I went out to Canadian Tire this summer and purchased a 12’X20’x8’ Shelterlogic RoundTop Garage-in-a-Box Model #62783.
I opened the box, and embarked on my new adventure. The instructions suggest that you have 3+ individuals for assembly and that approximate assembly time is approximately 2 hours. I unfortunately only one had one helper that was voluntold to help, and it took me about 4.5 hours to install. You also have to have with you some rope, measuring tape, ratchet set, a ladder, hammer, and utility knife.
I was quite impressed with the garage and how it was constructed, and the ease that it went together. The fabric seems durable and the installation instructions are concise and clear to understand. All parts came properly protected in the box, quality control was quite good as I had no problems with fit-up, and the zippers seem sturdy.
A few of the metal supports were not properly labelled, this was quickly overcome by simply sorting them out and making sure that you had the correct number of each type. I would have preferred to have ratchets supplied that were a little more robust as I am not sure they will last long if you have to use them multiple times.
My biggest frustration with the product however is with re-work. As per the instructions you have to install the “Middle Ribs”, and “ Shelter Lock End Rib Connections” only to have to remove them again temporarily to allow to back panel installation and fabric rails which form part of the cover – What a time waster!
Observations & Suggestions:
Once constructed, make sure to secure the garage properly to the ground. I suggest that you purchase additional anchoring mechanisms, over and above what was supplied to ensure the structure doesn’t blow away. Also never forget that a heavy snow load can damage the garage and whatever you have stored inside of it, so please remember to regularly clear the snow from your garage.
My suggestions to ShelterLogic for improving their product would be to supply additional auger anchors than could be installed at the midpoints of the structure, and a mesh window with covered flap that could be opened to allow for better airflow circulation through the garage.
Overall I was quite pleased with the product, hope it lasts me several years, and would rate the product as a 4.5 out of 5.