ShelterLogic Instant Garage for SUV/Truck - 20ft.L x 13ft.W x 12ft.H, Model# 62693
Garage in a box
First off, I really liked this garage. I purchased it in Nov 2012. It was easy to put up by myself, and stayed weather tight, that is until this summer. It now leaks at every point were it touches the top cross rail, and you can see were it going to leak were the truss comes down to the truss brace. To bad the warranty is so vague. I expected it to last longer than two years before leaking. It should have heavier material where there is contact with the trusses.Email sent to Shelter Logic two weeks ago, but not expecting much. They haven't replied yet.
September 24, 2014
Seems sturdy, difficult assembly
The product seems well thought out and durable. Totally meets my storage needs. However, it will take you longer than it says to assemble. Also, we ran into 2 places where holes didn't line up correctly and had to drill it out in order to match it up. Otherwise, it looks great!
September 12, 2014
Instant SUV Garage
This product is like putting up a giant erector set. All the parts including nuts and bolts were all in the package and as described. Pretty much everything also fit together the first time and on the few parts that did not easily slide together, a small hand round file did the trick. I followed the directions and it all went together as described. Do not try and cut any corners as you will just make extra work for yourself redoing steps. I put everything together by myself and only need extra hands pulling the main cover up and over the framework. I am pleased with the product.
September 8, 2014
Met my expectations
Product is as advertised. seems sturdy. A bit more work to assemble and anchor down than expected. Bends in frame parts were not very uniform. Took a long time to anchor one side down in a straight line, then had to spread the opposite legs to the proper width. Several of the pieces that are welded on for cross braces were also uneven, but will not likely cause any issues. Additional anchors need to be purchased, make sure you have a level spot for it. If there are rocks where you live, expect a fight to get the longer anchors in. Once installed, the side walls have enough fabric to reach the ground, but the end walls are about 6" up. Holds the heat-reccomend cutting in gable vents.
July 22, 2014
Great Shelter with Plenty of room !
The quality of the product is very good, but in my case I was missing 2 parts of the frame and had a wrong part for the roof truss ! Shelter Logic customer service was very good and sent me new parts within 3 days twice. Very good customer service.
It helps to watch the video as the instructions are a little lacking in some detail areas. But overall, once you get the frame set up, it's pretty easy to get the ends and roof on. I worked on most of it alone, but it would be much quicker and easier to have 3 people! Here's a tip they don't tell you, you can cut the rope for the door in half and use it to pull the roof up and over as it shows in the video. There is plenty of rope length to do this.
If you compare this shelter to a similar size metal one it's much much cheaper. Plus word of mouth from friends say they seem to last quite well over the years.
I have included a picture next to my 24' x 24' garage for a sense of scale.
June 3, 2014
I purchased a garage unit in 2010. Initially, I was impressed with the cover, interior framework and fasteners. The unit was a bear to put up as the instructions are generic and very confusing. It took my wife and I four hours to complete the project. It looked great when completed. I added a weighted piece of PVC pipe to the bottom lip of each door (there's a channel for them) which made the door flap easier to manage. All was well for 4 years and then the seams (where the canopy fabric is ultrasonically welded together) started splitting apart. I asked Shelter Logic why this was happening and they promptly told me that the life of the material was determined by the environment. Really? I guess that means that if it's exposed to the weather it falls apart. So, now I'm in a patch and repair mode until I give up and either buy a new cover or get rid of it all together. The warranty on the cover is only one year, which is pitiful. Having it last only four years is very disappointing. (Photo included of 'typical' seam separation.)
May 9, 2014
Robust and Well Designed
THIS IS THE THIRD SHELTER I HAVE PURCHASED FROM NORTHERN TOOL. THE PREVIOUS MODELS PROVIDED A REASONABLE LIFE AND LASTED 7 & 10 YEARS. THEY ONLY FAILED AS A RESULT OF EXTREME WINTER SNOWS. THESE ARE BY FAR THE MORE SUPERIOR, BETTER TUBING AND GOOD GAUGE FABRIC, OF THE THREE I HAVE PURCHASED. IN FACT I WAS SO IMPRESSED WITH THE DESCRIPTION IN THE CATALOG THAT I PURCHASED TWO. THIS SHELTER IS WELL DESIGNED, EASY TO ASSEMBLE AND SETUP, AND UTILIZES ROBUST QUALITY COMPONENTS. THE ARCHED ROOF PROVIDES IMPROVED ACCESS FOR OVERSIZE EQUIPMENT AND IS SUPERIOR IN SHEDDING SNOW. I WOULD GLADLY PURCHASE ANOTHER BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE WITH THIS UNIT.
February 4, 2014
Shelter 13 x 20
The package was delivered on time.
The Unit itself was very easy to assemble. Assembly time was about 3 hours with two people. It is very roomy inside.
Cosmetically it looks very nice and adds volume to our backyard.
It seems very durable.
September 23, 2013
garage in a box
Product overall is good, 3 poles had holes drilled in wrong spot, Bolts I got were all short bolts, no longer
ones. Company really needs to update their instructions, They are HORRIBLE.....
August 5, 2013
Just assembled yesterday - so far so good!
Installed this garage in a box on 6/23/13. Very spacious, and an excellent solution to protect your tall or big vehicle from the weather. Nice amount of room on the sides to open your doors without feeling cramped. Fits my full size van perfectly. Could probably run an extension cord and hang some lights in here.
The box is VERY heavy - we needed a dolly just to move it around. Instructions aren't very detailed, but they were sufficient enough to help us get the job done. Instructions say "2 hours with 3 people". Took my dad & me about 6 hours total in the blistering hot sun, and if we had to do it again we could maybe do it in 3 or 4. Overall we're pretty handy people so the 2 hours would be if you had done this a few times prior and hustled.
All the pieces were in the box, clearly marked, and fit well together with no extra modification. If you buy one, once you assemble the top section, tighten up all your nuts all the way before you put the legs on it. Have some ropes handy to pull the main cover over the frame - because it's HEAVY and awkward to get up over there. We recruited a 3rd person to help with that step. The "temporary" anchors seem more than sufficient to hold thing thing down even in some wicked winds. The ratcheting system is pretty slick for getting the covers on tight.
I'm mainly hoping it withstands the snow, as I've heard from folks in Canada & MN who say it does fine in snowy conditions. The sloped alpine style roof should shed the snow before it gets too heavy.
I've got no idea how another reviewer on here did it alone. Recruit a helper or two, crack a cold drink, and take your time. Make sure you've got 1 or two stepladders at least 6' tall - ideally taller especially for getting the cover over the top.
I may end up buying another one of these, and Northern Tool had the best price I could find, as long as you pick it up.
June 24, 2013