ShelterLogic storage shed – A practical and economic solution for finding extra space for motorcycles
I don’t know about you, but I never have enough storage area. I think it is a common problem with those of us who love motorcycles. One is never really enough… well you know where that leads. For me the problem is compounded by the vast amount of extra parts and gear that I have too.
I need more storage space. Trying to use a tarp to cover parts in the backyard is unsightly and not very efficient. I was contemplating building a permanent structure, but it would require quite a bit of work, time and expense to do it properly.
Surfing around the internet, I came across the ShelterLogic shed-in-a-box. This is a 6’x12’ steel framed canopy with a vinyl coated rip stop cover. At $232 delivered it seems like a heck of a deal (Hayneedle.com). These are available in a variety of sizes, but this size seemed just about right for the space I had to work in.
I will be the first to say that I am dubious of these kinds of things, I was not sure what to expect for quality. But I went ahead and placed the order and a few days later it was delivered to my door. I set out to assemble it. Inside the box there were a daunting number of parts. Considering the size of the canopy, no single part is longer than 3 feet, so there are lots of parts to sort and figure out.
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As you can imagine, I was having visions of a nightmare process to put it all together. Fortunately, it is all pretty well designed. There are only a handful of unique parts. Each is stamped with the part number and once sorted, it didn’t look too bad. The worst part was sorting all the bolts. There are 3 different sizes and they are only a few mm’s in length different from each other. There are about 70 bolts total.
Included Shed Hardware
In grade school they taught us to read all the directions before starting everything. Of course, I never do. If I had, I would have shaved a bit of time off of the install process. There are a few things that only make sense when viewed as part of the whole unit. Plus there are a couple of connections that come back apart to install the cover. So don’t tighten everything.
Starting Layout of Shed Frame
I was able to complete the entire assembly by myself, but a helping hand would have been good at times. In total it took me about 4 hours. I could do it again in about 3 hours. The only tools required are box end wrench and a mallet. I also used an impact driver to make things go faster.
Shed Assembly Progress
I am quite happy with the result. The steel construction is sturdier than I anticipated. The parts all fit together in a well thought out manner. The cover fits securely. It should keep the elements out. I think this is the perfect choice for my needs and I would recommend it if you have a similar need.