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Old 11-09-2012, 11:21 AM   #29
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I have enjoyed reading this thread, seeing how others have dealt with giving their RV a home.
Let me share with you my experience of buying a full metal shed and getting it built.

On our farm we had an old 50'x40' pole barn which, as our farmer put it, was gradually leaving us. There was very little left of the sheet steel panels apart from the pile we had retrieved from the fields. It was not feasible to reside and reroof the frame for the RV home as it was not high enough. So, after some Internet research, we decided to demolish the barn and invest in a new full metal shed on the same 50x40 footprint.

Prime Steel Buildings of McKees Rocks PA designed and built the shed to our specific requirements. The side walls are 18' with the ridge rising to about 19.5'. The RV door frame to the north is 14'x12' (with the lower edge of the door giving 13' clearance) and to the west are two doors each 18'x8'. The shed came as a kit complete with all fixtures and fittings, full 3" insulation, the three main doors and two man doors and two windows and a complete gutter/ downspout system. It also came with a very detailed set of construction drawings (all stamped by a licensed structural engineer) and a comprehensive construction manual.

I persuaded a local farmer who also has a grain bin business to erect the building as I felt his crew would have the necessary equipment and skill sets. He also requested I contract with him for the concrete pad. The work was carried out on a time and materials basis as he had not worked on this type of structure before. He and his crew did a magnificent job.

I did the electrical fit out myself using metal conduit. This included a jack shaft opener for each of the main doors and two massive 400w arc lights that are really like giant suns when lit. There is a 50/30/20 RV pedestal next to the RV hook up Later, I built a stub wall to house a workbench area.

The cost: ( in round figures )

Concrete pad 50'x40'x6"( 4500psi with fibre ) $15000.

Complete shed kit :$23000.

Offload kit and erect shed : $17000.

Electrical fit out: $3000.

Total cost : $58000

Equals $29/sq. ft.

I will now try to upload some photos ( all this is being done in my iPhone ) I hope you find this interesting.
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Well I thought I would post an update. I decided on a 32X52 stick built garage. Foundation is in and beginning to back fill. Like all things the project seem to build in scale as you go along. I decided to put a bathroom in and add a dump station since I would have a septic system for the bathroom. Here is a recent picture. and here is a link to all the pictures so far.
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Clark thanks for the suggestions. I hadn't thought about the generator exhaust the Aqua hot exhaust. Good suggestion. I was thinking 12X14 door and a 16' ceiling in case I need to jack it up to remove a wheel. 30 amp service should be enough to run everything except air-conditioning. I plan on installing natural gas heat too.
We tied our shop in with the three car garage. It's 40 X 40 with two 16' doors. My wife can slide the doors up. 40' is almost not deep enough. The MH is 38'8" to the back ladder leaving a 2" gap between the windshield wiper and the door. I only wired it with 20 amp since I only use it for storage and plug in the toys during the winter to keep the batteries up. The four windows I placed on the south side are great for letting in light during the day without having to turn on lights. We're like you.....winters are too harsh to keep the toys outside.
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A few shots of our shed.
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One more. Shop is 80X80 with a 14 foot overhang. Will get some inside shots sometime. Doors are 16 wide and 14 high. Door under overhang is 12X12. Heated floor and forced heat and air for 2 complete heating systems. Floor drains and sewer dumps in floor. 7 50-30-20 amp RV boxes with cable TV and telephone. Wi-fi in and out. Tankless hot water and softener and RO system.
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I have a 24' x 48' and my 45' Essex barely fits. Wish it had been a couple of feet longer!
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One I dug up.
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Something is terrible wrong all I can see is a great looking Falcon.
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MH, not there now to get any good pics. Just found these on the iPad.
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Thought I would provide another update to this thread. Roof is being shingled today. Rough plumbing went in on Friday last week. I added a black/gray tank dump inside the garage for convenience. The septic tank and leach field will go in this week. Should be pouring the floor this week. I decided to stain the concrete and apply a sealer. It added $2500 to the job but I think it will be worth it. Once the floor is done the electrical and gas heating will get done as well as the stairs to the second floor. The bathroom will be put under the stairs (sink and toilet only) as will the well expansion tank and hot water heater. I will post more pictures in a couple of weeks.
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My RV Garage is 32ft wide by 50ft deep with a 13ft single door.

1. I like the single one door
2. I used 6inch concrete
3. Lights should be placed so the motorhome roof does not block lighting.
4. You can place additional lighting on the sides.
5. Epoxy floors (makes it nice for clean ups)
6. 50 amp service for rv.
7. sewer connection

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