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Old 10-10-2016, 10:08 PM   #15
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John, I wish I had that kind of width to work with. My current two car wide carport, which will be replaced by the garage, is 19' 6" wide on the inside. I checked my brother's two car garage in the same community, and it is a little less, at 19' 1". Maybe that is the standard here in AZ. I could probably expand mine by another 3-4 feet without making the house look too narrow, but would still be walking sideways in the garage without moving cars out first. I am looking at a 4 post lift, as one of my classic cars is almost 21' long.

My calculations are: Current RV - 9.92' with mirrors, and a lift with outside post width of 9'. Add the two and I'm already up to almost 19' overall width, with the RV mirrors scraping the wall on one side, and the lift on the other. And the far side of the lift will be 6" from the opposite wall.

By the way, love your garage!

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Old 10-10-2016, 10:19 PM   #16
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Thanks, guys, for all of the great advice. I'm glad I asked the question. I spent most of the day with a measuring tape, and came up with some positives, and some not so good conclusions.

I should clarify that this is not a stand alone RV garage, it will be a complete new construction of a home and attached double garage on a 100' deep by 60' wide lot. The good news is that it looks like I can go as deep as I want with the garage (allowing for required setbacks, etc.) and higher than needed with a flat roof on a Santa Fe style home, both which will easily accommodate my current or future RV.

What is disappointing is that I originally had planned on installing one of those garage lifts in the adjoining bay so that I could park the 2 classic cars one above the other. Downloading spec sheets today on the various lifts, it appears that these things are around 9' wide post to post, so it will be impractical to squeeze one next to an RV and still have room to walk around.

I don't want to widen the garage by 6 or 8' and end up living in a hallway for a home, so it looks like the practical solution will end up being a very long 54' double garage with all 4 vehicles sitting at ground level. Will still save me a minimum of $4356 a year in storage for the two vehicles that I currently can't keep at home.

Sure would have loved the oil change pit, though!
You can still put in the oil change pit, you just will have to park over it when not in use.

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I'm sorry I did not know you were dealing with the 19' mark, it's sure a tight fit to say the least. The mirror clearance would be bad enough without thinking about opening the door.

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