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Old 12-17-2013, 11:53 AM   #1
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Garage help. Questions

I am in the process of planning an RV garage and wonder if anyone has a suggestion on how tall the door opening should be.
Although I know my rvs current measurements, I want to plan for any further Purchases down the line.
Any and all input on ANY PLANNING CONSIDERATIONS will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-17-2013, 12:08 PM   #2
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I put in 16' roll up doors. But we also store a large boat. The MH fits just fine at 12'2". 14' doors would probably work, but the 16's were not that much more and there is no question about height restrictions.
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Old 12-17-2013, 12:10 PM   #3
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14' is the standard as 13'6" is the maximum height allowed on the roads.
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The overhead door on my garage is 14'. I found that with the 1.5 inch lip of the floor from the concrete apron and the fact that overhead doors don't roll all the way back, leaving the bottom of the door 5 inches extending into the opening, my actual clearance is 13' 5.5".

On my previous motorhome this was not a problem but with my '06 Holiday Rambler Endeavor it seems to be a tight squeeze going under the opened door. My antennas are what is hitting the bottom of the door as I back in.

A 16 foot door would be overkill but ideal with no worries at all.

I would also make your garage wide enough that you can open the compartment doors and put your slideouts out while parked in the garage. It makes working on your RV much easier.

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Old 12-17-2013, 12:19 PM   #5
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14' is the standard as 13'6" is the maximum height allowed on the roads.
X 2 what he said. We have 14 high by 16 wide. You can never be too wide.
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Hello Grandgarden,
Agree on the 14' door, just make sure it opens all the way up in the opening. Other planning considerations- A long strip floor drain with a slightly sloped floor will facilitate washing the coach indoors out of the sun, we also ran air and water lines in the wall with hose reels for washing the coach, DI low pressure washer for spot free rinse, 2 part epoxy paint over greenboard protects the walls from water damage. A roll around ladder like you see at Lowes or Home Depot really make washing easier. Not sure what your design is but we used scissor trusses so we could keep the wall heights lower.

Good luck, It's nice to have the coach tucked in to a warm dry place for the Winter.
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Often overlooked but needed are a place to wash you hands of oil / grease and a bathroom.....even a small one keeps you from having to clean up to go back inside the house.
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My 'coach' would be okay with a 14' door, but a couple of more feet would clear the antennas.
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12'wide X 14' tall would be the minimum for a door, 16' X16' would be about the maximum that you would need, so anywhere between those two would be great.
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14' for me

I also am installing a sewer tap and 50 amp / 20 amp service just outside the bay doors
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Old 12-18-2013, 11:26 AM   #11
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Garage help

Thanks to all of you for your input. Lots of useful info for me. Anyone else?
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Old 12-18-2013, 01:22 PM   #12
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I agree with the 12' wide by 14' doors. A roll up door is compact, but be aware that it will be leaky (not insulated) and noisy in the wind. If I had it to do over I'd strongly consider a garage style door.

You might also consider a waste dump. I don't use mine often (we're on a septic system) but there are times when it's been a treat. Floor drain is a must for me. Great lighting, lots of storage, work bench, and a refer for the odd beer break.

Post pics when it's done!
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This link will give you lots of ideas.

Lets see your coach garage
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My RV door is 12' wide by 13' tall which works for me as my MH is 12'4" tall. In hind sight, I would have put in a 14' to allow for future possibilities. I don't know why you would go any higher as the DOT max. is 13'-6"....
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