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Old 03-16-2016, 04:49 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by DennisZ View Post
I built my garage 30 X 50 with 16 foot high sides, the doors are 14 X 14 and 10 X 10. I wish I had built the garage out to 40 feet wide. I have sectional doors, so I get the full 14 feet high opening and the actuators are https://www.liftmaster.com/for-homes...ies/model-8500. These are great because they take up no space above the door.


As mine is about to start going up, do you mind sharing a few pictures of yours "loaded up"?


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Old 03-16-2016, 07:45 PM   #16
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Will add a couple of Pics as well - We built a 20 X 50 with a 14W X 16H door - It holds our Tuscany 40RX nominal length of 42'8' (rear Ladder / Hitch and Passenger rear view mirror extended in front)
I wish we had gone at least 25' wide - with the slides out there is only about 2' to spare either side - and that makes carrying thing down either side a challenge. Also because the garage door is mounted "inside" there is only about 1" behind the hitch to sneak past and 2' in front - which means ducking under the mirrors.

So for a 41'2" nominal length and 8'5" width when you add slides, mirrors, hitch etc I would definitely expand to minimum 25 X 55 next time (if there is a next time)
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Old 03-17-2016, 06:52 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by JohnRR View Post
Consider a vaulted roof for that extra amount of space above
You want to be able to get on the roof.
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Old 03-17-2016, 09:55 AM   #18
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You'll want a 14' high door as most are sold in 2' increments. I went with a 12' wide door because I could salvage 2 sections from a bay I turned into an office. 14' wide would be nice, but my 12' wide door works good for my Newmar 4011.

The interior steel work is vaulted and I can easily open all the slides and get on the top in my 40' x 60' shop. You will want 16' interior height min.

I had to modify my shop slightly as the pictures show below that will allow a 45' rig if necessary.
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Old 03-17-2016, 10:21 AM   #19
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Lots of good advice given here. When deciding on minimum width, you want to be able to open not only your slides, but your bay doors, and still be able to walk by. Some of those bay doors are longer than others. I would say 20 feet wide is a minimum that would comfortably meet these needs, although 18 feet would probably suffice.

As for length, you want to fit the longest coach made (which is 45 feet) plus have room in front for mirrors and in rear for a tow bar, and then be able to walk in front and behind. I would say 55 feet is minimum.

Door height 14 feet minimum as many new coaches are in excess of 13 feet tall. My door is 14 feet and I have a flexible radio antenna that harmlessly scrapes the door every time I enter or exit.

Will you want space for storage, a workbench, shop tools, or a car or boat? If you are able, make it bigger than you think you will need, then enlarge it again. You will be glad you did so.

50A hookup, water & sewer are great to have. What about a utility sink in the garage? Mine comes in VERY handy. If I did it again, I'd put in a toilet too.

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