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Old 04-20-2018, 04:32 PM   #1
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Pole Barn Door width opening

For those of you storing Class A's inside a pole barn.....What is the width of your door opening? I'm planning on a small barn 24x40 for my 35 foot Palazzo 33.3 and curious if 12' wide opening is wide enough. I plan to have a nice straight path to the door opening and with the side mirrors I think the RV is less than 11 feet wide. I know that I will always want a bigger barn but would like your input to make sure this will fit our needs. I am ok on length. I intend to mount tire chocks to the floor of the RV to prevent me driving out the back of the barn so length is good.

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Old 04-20-2018, 04:46 PM   #2
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For those of you storing Class A's inside a pole barn.....What is the width of your door opening? I'm planning on a small barn 24x40 for my 35 foot Palazzo 33.3 and curious if 12' wide opening is wide enough. I plan to have a nice straight path to the door opening and with the side mirrors I think the RV is less than 11 feet wide. I know that I will always want a bigger barn but would like your input to make sure this will fit our needs. I am ok on length. I intend to mount tire chocks to the floor of the RV to prevent me driving out the back of the barn so length is good.

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If you can go a little longer, I think you're better off. It's relatively cheap now. You never know when/if you get a little bigger coach. Resale of the property is better too.

When I built our RV garage, I went 50' inside clear. Never have I said I wish I made it smaller.
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I would go longer too. My RV is 33 ft in a 40 ft shed and i wish I had more room. Since you are building the barn I would go 14' on the door and you will have plenty of room. You may end up with your coach just inside the door and you would have room to get around it.
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My 30' X 50' pole barn has a RV door that's 12' X 16'. regular entrance door and a 12' X 12' door thats used on the opposite side that I park the bus.
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My RV Barn is 16 x 50 on the RV side and door is 14 x 14.

If you have the room, I would strongly advise you make the RV side at least 50. 52 would be better.

The door works well at 14 wide. Yeah, 12 would work, but not worth the hassle.

Wish I had made my bay two feet wider too. If I want to put the slides out inside, I have to be real careful to position it just so.

It is relatively cheap to make it a little larger now, and then no regrets later. And as Windsorbill points out, resale might be better,

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I have a 12 wide by 14 high if I could do it over I would be 16 wide 12 will work but I find it tight.
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You know you should build it bigger to accommodate a next coach or next property owner.

I would make the door at least 14' wide - 16' would be better. I have a 13' entry gate and if I did a do over would make it 16'.
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For those of you storing Class A's inside a pole barn.....What is the width of your door opening? I'm planning on a small barn 24x40 for my 35 foot Palazzo 33.3 and curious if 12' wide opening is wide enough. I plan to have a nice straight path to the door opening and with the side mirrors I think the RV is less than 11 feet wide. I know that I will always want a bigger barn but would like your input to make sure this will fit our needs. I am ok on length. I intend to mount tire chocks to the floor of the RV to prevent me driving out the back of the barn so length is good.



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12 wide will work ok, but as all of the above posters have opined, size matters and 14 wide is much easier in & out with less worry. My barn is overkill at 42 x 60 with 2 14x14 doors and 2 pedestrian doors but the size is great for me.
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My Palazzo 33.3 fits comfortably thru a 14' wide by 12' tall door. It would fit thru a 12' wide door, but not comfortably. My barn is 40' deep. I drive in as deep as I can leaving about one foot in front and only about three feet too walk around the back. I wish I had a few more feet, but it works.
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14 wide door will give you more wiggle room when parking RV. We have to back ours in and it is like backing into a very tight camping spot. So having extra room for that tail to swing comes in handy.
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I built mine 48 x30 14 from floor to bottom of truss. 48' deep works with 4' center truss (12) and metal siding (16) at 36" coverage no waste. Put a 14 x 14 slider on one side and a 10x10 overhead door on the other
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I built a 24X42 addition to the house for boat/RV. It worked great for the 38 Newmar.
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My barn is 44 x 36. Trusses are 16 ft clearance in center. The door is 12 x 14 roll up door. No problems with the 42' pusher or my current much smaller gas coach.
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To gain more center ceiling height without higher side walls or much cost adder - use a scissor roof truss.
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