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Old 04-08-2016, 10:32 AM   #15
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Reinventing the Wheel?


Think I would fabricate some tiny wooden wheels
out of hardwood or plywood with a diameter just
about 1/4">1/2 " larger diameter than the brake
drums. It would be much easier on the brake
drums and you might not have to use the

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Old 04-08-2016, 10:35 AM   #16
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getting under the 7' door...

My Boler 13 fits under the 7' door frame if I remove the vent cover. But that's only because:

- I had the overhead door tracks raised up above door frame level
- I clamp or wedge the door up above the door frame level (and unplug the opener)

My Trillium 4500 fits under door frame if I remove the vent cover and use bare rims rolling on 1/2" plywood strips. I also have to ramp up 1" from driveway surface to garage floor surface.

(No outside trailer parking and no additional structures allowed in our subdivision.)

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Old 04-08-2016, 02:40 PM   #17
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That looks like a lot of work, but you will be glad you did. Storing a fiberglass trailer inside really keeps it looking like new.
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Old 04-08-2016, 03:41 PM   #18
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Time to buy a new to you "1 Bedroom Garage"!
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Old 04-08-2016, 03:50 PM   #19
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One of the issues with freestanding carports is that many people do not anchor them securely to the ground. The first large wind and there they go. I've seen several of them that have tipped over in a wind and caused damage to property and the carport. My neighbor used one as a shelter for his boat .It ended up out in the lake in about 20 ft of water.
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Old 04-08-2016, 03:55 PM   #20
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how about digging down?

Maybe you can dig down then pave it and lengthen your garage door at bottom with decorative cedar? Just let thought
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Old 04-08-2016, 04:38 PM   #21
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8' garage door

Originally Posted by Jon in AZ View Post
Most standard garages I've seen have ceilings higher than 8'. They often lie in the same plane as the first floor of the house to which they are attached (which commonly has 8' ceilings), but the garage floor is at ground level, while the rest of the house is raised. How much raised depends on the type of foundation. It may or may not leave room for the requisite modifications to accommodate a taller door, but even if it does, changes to load-bearing walls never come cheaply.

I hear you about the cost of taller doors! I own a rental house with a wonderful oversized garage (10' ceilings, 24' deep, 8' door). The door is a 54 year old, manually operated, wood door. I'd like to replace it with a modern one, but the cost is prohibitive.

I had a new 2" thick 16 foot wide 8 foot high insulated door with windows in the top panel and a new torsion shaft drive door operator installed for just at $1750.00. I found a small sole proprietor door guy who did it all including 3 remote door operators and the radio controlled light. I felt it was an awesome deal - - shop it hard you will find one reasonable - don't forget to check references.
The only problem I have is . . . too much stuff inside the garage to get anything else inside!

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Old 04-08-2016, 06:31 PM   #22
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When I retired I built a carriage style garage to match a 1902 house. It was a present to me, after 33 years with no garage. Put 9 ft doors in so I could park a Casita inside.

Of course, a few years later I bought an Escape 21 which won't fit............
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Don't drill holes, try custom storage you design:
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Old 04-08-2016, 06:58 PM   #23
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Sort of makes me glad I live way out in a rural area where no one cares what I put up or park in my yard. Years ago before I was even thinking about getting a Casita, I put up a metal carport which was around 10 feet tall at the outside walls. Not sure why I got one so tall but glad that I did. Only problem I have is that eventually the county tax people find it and of course add it to my property tax. Took them about five years to find the cabin I had built on the property.
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Old 04-09-2016, 12:21 AM   #24
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Hi, my wife and I are getting ready to retire and unloaded our 36 foot motorhome because we got tired of paying for storage. Our HOA did not allow rv in the driveway. So we also looked hard. 7 foot garage door also. We found only a 1983 to around 86 casita measures 6'8" total height. We got lucky....found a 83. It was painted farlyl nice paint but we are repainting it victory red to match our hummer h2. We had to redmodel every inch of it....electric...latches..trim....fabric. nearly ready for paint now. But it was worth it all with the fact that it fits like a glove in our garage.
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Old 04-09-2016, 12:40 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by bpfick View Post
Lots of places forbid their use or have other building codes and restrictions that make their use impossible. Lots of places forbid an RV on the property while other places restrict them to the back yard, which is a hassle as few folks in such situations have the side yard width which allow for such a thing.

So, for many people, an off site storage fee is required or get it, somehow, into their garage where it's out of site and out of mind for the zoning police.
I live in such a place. Its a District/City wide restriction.

No pop up type tents covers permitted in driveways.

RV's and boats must be stored in the garage, side yard or rear yard except during the spring, summer and early fall when they are permitted in the driveway. You can put them in the driveway in the winter months but only if they are moved after x so many days. In other words it can not be in the driveway in the winter months if you do not use it frequently. The other Bad news is off site storage facilities within 10 miles run about $150 a month.
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Old 04-09-2016, 03:00 PM   #26
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'Toy Box'

In our rural area, we built a new 'Toy Box' on a concrete pad, for the 1973 Boler 1300, with enough room for an off-frame restoration. The single door is 12 feet wide and 9 feet high, and the 'box' has elevated scissor trusses for an extra high ceiling clearance. We've always relied on the phrase - "For an extra buck, go first class !". (about 15,000 'extra bucks' - but, the property evaluation has also likewise improved)
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Old 04-10-2016, 09:18 PM   #27
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I'm glad to see that I am not alone! Having to pull in the trailer with a winch tops what I have to do though. I did once make "wheels" out of 3/4 inch plywood and they just mushroomed out under the weight. I would like to use the tiny rims but I haven't seen any that would work yet. I would love to just add another garage but I live in suburbia and the HOA does not allow it. There is a small lot for sale about two miles away that I am considering purchasing to put up a garage to store more toys, however, garages are not allowed without a living area so I found this:

Garage Plan chp-53286 at

Lots of garage and not much house!
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1991 Scamp 16'
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Old 04-10-2016, 10:38 PM   #28
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On some garage doors there is a piece of 1" wood trim nailed to the top of the door opening, probably nailed. You could carefully remove it to get a little more clearance and then put it back in place using screws so it could be easily removed again and again. It makes me wonder how many old fiberglass rvs are in a garage somewhere that were so much trouble to get in the garage that the owners never take them out and have been sitting there for years!

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